Could use some help with an awkward dynamic.

My Dept has been tapped to help another dept promote a DEI study. The client dept has hired a consultant in this area. The challenges I see with this consultant's work style:

-dominating conversations
-micromanaging things outside her area
-steering things toward her own promotion over our company's agenda
-people in my dept (mostly white) are visibly uncomfortable and reluctant to interrupt or contradict her (black woman)

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The project is not getting our best work and may miss its objectives. Any talking points to keep us on track without seeming like we're just being difficult, indifferent white people?

What are the objectives?

Recruit participants for a study. This sometimes gets conflated with the consultant's goal to raise awareness of the topic in general. Cynically, this will help the consultant get more bookings, but the risk is it will dilute our efforts to accomplish the other objective.

Best practices would be to norm a working style that is acceptable for both parties. It is also ok to ask the consultant how their leadership style embodies DEI practices. Communication is always key.

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