At Courage Collective, we believe that it's Moments of Courage that move the world. Here's our team, and here's what Courage means to us.

Meet the Team

Daniel Oppong

A little about me

I’m Daniel, and I’m the Founder of The Courage Collective. My experience includes work in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Tech, Consulting, Education, and the Nonprofit Sector. I care deeply about humanizing the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion conversation, bringing impactful ideas to life, and creating meaningful, memorable, and transformational experiences with & for others.

What courage means to me

Courage means showing up in moments big and small. It means understanding and embracing your own humanity and the humanity of others. It means taking the risks, doing the work, and becoming the better, more beautiful world we hope for and believe in. And perhaps most of all, for me — Courage means creating a life I love and building things I believe in with people I enjoy.

Lauren Franklin

A little about me

I’m Lauren, and I’m a Co-Founder & Facilitator with The Courage Collective. My favorite titles include wife, daughter, sister, outdoor enthusiast, aspiring chef, and change agent. With a background in research, tech, higher education, and employee engagement, I find myself most inspired when I can use data to tell stories that transform teams, businesses, and organizations.

What courage means to me

Courage means activating your authentic self. In a culture that often rewards status, competition, and perfection, to show up as your flawed, vulnerable and human self every day takes true courage. And when that authentic self shows up and brings courage along with it, I believe that’s what truly sparks meaningful relationships, change, and connection.

Nani Vishwanath

A little about me

I’m Nani, and I’m a Co-Founder & Facilitator with The Courage Collective. I walk this Earth as a South Asian woman, a mother, an activist, a coach, a teacher, and a student. My professional background includes work in Human Resources, Technology and Higher Education. My mission in life is to empower the voices of those that are not often heard, and I strive to create spaces where those voices are celebrated, respected and understood.

What courage means to me

To me, courage means moving forward and into the unknown. A courageous person, organization or community embraces the unknown and sees it as an opportunity to grow, learn and evolve. Courage can show up in big moments and experiences, or can be demonstrated in small, every day acts. Both are important and both will make us better.

Lindsay Lagreid

A little about me

I'm Lindsay, and I'm a Facilitator with the The Courage Collective. I am a lifelong metaphorical onion-peeler - constantly learning and unlearning so I can share the truest and most beautiful version of myself with the world. I'm energized by the intersection of psychology, technology, and work. Within that space lies the opportunity to create life-enhancing experiences that generate energy people can carry with them and share with the world on their unique journey. 

What courage means to me

Courage means allowing all emotions. It requires a willingness to sit...quietly...with discomfort, tension, and shame so we can be open to receive the lessons and wisdom they contain. It asks us to give voice to silent stories so truth can fuel transformation. On the other side is safety, connection, growth, and humanity. Worth it. 

Isaac Addae, PhD

A little about me

I’m Isaac, and I’m a Partner & Consultant with The Courage Collective. As a first-generation Ghanaian American, I consider myself to be a change agent dedicated to shifting the trajectory of individuals, communities & organizations. My professional background includes work in military/defense, information technology, consulting, higher education and the nonprofit sector.

What courage means to me

I view courage as the ability to live and behave in a way that fully aligns with your morals and values. Being courageous may challenge societal norms and perspectives. Exemplifying courage in your daily life may even force you out of your comfort zone. However, I believe it is our duty to be an example of courageous living for the benefit of those around us and the world we live in.

Kelli Nowers

A little about me

I’m Kelli, and I’m a Consultant at the Courage Collective. A life-long hunger to learn and commitment to transformational change has driven my professional experience and ongoing creative pursuits. My academic background centered on gender, antiracism, anti-militarization, and social movements which I now incorporate into my leadership at a grassroots nonprofit advocating for positive policy change for women and kids. Writing has always been a healing and creative outlet for me, so I am naturally drawn to stories and symbolism as a means to speak truth and make change. 

What courage means to me

I view courage as intentional expansion outside of your perceived limitations: the worldview you grew up in, the societal norms you are told to fit into, your comfort zone. I think it is courageous to get curious and ask questions about systems and structures that you have taken for granted. Ultimately, I think it is courageous to change your mind and evolve.

Brynn Plummer

A little about me

I’m Brynn, and I’m a Facilitator & Consultant with The Courage Collective. I am a career inclusion and equity professional with experiences in k-12 education, entrepreneurial ecosystems, research, and political organizing. My favorite areas of impact are multipartial facilitation, intersectional analysis, systems audits, communicating across power differentials, normalizing divergent cultural patterns in the workplace, and implementing DEIB practices in startup environments.

What courage means to me

Courage is a commitment to doing what is right even when it is costly - especially when it is costly. My courage comes from history and an appreciation for the generational work that is liberation. The many scholars, activists and everyday people of years past, many of them Black women, remind me that I am someone’s descendant and someone’s ancestor. The cape and crown I wear were already paid for by the people who came before me; I merely have to keep them on in this lifetime so that I might hand them to the people who will come after me.

Jaime Burnham

A little about me

I’m Jaime, and I’m a Consultant with The Courage Collective. While my background is lengthy in Human Resources, Employee Benefits Consulting, and Corporate Health & Well-Being, my career calling on this earth is in my work disrupting the norms in Corporate America. As a mother of bi-racial children and a woman who identifies as LGBTQ+, I am here to open hearts and minds, and help make corporate America a more diverse, equal, accepting, and colorful place for ALL.

What courage means to me

To me, Courage is not being afraid to speak up in uncomfortable situations, even though you may not always be supported or get the outcome you want. Knowing that you might have helped one person who is looking to feel seen, accepted, or supported makes it all worth it. You never know who is watching, and I always try to use every bit of my privilege to be a strong voice for those who have not been empowered to use their own.

Mari Hegyi

A little about me

I’m Mari, and I’m a Facilitator with The Courage Collective. For the past 10 years I have worked to build company cultures where employees feel valued. My objective in life is for everyone to see and be seen, for everyone to get to enjoy the full range of the human experience, and to be able to cultivate a life of meaning. This is not possible unless we all turn inward and untangle our own stories and beliefs and create new ones that better serve ourselves and each other. I’m energized by beauty, connection, and love. 

What courage means to me

To me, courage means standing in your values and power. It means, being scared, and doing it anyway. I believe that you can’t live purpose-driven life without courage, which is exactly why we all need more of it. 

Stacy Taylor

A little about me

I’m Stacy (she/her), and I’m a Consultant with The Courage Collective.  I am Black, I am Queer, I am my mother’s daughter, and I am my ancestors’ wildest dream.  I am passionate about liberation, abolition, living my truest life, and encouraging those around me to live theirs.

What courage means to me

So many of us are taught to simply survive the world that we live in.  Letting it crash into us, as a bystander, only fighting for our lives if we are pushed past our breaking point.  Courage is finding the strength to opt-in to life – deliberately, vibrantly, painfully, and vulnerably.  Courage asks us to return to the fullness we were born with, to dismantle the parts of this world that do not serve us and to create a better future born out of that liberation.

Isis Avalos

A little about me

I’m Isis (e-sees) and I’m a Facilitator with The Courage Collective. I am a Mother, Mexican, Immigrant and Movement Artivist. My professional background is in the Non-profit Arts sector both administratively and in Performance. My lived experience as an undocumented person in the South Texas borderland has and continues to, inform my forever-journey of decolonizing. I truly believe the body stores ancestral memory to help guide us as we walk in this path of remembering how to be with one another

What courage means to me

Courage is swimming across that river without knowing how to swim with the deep belief that something better is on the other side. 
Courage, are the Native languages still being spoken today.

Esther Oppong

A little about me

I’m Esther, and I’m a Facilitator with The Courage Collective. As a Canadian-born, Texas-raised Ghanaian, my professional experiences are largely centered in counseling, higher education, and student affairs, where I currently work as a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate, supporting student survivors of sexual or relational violence. In a delightfully unexpected turn of events, I’ve also been engaging in the journey of small business ownership for the past five years. My work with survivors has highlighted the resilience and tenacity present in the human spirit amidst devastating circumstances. I believe that people can be exceptional when invited to a higher standard, and I am grateful for and inspired by every opportunity to share that pursuit.

What courage means to me

As a woman who spent too many years doubting (and at its worst, undermining) my greatness and worthiness, to me, courage means being willing to take a chance on yourself. It means daring to believe that the best can happen rather than expecting mediocrity or inviting the worst. It means staring yourself in the face and deliberately choosing to embrace the entirety of your fabulous flaws. I’ve also discovered great courage in vulnerability, which creates space to be seen more fully, and encourages others to drop their tightly-held armor and find rest. 

Kendall Park, PhD

A little about me

I’m Kendall, and I’m a Researcher and Facilitator with The Courage Collective. I’m a mother, scholar, teacher, and friend. I have been a researcher for over a decade, and my work draws from sociology, psychology, and management. I’m particularly intrigued by the role of business in both exacerbating and mitigating social problems, and I’m passionate about translating research into best practices for teams and organizations.

What courage means to me

I always tell my son that to be brave, you have to first be afraid. Courage isn’t about fearlessness or even confidence; it’s about doing the right thing, the hard thing, in spite of your fear. It can mean standing in your values in the face of danger or uncertainty. It can also mean opening yourself up to new ideas, even the ones that scare you. Fear is a feeling, but courage is a decision.

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Tim Mullen - CEO of Redpepper

"The Courage Collective team has incredible emotional intelligence. They quickly created a safe space for our entire company to open up and have meaningful, vulnerable conversation. I could not be more thankful for the personal and professional growth that has come as a result of this experience with The Courage Collective Team.

Catherine Seeds - President at Ketner Group Communications

“This is by far one of the best investments we have made as a company. The Courage Collective team provided a safe space for our team to learn, talk and grow in our journey. The topics that Daniel, Nani and Lindsay covered in our sessions will not only help us develop more inclusive policies as a company, but will help us as individuals be more aware of how we can serve as stewards for change.”

Jeff Ketner - CEO at Ketner Group Communications

“Our training with the Courage Collective was an eye-opener. Daniel and his team are skilled at helping people feel safe when discussing tough topics, and equally important, the training sticks with you: I’ve found myself thinking daily about many of the things we learned. This is how real change begins.”

Jodi Murphy - Head of People Operations at ProviderTrust

“We are mighty grateful for the thoughtful and intentional conversation that the Courage Collective brought to our workplace. The Courage Collective Team equipped us with new principles and frameworks to consider, while simultaneously inviting us to have healthy and open dialogue around what it means to be empathetic, responsible, and aware of the role we each play in our continued growth and understanding around how to be a more inclusive workplace."

Samara - VP of Sales & Marketing at redpepper

"Daniel, Lauren and Nani are amazing humans who care deeply about arming their clients with the tools and education to create a more inclusive workplace environment. Our entire company has benefited from their ability to create a safe space to be vulnerable and open to learning."