The “ThirdWay”: Leaders face tough decisions every day. Organizations fall into patterns, even if they don’t seem to be working. How many times have you been called to a meeting to discuss a challenge for the tenth time only to notice the same people lining up on opposite sides of an issue, debating two solutions as if they are binary? The breakthrough often comes when someone is able to identify a “third way” — a clever blending of approaches or a completely new idea that’s never been tried. ThirdWay Solutions supports policy, government, non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic leaders in pursuit of equity and justice to find innovative solutions to their most vexing challenges. ThirdWay Solutions helps clients change how they approach planning, people, practices and policies.
ThirdWay is part of a movement to ensure power tables represent America’s racial, gender, and socio-economic diversity.
ThirdWay supports policy, government, non-profit, corporations and philanthropies dedicated to equity and justice to find innovative, 21st century solutions to their most vexing challenges.
We believe that in order to find third way solutions, organizations have to be B.O.L.L.D.
We believe in being B.O.L.L.D.
- (B)e the change: We believe change starts from within. Leaders should be willing to question everything, including their own biases, tendencies and past decisions
- (O)perate with integrity: We believe leaders should align values with actions, even when it is uncomfortable. Achieving equity means confronting uncomfortable truths about racism, sexism, and other isms.
- (L)isten and learn:. We believe people and organizations only grow if they listen to feedback and act on it.
- (L) Laugh and connect: We think work should be fun and joyful. We build relationships based on trust and personal connection.
- (D)o: We believe in getting things done. We help organizations set bold goals, create a roadmap to attain them, and remove barriers to action.
ThirdWay convenes and manages teams of external experts as needed for projects. ThirdWay also partners with other organizations and teams of employees internal to client organizations to meet goals. This approach to staffing keeps overhead costs low and maximizes the chance that changes stick after the involvement of ThirdWay. Our team (in alphabetical order) includes:
Founder and Managing Partner
Cami Anderson is a five-time chief executive of high-profile organizations who has spent more than 20 years relentlessly cutting through outdated systems and brass-knuckle politics to push change.
She served as Superintendent of schools for nearly 10 years, first in New York City and then in Newark, where she received national attention for improving student outcomes and pushing innovation. She co-founded ROADS, a network of charter high schools and advocates dedicated to court-involved youth. Anderson is the former Executive Director of Teach For America New York, Chief Program Officer of New Leaders for New Schools and Policy and Issues Director for Cory Booker. Cami leads and founded ThirdWay Solutions, an organization dedicated to finding innovative, twenty-first century solutions to the most vexing problems facing government, non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organizations in pursuit of equity. One of ThirdWay’s most notable initiatives is The Discipline Revolution Project — a coalition of education leaders and advocates working to move past theoretical arguments on school discipline to find practical solutions that will end the school-to-prison pipeline once and for all.
Cami is widely published from the Wall Street Journal to Education Week, is an Aspen Fellow, won the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, received a national Points of Light award for service and was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She’s a contributor for Forbes where she writes a column, In The Room about women who have broken ceilings and defied stereotypes to deliver big results. She is the sister to eleven, a volunteer soccer coach, a Title IX advocate, a theatre geek, an amateur triathlete, and a TedEx speaker. She, her partner, and her son love board games and road trips.
April Dinwoodie is an accomplished corporate marketing and branding professional turned nationally-recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. From creating a mentoring program for youth in foster care to becoming the CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is fiercely dedicated to creating connections, insisting on a more transparent conversation about healthy identity development as well as recognizing the power of more integration of systems that support children and families. During her tenure at DAI, April launched “Let’s Adopt Reform”; an initiative to spark a national conversation about adoption and foster care that included a Town Hall Tour, a large-scale public opinion survey and a comprehensive professional qualitative report. For over fifteen years her specialized mentoring program; Adoptment has been creating lifelong bonds with adopted adults and young people in foster care. April has multifaceted skillsets making it second nature for her to engage audiences, connect to consumers and better any environment. April’s corporate experiences working with high profile companies, including Nine West Group Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., J.C. Penney Company Inc., and JetBlue have shaped her into a branding, marketing and communications powerhouse. She has brought to life large-scale activations, including the 84 th Annual Academy Awards fan experience, a “Joining Forces” event for teens with Michelle Obama and The Ellen Show, as well as the launch of JetBlue’s A321 Aircraft. You can learn more about April’s work at Aprildinwoodie.com.
William “Billy” Kearney, Jr. has been an education reformer for more than 20 years. Billy was born in Martinsville, Virginia and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was a transformational principal and senior leader in DC Public Schools. He was the founding Executive Director of two different organizations — one in Atlanta and one in Memphis (where he lives). In each of these contexts, he has been deemed as, “The King of Culture,” because he leads with compassion and transparency.
Kavita Singh Gilchrist has worked in public education and youth-focused organizations for 18 years. She served as Program Director at local education funds in New York City (NYC) and Oakland, at the NYC DOE and as Executive Director of two organizations — the Community Technology Centers’ Network (DC) and Computers for Youth (NY). Kavita actively organizes meetings on bias and privilege to encourage local dialogue and urge action toward equity. She is a busy parent and local volunteer and lives in Harlem, New York.