Carol Gorelick


Carol Gorelick


I am a social impact connector, teacher, learner, facilitator, collaborator, action researcher, daughter, wife, mother and grandmother of 2 ½ year old twin girls. Being a grandmother deepens my commitment to “Educating for the 21st Century”. I am immersed in the third chapter of my professional life, integrating prior experiences, skills, capabilities, interests and passions. I do this by connecting, convening, implementing and researching cross function, cross sector, cross-cultural systems of stakeholders. This chapter began on a trip to South Africa as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. While there I visited a township school. Ultimately this led to co-founding and becoming Executive Director of ABC Connects. I led a Kellogg Foundation action learning pilot: Building Stronger Communities: Strengthening Schools, in South Africa and Detroit. We worked as intermediaries, developing partnerships between and among education, families, corporations, government, not-for-profit organizations and academe. I am also an adjunct professor, and was a visiting professor, in the MBA and Executive MBA programs at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University NY. The Pace Executive MBA is an innovative cohort, team taught, project based, blended learning program. As an active member of the Society for Organizational Learning, I am committed to integrating practitioners, consultants (capacity builders) and researchers. From 2002-2009 I served as an elected research member of the Council of Trustees and co-chair from 2007-2009.


New York, New York USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

Good conversation with colleagues and the opportunity to meet new kindred spirits committed to a systems approach to learning.

What are you hoping to experience?

The launch of a new diverse community, building on the best of the past and present to create compelling futures. To expand my network of people committed to building stronger communities by educating all. "Educating for the 21st Century" is a productive working session using polarity thinking as the lens to integrate Victor Garcia's Core Change and Marty Blank's Coalition for Community Schools initiatives. Ideally an action learning project will be defined and each participant will be able to apply the tools and experiences presented to their own situation.

What are you most passionate about?

Professionally, to continue the meaningful work I have been doing developing partnerships between and among educators, families, corporations, government, not-for-profit organizations and academe to create healthy, vibrant communities. Personally, to support my 2 1/2 year old twin granddaughters to realize their potential and becoming happy contributing global citizens.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

Raising some participants' awareness and willingness to act on the social determinants of education and health, by involving all stakeholders in a community.

What’s your bigger vision?

To actively participate in creating a diverse action learning community that addresses significant societal and organizational issues and to have fun in the process.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

I would like to motivate attendees to actively participate in action learning projects and programs related to "Educating for the 21st Century".