Meet our dedicated team

Courtney portlock

Founder and CEO 

I have worked as a senior administrator and teacher in middle and high schools for over 10 years, serving in roles such as Director of Diversity and Assistant Head of Upper School. I have spoken regularly at a number of schools and universities, including UPenn's Graduate School of Education, on topics such as race in leadership, whiteness, gender, the use of the N-word in literature, and much more. I am motivated by my conviction that being seen for all that we truly are propels us to greatness.



John steele

Founding Member and Senior associate

I worked in a nutritional supplement startup after graduating from Wesleyan University, but soon became interested in the effects of the transference of bias and emotional trauma from people in positions of power to those beneath them. I am driven by the power that the recognition and termination of this cycle can have on ourselves and those around us.