Seena Hodges is a connector who loves people and is passionate about equity, intersectional feminism and access to brave spaces for all. Seena founded The Woke Coach as she witnessed the nation’s awakening to racial injustices. She saw an opportunity to help shepherd people through their transformational journeys, so we can all realize the American dream of being seen, heard and validated every single day.
Through The Woke Coach, Seena engages with clients to facilitate conversations and complete projects that live at the intersection of equity, diversity, inclusion, education and empowerment. The company’s mission is to help individuals deepen their analysis and develop an understanding around issues of bias and injustice, in turn, helping them become he best, most understanding, empathetic version of themselves.
Seena is a trained equity, diversity and inclusion facilitator and a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI)—the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence. She has received a professional Train the Trainer certificate from the University of Minnesota and is currently partnering with the State of Minnesota to facilitate cultural competency training for teachers across the state through the Professional Education Licensing Standards Board.
Seena is also a facilitator with artEquity—a national organization that conducts social justice and racial equity training that lives at the intersection of arts and activism. Over the past year, that work has taken her to Chicago, Princeton, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Portland.
Seena is a dynamic communications professional with extensive experience in public relations, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a master’s degree in Theatre Management & Producing and has worked in both the commercial and non-profit theater industry as a producer, marketing director, publicist, development director, and audience development associate. She has also worked in the non-profit sector as a communications manager and marketing director.
Seena is a staunch equity, diversity and inclusion champion who began her career at the Urban League—a non-profit organization committed to issues of social justice. Prior to starting The Woke Coach, Seena worked in various capacities for the Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Pillsbury House Theatre and Artistry MN. She was most recently Associate Vice President of Strategy and Communications at The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations.
Seena is a graduate of the Theatre Management and Producing MFA Program at Columbia University where she was a Dean’s Fellow. She’s passionate about art in all of its forms and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Walker Art Center (serving on the Governance and Nominating and Individual Giving committees) and is co-chair of Avant Garden—the organization’s annual $1 million fundraiser.
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