The courage to soar to great heights is inside all of us.

Kerri Strug

Maria Sanelli, Ed.D.

Dr. Sanelli is an experienced university professor, leader, curriculum and grant writer, teacher, life coach, and diversity trainer. Maria has a wide range of scholarly interests as a researcher, writer, and curriculum specialist. Dr. Sanelli is widely known for her exceptional oratorical skills having presented at conferences, workshops and hosting retreats in the United States, Europe and Latin America. She has developed curricular materials related to women’s leadership and empowerment, military and United States history, leadership, and diversity. Dr. Sanelli has conducted research on creating transformational learning experiences, teaching multicultural subjects, working with inner-city high school students, and teacher education. She is published in various academic journals. Her latest book is entitled, Teaching about Frederick Douglass: A Resource for Teachers of Cultural Diversity co-edited with Dr. Louis Rodriquez and released by Peter Lang Publishers, January 2012.

Educational Consultant


Educational Specialist

Some of the many groups Dr. Sanelli has worked with include the National Park Service, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, National Cadet Corps, Cesar Chavez Foundation, National Alliance of Faith & Justice and the Veterans National Education Program.

Author & Speaker


Co-Author of Cesar Chavez Educator’s Toolkit, Teaching Douglass: A Resource Guide for Teachers of Cultural Diversity, Texas MIlitary History Curriculum and the “Let Me Read You Your Rights” Curriculum.

International Expert

Global Leader

Dr. Sanelli’s latest research is about creating transformative learning experiences. She has presented at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba and at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She has been awarded a fellowship to study Frederick Douglass in the U.K. and Ireland in Fall, 2020.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


“Courage allows successful women to fail and to learn powerful lessons from the failure so that in the end, she didn’t fail at all”

Maya Angelou