Shelley Henderson is a Healing Centered leader coach and Founder of READY Nationwide, a racial and gender equity focused consulting and facilitations firm. She is a facilitator and trainer of facilitators for Emotional Emancipation Circles–evidence-informed, psychologically sound, culturally grounded, and community-defined self-help support groups designed to help heal, and end, the trauma caused by the root cause of anti-Black racism: the centuries-old lie of White superiority and Black inferiority. Shelley recently delivered a TEDx Talk called “Is Schooling a Mechanism for Racial Control?”—the story of one minoritized girl educated in the Midwest in the 1970s, the story of a teacher, the story of a mommy, and the story of a social impact leader.
Equipping adults to address racial inequity and advance social justice has always been a priority throughout her professional journey. Shelley has spent a quarter of a decade as a youth development specialist, certified teacher, nonprofit executive, university program coordinator, community organizer, public policy advocate, coach and volunteer for a number of organizations and initiatives locally and nationally. Because of her commitment to empowering a critical mass of equity-focused change agents, any given semester she is teaching adjunct courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Nebraska Methodist College.
Shelley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision of Secondary Schools from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is working on a PhD in Leadership and Change at the Antioch University and a certificate in Diversity & Equity in Education with an emphasis in Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her five children. Shelley spends too much time on social media–sharing professional resources, social justice rants and her personal journey. Ask her what she’s reading if you come in contact with Shelley as she is an avid reader.