Lessons from a Sinking (Leader)ship and Those Who Dare to Rise Above

As the U.S. workforce navigates deep waters of the great resignation, will your organization sink or swim?

Join Amanda and Laura, organizational equity & justice consultants, as they 1) reveal patterns of leaders who are ill-equipped to ride the waves required for revolutionary workplace culture shifts, 2) share proven systems-change practices from leaders who are bold enough to make waves instead, and 3) invite stakeholders at every level to embrace an emergence of collectivist leadership, anchored in principles of transformative equity and justice.

Amanda Florence Goodenough

Amanda Florence Goodenough (she/her/hers) is a dedicated educator operating from a cultural humility framework to center and elevate historically marginalized voices, promote belongingness and mattering, disrupt structural inequities, and advance intersectional social and racial justice. She is currently the CEO & Founder of Goodenough Consulting, a Team Lead & Partner for Social Responsibility Speaks, and previously served as the Director of the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Leaning on 17 years of professional experience in justice, equity, decolonization, and interconnectedness (JEDI) efforts, Amanda engages in systems-change work and strives to speak truth to power as an act of love and liberation.




Laura Abellera

Laura Abellera (she/her) received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) while spending her graduate assistantship in the Research and Resource Center for Campus Climate working with college students involved with social justice programming. She has experience with hate response, prevention, and intervention and was a member of UWL’s Hate Response Team. She also received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on civil rights, public interest work, and legislative/policy research. Laura has undergraduate teaching experience in the area of Racial & Ethnic studies, in UWL’s Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Laura currently works as a justice consultant and educator with Social Responsibility Speaks (SRS). She often brings her own identities as a queer, brown, multi-racial woman into educational spaces to better facilitate collective and shared learning experiences. She is passionate about cultivating strong systems of community care and social transformation rooted in liberation and healing. Prior to her current role, she worked with and learned from the incredible youth-centered team at Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) developing curriculum, providing leadership development for students, as well as political organizing around their organizational issue platform that has continued ground her educational philosophy and organizing framework.


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