Audience in Lecture






Senior Partner


The Management Center


Shawna Wells is a partner at The Management Center where she coaches leaders working for social change to build and run more effective organizations. Prior to her role at The Management Center, she worked as director of The Network at Building Excellent Schools where she trained and supported leaders in 20+ charter management organizations from across the country. In this role, she challenged leaders to deeply analyze the efficacy of their organizational decisions and supports them in system redesign as they improve their work with students, teachers, and leaders. Two keys to Shawna’s success in her last two roles are her deep belief in exploring possibilities and solutions through candid conversation, and a persistent commitment to aligning vision and organizational practices.

Shawna is an experienced senior leader in the education sector. Originally from Philadelphia, she has spent over 12 years studying and designing effective practices in schools and school systems. She is a passionate advocate for educational equity, and is fiercely committed to inspiring and equipping school leadership teams to craft and execute ambitious visions and goals to improve outcomes in K-12 education. Shawna believes that clarity of vision, organizational alignment, and precise feedback are paramount to building effective and innovative school models. Before working as a leadership coach, Shawna was the founding principal at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, where she hired, trained, and managed all school staff and led the founding class to 90% proficiency in math and 65% proficiency in reading on state assessments.

Prior to being the principal, Shawna transitioned to KIPP Philadelphia Schools where she established the development office as a managing director, raising $1MM+ to support the growth of ten schools. Shawna began her career teaching for two years via Teach For America.