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Patty Bates-Ballard is Creative Director and Owner of WordSmooth, co-author of the book Navigating Diversity , and developer of the Harvesting Respec t communications education program. Previously the Diversity Director for the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission, she has worked in the field of multi-cultural relations for over 20 years. Patty has written extensively on diversity , disability , ecology , and wellness . She also develops grant proposals and marketing materials for a number of nonprofit organizations.

At a young age, Patty's faith inspired in her a passion for fairness and justice and a deep appreciation for the earth and its people. Her experience as a conflict resolution specialist, diversity trainer, mediator, racial equity advocate, and mother of two boys all contribute to her to focus on effective communication across differences. Patty's Harvesting Respect communications learning sessions help school districts, corporations, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations communicate effectively across differences. She received degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Austin College.
Jeanae Beal is the Senior Educator for WordSmooth's Harvesting Respect program. A presenter of the programs since 2002, her career spans 30 years from teacher to elementary principal to a central level administrator all in public education. She worked for Dallas ISD for 14 years (the last six as a principal); Cambridge Public Schools in Cambridge, MA for one year as an assistant principal; and Duncanville ISD for 15 years (five as principal, ten years as central administrator – ranging from special education director to assistant superintendent).   

As a volunteer with the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission, Jeanae provided diversity training for a number of organizations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, including United Way, the City of Coppell and Mesquite ISD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas and her master's degree from Prairie View A & M University. In her spare time Jeanae enjoys working out. Active in the Children’s Ministry at Friendship-West Baptist Church, her life goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of people.

Gregory Smith

Camille DeSalme

Julius Awafong

Harvesting Respect facilitator Gregory Smith leads a major law enforcement academy where he develops and administers law enforcement training pro-grams in the areas of police management and supervision, ethics and ethical decision-making and diversity education.
Camille DeSalme is a Content Editor. Her degree in math and years writing software sharpened her penchant for detail. She is the author of Tea & Cookies: How I Welcome My Jabberwock.
Julius Awafong is a Content Editor. Fluent in English and French, he received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Yaounde II in Cameroon, and he is currently researching for his master’s dissertation.

Our Inspiration

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Kory Ballard is the inspiration for WordSmooth. His joyous spirit encourages us all to embrace inclusion and speak our own truth, no matter what.