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Kelly C. Weiley is a white cis woman who recognizes the many privileges that come with her identities and their corresponding responsibilities, including the nuanced role of white folks in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. She is the Principal of CoAct Consulting, in which she has trained more than 30,000 people in personal and professional development toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Kelly works across sectors to cultivate trust and more inclusive work environments by tackling root causes to create lasting, meaningful shifts in behavior. Kelly’s consulting and facilitation experience spans both the public and private sector, including government, nonprofit, education, and philanthropy. Specific areas of focus are diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, leadership, communication, and intercultural competency. Kelly is a proud AmeriCorps Alum, serving one year as a Corps Member and one year as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps NCCC. Kelly co-keynoted the Facilitating Racial Equity Conference in 2018 and is a National Advisory Board member for Equity in the Center, an initiative that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Kelly has taught classes on race, class, and gender at St. Cloud State University, The University of St. Thomas and Northwestern University in addition to Navigating Difficult Conversations at the University of Minnesota. KKelly is currently Adjunct Faculty and collaborative designer of the Leading Equity and Inclusion Certificate in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In addition to being a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), Kelly is a Certified Mediator and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University as well as a Master of Science in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University.
Kourtney Cockrell is a Black and Jewish cis woman and the Founding Director of Student Enrichment Services at Northwestern University, an office that works with students coming from first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented backgrounds. Kourtney has spent 20 years working with organizations to increase access and opportunity for marginalized students and young professionals across higher education and the nonprofit and private sectors. Kourtney recently co-founded the FGLI Consortium, a national organization, providing leadership, expertise, and resources around the experience of first-generation and/or lower-income college students at highly selective universities and colleges. Kourtney is a faculty member in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and has also provided consulting services with Johns Hopkins University and Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to working with Student Enrichment Services, Kourtney worked with The Posse Foundation as the National Director of Career and Alumni Programs, served as an Admissions Officer with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and acted as National Diversity Recruiting Manager with McMaster-Carr. Kourtney has expertise in college access, social justice education, organizational change, nonprofit management, and talent management. Kourtney earned her BA in African-American Studies and Sociology at the University of Michigan and her MS in Learning and Organizational Change from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern.