Corita Brown, PhD is passionate about partnering with leaders and organizations who work to build values-based, equitable, inclusive environments. Over the last 18 years, Dr. Brown has supported organizational development and community change efforts in every region in the country, where she has worked as a facilitator, coach, consultant, nonprofit director, board member, social entrepreneur, researcher and writer. Her design and facilitation approach always embeds a racial equity and justice lens and incorporates innovative frameworks such as design thinking, transformational practice and emergent strategy. To help clients improve their effectiveness and growth, Dr. Brown works with them to strengthen collaboration, cultivate authentic communication, navigate power dynamics, and approach conflict as a positive catalyst for learning and transformation. She also has extensive experience helping leaders and changemakers explore how different issues and identities intersect and inform each other, which can help break down the silos that divide and separate us. Her work incorporates kinesthetic awareness, creativity, and mindfulness-based approaches, in addition to action research and more traditional organizational theories and models. This helps her clients draw lessons from their lived experiences and embodied knowledge, as well as from research and data. Dr. Brown’s educational background includes a Masters in Organizational Psychology and Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Urban Studies from Temple University. She holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and is a Certified Professional Coach. Her work is grounded by a 25-year yoga practice, and deeply informed by her experience in the natural world and the three generations of social change agents in her family. Based in Philadelphia, Dr. Brown works around the country and globally in both English and Spanish, in-person and online.
North America, LatAm, Continental Europe
Experience as a coach (formal/informal)
Experience as a facilitator
Corita would be good at leading projects in Public Health, racial equity, and Community-based projects. She is particularly adept at complex, long-term developmental projects focused on working with the humans involved. She does not focus on supporting product development-type work.
Public Health, Education, Race equity, Public sector, civic engagement, youth development, youth organizing, aging, community development,
- Appreciative inquiry, Systems thinking or systems practice, World Cafe, Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design, Liberating Structures, SWOT analysis, Open Space Technology aka Open Space aka unconference, Somatics, experiential/participatory learning, action research, popular education, transformational practices
- Intergenerational facilitation, leadership development, team building, race equity, working with LGBTQ youth
Areas of development and learning
- Trauma-responsive practice, the art of hosting, emergent strategy
UFacilitate exists to coach leaders so they can create the conditions that are needed to drive inclusion and collaboration.