About Red Fern

The founders and owners of Red Fern are Steve and Allison Mahaley.  Both have spent their lives and careers as educators.

Allison Mahaley, MSA
CEO, Red Fern LLC

Allison Mahaley brings deep expertise in youth development, non-profit leadership, grassroots organizing and anti-racism work. As an entrepreneur, Ms. Mahaley has built a successful consultancy that focuses on human understanding and cultural competence. As an educator in the K-12 space for nearly two decades, Ms. Mahaley developed anti-bullying curricula, youth empowerment initiatives, and successfully developed anti-racism strategies that consistently closed the achievement gap for students of color and addressed disparities in discipline incidents.

In the non-profit sector, as a volunteer, Ms. Mahaley was awarded multiple grants to support community based anti-racism courses for white people of privilege. Funded by BluePrint NC, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, she provided training and worked on various campaigns to fight systemic racism and provide an alternative narrative about issues from immigration to poverty to under-achievement.

As a consultant, Ms. Mahaley has facilitated inclusive dialogues and anti-racism training for leadership and managers at United Chemical Belgium, Reynolds American, Fulton Bank and many other large corporations as well as nonprofits such as Indivisibles, American Red Cross, and the Brooklyn Public Library.  

Ms. Mahaley co-authored “Equipping Anti-Racism Allies: A 30-day Guide to Transformative Allyship” with Dr. David Campt. Together, the two have trained thousands of people in the methodology outlined in the book, a dialogue method aimed at persuading white America to transform society toward building a fully inclusive society by openly speaking about how bias works in themselves and in our world.

Steve is an explorer of what lies at the intersection of learning design and technology.   At the highest level, his purpose is to work at the intersection of technology and education design to develop effective, engaging experiences that change people’s lives for the better.  Current areas of work include designing and developing virtual reality immersions for empathy and human understanding, facilitating experiential learning sessions, and designing high performance learning journeys.

Client work in the past 2 years has included Heidrick and Struggles, The Red Cross, Bristol Myers Squibb, UBS, and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  Recent conference presentations include Merging Virtual Reality and DEI Strategy (Omaha CODE Conference), How to Convey Narrative in VR (RTPVR Online), and VR for Human Understanding (New Orleans).

Writing contributions include chapters entitled Education at the Intersection,  Digital Transformation and Public Services:  Societal Impacts in Sweden and Beyond  (2019),  The Learning-Doing Bridge for Leadership, Guide to Talent Development: How to Launch, Leverage, and Lead Your Organization’s Talent Development Effort (2019),  Business Transformation at Pace and Scale, Improving Performance Through Learning(2019), and Re-Thinking Topical Blending and Imagination, Technology and Learning for Training Industry Magazine (2018).

Steve is a certified High Performance Learning Journey (HPLJ) designer. and has a qualification in PSI’s Emotional Intelligence Profile instrument.

Red Fern gives back, and works closely with three strategic partners – and through these partnerships, the Mahaleys design and deliver various workshops and experiences centered on allyship, diversity, equity, inclusion and most of all, creating a more just and compassionate world.

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