Sara Wernick Schonwald, founder of Listen to Lead, is a dynamic facilitator, trainer, listener and coach. Her practice of listening and consulting centers the understanding that we're all connected to each other, and that it is our collective opportunity and responsibility to work together for justice and liberation.
Sara's consulting work is at the intersection of intercultural development and social justice. She is on the training team of Team Dynamics, and is rooted in the lineage of her mentors and colleagues: Nehrwr Abdul-Wahid; Beth Zemsky; julius erolin and Phyllis Braxton.
Sara is also a practitioner of biodynamic craniosacral therapy, a hands-on healing modality, in the lineage of Body Intelligence and in community with Minneapolis and St. Paul-based practitioners who ground their practice at the intersection of healing and justice. She practices coaching and craniosacral therapy out of United Bodyworkers and Artists studio, a studio founded by Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz) and led in collaboration with 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin and Sara.
Sara is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and a trained practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) . Sara is also a trainer and design team member of the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership Programs; co-founder of Muslim & Jewish Women of Minnesota (a partnership of RISE & NCJW MN); and founder of Commit Kindness.
Prior to founding Listen to Lead, Sara had many roles in the education sector: classroom teacher, department chair, teacher trainer, teacher coach, community facilitator, and family liaison.
She earned her B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University and M.A.Ed. in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University.
Sara is third-generation U.S. American; her great-grandparents fled to the U.S. from Eastern Europe. She also identifies as a white, straight, cis Jewish woman who's a mom, spouse, proud Minnesotan, Gen X / Millenial "cusper" and ENFP. She loves kitchen dance parties with her 12- and 9-year-old children, studying Kabbalah and earth-based Judaism and being active outside in all seasons.