Battle Ground Academy (Franklin, TN)
Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN)
Ensworth School (Nashville, TN)
Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, TN)
Fort Worth Country Day (Ft. Worth, TX)
Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, TN)
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (Atlanta, GA)
Hutchison School (Memphis, TN)
The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)
McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN)
Memphis University School (Memphis, TN)
Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, TN)
The Paideia School (Atlanta, GA)
Pace Academy (Atlanta, GA)
Providence Christian Academy (Murfreesboro, TN)
St. Andrews--Sewanee School (Sewanee, TN)
St. George's Independent School (Memphis, TN)
St. Mary's Episcopal School (Memphis, TN)
Trinity Valley School (Ft. Worth, TX)
University School of Nashville (Nashville, TN)
The Walker School (Marietta, GA)
Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA)
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Dr. Frederick W. Gooding
Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Assistant Professor within the Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots. As such, Gooding’s best-known work thus far is “You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood,” which has been utilized in high schools and universities nationwide. Also the co-editor of “Stories from the Front of the Room: How Higher Education Faculty Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy,” Gooding has stayed focused on the practical applications of equity with his recent work, “American Dream Deferred” (December 2018) carefully detailing the growth and struggles of black federal workers in the postwar era. His latest effort, “Black Oscar” (May 2020), will expand his reach into cultural studies by analyzing African American Academy Award winners and how their narratives reflect and reinforce larger American history. As budding public historian, Gooding through his dynamic and demonstrative presentations seeks to underscore that history is very much alive, especially since we share the power to create new histories together.
Dr. Linda Meccouri
With over 30 years of teaching and leadership experience at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate level, Dr. Meccouri is the recipient of two Endowed Chairs for Teaching Excellence and is highly respected for her creative approaches to leadership and positive change.
Linda's inspiring keynotes, Nationally and Internationally, are consistently praised as “motivational”, “engaging”, “entertaining” and “transforming”. A dynamic, energetic approach connects with her audiences and appreciatively speaks to the heart of what helps people transform. Dr. Meccouri is a scholar, a storyteller, and an entertainer with extensive experience in face to face, accelerated, online, and hybrid formats.
Her ongoing research “Making It: Resilience Against the Odds” examines the factors involved in resilience and success for low-income, first-generation college students with the social indicators associated with failure. Linda continues this work facilitating leadership workshops, and courses. Dr. Meccouri is passionate about her work with healthcare organizations to improve patient and staff experience, leading retreats, workshops and coaching professionals to improve experience, leadership and career satisfaction.
As a facilitator, her watchword is “Presume Goodwill” working with diverse professionals to design and deliver programs that transform organizations.
Joanne Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in psychology. She also has a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, having practiced law in metro Atlanta as a civil litigator for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Pace Academy, located in Atlanta, GA. Prior to stepping in that role, Joanne spent several years doing admissions work as Associate Director of Admissions for Middle and Upper School at Pace and as the Director of Admissions at Heritage Preparatory School, also located in Atlanta.
Joanne enjoys travel, public speaking and emceeing events. Whether she is facilitating a conversation with students on her school’s campus or speaking at a conference, she brings her expertise as an identity coach and confidence catalyst. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Joanne serves on the board of directors for a few non-profit organizations.
Joanne resides in Decatur, GA with her husband and has two sons who graduated from Pace Academy.