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Sarah Grap (Mall of America), Raeesa Motala (Lee & Associates), Seena Hodges, Miquel McMoore (kpcompanies) and Anita Patel (Bush Foundation)

Sarah Grap (Mall of America), Raeesa Motala (Lee & Associates), Seena Hodges, Miquel McMoore (kpcompanies) and Anita Patel (Bush Foundation)

The Woke Coach: A Conversation about Inclusion and Allyship

Recently Seena Hodges of The Woke Coach™ and an esteemed panel hosted an engaging, in-depth conversation about allyship, privilege, and the importance of true inclusion at The Riveter in Minneapolis.

"All women are linked by their experiences of gender bias at work, as they face diverse, yet similar challenges in managing workplace politics, developing strategic alliances to break through the “good old boy” networks, and managing work life balance. Yet despite being in this together and all the talk about “women empowering women,” it can be hard to show up for each other as true authentic allies across race, gender identity, seniority, child status and more. Sometimes, you simply have no idea what to do or where to start. Let’s change that! 

Kerri Miller and Seena Hodges

Kerri Miller and Seena Hodges

Conversations on Identity: #MeTOO and making allies

Seena Hodges, Founder + CEO of The Woke Coach™ partnered with Kerri Miller and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to facilitate “Conversations on Identity: #MeToo and Making Allies. The conversation featured an audience of 150 womxn-identified humans having an intimate conversation about race, gender, and allyship.

Seena Hodges, Archelle Georgiou, MD, Sheri Lewis, and Lori Reese Earley

Seena Hodges, Archelle Georgiou, MD, Sheri Lewis, and Lori Reese Earley

moving from ally to accomplice At the carlson school of management

The Woke Coach™ recently participated in the Carlson Women’s Leadership conference. She facilitated the session Making Waves: Opening Doors for Women in Male-Dominated Fields and presented her signature workshop, Moving From Ally to Accomplice ™. The workshop was an engaging, intimate interaction about allyship, privilege, and responsibility where participants unpacked the true meaning of allyship and considered ways to be better humans in their personal and professional lives. The participants left the session with a plan for executing the work that authentic allyship requires.

Seena Hodges, The Woke Coach

Seena Hodges, The Woke Coach

#DocsStillSoWhite: “Moving From Ally to Accomplice

The Woke Coach™ moderated a session examining how filmmakers of privilege can successfully move from being “allies to accomplices.” The teams from two 2019 films, Where the Pavement Ends and Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, discussed their experiences documenting stories in which the films’ directors are from different backgrounds than the characters in their films. How can filmmakers go beyond saying that they want to be helpful to colleagues of color and actually make change?

Panelists:
Jane Gillooly, Where the Pavement Ends
Alexander Glustrom, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Khary Saeed Jones, Where the Pavement Ends
Michelle Lanier, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

 
Maori Karmael Holmes, Blackstar Film Festival Edwin Martinez, Decade of Fire and Seena Hodges

Maori Karmael Holmes, Blackstar Film Festival
Edwin Martinez, Decade of Fire and Seena Hodges

#DocsSoWhite: The Path Forward

The Woke Coach™ moderated the fourth annual #DocsSoWhite discussion about equity and inclusion in the documentary industry. The conversation included filmmakers and curators who revealed their challenges, obstacles, and successes as leaders in the field while identifying pathways forward and examining what work needs to be done…and by whom.

Panelists:
Gina Duncan, Cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Maori Karmael Holmes, Blackstar Film Festival
Edwin Martinez, Decade of Fire
Bernardo Ruiz, Harvest Season