"Healing is an Act of Communion"~Bell Hooks
"I am so glad that you are here!
Share the Flame LLC desires to partner with insight to ignite and inspire you higher, dismantling oppression one layer in need of healing at a time!
Welcome to our site!
Hello, I am Dr. Debi (a nickname given to me by my clients). I am the CEO and Founder of Share the Flame LLC.
The heart of Share the Flame LLC is that those who partner with us will "consider, explore, then own the racial truth that lies within their bodies (whether their personal bodies or bodies within organizations or the organization as a body), because the make up of our brains and how that is played out in our minds means we can lie to ourselves! As human beings we can begin to explore the truth of our own historical race stories and the lived experiences of our ancestors within those stories, commit to integrative trauma healing movement, begin to 'feel' how as racialized beings we arrived at a need for collective trauma healing today, process all of that on a continuum, grounding you closer towards the work of dismantling racism within our society and towards a hope for a systemically processed future!!"
~Debra Debi Jenkins, PhD
One of the facets of what we do, in addition to AntiRacism/Racial Equity/JEDI (justice-equity-diversity-inclusion)/Racial Healing/Integrative Trauma Informed Systems Change through Consulting/Executive Coaching/ and Speaking for Corporate, Nonprofit, and Academic Organizations, is to coach Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (non-white) Women to explore and navigate their workspaces, their relationships, and in society.
On the other side of that we coach those who desire to become allies, advocates, activists, and or abolitionists in the lives of systemically non-dominant (Jenkins, 1995-present) Women who experience racialized trauma and minoritization and work to prevent participating in the retraumatization of Black, Brown, Indigenous and Lighter Melanated (non-white) Women.
One of my favorite quotes says, “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” ~Michelle Obama
So, let’s talk more about you and how your journey (exploration) can begin!
As Black, Brown, and Indigenous and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women we hold trauma and our experiences with being minoritized in our bodies. Resmaa Menakem (2021) in his Cultural Somatic Abolitionism work addressing racialized trauma connects the impact of white supremacy on our bodies as, "White Body Supremacy" in a context of what he calls, "Black Bodies" and "Bodies of Culture".
Systemic levels of oppression, impacts us at the intersections of racism, sexism, and genderism and more . A recent study on the health of women determined that those who I have coined within my IST of an ISM paradigm (see the IST of an ISM page) as racially, "systemically non-dominant (Jenkins, 1995-present-those systems of oppression are not created to benefit)" are up to 8 years biologically older than white Women. How do we work to diminish these factors in our lives and learn to live in collective wellness? One way, is to have support in the area of racialized trauma and minoritization! Share the Flame LLC has just that to offer and more!
As a systemically non-dominant (Jenkins, 1995-present) woman in a collective with Black, Brown, and Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) skin I realize that the impact of racialized trauma and being minoritized at the intersections can keep us individually mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc in a space of consistent stress that can impact the ability to achieve ones next-level goals at the expense of holistic health and well-being.
Not all Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women are melanated similarly by skin appearance physically; however, the systemic oppression, biases, prejudices, and discrimination attached to the context of race can create lived experiences that can cause pain. Some of us may not experience trauma or the levels of trauma in the context of race as others have. Therefore, if this is your lived experience, then please do not feel you need to exclude yourself from utilizing our services. Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women's lived experiences, in the context of race, may or may not be similar due to levels of systemic skin privilege and other factors.
However, there is still developmental work all who identify as Black, Brown, and Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women must do to understand who we are in the context of race, the racialized trauma experienced of ourselves and others, as well as how to connect on collective and communal levels.
A big read, right! Well, if you are willing to read all of this then you may be aware that you have more insight to explore and you have a need to be ignited to go beyond your current level of inspiration. You now know that you want to learn tools and skill sets for how to effectively heal, navigate, lead, explore, affirm, and develop your strengths at the intersections (convergence of your identities).
Despite how you experience race and the intersections of your identities within society, if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired then Share the Flame LLC has skilled support to help you heal, explore, navigate, and to, hopefully, eradicate, the impact of oppression as supremacy against your body, mind, soul, and spirit.
For those on the other side of this, those who are systemically dominant (Jenkins, 1995, what I meant by this is that "systems of oppression in the context of race were created to benefit those who are white" see the page on IST of an ISM), or those Resmaa Menakem identifies as "White Bodies" that you may be someone who recognizes that based on your current relationships and interactions with Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women that you need to work on how your interactions and positioning in society can or have caused racialized and minoritized harm towards them.
All of this can be a lot to take on without support, tools, or guidance from a skilled developmental strategist and coach to get you to where you desire to be on personal and professional levels whether you are an entrepreneur or working for someone else! This is what we mean by "partnering to get your grit lit!" Share the Flame LLC is not referring to a misguided focus on shame and blame for being Black, Brown, Indigenous and Lighter Melanated (Non-White) Women rather as noted by Dr. Samuel Betonces, we desire to support you in "rejecting rejection" or as Patricia Mangones, PMHNP-BC of Harvard Medical School McLean Hospital’s Hill Center for Women calls, "resisting retraumatization" and moving towards your passions, purpose, and goals!
Now, beyond the ability to simply dream, those who work with Share the Flame LLC are able to have forward movement to a space of believing and creating sustainable desired change in their lives and how they choose to impact the lives of other people.
There are times when in addition to racialized trauma or to contribute racialized trauma in the lived experiences of another person that at the core of that behavior are unresolved trauma of ones own. Trauma, unprocessed, can clutter your life on a daily basis and prevent forward movement.
I know that the opportunity to declutter what is proves currently ineffective in any life can leave the body, mind, soul, and spirit in a space to breathe and able to believe in ones dreams for change while intentionally creating that desired outcome into an actualized reality!
These are only some of the many ways where we here at Share the Flame LLC can come along side and provide support to you, to acknowledge and or value you, as a racialized being.
Does this sound like you? Learn how Share the Flame LLC can support you on your experience towards becoming the best version of yourself that you can be! You are invited to go to the services page and schedule a discovery session to see if, together, there is a fit to get your grit lit towards navigating your lived experiences, effectively, from a ecologically empowered stance!
Note: The terminology "Systemically Dominant" and "Systemically Non-Dominant" are the copywritten and trademarked language of Debra (Debi) Jenkins, PhD’s Trademarked paradigm, The "IST of an ISM." (All rights reserved 1995-present). Find ways to cite the language on the services page at www.shareflame.com/services
"White Body Supremacy, White Body Culture, Black Bodies, Bodies of Culture, and White Bodies are language from Resmaa Menakem (2017). My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies and his Cultural Somatic Abolitionist work.
Please see Dr. Debi's formal bio below (If you need a photograph of Dr. Debi, then please right click on her photo above and save):
DEBRA (DEBI) JENKINS, PhD
CEO/FOUNDER SHARE THE FLAME LLC
Debra (Debi) Jenkins, PhD (she/her) is an award-winning antiracism/racial equity/racial healing/justice-equity, diversity-inclusion abolitionist who is an educator, credentialed coach, author, and consultant with a background in developmental, liberation, and transformational psychology, working with Black, Brown, and Indigenous women experiencing racialized trauma and minoritization at the intersections. Dr. Debi (a nickname given to her by her clientele) also works with those who desire to support these women in their workspaces, their relationships, and in society. She insights ignites, and inspires individuals and groups including academic, non-profit and corporate organizations towards their next best selves! Dr. Debi shares, “I am not trying to be a tokenized Black Woman identified guru rather, I desire to partner with YOU to dismantle oppression one layer in need of healing at a time!" Clientele on local, national, and international levels refer to Dr. Debi’s whole life approach as enlightening, refreshing and innovative! Dr. Debi uses her creativity, ingenuity, originality, and social intelligence to engage people powerfully and meaningfully towards growth, development, and change. Dr. Debi is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has experience in leadership and education holding degrees in Education and Administration (AAS: Early Childhood Education & PhD: Higher Education Administration), Human Development (BA: Developmental Education & MA: Bicultural Development) and an MS in Psychology. She is a participant in national and international coaching and research circles. Recently, Dr. Debi created her first book in her early childhood equity series, I Love My Kind of Brown. She was honored to have her research leaned upon and be JEDI/Racial Equity Consultant on the Disparity Trap Board Game project which encourages those 14+ to have conversations around racism. Visit www.shareflame.com to hear about additional Share the Flame LLC's services.
Check out the awesome team of Independent Consultants who come along side Share the Flame LLC to support our clientele!
CHRISTINA JENKINS BA, MFA
VIRTUAL MEDIA CREATIVE, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, HOLISTIC NUTRITION AND WELLNESS STRATEGIST
Christina Jenkins is a Creative with a BA in Liberal Arts Studies focusing on Business, Art Illustration and Psychology with a Minor in Dance and a Masters in Fine Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising. Christina is a certified nutritionist and yoga instructor who works with clients seeking authentic change for a healthier well-being including those who are dealing with anxiety and trauma and are in need of natural beneficial wellness support. She is the owner of Holistic and Whole, LLC. Her Holistic and Whole services, provides the following services: yoga nidra, affirmation meditation, anxiety and trauma yoga, holistic nutrition counseling, tutoring for those dealing with anxiety, trauma, in need of ELL, dyslexic learning support, and or applied psychology. Share the Flame LLC utilizes Holistic and Whole LLC to provide virtual wellness opportunities for our clients to experience holistic health, nutrition and wellness as a part of their one on one coaching experiences including the racialized trauma healing experience. Besides our supporting as our Wellness Coach Christina supports our customers as Share the Flames LLC's Communications Manager. Christina resides in New York working as a freelance designer under her company Christina J Brand, LLC, an author of the The Traveling Vegan about her nomad life to survive and how it created a green book to life. Christina is also the illustrator for the Children's book, "I Love My Kind of Brown".
CHRISTIAN JENKINS MFT, MBA
VIRTUAL CREATIVE / BUSINESS/ NETWORKING/ MARKETING STRATEGIST
Born in Portland, OR and raised just 5 minutes across the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, Christian continued north for college at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. Although he had trekked his way through Pre-Med/Microbiology studies, his plan of pursuing medical school was short lived. After watching his first graduate acting performance his Senior year in college, he knew that's where he was meant to be. Eventually, Christian graduated from the UW MFA Acting program in 2014 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His most recent work consists of playing Othello at Montana Shakespeare Company, Da'Ran in Leah Nanako Winkler's 'Kentucky' at East West Players, and FBI Agent Keene on FOX's Bones, Held and the Young and the Restless. While in Los Angeles, Christian earned his M.B.A. from Purdue University Global. He teaches BFA Entrepreneurship at the AMDA College and Conservatory and has worked as the Los Angeles Site Director for the college's High School Summer Conservatory, where 500+ performing artist travel from all over the world to L.A./N.Y.C. for a two-week intensive on the college campus. He is excited to be fusing his many passions full-time - combining his love of art, business, and education together. Share the Flame LLC consults with Christian Jenkins' next level infusion of professional, creative, and executive level brilliance to support our company's corporate, non-profit, and academic clientele's business and marketing service needs. Also known in his creative circles and work as "Christian Telesmar" he is also the creator of the Disparity Trap Board Game.
"Disparity Trap" is the Socially Conscious Board Game (click on boards and games in the site menu bar to access) that provides an easy way to have the hard conversations around race & privilege in America, and how they impact society in systemically dominant (SD)* and systemically non-dominant (SND)* ways. The board game is like many of its kind, where your main goal is to live your life the way you choose; go to school, get a job, possibly build a family and a career. But in this game, you also step into someone else’s shoes to experience that life within an identity different from your own. Throughout the game, the dice rolls correlate your identity in the game to real life statistics. So like life, the dice are in your hands, but the odds are not.
*systemically dominant and systemically non-dominant terminology are from the “IST of an ISM” paradigm by Debra (Debi) Jenkins, PhD (all rights reserved and used by permission).