The Silverene Group’s Founder, Shaara, was born in India, raised in Nigeria, schooled in England, and lived in Greece before coming to the U.S. as a young adult married to a Puerto Rican. Shaara’s early life experiences as a guest in someone else’s country instilled a sense of curiosity, empathy, and recognition that the more diverse and different voices we have at the “table,” the richer and more meaningful the dialogue and outcomes. She also came to realize that we must ensure that we provide access, opportunity, and support to lift up the voices of people who have been prevented from fully participating.
That fuels the energy to create a welcoming work environment where all staff, members, clients, vendors, and other stakeholders recognize the value and strengths they and their team members bring to the table and where they can proudly fully live their own diverse traits and experiences. We are proud to have deliberately curated a team who fully represents the richness of diversities that exist in this country and beyond.
The Silverene Group was established in 2016 with Shaara’s family’s entrepreneurial spirit at its core. Following in the lead of generations past, Shaara left her successful career to help others build for change. Inspired by Shaara’s great-great-grandfather, who built his business in their family home called Silverene, The Silverene Group continues his legacy of purpose, grit, passion, impact, and building a sense of community
"The level of attention and customization we received from The Silverene Group is to be commended. The ‘Align, Adapt & Inspire” training program provided the necessary strategic introduction to DEI at AAPA so all staff could develop common language and understanding around inclusion, diversity, unconscious bias and also learn about the impact of biases, micro-inequities, and stereotypes. The Silverene Group created a program that adapted to our needs, and pivoted when necessary to ensure that the training program would effectively align and support our overall DE&I strategy."
"I have worked with some good coaches but what distinguishes Fiona from others, is her own corporate experience and her ability to create an effective comfortable and safe space. She has been quite insightful and used her skills and expertise to help me see myself from a completely new perspective. While being always supportive and sometimes radically candid, she was always able to provide both a healthy and humorous debate to my decision making."
"The Silverene Group has added to the success of our organization in many ways; they created and implemented a robust and inclusive process which resulted in a set of Core Values along with a work plan that we could execute. We prioritized work to be done from the results of an employee engagement survey; The Silverene Group worked with the established DEI Work Group, organized and facilitated confidential focus groups, and delivered the feedback and action plan with professionalism and grace. These are just two examples of how The Silverene Group helped us strengthen our culture. They are outstanding partners to have on your side, and I recommend them with confidence."
"Shaara and her team were professional and knowledgeable, and they left us with a culture game plan for moving forward. Most importantly, the employees appreciated participating and we are already seeing positive results."
"The team was collaborative and responsive from the outset – listening to our initial needs and helping to identify areas of necessary exploration. The overall experience exceeded my expectation and our workplace culture is more attentive and responsive as a result."
"Shaara’s information and delivery was excellent. Spot on, relevant, and wouldn’t change a thing."
"Carla did a terrific job of pacing the discussion, engaging the group and using humor appropriately in facilitating our session on culture."
"The Silverene Group helped us determine operating guidelines and best practices for our support teams that enable them to more effectively support our attorneys."
"Shaara’s session was engaging and compelling and she laced it with the right amount of humor as well. I came away with the realization that I needed to adjust my frame of reference and approach when dealing with my team members."
"Shaara was engaged to implement change management across the organization and develop a new way of doing business."
"I would highly recommend Shaara and her firm to any organization looking to have a meaningful, collaborative [leadership] retreat."
“Shaara listened to our needs and where we wanted to go, providing strategic advice to take our association to the next level.”
“You have helped greatly in moving us forward to improve the working conditions, and to create a better engagement with all of our employees.”
"Shaara’s executive coaching during an exciting leadership transition was critical to my success. [She] shaped our discussions to provide me with straight-forward, actionable and concrete recommendations."