It takes courage to create change.
 

Seemingly impossible problems are solved when diverse perspectives come together in an equitable and inclusive culture. We know how to help clients develop the skills they need to thrive in a complex, quickly changing world because we practice those skills every day. We leverage our differences and learn from each other as we strive toward a common goal: helping clients make big changes.

Of our collective...

  • 100% have managed teams

  • 80% identify as female

  • 60% identify as people of color

  • 40% have held executive-level roles within nonprofit organizations

  • 20% identify as LGBTQIA+

 
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Jen Mayer-Sandoval, Founder and Principal consultant

 

 

For over 25 years, Jen has been helping leaders and organizations work from their collective wisdom to expand their impact. She has worked in organizational development, human resources, and fundraising across organizations including El Pomar Foundation, The Student Leadership Institute, and The Breakthrough Collaborative.

Areas of Expertise: 
> Culture Transformation
> Change Management
> Liberatory Consciousness
> Team Training + Development

Education & Certifications:
> Professional Coach Certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
> Certified ChangeBuilders and Sacbé Way Facilitator
> Certified DiSC assessment administrator
> Certified Energy Leadership Index administrator
> Training at the National Equity Project
> Graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder

Results:
Jen led Teach For America’s national Staff Learning and Development team, which designed and facilitated leadership and liberatory consciousness-based work for more than 1,700 people.

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Jovian Zayne, 

Management and Professional Development Consultant

Jovian develops purpose-centered leaders through coaching, content, and events. She leads The OnPurpose Movement, a firm committed to helping organizations and individuals to “Live and Work OnPurpose,” through targeted coaching, public speaking and facilitation experiences. She is also the Founder of the annual International Day of Purpose®, a day created to inspire people of all generations to celebrate, and activate the power of their purpose. 

Areas of Expertise: 
> Change Management
> Global Diversity Leadership Development

Education & Certifications:
> IGNITE Leadership Fellow with NYU’s Wagner Graduate School for Public Service
> Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Results:
In her position as a Managing Director of Talent Recruitment at Teach for America (TFA), Jovian led an initiative that increased diversity of new hires from 23% to over 51%, resulting in the most diverse staff in Teach For America’s history.

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Jessica Berg Elders, 

Executive Coach and Organizational Development consultant

Jessica is an organizational development and human resource leader with more than 15 years experience that includes serving as Senior Managing Director of People Development at Teach For America and as the first Head of People at Away.  Jessica brings a depth of experience facilitating adaptive and technical leadership development programs, as well as executive coaching training to her work with clients. She is passionate about partnering with individuals and teams to design inclusive systems and foster mindful leadership to produce exceptional and sustainable organizational results. 

Areas of Expertise: 
> Organizational Development
> Human Resources
> Executive Leadership & Management

Education/Certification:
> Columbia University certified executive coach with highest honors
> Korn Ferry 360 Emotional and Social Competency Inventory Assessment, Ei World Team Emotional Intelligence 360 Assessment
> Phi Beta Kappa alum of Northwestern University

Results:
Jessica has a long and consistent track record of achieving bold sustainable results in staff hiring, retention, development, engagement and performance with clients spanning the non-profit and private sector.

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Carrie Ellis, DEI Strategist and Executive Coach

Carrie uses her over 20 years of experience to aid managers, teams, and organizations as they navigate workplace complexities. As a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness specialist, Carrie partners with teams to help them enact culture-focused, equitable solutions that resolve difficult situations, create sustainable change, and result in better organizational outcomes.

Areas of Expertise:
> Management and Leadership
> Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness Training
> Customized Assessments

Education & Certifications:
> Certified Professional Coach
> Alumna of the American Express Leadership Academy
> Aspen Institute Fellow
> Graduated with honors from Spelman College and the University of Southern California

Results:
Carrie led the Project Management team at KaBOOM! where she and her team were responsible for the completion of 1,400 community-built playspaces impacting over 750,000 children.

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Jenni OkI, 

DEI Strategist, master Designer and facilitator

Jenni is a Racial Equity Strategist with Google, the Education Editor of Microaggressions Project, and the former Senior Managing Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness at Teach For America. She brings ten years of DEI expertise to BBT. Jenni works to connect executive leadership to employees on the ground in schools, nonprofits, and corporations, primarily through designing and executing effective learning programs. 

Areas of Expertise: 
> Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness
> Program Development
> DEI Evaluation

Results:
Jenni has been featured on NPR's Koho Nmamdi Show (WAMU/NPR). Her writing on education appears in book Inside Our Schools: Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform (Harvard Education Press).

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Dianne Hackett, Ed.D, 

Diversity Training Consultant

Dianne is a Diversity Business Partner at Google and Professor at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining LMU as a Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Hackett was Managing Director of Design for TFA’s Human Assets Team. Dr. Hackett is a conference lecturer, co-founder of an anti-racist parenting organization, an elected member of her local neighborhood council, and a diversity training consultant specializing in race equity work within educational settings.

Areas of Expertise:
> Equity Coaching
> Workshop Facilitation
> Curriculum Design
> Virtual Learning

Education & Certifications:
> Loyola Marymount University: Ed.D., Educational Leadership for Social Justice
> Loyola Marymount University: M.A., Early Childhood Education
> California State University, Dominguez Hills: Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Teacher Education

Results:
Dr. Hackett co-authored her region’s first diversity & inclusiveness strategic plan at Teach for America. The dissertation for her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice investigates the resilience of novice early childhood education professionals.

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David WeaveR, 

Leadership Development Expert

David Weaver brings more than 28 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, consultant, and facilitator to the collective. He has served as Vice President of Leadership Development with Public Allies, Vice President of Programs for BRIDGES For A Just Community, and has worked with The Children's Defense Fund and Teach For America. 

Areas of Expertise: 
> Leadership development
> Training and facilitation

Results:
David is the founder of Youth At The Center, which advances opportunities for youth to be seen, heard, and valued as the next generation of community leaders.