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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.