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A Letter of Thanks to Our Community


With gratitude for your support, we want to let you know that we are closing our business at the end of 2019. While we opened The Blue Door Group in 2014, our work together started in 2009 as the Philadelphia Trainers’ Collaborative (PTC). With an enthusiastic group of collaborators, PTC brought to fruition a vision to create a space for trainers, educators, and organizers to hone their skills in interactive training design and facilitation. Our experiences as non-profit workers, trainers, facilitators, and educators inspired us to build what we were seeking: a space for skill-sharing, constructive feedback, and community-building. We opened Blue Door to go deeper into the work of creating dynamic, participatory learning spaces. 


We are so grateful that we have had the opportunity to collaborate with you. Whether working together to clarify your organizational vision; to engage conflicts around race and gender in your organization; to utilize arts-based approaches in your educational spaces; or to make sure your services were trauma-informed, your vision and commitment have inspired us. To our consultant colleagues and mentors, we thank you for your generosity and insights. To the people who have attended our public workshops and train-the-trainers, you have energized us. You have helped us to build a community of smart and passionate trainers and facilitators that we are proud to call colleagues, co-facilitators, and friends. 


We are forever indebted to the late Tchet Dereic Dorman, Blue Door Senior Consultant and a member of PTC. Tchet believed in and collaborated with us from the beginning, bringing us onto projects and providing mentorship. He continually encouraged us in the value and uniqueness of our approach. 


As the founders of Blue Door - Sarvelia, Jess, Hillary, and Susanna - we are grateful to each other for the courage and determination it took to pursue this joint venture and the growth and learning we have shared. After a decade of collaboration, we are embarking on a new journey doing this work each in our own way. We might be closing this door, but it’s because our continued learning and work together with you have opened new doors. 


Moving forward, you can reach each of us at the following:


Hillary Blecker: Hillary Blecker Coaching and Consulting, hillary@hillaryblecker.com

Susanna Gilbertson: Susanna Gilbertson Coaching and Consulting, susanna@susannagilbertson.com 

Jessica Levy: jessica@jessicalevy.net

Sarvelia Peralta-Duran: sarvelia.peralta@gmail.com


Thank you for your support, guidance, collaboration, and friendship. 


With gratitude and appreciation,


Blue Door