Eric Beers, MS
Eric believes that equity, particularly racial equity, needs to be at the center of work that seeks to help others. “When we center equity, we open ourselves to powerful and fundamentally different ways of helping others and ourselves.”
Eric Beers is a Senior Associate who works with clients to help them realize their full potential. He approaches organizations as fundamentally human systems. “Often we think about organizations using the metaphor of machines, says Eric, “unfortunately, this metaphor lets us down. What really makes an organization successful is the humans.”
Eric has worked in a variety of fields though all center around the value of “service.” Most recently he served as the Workforce Development Coordinator at the Indiana Department of Health where he focused on a variety of strategies and programs related to improving Indiana’s public health workforce. He also served on IDOH’s Health Equity Council and held a variety of leadership roles during Covid response in 2020 and 2021. Eric is able to support organizations as they work to address systemic racism and integrate anti-racist practices.
Eric holds a MS in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. While there he studied a variety of organizational development tools and frameworks including Appreciative Inquiry and the Intentional Change Theory. He also holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Kalamazoo College where he received the Senior Leadership Award for invaluable contributions to the Kalamazoo College community.
Why are you passionate about what you do at CSI?
I really like being a part of work that helps organizations change and grow. CSI’s work is about coming alongside a client and sharing our talents in ways that help them achieve something that is important to their community. It feels good to do that every day. I work with good people too. Having hardworking and sincere colleagues that are committed to doing work that is often hard and complex makes days at work fly by!
What inspires you?
A few things that inspire me are good music, people who live authentic and radical lives, and books that imagine different futures. Good music moves me and makes me want to move and be joyful. I love trying new things and I’m inspired by seeing other people living in authentic and radical ways. I also really like science fiction books. I love the way they imagine what is possible for people and the world around us.
If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
Make sure you stay connected to the people who truly want to see you grow. Tend to your inner work. Grow your creative outlets. Buy “Bitcoin” when you first hear about it.