Lawrence serves as the practice leader for Carney, Sandoe & Associates’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Practice. The practice is responsible for leading retained searches for school DEIB leaders and providing consultative support for boards, executive leadership, and faculty and staff. To date, Lawrence has conducted anti-bias training with more than 50 colleges and universities, more than 30 independent schools, and a host of corporate and community-based organizations. He provides guidance related to board governance, strategic planning, climate assessment, and inclusive hiring.
Lawrence started his career in higher education before spending a decade at independent schools working as a college counselor and as a Director of Equity and Inclusion.
He has worked for The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, The Business of Sports School, Ross School (NY), and The White Mountain School (NH). Lawrence also serves on the editorial board for Insight Into Diversity magazine.
Lawrence was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ and now resides in South Dartmouth, MA. He is the husband of Monique Alexander and together they have six children. Lawrence received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Kean University and his master’s in counseling from Montclair State University.
Steven Tejada is an educator, writer, and speaker. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he has toured throughout the country with his one-man show Boogie Down Journeys. Written, directed, and performed by Steven, the show focuses on the powerful experiences of people of color. The monologues are reflections on personal journeys from the streets of the South Bronx to the boulevards of exclusive worlds. He has performed and spoken at venues throughout the country, including institutions such as Yale University, Boston University, Museum of the City of New York, Cornell University, The University of Pennsylvania, The Young Men of Color Symposium, The Tedx Spence conference, the NAIS People of Color Conference and many others. He has been described as “An amazing and inspiring performer whose powerful stories make you laugh, cry, and reflect all at once.” Steven graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wesleyan University as a Psychology-Sociology major. After graduating, he worked on Wall Street as a management analyst and then decided to pursue his passion for working on issues of equity, diversity, and student support. He has taken on a variety of leadership roles in higher education, independent schools, and nonprofit organizations, such as the Oliver Scholars program. He is a faculty member of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, a trustee of De La Salle Academy in NYC (an independent school for academically talented, economically disadvantaged students), and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Child Research Center. Steven is currently the Head of Upper School at Maret School in Washington DC.