Our Story

I personally want to live in a world that’s less racist, and I think other people do too. It’s a human need.

About Nourish

Nourish was founded by Michaela Ayers in reaction to the 2016 presidential election. Realizing that we live in a polarized society where it’s increasingly difficult to engage in conversation across our differences, especially conversations about race and racism, Michaela set out to create a middle ground. “I am of the opinion that even though a conversation may be uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean the experience can’t be beautiful,” says Michaela.

Beginning as a series of casual dinner parties, Michaela invited guests to feel seen and heard by talking about their lived experiences with racism. She saw the personal transformation that comes from building community while discussing hard truths with vulnerability and honesty. At the same time, Michaela saw a need in the market for a more creative and imaginative approach to embracing diversity in the workplace.

Our Evolution

The market is saturated with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs that maintain the status quo. Often relegated to the function of HR, DEI programs are historically under-resourced and seen as a necessity for corporate compliance instead of a key enabler for profitability and growth. Across all industries, the most high-performing teams are also the most demographically and cognitively diverse.

Seeing the need, Nourish quickly evolved into a social impact organization that advances strategic conversations by providing inclusive language tools, anti-racism practices, and psychologically safe environments where people can engage in a civil dialogue about our differences.

Our Vision

Always striving to recreate the magic of gathering people around a dinner table, Nourish is constantly evolving, exploring different ways of thinking, speaking, and listening in order to advance the collective conversation about systemic racism. In order to create a more just and inclusive reality, we must build a new way of being.

It is through conversations that we make meaning and where new understanding becomes possible. The path of anti-racism is lifelong, and we don’t have to do it alone. This is why our story begins and ends with you, our community.

The systems of oppression have been designed, and therefore can be intentionally redesigned. Anonymous


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