My dear friend Dr. Stephanie Royal returns to discuss her experience of life in New York City as we collectively deal with the corona virus.  We also cover a whole host of other current events including the Ahmaud Arbery killing.  Stephanie has a breadth of experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors and is a visionary leader with a proven ability to create and monitor programs, policies and practices that drive organizational success. She also has long been committed to creating social impact, whether in the workplace or in communities in which she lived.  I am so inspired to welcome her back and always feel uplifted by our exchanges.

She has been committed to anti-bias work, helping individuals and organizations delve deep into the social construct of racism and “other-isms”. She helps organizations create inclusive cultures where differences are valued and honored. Stephanie also coaches individuals by creating environments marked by trust and safety. She encourages “courageous conversations” in order for people to better understand their own identities and how that identity shapes their overall participation within a group.

As a senior executive at Robin Hood, her work has been marked by her human centered approach to the design and implementation of strategy and the development of internal policies, processes and measurement tools, all driven by the overall mission: to sustainably and measurably lift NYC households out of poverty.

Stephanie started her career in investment banking, working for a boutique investment firm focused on corporate finance. The next phase of her career was grounded in education – Kindergarten through College. Stephanie gained national recognition for curricular design and the development of workforce programs for people experiencing poverty. She gained statewide recognition in New Jersey for her advocacy work aimed at addressing the academic achievement gap. Stephanie is also an entrepreneur, founding and then selling a company that created a unique line of women’s foundation garments.

Stephanie is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. She earned her doctorate from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.

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