• I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

    – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

In this moment, there are (even more) new leadership skills to be learned.

As unpredictability persists, leaders increasingly seek new ways of thinking about running schools and caring for their communities. Adults and students alike have been differently impacted by Covid-19, structural racism, environmental crises (e.g. fires, floods, extreme heat) and political divisiveness. Providing compassion and direction under these stressful and uncertain circumstances requires new perspectives and methods.

The unpredictability of 2021/2022 calls for new ways of being a leader.

Empathizing with the difficulties your employees face is an important step in the process of helping them build resilience and learn from setbacks. Some leaders fear that too much empathy can lead to a lowering of standards, that being empathic makes it harder to maintain high levels of performance and accountability. The opposite is true. The employee who feels seen and understood is more likely to respond positively to requests for changes and improvements. NB: the same is true for students!

  • Supporting School Leaders with Professional Forums

    Your school leaders have been uniquely tested and will continue to face leadership challenges and opportunities in 2021/2022. Many administrators are working with depleted resources and inadequate support. Participating in a facilitated, professional forum, is a powerful means for gaining support, cultivating strategy and creating community with peers. Bringing together people who have similar jobs/positions yet work at different schools across the country, provides space for members to share openly and authentically. Forums run September to June and meet once a month.

  • Coaching for Leadership Teams

    Acute and chronic stressors affect the capacity of leadership teams to communicate and collaborate effectively. One way to provide additional support for the administrators tasked with running the school is to help them as a group grow communication capacity and build collaboration skills. Jennifer Bryan facilitates monthly coaching sessions, providing a supportive, collegial learning opportunity for teams to reflect on how well they are functioning and to practice relevant skills. These sessions can adapt to prevailing needs of the group throughout the school year.

  • Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

    Given the uncertainty of the school year ahead, growing the connectedness, cohesion and compassion of your community is a wise strategy. Jennifer Bryan can help you build a proactive wellbeing strategy, create targeted programs for various constituents and respond to the challenges of 2021/2022 in a steady, professional, innovative manner.

Testimonial

“I am so grateful that Jennifer Bryan has expanded her professional development offerings beyond the realm of Gender & Sexuality Diversity. Make no mistake, if you seek a presenter to move the needle of understanding, inclusion, and belonging around gender and sexuality diversity in your schools, Jennifer is the gold standard. AND, her affirming, authentic and engaging presentation style creates the necessary space and conditions for personal connection and professional growth – no matter the topic, no matter the audience. Jennifer is as comfortable and effective with faculty and staff as she is with administrators and trustees.

Her recent sessions for counselors, wellness professionals and academic leaders – in the midst of the COVID pandemic – provided vital opportunities for connection and reflection. She is a master facilitator using empathy and humor to create a welcoming environment for participants to explore and share their emotions and reactions to the complexity, uncertainty, and upheaval of our times.”

Jennifer Braxton

Director of Professional Development
Association of Delaware Valley (PA, NJ, DE & MD) Independent Schools

Testimonial

“I am so grateful that Jennifer Bryan has expanded her professional development offerings beyond the realm of Gender & Sexuality Diversity. Make no mistake, if you seek a presenter to move the needle of understanding, inclusion, and belonging around gender and sexuality diversity in your schools, Jennifer is the gold standard. AND, her affirming, authentic and engaging presentation style creates the necessary space and conditions for personal connection and professional growth – no matter the topic, no matter the audience. Jennifer is as comfortable and effective with faculty and staff as she is with administrators and trustees. Her recent sessions for counselors, wellness professionals and academic leaders – in the midst of the COVID pandemic – provided vital opportunities for connection and reflection. She is a master facilitator using empathy and humor to create a welcoming environment for participants to explore and share their emotions and reactions to the complexity, uncertainty, and upheaval of our times.”

Jennifer Braxton

Director of Professional Development
Association of Delaware Valley (PA, NJ, DE & MD) Independent Schools

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