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Heeding the Call to Antiracism

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 25 Sivan 5780

5:00 PM - 6:00 PMOnline

Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf interviews two nationally renowned leaders in education working hard to combat racism: Wanda M. Holland Greene, the Head of School at The Hamlin School in San Francisco and Robert Greene, the CEO/Principal of Cedar & Burwell Strategic Consulting.

 

Wanda M. Holland Greene is Head of School at The Hamlin School in San Francisco, a mission- driven institution dedicated to best practices and innovation in the education of girls and young women. She is nationally recognized and respected as an experienced leader in education with a passionate voice and powerful presence that inspire communities to achieve equity and excellence for all children. For the past thirty years, Holland Greene has focused her professional time and attention on a wide and varied range of issues in education: mental health and emotional well-being; anti-racism and cultural competency; neurodiversity and learning differences; gender inequity and stereotype threat in the classroom; effective performance appraisal systems for teachers; and global citizenship. She has taught, mentored, and inspired thousands of children on the east and west coasts, and her writing, speeches, seminars, and professional presentations have permeated the educational and political landscapes from San Francisco to Cape Town. 

Prior to Holland Greene's tenure at Hamlin, which began in 2008, she served for eleven years as a senior administrator at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She began her career in education in New York City at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she was a teacher and the school’s first Director of Student Life. Currently, she is a trustee of Columbia University, Head-Royce School, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a former trustee of Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Hamilton Families, and Lick-Wilmerding High School. A former faculty member of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, Holland Greene continues her mentorship and advocacy for brand new heads of school as an executive coach. 

A proud Brooklyn native, Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a minor concentration in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College, earned a permanent teaching license in New York State upon completing Barnard College’s Elementary Education Program, and has completed extensive coursework in private school leadership at Teachers College’s Klingenstein Center. 

Wanda M. Holland Greene is a past recipient of the Alumna Achievement Award from Columbia College Women, was named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2014, and in 2015 was awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. She is a 2020 recipient of the John Jay Award, an honor bestowed annually to Columbia College alumni for distinguished professional achievement. 

Mary Oliver poetry, novels and memoirs by women of color, SoulCycle bike rides, live music at SF Jazz, performances at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, journal writing, and travel provide much-needed rejuvenation and quiet pauses between her commitments to her profession and to her spouse Robert L. Greene, Jr. and their sons David and Jonathan.

Robert Greene is the CEO/Principal of Cedar & Burwell Strategic Consulting, specializing in the application of DEI technologies in organizational development consulting. Prior to Cedar & Burwell, Robert served as a teacher and administrator in educational organizations, department leader in for- profit organizations, trustee and director for non- profit and social entrepreneurship agencies, and consultant to corporate and civic enterprises. 

He brings insightful thinking, writing and consulting to issues ranging from organizational development and leadership design; diversity and inclusion leadership and management strategies; human resources and organizational culture consulting; cultural competency skill integration; wealth and social class disparities; the impact of identity differences in employee culture; and bias awareness and bias resistance training to his current professional engagements. Robert has also been a peer reviewer for one of the most exciting recent contributions in social psychology around unconscious bias, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh. 

Robert’s client-facing work has typically focused on organizational development; culture change; diversity and inclusion planning and strategy; strategic planning and culturally competent leadership development; non-profit board development, governance and strategy consulting; team formation, building and development; executive and leadership coaching; cultural competency skill development, and systemic integration of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across all phases of organizations. 

Some of the organizations and professionals with whom Robert has partnered include: Berkeley Law School, Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), Catlin Gabel School (OR), Cerritos College (CA), Deerfield Academy (MA), The diatribe Foundation (CA), dQ&A Market Research (CA), Episcopal School of Dallas (TX), Equinix (Global and Americas), Francis Parker School (CA), Harvard-Westlake School (CA), Hotchkiss School (CT), Isaacson Miller (MA/DC/CA), John Thomas Dye School (CA), KIPP Schools, Lakeside School (WA), Lawrence University (WI), Lovett School (GA), The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Media Rights Capital Studios (CA), Menlo School (CA), Milton Academy (MA), New York University (Stern School of Business), Occidental College (CA), Pahara Institute (NextGen Leaders), Philips Academy Andover (MA), Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), Princeton University Alumni Association (San Francisco), River Oaks Baptist (TX), St. Ignatius School (CA), St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (CA), St. Mary’s College (CA), SFFilm (CA), South Central Scholars Noonan Scholars (CA/MA), Thacher School (CA), University Preparatory Academy (WA), Village School (CA) and YPO among others. 

Midwest by birth, southern by heritage, east coast by education, and west coast by adaptation, Robert currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, a nationally-renowned educator, and their two sons. He earned his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. in Economics, with a Political Science minor, from Brown University. Among other interests, he has served on the board of advisors for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program -San Francisco, the board of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and remains civically engaged throughout the Bay Area, currently serving on the Board of Directors for OnePurpose Charter School (San Francisco Unified School District). 

 

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