Strategic Partners

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz

Co-Author, Disrupting Learning as Usual Initiative

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is a highly sought-after educational expert who inspires and captivates audiences with his creative storytelling approach. As a self-identified, multi-cultural/multi-lingual immigrant, cis-gendered male of color, he has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of the 21st century: education, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. He has been featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists and has traveled internationally as an inspirational ‘Spoken Word’ storyteller. His fresh and compelling vision is that we cannot have educational excellence without equity.

Dr. Arauz received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where his dissertation focused on racial identity development of undocumented Latin@ youth. He is an adjunct professor at Dominican University. In addition to his classroom teaching, he has coached female and male high school basketball championship teams.

JuanCarlos is the founding Executive Director of E3: Education Excellence & Equity, whose vision is to redefine educational excellence where every student, regardless of starting point, is engaged and expected to thrive in a culture of academic success. In an increasingly interdependent society, he seeks a new definition of academic excellence—one that includes skills that value students’ lived and learned experiences.

JuanCarlos brings a unique insight to the issues that educators face today. He and his wife are proud to have extended their family to include 25 wonderful foster youth. Born in Brazil to Nicaraguan parents, JuanCarlos has lived in six different countries by the age of 21.

JuanCarlos’ accomplishments include developing a model program for education in which 100% of Latin@ high school students enrolled in the program graduated, versus the national graduation rate average of 58%. Of those Latin@ students, 85% are enrolled in college, versus the national average of 27%. He began the student group One Dream 2009 to highlight the plight of undocumented immigrant youth to have an education. His group was invited to Washington D.C. for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Liz Guthridge

Co-Author, Leading Through Uncertainty Research Project

Referred to as the “Tom Sawyer” of leadership development, coaching and transformation, Liz Guthridge believes in the value of getting others involved to figuratively “paint the picket fence” and enjoy the experience. Doing so helps them increase their ability to learn, have Eureka! moments, and make changes—a brain friendly way to work in today’s VUCA world.

Liz is passionate about exploring our last frontier – the human brain – and optimizing the way we use our brains as we work on our own and with each other. With her expertise in applied neuroscience, behavior design and lean communications®, she strives to help leaders think and articulate their ideas and plans more clearly, avoid inflicting social pain on others, and build safe, healthy habits for improving organizational cultures.

Clients say they appreciate working with Liz because of her listening skills, business and organizational acumen, and tenacity to challenge them to escape their echo chamber and question the status quo. She serves leaders within a wide range of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, as a coach, consultant, and facilitator. Recent clients include BASF, Bayer HealthCare, Centrus Energy, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Medical University of South Carolina, Novartis, Planned Parenthood, and Prudential Financial.

Liz has partnered with Mercedes to conduct and analyze the Leadership Through Uncertainy research, which will be released in early 2018.

Previously, Liz was a principal with Mercer Delta (now Oliver Wyman) and Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), and also worked for Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) as a consultant.

Liz earned an MA in communication management from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of Connecticut; and a BSJ in journalism from Northwestern University, as well as coaching and executive masters certificates from the NeuroLeadership Institute. In addition, Liz has studied behavior design and Tiny Habits® with Dr. BJ Fogg of Stanford University.

Liz writes and speaks regularly, and is a contributor for Her chapter “Change Through Smart-Mob Organizing: Using Peer-by-Peer Practices to Transform Organizations” is featured in The Change Champion’s Field Guide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization (John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2013). She is the author of LEAN Communications: The 5-Step System for Doing More with Less and Getting Great Results (Ragan 2009) and co-author of Leading People Through Disaster(Berrett-Koehler 2006).

A native of Oklahoma who has lived and worked all over the United States, Liz and her family currently live in Charleston, SC.

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