InContext Advising, LLC

Strategy + Coaching + Training


We solve problems through:

Building coalitions, consensus, and networks

Developing strategies for growth and success

Connecting people and organizations to ideas, trends, and movements

Engaging community leaders, elected officials, boards of directors around issues that are most salient to our clients and their goals

Training organizations on issues related to trauma, race, LGBTQ+ equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Coaching political candidates, executives, and leaders on interpersonal communication, social policy, and public speaking


The Chicago High School for the Arts

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Merit School of Music

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The People's Music School

Cincinnati Arts Association


Leo D'Cruz for 32nd State Representative

Reverb Art + Design

Auditorium Theatre of Chicago, Hearts to Arts

Chicago Lights

Broadwell Center


"Reginald is a tremendously skilled facilitator and a unique resource for forward thinking arts non-profits of all varieties. We have sent many of our team members to his Trauma Informed Arts Instruction and Cultural Competency training sessions over the years and we always find his work to be enlightening and informative.  Just recently we engaged him to lead our board, faculty, and staff in an all day training focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues specifically related to CYSO.  This session was transformative for us as a team and we can't recommend his work highly enough." 

- Susan Lape, Executive Director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

“Reggie inspired us! He taught our team about the science of trauma and its effect on the brain, and balanced that with coaching on practical tools our teaching artists could implement right away. His funny, sensitive and engaging style were remarkable given the difficult subject matter. If you are looking for an excellent facilitator for a discussion of trauma and the arts, Reggie will not disappoint.”

-All Henry, Executive Director, People’s Music School

Reginald's trauma seminar is a must for any arts educator, particularly those working in under-served communities. He is able to simply and clearly break down for participants what trauma is and how it shows up in students' behavior and the classroom. 

Reginald is a skillful presenter who makes an issue that can be intimidating and uncomfortable for participants more approachable. He creates a safe and judgement-free space for educators to share difficult classroom situations. Then through the collaborative portion of his workshop, he helps them unpack the experience, understand the ways trauma influenced this situation, and how they can more successfully navigate a similar situation with students in the future. Our faculty of 75 overwhelmingly had positive feedback about his presentation. It was clear throughout the school year (in conversations and even in teacher observations) that our faculty were thinking about and implementing  the strategies they learned through Reginald's trauma workshop. 

Reginald is a consummate professional. He met with our administrative team several times prior to our workshop to ensure that he understood our learning community. He was flexible and willing to customize his workshop presentation to meet the specific needs of our faculty and school. From planning, to implementing the workshop, to reflecting on how it went, working with Reginald was a smooth process. 

-Natalie Butler, Dean of Learning and Teaching, People’s Music School

Reginald Harris has had a tremendous influence on our institution’s development by personally helping me discover that many challenges we face in serving students can be better addressed if we look at the symptoms and the root of the problem rather than following outdated educational practices. He is a gifted teacher and an incredibly effective speaker. Due to Harris’ influence we have created a program that is receiving national attention for our efforts to help redefine arts training in America. Without him we would have never gone down this path. He is quickly becoming the go-to trauma expert for education and arts organizations throughout the Midwest.

- Jose Ochoa, Executive Director, The Chicago High School for the Arts