Taneesha Thomas and Emily Meeks are “teacherpreneurs,” headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The organization, Focused Minds Education Group, provides mental health awareness training using trauma-informed practices to educators and professionals in the workplace.
Stephanie Mitchell owns and runs her own personal training and wellness business. She is passionate about helping women feel empowered and strong by teaching strength training and mindfulness. Stephanie believes that when we work on strength, inside and out, and we practice mindfulness and meditation, we feel confident to take what we learn and practice into other areas of our lives and we have the confidence to act and work towards our goals.
Michelle Wax is the founder of American Happiness Project, a movement across 50 states focused on creating more joy, energy, and connection in the everyday. Michelle works with companies, schools, and individuals to help create positive mindsets, move beyond burnout, and strengthen emotional mental fitness through workshops and ongoing programs.
Sherry Walling, Ph. D., helps smart people do hard things. She is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, best-selling author, and mental health advocate. Her company, ZenFounder, helps leaders and entrepreneurs as they navigate transition, loss, conflict, or any manner of complex human experience.
Brooke Carroll is Principal Coach and Consultant with Acies Strategies, focusing on strategies for small school leaders and governors.
Liz Dover is the Head of the GreenMount School in Baltimore, MD.
Amber Teamann is a campus administrator, recently turned Technology Director. She co-authored the Amazon bestseller Lead with Appreciation and helps thousands of administrators with her Facebook groups on culture, climate, and productivity. When she isn’t chasing her two girls or fireman husband, you’ll find her tweeting her opinions on leadership, the Dallas Cowboys, and empowering educators.
Jill Goodman is a consultant specializing in helping independent schools better understand student attrition and improve retention. She also conducts brand-related qualitative research and leadership mentoring for independent schools. Jill helps schools harness the combination of smart methodology, creativity, and compelling messaging that is essential to stand out from the competition.
Cristin Caine is the founder and CEO of Charity Connect, a nonprofit which facilitates volunteerism through personal connection. Cristin’s background in special events fundraising and as a Montgomery County Public School teacher combined with her own fulfilling volunteer positions led to her passion to ensure that everyone who wants to be volunteering is volunteering. Cristin currently volunteers as a mock interviewer with SEEC and as a resource family for Generation Hope.
Dr. Valaida L. Wise is the President of Dr. Valaida Wise Consulting, LLC. The firm supports schools and other organizations in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, and leadership. She is also a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she teaches diversity, equity, inclusion, and issues of social justice. Her research interests center on exploring the lived experience of families of color in independent schools and the application of a broaching framework in organizations. An educator for more than 25 years, Dr. Wise has served as the Head of School of several independent schools in the Washington DC region. Additionally, she serves on the board of several professional organizations and independent schools.
Jen Cort is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice consultant working with schools and organizations in multiple countries. As an educator and clinical social worker, Jen has served as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school, and senior administrator as well as a counselor in lower, middle, and upper schools and private practice. Jen works with groups to create sustainable and systemic change and to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion. Jen has keynoted at national conferences, hosts a diversity institute, is a frequent contributor to publications, and her work has been quoted in Racing Toward Diversity, Insights, NAIS Independent Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and more. Jen is the host of an internationally syndicated podcast Third Space With Jen Cort.
Roger Coles is the founder of My Social Designer, where he helps entrepreneurs and organizations create graphics in minutes with customizable Canva templates. You may have seen his work on the largest Bible app (YouVersion), or on Canva.com. He’s passionate about his family, creativity, and becoming 1% better at something every day.