Brooke (she/her) has 15 years of career coaching experience (along with related experience in planning events, directing programs, and keeping track of her boss), working in higher education at the University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, and UNC Charlotte.
Her personal DEI journey began in early 2019 after meeting with a dietician (not the most traditional dietician, as you can imagine), and she continues to learn about (and have flawless internal rants about) the experience of being fat and female.
Her writing interests include anti-fat bias, size diversity in the workplace, sex discrimination, and the career experiences of people with disabilities.
For fun, Brooke spends her time terraforming Mars, dino ranching, and running a chocolate factory - all through board gaming (referenced games: Terraforming Mars, Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, and Chocolate Factory).
Brooke takes an empathetic, person-centered approach (always with a good dose of humor) to career coaching. Interested in chatting about career coaching? Have board game or audiobook recommendations? Let me know at email@example.com!
Dan Terrio (he/his/him) is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Northcentral Wisconsin. For over 24 years, Dan has inspired countless youth and adults from all walks of life with his story of perseverance, strength and determination. At the age of 13, he began his motivational speaking and diversity, equity and inclusion career while recovering from injuries sustained in a car/train accident that left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair. He also began educating youth and adults on topics pertaining to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a trainer. Dan later went on to serve two terms as the National Co-President of United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY), the largest American Indian Youth organization in the United States, while traveling to all 50 states presenting his inspiring story from growing up on an Indian Reservation to working in Washington D.C., along with the things that happened in the middle. Today, Dan is an accomplished and award-winning corporate education facilitator, a National and TED Certified motivational speaker, leadership/culture development trainer, and DEI officer and strategist. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and an executive certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.
Dan’s DEI interests include Implicit/Explicit Bias, Intersectionality, Native American inclusion in contemporary society, Two-Spirited identity and concepts, DEI program development, and workplace culture development surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
When Dan is not immersed in the DEI world, Dan enjoys traveling, volunteering, baking (and eating), biking, hiking, attending concerts, participating in live theatre, and polluting his mind with Reality TV.
A piece of advice Dan was given early in his DEI career is to “Never get angry, educate.” By doing so, you are able to build an environment of belonging by hearing and seeing people where they are, regardless if you don’t agree or the perspective is factual. Mutual respect can go a long way. When you create belonging and respect, you can then educate and it will be better received. Anger never got anyone anywhere. You can be woke, but you can also be woke with intention and purpose.
Darius is an Italian Graphic Designer and Photoshop expert. He loves style, fashion and elegance. He designs classy and slick imagery for anyone who sees magnificence and sophistication as the way to stand out.
Cait Phillips lives in Brooklyn, NY and works at a health tech startup. Prior to moving to NYC, was on the Editorial team for Science magazine at AAAS in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in English.
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Sarah is a mom, educator, feminist, yogi, grad-student, and aspiring author with big AOC energy. To say that she loves learning is an understatement as she is known to read scholarly articles for fun. Her passion for civic engagement and social justice developed early in her college career. Whether it was taking a busload of students to lobby legislators at the Michigan Capitol when she was Director of Political Action in undergrad, or sitting on the Independent Community Police Oversight Commission of Ann Arbor, she is committed to showing up in spaces and elevating the voices of marginalized folx who often don't get a seat at the table.
She is currently pursuing her second Masters degree at the University of Michigan in Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation. She also sits on the United Way Power of the Purse planning committee, an annual event in her community that raises funds for financial literacy programs and non-profits, geared towards Women of Color. Her 9-5 work is her role as a Career Coach for Liberal Arts Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan, where she works to empower them on their professional development journey as they navigate their interests and passions as it relates to their major. When she's not working, mothering, volunteering, researching, or advocating for change, she spends time writing a historical fiction novel based on the only Battalion of African American women that were deployed overseas in World War Two.
Areas/ Intersections of Interest in DEI: College Access and Career Readiness, K-12 Education Policy, Intersectionality of Identities, "Imposter Syndrome", Mindfulness and Meditation as tools to support social justice work, Inclusive workplaces, Recruitment and Retention efforts of BIPOC staff and students in higher education and tech.
Hobbies: reading, writing, yoga, exploring new cities, museums, local coffee shops, making slime with her son.
Her advice to someone wanting to start their DEI journey is to not only have clarity on who they are identity wise, but to also have a vision on their "why." Why are they doing this work? Whom is it benefiting? How will they be showing up in the process? What privileges do you hold as you navigate these spaces? The key is self-reflection/introspection, and a lot of it!