I’m Sara Wernick Schonwald (she/her), founder of Listen to Lead. I work and play at the intersection of justice, healing, somatics, organizational development and Jewish spirituality.
As a consultant, I support individuals, teams and organizations to dismantle white supremacy from within themselves, their interactions and their policies + practices. As a coach, I offer a process of politicized + embodied leadership development to help clients better align their actions with their values.
I'm 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. I practice craniosacral therapy with United Bodyworkers and Artists studio.
I am a member of the design/core faculty team for the Racial Healing Leadership Cohort at Penumbra's Center for Racial Healing. Additionally, I am a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory; and a trained practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) . I also facilitate Jewish spirituality practice groups for activists with Inside Out Wisdom & Action and serve on the board of Jewish Community Action.
Prior to founding Listen to Lead in 2011, I had many roles in the education sector: classroom teacher, department chair, teacher trainer, teacher coach, community facilitator, and family liaison.
I earned a B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University and M.A.Ed. in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University.
I’m an Ashkenazi Jewish woman who is a white straight cisgender mom, spouse, proud Minnesotan, Gen X / Millenial "cusper" and ENFP. I love kitchen dance parties with my 12- and 9-year-old children, studying Kabbalah and earth-based Judaism, reality TV dating shows and being active outside in all seasons.