Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Will Moreland.
Hi Dr. Moreland, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m originally from Compton, California. I moved from California in 1995 when I joined the United States Army. I was stationed in Germany for six years and I lived in Germany a total of 15 years. After my military service I started a Leadership and Development company. I sold that company in 2009 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. In 2019, I sold my company and I turned my focus to Diversity and Inclusion and launched the Moreland Training & Associates, LLC to address the growing needs companies were facing in building diverse and inclusive work environments. While serving in the military I really became fascinated with all the different people I worked with. This was a huge difference for me coming from a sheltered experience in Compton.
In the Army, I realized that basically we were all the same. We may be taking different roads to achieve what we desire, but basically, we all wanted the same thing. Unfortunately, we don’t talk enough with each other. This creates barriers, confusion and assumptions and divides us. I created my company to help bridge the gap between different cultures and show all of us, “We Are Better Together.” I believe most people are good hearted people, but we lack exposure to each other and we are ignorant to how each other feels, lives and sees the world. I have traveled to most of the 50 states and over 50 countries to help individuals, organizations, schools and colleges “See the World with New Eyes.” This is critical to us living and thriving in harmony. We live in an amazing world, and it becomes even more dynamic when we appreciate each other’s uniqueness. I tried to in as short as possible share with you my passion and what wakes me up each morning excited to hit the pavement. I’m trying to reach as many people as people and let them know, “We are better together.”
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The work I’m inspired to do is some of the most challenging work I believe on the planet. When you talk about Diversity and Inclusion, you are asking people to open up and share their beliefs, perspectives and ideas about their fellow neighbors. In my work, I challenge people to think about how they think. This might mean them going against what their mother, father, grandparent or spiritual leader has taught them. Because we rarely talk with each other, whatever we believe we just run with it. Whether it is right or wrong. Unfortunately, this is not a local issue, it is a global issue.
We’ve been impressed with Moreland Training & Associates, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Moreland Training & Associates is the premier source for Diversity and Inclusion Training, not only in Phoenix, but globally as well. We partner with our Clients to train, motivate and equip them with tools to build and create collaborate, cohesive and diverse work environments. I have personally lived in five different countries, traveled to over 50 countries and have worked in various industries. This gives me a unique perspective in working with people from all different types of backgrounds. I am most proud of our Clients that have done the work to change their culture inside of themselves as well as their companies. We ask our Clients to make a genuine and sincere effort toward creating better work places. If you are a company that needs support in this area, we would love to partner with you and provide you with real solutions that are actionable.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Literally ever person I meet becomes a mentor or lesson. I love to learn from others, so I ask a lot of questions, because I want to understand their perspective.