Founder & Principal
Samaya founder Stephanie Goodell is a strategic consultant whose passion is achieving gender parity and supporting organizational growth through diversity and inclusion. She is a dot connector, an optimist, and a keen facilitator of conversations and relationships. Philosophically and practically committed to experiential learning, collaboration and thought leadership, her work in global, corporate, higher education and non-profit settings has earned her a reputation for creativity, business acumen, and big-picture insights. Stephanie is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and facilitator. She is a certified facilitator for Take The Lead's core training- 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career. Her company, Samaya Consulting, was recognized as one of the 2017 Most Disruptive Women-led Companies to Work For by Ivy Exec, and Stephanie was selected for the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2015. Recently, Stephanie has recently committed her focus on helping corporations and higher education institutions instill sustainable diversity initiatives in the workplace, and has supported efforts to achieve pay equity for women with a focus on women of color.
One of Stephanie’s long-term goals is to open a leadership training school for girls in the Indian Himalayas. She recently made her first angel investment in a woman-led social venture as a result of completing the Pipeline Angels investing boot camp. In early 2017, Stephanie was appointed to the City of Somerville Commission for Women. She serves on the board of Chica Project, whose mission it is to mission is to close the opportunity divide for Latinas by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally.
Monica is a purpose-driven creative producer and community leader with a passion for designing and producing projects that support environmental issues, innovative leadership, social justice, and the empowerment of women. With over 15 years of diverse professional experience, she shaped a career as a collaborative, tenacious problem solver. Her entrepreneurial and inclusive approach is a natural fit for leading initiatives and bringing people together for change. As an event producer she spearheaded experiences such as The Nines Music Festival, large scale galas, launch parties, film premieres and creative fêtes. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for One Common Unity in Washington, DC. Monica received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in Groton, MA.