Leilani Raglin, MBA, CPC (she/her)
Founder | Lead Visionary
Leilani is a social entrepreneur with a robust background in business, leadership, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). A seasoned professional speaker, facilitator, writer, leadership coach, and people strategist, Leilani works diligently to facilitate understanding and healing across racial lines. She specializes in growing radically authentic, empowered, and equity-minded organizations, leaders, parents, and families, while creating intentional, positive change in the community.
Leilani has a robust business and leadership background, having designed and deployed several enterprise-wide leadership development programs for a Fortune 50 company, with a focus on authenticity, DEI, and mindful leadership. She has years of experience as an emotional intelligence instructor and coach, partnering with Dr. Bill Weis of Seattle University to facilitate the MBA course domestically and abroad. Leilani is an expert on the mixed race experience, supporting parents and communities in understanding how to engage mixed race children thoughtfully in order to promote healing and self-acceptance.
Leilani has worked with a number of corporations, non-profits, schools, and organizations to advance various social and racial justice causes. A brilliant strategist, innovative visionary, and daring activist, Leilani regularly challenges systems of authority and oppression for more equitable outcomes. She describes herself as someone that aims to bring light to even the darkest of spaces.
Adana Protonentis (she/her)
Adana is a community educator, parent advocate, convener, and scholar. Her work focuses on harnessing the power of narrative to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable community. A seasoned professional speaker and facilitator, Adana has a unique talent for making complex and emotionally charged subjects accessible to diverse audiences. Using a combination of data, storytelling, and a healthy dose of Black Girl Magic,
Adana creates safe spaces for critical analysis, experiential learning, and deep conversation. By honoring the need to balance emotional honesty with sharp analysis and strategic action, Adana brings a holistic and human-centered approach to this work. Adana’s expertise lies in applying an intersectional lens to social equity issues, resulting in a nuanced and comprehensive analysis and the development of innovative solutions.
Adana comes to this work as a disabled, mixed-race Black mother, raising disabled kids. It is this life experience that gives Adana unique insight into the ways that racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression interact with and reinforce each other. This is what drives Adana’s passion for inclusive movement-building toward shared liberation, because all oppression is connected. Adana holds degrees in Organizational Leadership and Political Science, and is currently hard at work earning her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, she has worked with organizations across the country to challenge systems of oppression and facilitate the creation of spaces for inclusion and belonging. Through her boundless curiosity and unwavering commitment to leading with compassion and empathy, Adana nurtures individuals and organizations as they develop their anti-oppression practices and make strides toward a world of justice and mutual flourishing.
Caitlin Swamy, M.A. (she/her)
Leadership Coach | People Enthusiast
Helping people tap into their innate talents and coaching them to reach their full potential is Caitlin’s passion and life’s purpose. Caitlin calls herself a People Enthusiast rather than a Human Resources Professional because she believes people are the heartbeat of an organization. With a decade of Fortune 50 experience, Caitlin has cultivated skills in leadership development, recruiting, inclusive leadership, talent management, learning strategy, and professional coaching. Caitlin is skilled at designing transformative curriculum, facilitating workshops,
and coaching others to realize and reach their full potential. She believes that the strongest organizations are those in which employees feel connected, not only to their work, but to each other. She helps leaders build and cultivate that connection and realize the interdependence of our humanity.
There is no denying that 2020 is a year of awakening. For Caitlin, this has meant leaving her 9-5 to serve a new organization, one that values innovation, celebrates diversity, is working to build a sustainable future, and embodies empathy. While she’s not at work building out her coaching business (more to come soon!), Caitlin enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, listening to music, experimenting with new plant based recipes, spending time with her husband, and watching the world through the eyes of her son Lennon and lazy Goldendoodle Marley. She is beyond grateful to join the Ascending Leadership team as a Coach, People Enthusiast, and Ally.