Vision & Context
We design learning experiences for BIPOC leaders to gather, restore, and evovle.
We are honored to invite you to a two-day exclusive invite called One Person, Big Difference at The Green Valley Ranch Resort, in Henderson, Nevada. This experience will be fuel for your soul as we gather to learn, build community, and restore.
Create a supportive community where we can connect, network, and build relationships that bolster our self efficacy.
Engage in discussions and workshops that explore the unique challenges we face in the workplace and learn new strategies to address them
Use our experiences and perspectives as sources of strength and value in leadership roles.
Continue our growth, development, and evolution as leaders and humans
The facilitators for this retreat/training will be
J. VICTOR MCGUIRE, Ph.D
Victor has been in the leadership development space for 30 years with experience within a variety of sectors including secondary and higher education to high-tech companies, mental health nonprofits, and Fortune 100 businesses, and has worked effectively with a range of age groups from teenagers, to early- career young adults to senior executives.
As a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Strengths Coach, Victor guides individuals in understanding their personal and professional strengths and leading them to achieving their fullest potential by leveraging those strengths.
With empathy, joyfulness, and passion, it is important to Victor to support individuals in functioning optimally in the workplace while fulfilling a sense of personal purpose and work/life balance.
In leading teams and organizations, it is integral to Victor that they align their practices with their organization’s mission and vision to achieve desired outcomes.
Early in Victor’s career, his initial path guided him to be a high school teacher, a school administrator, and a university professor at several universities. As a professor, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study history, politics, and educational systems in South Africa.
Recently, Victor founded the non-profit organization, Coaching for Everyone. Its mission is to offer complimentary coaching and leadership support to traditionally underserved and under-resourced Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations.
Victor is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and certified in various assessment tools such as The Marcus Buckingham Stand Out tool and The Leadership Circle assessment.
Victor received his doctorate from Colorado State University in Curriculum and Instruction, to be followed by a collective of university professorships for the next 20 years. Victor is experienced, as a keynote speaker at national/international conferences, and has authored books on education and leadership.
When not with clients, you can find Victor with his wife, and dog/Cooper strolling the beaches in sunny California.
Throughout David’s life, it has been important for him and the people around him to find a way to live a fulfilled, human-centered life that empowers others to lead with kindness, find their greatness, and relentlessly explore how to make the world a better place with love.
This conviction has been with him since he stepped into a classroom as a teacher over 20 years ago. He spent the first 18 years of his career as an educator serving in every position, from a classroom teacher to becoming a school district superintendent. Under his leadership as Superintendent, Lorain City Schools received its highest performance marks in nearly a quarter-century. In addition, he led the district team that moved the school district from an F grade to a B grade in the Achievement Gap closing metric for the first time in school history. As a result, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria touted Lorain City Schools as being in the top ten percent of the fastest-improving school districts in the state of Ohio’s 646 school districts under David’s leadership. He took on this opportunity due to his work as Deputy Superintendent of Academics of St. Louis Public Schools, where he helped the district gain full academic accreditation for the first time in 15 years. After formally leaving K-12 education spaces, he stepped into the consulting and coaching world after being the Managing Partner and VP of People and Culture at Education Elements, where he developed their Educational Equity Service line.
David has also served on a Board of Trustees for Columbia College of Missouri and the academic committee. He is an alum of Colgate University, where he received his bachelor’s in economics, and Teachers’ College Columbia University, where he received his Master’s and is currently a dissertation away from his doctorate at Columbia University.
David and his wife, a graduate of Howard University, have two sons and a daughter, who is often the subject of David’s love for photography.
Shawna is also an acclaimed author of children’s book B is for Black Brilliance and the founder and CEO of an organization by the same name dedicated to centering, uplifting and affirming narratives of Black creativity, innovation and genius.
She leads and lives with her purpose and passion, serving on the board of several organizations working to impact the lives of Black women, Black communities and Black students including The Highland Project, Teach for America Las Vegas, and The University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services.
With almost 20 years of experience as a devoted educator, Shawna understands firsthand just how deep the resource divide exists and impacts Black students.
She and her family are proud homeowners in Vermont – reclaiming their ancestors’ stories by owning land that will serve as a place of rest and refuge for Black families.
Shawna finds joy in gardening, cooking with her family, and laughing with friends.She promises to unapologetically create environments where clarity, possibility, and liberation are centered so that new opportunities for love, possibility, and change emerge.
We will bring together BIPOC leaders that are curious, collaborative, and reflective. We look to bring together black and brown professionals who are moving up the corporate ladder in companies across the globe and those that have decided to build their own corporate ladders.
There are only 25 seats available for this experience with a rolling waitlist for future convenings we will hold across the country.