Bridging Gaps Across Difference
Founded in 2005 • Served almost 40,000 people
We provide the design and delivery expertise to bring hard-to-reach stakeholders into the room with measurable outcomes.
Intentional Social Interaction (IZI) has been designed to help you achieve your goals.
90% of the making of a great convening happens before you walk in the door. It is imperative that people and organizations who are seeking to bring people together make accommodations for people before they show up, without them having to ask for what they need to be welcomed and to be fully present. We prepare you for whoever walks through the door and however they enter. We help you uncover and invite individuals who are usually left out of the decision making conversations impacting their lives.
IZI puts the convener and hard to reach stakeholders at the forefront. Although Marnita’s table is a 501(c)(3), we are good enough at what we do that 70% of our income derives from organizations who hire us. Marnita’s Table either helps you deliver IZI or demonstrates, trains and provides tools so your team or community can deliver IZI with the same fidelity and impact we’ve acheived.
A partial list of our services:
• Convening Design & Delivery
• Forging Alliances across Difference
• Catalyzing Community Collaboration
• Participatory Action Research
• Cross-cultural Competency Training
• Leadership & Talent Development
• Cross-cultural Community Engagement
A few of our clients:
• Best Buy/Best Buy Foundation
• Catalyst Initiative of George Family Foundation
• CentraCare Health Systems
• Central Minnesota Community Foundation
• City of St. Cloud, Minnesota
• City of St. Paul, Minnesota
• InGensa, Inc.
• Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
• Minnesota Public Radio
• Ramsey County
• St. Paul Public Schools
• Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative
YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT.
Delivering four outcomes at the same time:
• Leadership Development
• Cross-cultural Competency
• Community Engagement
• Participatory Action Research
We maximize your investment in building social equity by returning at least 25% of every dollar you spend on IZI back into your local economy, through hiring people of color to fulfill key roles. We also engage and highlight local catering and service providers who are indigenous, immigrant and/or of color. We frequently hire youth from under-resourced communities to staff our IZIs where they are able to learn job skills and network with decision-makers and potential mentors and employers.
Hosting a successful community event is more than just inviting people
and putting out some food.
MEASURABLE BEHAVIORAL SHIFTS.
38% of the almost 40,000 people who have come to an IZI since our founding
have VOLUNTARILY reported one of the following outcomes:
• Finds it much easier to connect across culture & easier to talk about crosscultural
issues [2,523]• Welcomes the “other” into their homes now when they didn’t before [2,601]• Continues to collaborate either individually or organizationally with someone
they met at one 3-hour IZI [1,846]• Understands something about the “other,” an issue or organization that they
didn’t before [1,971]• Leadership opportunities or actual job offer or other tangible outcome for
people of color [2,041]• Reported that it catalyzed life-changing trust and connection across difference [3,191]
Convening in the community isn’t simple, but IZI makes it easier.
We catalyze systems change and measure the impact of convenings. IZI helps you shine by providing the preparation, process and practice to exceed the outcomes you seek.
Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our eleven-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.