Meet Thyannda (she, her, hers/they, them, their)
CONSULTANT, MEDIATOR, FACILITATOR
Thyannda Mack is the founder of Inclusive Resolutions, LLC. She has done this work since childhood. She first served as a peer mediator, after her middle school recognized her talent for conflict negotiation. As a college student, she continued on to facilitate conversations with young women to assess how their community could support them. She has 15+ years of experience in community engagement and programming. Thyannda is a mediator, attorney, educator, and parent.
Thyannda served as a litigation attorney at Lathrop & Gage LLP in Kansas City and Dykema Gossett PLLC in Chicago. Her experience includes dispute resolution, strategy development, problem solving, and negotiation.
She served as a law school instructor and career counselor at DePaul University College of Law. As Assistant Director of Career Services at the law school, Thyannda served on the law school’s diversity committee and participated in the response to an identity-related incident that made headlines. She spearheaded numerous diversity efforts to advance the development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment.
Thyannda has served on the boards of several community and student organizations. Thyannda is an active member and has served on committees for the Black Women Lawyers Committee, Chicago Women in IP, and Back to Iowa. As a Sheffield Place board member, she organized a board retreat and participated in strategic planning and fundraising efforts. She also served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA-Ames/ISU, where she conceptualized the organization’s Race Against Racism, engaged in promotion through organizing personal storytelling, fundraising efforts, and strategic planning and implementation.
- J.D. – University of Iowa College of Law
- B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Service – Iowa State University
- Certified Mediator – Center for Conflict Resolution
- Association for Conflict Resolution Chicago
- Black Women Lawyers Association
- Chicago Women in IP
Here’s more about Thyannda in the form of her favorite identity exercise:
Who Am I?
- I am a Change Agent.
- I am a Thought Leader.
- I am a Healer.
What Do People Assume About Me?
- I am strong.
- I can save them from -ism and bias.
- I am intimidating.
What Do I Want People to Know About Me?
- I am a super nerd. Notice the hidden math symbols?
- I am strong. But, I hurt too. Physically and emotionally. My experience, my pain matters.
- I am passionate about supporting the growth of others.
Meet Lauren (she, her, hers)
Lauren D. Lewis is a consultant with expertise in enrollment/admission and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She values getting to know people as individuals, and she works diligently to build authentic relationships with schools, students, their parents, and their advocates, blending her background in social work and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Lauren has served as the Director of Access and Inclusion/Senior Associate Director Enrollment at Foxcroft School, a 9th-Postgraduate boarding and day school located in Middleburg, Virginia, which is 43 miles outside the District of Columbia. Through the work of enrollment, financial aid, and DEI, Lauren sees value in collaboration, dedication, and a commitment to ensure an inclusive environment for everyone.
Lauren assists in developing, executing, and evaluating the annual strategic enrollment and retention plan. Within those efforts, she pays close attention to enrollment events, local, national, and international recruitment, parent outreach, retention efforts, and community engagement. She supports efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student and employee base. In addition to enrollment, she has a focus on internal and external relationship building, and professional/programming development for employees and students. She also speaks on panels and presents webinars on the regional and national levels.
Prior to joining Foxcroft School, Lauren served as the Senior Associate Director of Enrollment at Saint James School (MD). Before that, she was the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at The Tatnall School (DE). Lauren has over 12 years of experience in boarding and day schools, including New England, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic, starting her work in admissions at her alma mater, Barrie School (MD).
- Master’s of Social Work – Barry University (Miami, FL)
- B.S. in Sociology – Towson University (Baltimore, MD)
- The Enrollment Management Association
- Association of Independent School Admission Professionals
Here’s more about Lauren:
WHO AM I?
- I am the youngest sibling in my family and I am the only child.
- I’m a Southern woman at heart!
- I am an avid WWE fan.
WHAT DO PEOPLE ASSUME ABOUT ME?
- I have it all figured out.
- I’m a college student.
- I don’t like watching sporting events.
WHAT DO I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT ME?
- I am a social worker.
- I am a world traveler.
- I am family oriented.