We deconstruct unexamined assumptions and equip people to mitigate biases and address inequities by examining truth and awakening empathy to activate courageous citizenship.
Through thought-provoking workshops and seminars participants examine the origins of bigotry and the history of racism. We prescribe the use of our toolkit designed for follow-up small groups and accountability relationships to inspire a lifestyle of cross-cultural engagement and critical self reflection. This becomes the framework to activate the journey of transformation in individuals and organizations willing to champion matters of racial equity and justice to create lasting change.
Culture Architect. Speaker. Coach.
Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy
Educator. Advocate. Facilitator.
Suzanne Haley, co-founder of Changing the Lens, has been building teams and developing leaders for more than 30 years. As an experienced communicator, facilitator and master storyteller, Suzanne brings multi-disciplinary research and empirical data to the complex realities of a broad range of clientele, guiding individuals and teams toward strategic culture shifts which yield quantifiable results.
Suzanne has spent half of her professional life working in traditional ministry contexts with local, regional, national and international faith based organizations. In those years she learned to value and build community, develop leaders, and organize for collective impact in many diverse cultural settings. She built and implemented strategy which guided hundreds of people seamlessly from a “me and mine” survival mindset to authentic mission driven communities which incubated leadership, nurtured human potential and produced exponential outcomes.
Working now, for over a decade, from a broader context, her passion remains to inspire, equip and enlighten people from all walks of life to their best selves. Her professional sensitivity and compassionate approach awakens new perspectives and boldness that leads to individual and organizational change and keeps her constituents on the cutting edge of progress.
A graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Suzanne brings incredible authenticity to the challenge of inside-out institutional change which begins with personal growth and transformation. Her own life experience, historic cultural enlightenment, and deep sense of calling continues to energize her to do this work of compassionate truth sharing, racial healing, and culture transformation through community building.
Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy is the co-founder of Changing the Lens, as well as an educator, community advocate, and workshop facilitator who guides community members, education, nonprofit, government and corporate leaders through the history and impact of structural racism in the United States. Through grassroots organizing, think tanks, and innovative partnerships, Jacky seeks to heighten awareness, shift perspectives, and inspire lasting change in people's thought patterns, attitudes, and behaviors regarding matters of racial equity and justice.
After working in education for many years, she could not ignore the achievement and opportunity gaps prevalent among students. Her quest to understand the factors that contribute to these gaps led her to work at the intersection of race, equity, and justice issues. Jacky is a member of the Board of Trustees of Generation Teach, a member of Executive Board of Speak UP HoCo, an Advisory Board member and Workshop Trainer for Talk with Me of Howard County, Maryland, as well as a past member of the Howard County Local Children’s Board Equity Committee.
Jacky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Johns Hopkins University.