Kelly C. Weiley (she/her)
EMERGE Lead Coach/Facilitator
Kelly C. Weiley is a white cis woman who recognizes the many privileges that come with her identities and their corresponding responsibilities, including the nuanced role of white folks in this work. She is the lead facilitator and Principal of CoAct Consulting, in which she has trained more than 30,000 people in personal and professional development toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Kelly has taught classes on race, class, and gender at St. Cloud State University, The University of St. Thomas and Northwestern University in addition to Navigating Difficult Conversations at the University of Minnesota. Kelly is currently Adjunct Faculty and collaborative designer of the Leading Equity and Inclusion Certificate in the Masters of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University.
Kelly co-keynoted the Facilitating Racial Equity Conference in 2018 and is a National Advisory Board member for Equity in the Center, an initiative that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity.
In addition to being a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), Kelly is a Certified Mediator and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University as well as a Master of Science in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University.
Diane Knoepke (she/her)
CoAct Coach Team
Building on two decades as a strategy consultant and chief of staff focused on transforming more than 100 social, private, and public sector organizations, Diane now serves as Associate Director of Student Affairs for Northwestern University's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) graduate program. At MSLOC, Diane is also on the design, administration, and instructional teams for the program's Leading Equity and Inclusion in Organizations Certificate. Diane earned her master's and bachelor's degrees at Northwestern University.
Diane is a white cis woman who invests in, and is committed to, intersectional learning, rejecting the status quo, and designing for social and organizational justice. Her affiliations include membership on the Board of Springboard to Success, an organization that supports programs and partners that propel Chicago Housing Authority residents on their pathways to academic success, economic stability, and independence. Diane is also a member of the Chicago Foundation for Women South Side Giving Circle, which mobilizes philanthropic resources of women primarily on Chicago's South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social and political power of black women and girls in metropolitan Chicago.
Sarah Drake (she/her)
CoAct Coach Team
Sarah Drake, MS, is an internationally award-winning collagist, author-illustrator, and teaching artist in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
Sarah has worked on anti-racism, human rights, and social justice topics for two decades in the nonprofit sector, which was enhanced by an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship earlier in her career and inspired by being a white woman and mom to a biracial child. These experiences guided her artistic creations and led her to use her art as a tool for social change and to facilitate difficult conversations.
Sarah is the founder and CEO of herARTS in Action. She has a Master of Science degree in Social Responsibility and an undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and Geography, both from St. Cloud State University.
Ben Duda (he/him)
CoAct Coach Team
Ben Duda is an equity-centered, results-driven practitioner. Recommitting daily to the work of anti-racism, he has twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including expertise in curriculum & program design, facilitation, diversity / equity / inclusion, and collaborative leadership.
Ben was most recently a Managing Director at Service Year Alliance and for eight years served as the Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums where he supported professional development and leadership opportunities for national service alumni.
Building on work with the Annie E Casey Foundation: Social Sector Talent Pipelines & Learning Lab Fellowship, Ben now serves as an advisor to Equity in the Center, which aims to dismantle supremacy and structural racism in the social sector in order to advance equity and reduce disparities.
In addition to his consulting work with Emerge + CoAct Consulting, Ben’s a Strategic Account Executive at EveryAction empowering values-led nonprofits, coalitions, & campaigns.
Ben holds an M.P.P. and Nonprofit Management Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from Cornell University. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his family.