Presenter Bios

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Opening Keynote

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Amii Barnard-Bahn

Amii has been recognized as the #1 career coach in the world by Thinkers360. A former Fortune 5 executive, Amii Barnard-Bahn is an executive coach to the C-Suite and leaders at global companies like Bank of the West, Adobe, AbbVie, and The Gap. Amii guest lectures at Stanford and UC Berkeley, writes for Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and is frequently quoted in the media including NPR, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and Forbes. A member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches, she is a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching. Amii is the creator of the Promotability Index®, a career self-assessment that she makes available free on her website, and author of the bestselling companion Promotability Guidebook.

A lifelong diversity advocate, Amii testified for the first laws in the U.S. requiring corporate boards to include women. While in law school, she helped lobby the Americans With Disabilities Act through Congress. In addition to her leadership consulting, she is a partner at the law firm of Kaplan & Walker LLP, a law firm specializing in advising organizations on compliance and ethics programs.

Amii earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from Tufts. She is mom to two firecracker daughters and in her free time, serves on the Mary Baldwin University Board of Trustees and supports the arts and access to reproductive rights for women.

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Closing Keynote

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Tesha Sengupta-Irving

Tesha Sengupta-Irving is an Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences at the Berkeley School of Education. A former electrical engineer turned high school teacher and now education researcher, her work explores the sociocultural and political dimensions of learning. Drawing primarily on ethnographic methods, she focuses on adolescents in mathematics classrooms and how teachers can design learning environments to engender students’ sense of joy, agency, and collectivism. Her research thus challenges the policies, practices, and pedagogy that normalize the racial stratification of children in schools. Most recently, her talks at the Democracy Institute of Cal Poly Pomona and at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco have drawn connections between learning at the micro-level of people in place, and the macro-level sociopolitical work of building a more democratic and racially just society. Through a mix of research-based storytelling, personal history, and theory, she plans to engage participants of the UC Women’s Initiative in a dialogue about learning, joy, practices that bind us for professional development, and the value of looking to one another in the pursuit of better futures. 

Tesha earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and entered the field of education as a teacher of incarcerated youth and adults. After working as a high school math educator in the Compton Unified School District, she completed a PhD in Mathematics Curriculum & Teacher Education at Stanford University. Tesha did her postdoctoral studies at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Sciences, and prior to joining the UC Berkeley faculty, she held academic positions at UC Irvine's School of Education and Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education.

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Not in their name: re-interpreting discourses of STEM learning through the subjective experiences of minoritized girls

Positioning and Positioned Apart: Mathematics Learning as Becoming Undesirable

Prolepsis & telos: Interpreting pedagogy and recovering imagination in the mediation of youth learning

CORO Presenters

Claudia Paredes-Corne, Senior Director of Training

Claudia is a coach, mentor, creator and facilitator who has worked to amplify people's leadership for over a decade. Her impact has benefited folks in multiple sectors and across the nation. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Peru, Claudia was educated in East Bay public schools, holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University. Claudia is a perpetual student of leadership development and believes in the power of individual and collective growth as a means to equity and liberation.

Claudia is currently the Senior Director of Training at Coro Northern California. In this capacity, she leads the Coro programs that focus on creating brave and powerful spaces for women-identifying individuals. Claudia has previously worked with the San Francisco Foundation, Coro New York, and the Greenlining Institute.

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Courtney Young-Law, Ed.D, Chief Programs Officer

Courtney Young-Law, Ed.D., is Vice President of Programs and Leadership Training at Coro. She utilizes the Coro tools to transform people into protagonists in their own lives so that they can lead from wherever they are. At Coro, Courtney manages the Programs Team, a dynamic group of eight people who create and deliver 14+ programs and leadership labs that will engage more than 1,000 people in 2019. Prior to Coro, Courtney worked as an administrator in higher education, a visiting professor, and an entrepreneur.