Bart Bailey, MBA (he/him/his)
A highly trained and certified executive, business and leadership coach, Bart leverages his impressive corporate experience of creating success with his ability to connect to the heart of the matter to ignite change with individuals, teams, and communities. His commitment to empowering people to fully step into their passion and purpose is at the heart of his success.
He combines his 25 years of corporate experience leading diverse functions including Cross-functional Service teams (Engineering, Operations, Customer Service, Customer Accounting, and Planning) and all aspects of manufacturing from managing raw goods to delivery of the finished product, utilizing LEAN thinking and proven practices to support his teams to achieve high-value results.
His work has consistently improved engagement, employee satisfaction, safety, and customer satisfaction. Courage to Care is committed to leveraging Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to foster Belonging and minimize Othering.
Shawna Knipper, (she/her/hers)
By way of personal experience, Shawna Knipper entered into organizing, facilitating, and educating around substance use/abuse awareness, disability advocacy, and women’s rights over 18 years ago. Her deeply personal journey has taken her into political and social justice arenas, lobbying for meaningful structural change in governance as well as the minds and hearts of communities. Shawna‘s experience has earned her opportunities to provide education to diverse groups of youth entering the medical field, coordinate DEI education and planning of structural change for large networks and co-facilitate environmental justice groups in base building and striving for more profound views on equity and justice. Her electoral experience ranges from leading field campaigns for winning United States Representative seats, to leading a virtual field program that contacted over 5 million women in one weekend and 20 million women in the course of the electoral season in order to register and move women to the polls, creating a surge of women voters. She holds a degree in Business Administration and currently sits on the board of Women’s March, a national women and family rights advocacy organization. Knipper has been involved in organizing with Women’s March, who is responsible for 3 of the 5 largest protests in United States History, as a founding member since 2016.
As a world-class facilitator, she uses transformative leadership, change management tools, and humble inquiry. She centers “culture” – individual cultures working in service to organizational cultures.She partners and strategically maps transformative programs which impact the organizational body. At the same time, she consults and collaborates with key stakeholders and team members to facilitate effective DEIJ strategy, growth, and company-wide culture transformation.In her work, she analyzes quantitative and qualitative sources, leverages DEIJ data analytics, enlightens the development of DEIJ initiatives and processes, and leads the transformation of a sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.Samantha has facilitated over six-hundred sessions with thousands of participants. In difficult conversations with C-suite and staff members, contributors dive into their culture, disparities, psychological safety, bias, race and racism, marginalization, health equity, inclusive leadership, and organizational development. She believes connectedness to the past, present, and future requires a shift in daily practice and the cultivation of empathetic spaces to engage with and understand lived experiences outside oneself.Her studies are in Organizational Leadership with a focus on D&I. In addition, she is a Coach, certified IDI Administrator, Psychological Safety Practitioner, Cultural Designer, and Somatic Abolitionist working with individuals and establishments looking to further their intercultural competency, cultural dexterity, and communication skills.Samantha’s Jamaican-Ukrainian origin and identity drive her work. She has traveled to over 40 countries and uses that perspective in her approach. Clients include major healthcare institutions, academia, nonprofits, small to mid-sized businesses, and law firms.
Sharmalee Bulter is a Data Analyst who assesses qualitative and quantitive data to create an organization’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) story. With over a decade of front-facing financial data experience in corporate spaces and a keen leadership perspective, she quantifies the organization’s journey in reports detailing its barriers, enablers, and a strategic roadmap for its way forward. She specializes in recruitment and retention analysis, particularly for organizations that struggle with retaining BIPOC staff. She has an unwavering passion for inclusiveness in the workplace, and her life experience as a Black immigrant woman, move this work to the forefront for her. Sharmalee migrated to the United States from Jamaica at the age of 14, facing significant adversities, which motivated her to drive for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in all areas of life. She believes that transparency, advocacy, and empathy are key drivers in her ability to impact change in the workplace and society.
Nyki Caldwell is a diversity, inclusion, and wellness advocate dedicated to fostering a society of greater understanding, authenticity, and welfare. A mission driven, service-oriented project manager, Nyki is highly skilled in developing trusting relationships, effective communication, and strategic problem solving. Nyki has worked with Fortune 500 companies across industries, particularly healthcare, education, government, and nonprofit institutions. She has considerable experience across organizational development, including facilitation, focus groups and assessment development, research, resource management, executive management, and contracting. In addition to her role at Courage to Care, Nyki is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Clinically, she specializes in addressing the mental health needs of the Black community and women and girls. She is also a certified yoga teacher, which allows her to continue her passion for holistic wellbeing. Nyki is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a B.S. in health and exercise science and psychology. She attended Wake Forest on a full athletic scholarship on the women’s track and field team and is an ACC multi-champion in the woman’s high jump. As a City Year AmeriCorps alumna, Nyki is dedicated to volunteering and mentors high school youth in her spare time. She is a current resident of Maryland, a native to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and equally considers North Carolina her home.