Amy Benson is an associate project director at CompassPoint, where she helps organizations improve their internal practices, including communication, facilitation, and instructional design, and supports them to enter into conversations of diversity, racial equity, and inclusion. An expert facilitator (some say it’s her superpower!), and avid blogger and trainer, Amy’s primary areas of work include the following subject areas:
- Instructional design
- Conflict resolution
- Interpersonal communication
- Power, privilege, and accountability
- Working across differences of power and privilege
- White allyship and racial self-awareness
In addition to her external client work, Amy also brings her enthusiasm and skills to CompassPoint’s internal meetings. She serves as the organization’s lead on the design and structure of monthly staff meetings. She also facilitates the staff’s white caucus, which explores issues of allyship, race, power, and privilege.
Amy has a long history of service in a variety of environments. She has previously worked for Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and a Philadelphia-area domestic violence shelter called Laurel House. Her recent volunteer involvement includes leading a weekly workshop and discussion group about human sexuality through the East Bay Free Skool, performing with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and fundraising for fat liberation with NOLOSE, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture.
A native of Pennsylvania, Amy enjoys pinball, karaoke, and being a small-time rock star with her riot grrl garage band.
Bachelor of Arts: Cultural Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh
- Everyday Feminism
- Black Girl Dangerous
- Facebook posts from my brilliant and amazing friends and community members
- Co-chair of CompassPoint Multicultural Organizational Development Team
- Pesticide Action Network – consulting to develop communication practices to support their CC&E (cultural competence and equity) team
- "Conflict Response Styles: What’s the Point of Avoiding?"
- "Can Vulnerability Be Power?"
- Truth Quest and the Joys (and Limits) of Communicating Across Differences
- Professional Development and the 70/20/10 Rule
- “Fatty on the Commons” for Kim Klein’s blog
Recent Speaking Engagements
Communicating Across Differences workshop with Asian Women’s Shelter