Engineer Social Intelligence

Harness your Human Capital and Build ROI through Culture Transformation

Shatter Unconscious Bias

Mental Health Awareness. Non Verbal Communication. Perspective Taking.

Who We Are

We are innovators in the field of Social Intelligence and Human Behavior.  Our goal is to disrupt the status quo of learned human intelligence as it is currently understood and accepted. 
 Our clients are some of the most forward-looking companies in the world.

What We Do

We help people understand both themselves and each other

Mental Health

Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it isn’t so.

Social Intelligence

Engineer human communication.

Human Capital Assessment

The key to your organization’s success.

About Us

We are your partners for growth.


Athena Grace

Athena Grace

Co-Founder / Chief Strategy Officer

Athena Grace is a human behavior expert, executive coach, and public relations strategist. She specializes in using personality and behavior preferences to maximize organizational performance, communication and, ultimately, culture transformation. Athena brings more than a decade of experience in personality profiling, social intelligence, non-verbal communication and recognizing and responding to human behavior patterns, to assist corporations in areas such public relations strategy, image control and repair, strategic partnerships, personnel alignment, de-escalation and mediation techniques, among other situations. Athena performs this work both in the corporate world and on the inside of military operations for the Army Special Operations Command, engaging directly with special forces personnel and senior leadership to profile and train soldiers on the skills necessary for intelligence work.




Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Ernie has been assigned to a wide variety of units throughout his 28-year, law enforcement career helping him gain a deeper understanding of the unique struggles police encounter on a daily basis. Ernie is the founding members of SAPD’s Mental Health Unit where he pioneers innovative training to provide law enforcement with a deeper understanding of the experiences of citizens living with mental health diagnoses. Ernie is an advanced instructor for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has been certified by the FBI in hostage negotiations. He served as a Board of Director for NAMI in the early 2000’s and most recently, has been the subject of several documentaries including HBO’s Emmy Award Winning show Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops.


Ernie and Athena joined forces to maximize collaboration on social intelligence, mental health and unconscious bias during this time of real, transformative change sweeping our world. Both founders hold experiential knowledge in the field of social science and human communication and actively teach individuals how to use these compelling skills during potentially dangerous, high intensity situations. When learned and used correctly, social intelligence is arguably more effective and efficient at de-escalating a situation, and simultaneously building rapport,  than the use of physical force.  SILKed aims to bring awareness, to the power of interpersonal intelligence, in the fight to secure humane justice for all.

Satisfied Clients
Mental Health Teams Trained
News Appearances
Blog Posts
Satisfied Clients
Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Chief of Police Aspen, CO

"Ernie [...] shows how compassion and humanity should be at the core of policing and that taking one step towards empathy genuinely changes lives"

Reed Caldwel

Reed Caldwel

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, CEO

You simply don't know what you are missing until you work with Athena. Her profiling skills, staff assessment strategies and ability to hire and align the correct personnel for the job will astound you. Time and money matter, but peace of mind is what she ultimately brings the executive.

Robert Chavez

Chief of Police, University of Incarnate Word

“In the challenging times that law enforcement is facing regarding mental health incidents it is critical that we have a dedicated expert like Ernie Stevens who has a passion for what he does and that he truly wants to help people”

Culture Transformation

Staff Assessment

Mental Health

Leadership Coaching

Social Intelligence

Unconscious Bias

Customized Training

We provide customized staff assessments and training for a variety of industries and purposes.  From corporate social intelligence training, targeted at company culture, sales tactics and ROI, to law enforcement and public safety training specifically targeted at mental health and verbal de-escalation.

  • Research
  • Opportunity Analysis
  • Consulting
  • Culture Transformation
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Personality Profiling
  • Public Relations
  • Image Repair
  • Communication
  • Mental Health Resources