What Makes StirFry Seminars & Consulting Unique

Since its founding in 1994, StirFry Seminars & Consulting has revolutionized the field of diversity through its internationally acclaimed documentary films and seminars. Viewers worldwide have seen The Color of Fear, as well as many of the other groundbreaking films produced and directed by Lee Mun Wah, StirFry’s founder, CEO and Master Trainer. In 1995, Oprah Winfrey produced a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and the impact of The Color of Fear.

Thousands of participants from educational, government, corporate and social service agencies have taken StirFry’s trainings and seminars so that they could then begin facilitating discussion groups in their agencies, schools, and communities and learn to engage in authentic and healthy multicultural dialogue. The company is recognized by many of the top 500 corporations as having one of the most outstanding cross-cultural and communications training programs for managers, supervisors, HR and top administrative executives. Clients have relayed that their participation in our workshops has been life changing, powerful and applicable to their personal and professional lives.

What makes StirFry Seminars so unique is our approach to how we value and observe each communication. We call this “mindfully listening”, which means being attentive to the subtleties in each communication, such as intent and impact. The following are some of the reasons why so many companies have chosen to work with us:

  • We emphasize developing inquiry skills in place of adversarial and defensive statements
  • We help participants acquire the art of mindfully resolving conflicts within seconds through the use of observation and responsive techniques
  • We demonstrate ways to create an environment where staff and administration work together as a supportive community rather than as individuals coming from an oppositional or power perspective
  • We develop the art of noticing keywords throughout the communication process that unlock the needs and issues of a particular cultural group or individual
  • We train participants to observe differences and similarities through a multicultural and multi-sensory approach and perspective
  • We use personal stories as a way to broaden one’s understanding and compassion for the history of one’s journey and its impact on present day behaviors and attitudes
  • We train managers and supervisors to not only listen for what is being said, but also to what is not being ex- pressed because of discriminatory or retaliatory behaviors and attitudes
  • We train participants to notice the importance of intent and impact in all their communications
  • We use curiosity as a gateway to empathy and trust
  • We explore through a multicultural lens rather than a monocultural one
  • We help managers and supervisors deepen their understanding of cross-cultural issues and values through role plays and real-life vignettes so that what they are learning is practical, useful and appropriate
  • We create opportunities for ongoing dialogues so that different cultural groups can ask each other questions and deepen their relationships
  • We provide ongoing training on how to facilitate and resolve conflicts peacefully without coming from a reactive or defensive position
  • We provide ongoing consultation, mentoring and coaching throughout each level of our trainings and seminars
  • We cover a variety of diversity issues within our workshops, as well as communication and organizational development training
  • Our clientele are top 500 corporations, major universities, governmental and social agencies
  • We work with individuals as well as both small and very large groups
  • Our consultants, facilitators and trainers are from a variety of multicultural backgrounds
  • All of our facilitators have years of diversity experience and are Certified Master Diversity Trainers
  • Our presenters, trainers, facilitators, and consultants come from a myriad of professions, including educational, corporate, therapeutic and social services sectors
  • We provide manuals, training guides, films and books authored solely by StirFry Seminars & Consulting
  • We use our internationally acclaimed films on diversity issues to foster dialogue and deeper understanding
  • Participants practice their communication and mediation skills through viewing our unique training films that mirror actual business scenarios and ongoing workplace problems and issues
  • Our films such as The Color of Fear (appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1995), have won international and national awards, and are often integrated into university curricula for educators, counselors, and diversity trainers