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Audience in Lecture






Senior Vice President


Pahara Institute


Shawna Wells (Pahara Cohort Octavia & the 6) is senior vice president at Pahara. She has spent her career intently focused on changing the way we educate and support our children. As an executive coach and advisor to senior leaders working towards ending educational and societal inequities, she believes each of us is obligated and has the opportunity to disrupt the status-quo in schools and school systems. She stands for Black lives and Black brilliance, and actively encourages leaders to align their daily actions to the legacy they are working to leave.

Most recently, Shawna served as Senior Partner and Head of the Educational Equity Team at The Management Center, an organization that provides intensive hands-on coaching and training services for executive directors and their senior leadership teams. She has worked with hundreds of executive leaders to build equitable and effective management systems and enduring organizations. Before joining the team at TMC, Shawna worked as a senior leader at BES, KIPP and Teach for America. She's proudest of her work as a founding principal at KIPP and seventh grade reading teacher in Las Vegas. She currently serves on the boards of Teach for America Las Vegas, The Highland Project, and The University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services. She's a proud member of the Pahara Cohort, Octavia and the 6 (OATS). In her soul-care time she enjoys building her business B is for Black Brilliance, gardening, cooking with her family, and laughing with her friends.

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