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Meet our Coaches

The Center for Liberated Leadership provides executive coaching to leaders in contexts as varied as higher education, K-12, health care, small business, non-profits and more. In addition to our lead coaches, we coordinate a network of BIPOC leadership coaches.

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Julia "Chinyere" Oparah

Founder & Executive Director,

Lead Executive Coach

During the past three decades Chinyere has dedicated herself to developing and embodying a new way to lead that fosters joy, creativity, resilience and peak performance for leaders and the communities they serve. As an executive coach, Chinyere combines an equity and trauma-informed lens with mindfulness and proven leadership toolkits from the Center for Executive Coaching, to accelerate transformative change for her clients and the organizations they lead. Her deep humanity and compassion, combined with an orientation toward action and results, helps the leaders she works with to realize unimagined confidence, impact and balance.


Senior Executive Coach

Shawn Nealy-Oparah, Ed.D., is an innovative somatic abolitionist and trauma-responsive educator with over 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership. A former teacher and vice principal, she supports urban school leaders in developing holistic and humanizing practices to transform teaching and learning. Shawn is passionate about the quality of human connection, understanding relationship legacies, and the power of emotional intelligence. She is an experienced leadership coach and member of the Center for Executive Coaching.

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