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Courtlandt Butts

Courageous Conversation
Equity Program Manager
San Francisco, CA
ourtlandt Butts is a lifetime educator and 25-year advocate for racial equity and social change. He has consulted, trained and educated c-suite executives, school systems, and municipal entities domestically and internationally spanning over 10 countries. Since 2006, Mr. Butts has led racial equity and awareness efforts as the Equity Program Manager of Government & NGO Partnerships for Courageous Conversation, a racial equity consulting firm located in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1992, the firm has led school districts, post-secondary institutions, government and NGO’s in leadership efforts that transform systems into racially conscious and socially just environments. Such a transformation nurtures the limitless potential of all individuals, empowering them to live their most powerful and impactful lives. For the past several years, Courageous Conversation has answered the call to engage other paradigms whose aim is to achieve racial equity by accessing global opportunities, higher education, the corporate arena, and law enforcement. Mr. Butts was instrumental in leading training opportunities for the executives and staff of The Institute for Courageous Conversations About Race at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Mr. Butts supported the firm’s CEO and fellow staff in transformational work with Weiden+Kennedy and Google. Mr. Butts has led multiple initiatives in the company over the years and is now directing efforts to increase racial consciousness with law enforcement institutions in the United States and Australia. Mr. Butts’ appreciation for various forms of diversity was augmented as Project Director for an international youth services program that led him to work abroad in as many as 11 different countries, primarily in Germany, Spain, Japan, and China. His passion for teaching students, experiential education, and technology led to his significant leadership and involvement in broadcasting the first ever global webcast for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism held in Amman, Jordan. This global conference hosted by UNESCO involved educators, dignitaries, and administers of governments from more than 60 different countries. Mr. Butts’ call to social justice work came while he was a tenure track professor in the Education Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA., where early childhood and secondary programs placed special emphasis on urban education within a conceptual framework that promoted advocacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, professional teaching and dispositions. Mr. Butts continues to serve the local community by providing aquatic services for the YMCA as well as SCUBA diving instruction for underrepresented populations including diver candidates with special needs. Mr. Butts received his graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he consulted in the area of international training modules and Upward Bound mentoring programs.