“I want a positive, healthy learning environment for my child, and I will do anything to make that happen. I believe every child deserves the right to thrive.” – Sandi Herrera, CEO Got Core Values!
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day tomorrow under the banner #BeBoldForChange, I am honored to celebrate the passion and vision of one relentless Las Vegas corporate-culture coach turned public school education advocate, Sandi Herrera. Sandi is the CEO and founder of Got Core Values!, an innovative nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of children in the public school system through the development and implementation of core values and culture coaching for school administrators, teachers, and leaders.
Sandi shared her bold vision with me this week during a conversation over green smoothies at a neighborhood Starbucks.
Delivering Happiness Inspiration.
Sandi’s chance encounter with Delivering Happiness founder Tony Hsieh earned her the position of COO in 2009, heading internal culture and training for the organization. Her skills in organizational and relationship systems coaching would reach new heights as she engaged C-level executives of businesses across the nation with the heart of Delivering Happiness: to inspire passion and purpose in the workplace for a happier world. Through rigorous study of positive psychology and neuroscience research, Sandi and her team inspired the hearts and souls of workers around the world. The world took notice, and so did the local Las Vegas community where Delivering Happiness runs its international operation. Desiring happiness and positivity in their work environments, local schools began requesting this hybrid of consulting and coaching.
At the time Sandi was delivering happiness to executives in top corporations, she was pained by the challenges her own son faced in the local school system. “School culture affects kids perceptions. I’m not going to have my child feel like he’s a bad person just because he is not in a conducive learning environment.” Sandi quickly found herself internalizing the core values of Delivering Happiness, whose number one core value is “Be true to yourself. Live with passion and purpose.” Could one mother impact the learning environment for her child and create a domino effect resulting in thriving educational environments for all children?
The answer… YES.
Leveraging her expertise and success in talent dynamics, culture coaching, and leadership development, Sandi has worked fastidiously over the past four years introducing Got Core Values! into six Clark County district high schools including Title 1 schools, like Mohave High School in North Las Vegas and magnet schools like West Career and Technical Academy in Summerlin. Through rigorous piloting, testing, and measuring results, Sandi is ready to expand her culture coaching team and take on the valley’s vast network of public schools, with the goal of 30 implementing partners before the start of the school year this fall.
Her passion and pursuit of transforming the public school system is not limited to coaching and introducing culture into the school climate. It is extended to engaging local businesses to partner with schools in the district.
“Companies want to help so much, but often times they don’t know what to help with or how to help.” Sandi’s mission is largely relationship driven: to break down barriers between schools and businesses with a focus on collaboration. “Organizational culture is organizational culture. There are nuances, but at the base of it all, we are all human beings. And when we realize that we are both in the people business, that is how we will make progress and have momentum forward. ”
Sandi believes there is tremendous power in the business community, and by partnering with a local public school, educators and business leaders will learn from each other, develop a new common language that will help them implement strategies for effective communication, leadership, culture, and relationship building from the top. All of this will flow to the students, the future leaders and members of our communities. Sandi’s dream of core values and comprehensive positive sustainable cultures in our schools does not stop in Las Vegas. Her sights are set on replicating this coaching methodology nationally and globally.
I have witnessed Sandi’s compelling work first hand. Her determination and pointed focus on the goal of delivering core values to schools for the benefit of the team, students, and neighboring communities is nothing shy of remarkable. She is living the #BeBoldForChange motto and serves as an inspiration to us all as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.
If you are an educator, administrator, business leader, or concerned community member inspired by Sandi’s story, please contact Got Core Values! to learn how to contribute your time and talent in the local community.
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Happy International Women’s Day to all my beloved friends around the world inspiring change everyday! #StandinLove #IWD2017