Creating positive personal and professional changes through organizational development.
REALM Vision Statement
To educate current and future leaders
in the use of best practices and strategies
to create healthy, happy and positive cultures.
Our goals include:
Organizational Leadership Development and the overall health and wellness to all on a dynamic level
To provide the education, resources and tools to exemplify Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Working with all levels of employees to give them the education, resources and development to achieve their own goals to become the best version of themselves
How We Define Leadership
We believe a key aspect of leadership is understanding how to influence or "inspire" others. Three aspects of leadership: purpose, direction and motivation. Purpose gives others a reason for why they should do something. Direction, how, gives others the knowledge to complete the task. Motivation gives others the will to do what they are capable of doing.
How We Define Diversity
We define diversity in the broadest sense of the word. This includes race, religion, ethnicity, economic background, geographic origin, gender, sexuality, language and beliefs.
How We Define Minority
In sociology, a minority group refers to a category of people who experience adversity and/or relative disadvantages as compared to members of a dominant social group. Minority groups are typically based on differences in: ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or disability. It’s important to note that an individual may simultaneously hold membership in multiple minority groups or be part of a minority group and a dominant group. Minority group members often face discrimination in multiple areas of social life, housing, employment, healthcare, and education. It may also occur through structural inequalities, in which rights and opportunities are not equally accessible to all.
Adversity is Diversity
Kara Hirdman, M. Ed.
Between the years of 1994-1998 Kara worked in the Athletic Department at the University of St. Thomas while obtaining her B.A. Degree in Psychology and Communications. After graduation she moved to Caracas, Venezuela where she was an ESL instructor and played for the Universidad Metropolitana Rugby Team. After 2 years in Venezuela she returned to Minnesota to obtain her Master’s Degree in Education. While studying she worked at the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. Some of her work history includes; Minnesota Public School Teacher, Site Manager for Sylvan Educational Systems, Athletic Director at the MET School in Panama City, Panama, LA Fitness Personal Trainer and Instructor, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Hamline University Gymnastics Team, Director of Healthy Living at the YMCA and the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the St. Paul Fire Department. Kara is proficient in both English and Spanish.
Kara is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Learning at the University of St. Thomas.
Educational: Intercultural Leadership, Cultural Lenses, Advancing Equity: Understanding My Biases, Dimensions of Diversity, Certification for PTSD impact on Veterans, YMCA Team Leadership Certification, Principles & Practices, Fiscal Management, Leading Others: Interviewing Guide, Leading Others: Employment Law Fundamentals, Volunteerism, Foundations of Listen First, Principles of Member Health & Wellness.
Health and Wellness: Foundations of Group Exercise, Understanding Diabetes, Lighter U, YMCA Ace Group Fitness, AAAI/ISMA Personal Trainer, Yogafit 200RYT, Healthy Living at the Y, Over 25 Fitness Certifications across all levels.
Alexandra House, Joy of the People, St. Joseph's Home for Children, Habitat for Humanity, The Sanneh Foundation, Firefighters for Healing, CLUES (Chicanos, Latinos Unidos en Servicio), City of St Paul Schools, ROTC Como Park High School, YMCA Twin Cities, Ramsey County Correctional Facility, U of M Leatherdale Equine Center, U of M Raptor Center
As a multi-racial business woman, Krystal has worked in many different settings from healthcare (Allina Health Systems, Fairview Health Service & Children's Hospitals and Clinics), government (Hennepin & Ramsey County), school districts (Minneapolis Public Schools & Eden Prairie School District) and within public and private companies. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. She has worked for and changed many company systems including policies, practices and procedures to help develop high performing leaders. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Friendship Project, a nonprofit in Minnesota. She is the Vice President of the Eden Prairie Football Association, the Vice President of Eden Prairie Boosters and the Vice President of MPLS Flight Squad. Throughout her career she has taught equity and diversity workshops, tutored and coordinated football study sessions for youth in Eden Prairie, consultant work for organizational develop, strategic planning and leadership development.
Educational: Intercultural Leadership, Cultural Lenses, Advancing Equity: Understanding My Biases, Anti-Racism Training Continuum, Housing Choice Specialist Certification, Four Cornerstones to Financial Literacy, Beyond Diversity: Introduction to Courageous Conversations About Race & A Framework for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Educational Disparities.
Health and Wellness: ACE Group Fitness Certification, Health, Nutritional Health & Wellness, Six Principles to Wellness
The Friendship Project, Vice President of Eden Prairie Football Association, Vice President of Eden Prairie Boosters, Community Development Equity Change Team (MetCouncil), The Michelle Project, EncourageHer Network, Community Engagement Involvement Council.