We Can Talk: Honest Conversations About Race

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler is a changemaker and a peacemaker. In every aspect of her career, she has focused on transforming individuals, organizations and communities. She specializes in utilizing evidence-based and researched practices to inform her processes. Her style of boldly embracing change in a warm and nurturing manner offers support to those she works with. Julie truly believes that we should “be the change we want to see in the world” and actualizes this value in her work and her life. Julie has published articles, reports and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, training events and presentations. Julie is a principal partner in the Ronik-Radlauer Group and the CEO of Collectively.

Ryon Robert Coote is the Chief Development Officer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., the largest comprehensive homeless services provider in Broward County. He was born in Jamaica and migrated with his family to the United States at a very young age. He is a graduate of the Steve J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University where he received a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Policy and Management. 

Ryon has a passion for helping people in need and truly believes in the Martin Luther King Jr. quote “Everyone can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t need a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” 

Ryon is an advocate who champions efforts to improve living conditions and education for children and adults in underserved communities and/or in adverse situations. He has over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors and has worked on several public projects involving community leaders, and local elected officials that have increased opportunities for disadvantaged children and adults. 

Ryon is a devoted father and husband and is inspired by his family to make this world a better place. When he is not working you will find him spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, fishing, and reading.

In this episode, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a conversation about race and social justice issues, demonstrating how people from different backgrounds can have deep and civil conversations about these difficult issues. These two advocates hope that by showing people how they do it, listeners can glean something useful and apply it in their own lives with their colleagues, friends, and loved ones.  

What You’ll Learn

  • Important topics about racism, white privilege, and cancel culture.
  • The relevance of having an open dialogue about uncomfortable topics around race and social justice issues, no matter what your background is.  
  • Helpful tips on how you can listen with an open mind and take actions to gain a better understanding of the topics discussed. 
  • And much more

Favorite Quote 

“I think the takeaway for me is, don’t be scared to ask questions because you’re never going to get an answer unless you ask the question.” – Ryon Robert Coote

For More Information: 

The Ronik-Radlauer Group, Inc.


contact Julie atjulie@collective-ly.org

Broward Partnership

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About the author, Scott

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

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