Training and Events

Keynote Presentations

In addition to training sessions listed below, I am available for keynote presentations for events, and I also provide training sessions for groups. For keynote presentations, or for customized sessions, please reach out to me through my contact page.

Upcoming Training Sessions and Events

Head Start & Early Head Start Collaborative Partnership Boot Camp 101 • May 4, 2022 at 9:00 AM EST

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EST at National Head Start Association Conference – Baltimore, MD

We all know the basics – make sure that you have a written agreement or contract, and make sure that the partner agrees to follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards, right?! However, Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and programs funded under the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships grant, need much more than the obvious elements in order to be successful. Launching partnerships with schools, child care centers and other providers is one thing, but sustaining truly collaborative, enduring, high-quality HS/EHS partnerships requires a very thoughtful and structured approach. This introductory workshop for program leaders will consider the typical challenges we face in assuring successful partnerships, and the management practices and specific tools necessary to position partnerships for compliance, quality, engagement and long-term success.

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Keynote for Pennsylvania Head Start Association • May 10 - 11, 2022

 Tues., May 10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

and Wed., May 11 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

BE THE CHANGE Leadership

Presented for Pennsylvania Head Start Association 

 Tues., May 10 – 9:00 AM

  • Introductions, and overview of Be The Change leadership approach  
  • Part 1.  Get Anchored (50 min).  This segment will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental well-being.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on the well-known, and not-so-well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath-mind-body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 2.  Self-Regulate (50 min.).  This segment will provide an introduction to self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego, and on techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 3.  Follow the North Star Values (50 min.).  This segment will focus on committing to and following the “North Star values” of truth, justice and service, and the challenges that leaders face in living these values.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on how the values of truth, justice and service inform and develop solid leadership and management, and practices which align with and promote these core values, and thereby cultivate trust in leadership and build strong organizational culture and climate.

Wed., May 11 – 9:00 AM

  • Brief recap of ideas and discussion from Day 1 (15 min.)
  • Part 4.  Show Up with Character (50 min.).  In this segment, we will discuss the key character attributes of leadership including courage, mindfulness, and compassion, and what it means for leaders to model these attributes and set an example for others.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on the ways in which character attributes inform the leadership functions of support and guidance for individuals, organizations, and the endeavors we pursue.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 5.  Engage with Compassion (90 min.)  This segment will look at how leaders can engage – actively and with compassion – by bringing a cooperative mindset to our interactions and communication which prioritizes care for others, unconditional compassion, and the “vibe” we create to nurture and support the development of those around us.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on: the foundational functions of human interaction and communication in nurturing and supporting the development and well-being of others; the leadership responsibility to strive for unconditional compassion, and how this informs the climate or “vibe” we create which enables others to thrive and self-actualize; and communication and engagement techniques, grounded in the spirit of cooperation and interdependence, to support and inspire those we lead.
  • Reflections / wrap up (15 min.)

Leadership Series: Anchored and Self-Regulated Leadership • May 18, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 1 • May 18.  Anchored and Self-Regulated Leadership.  This session will provide an introduction to self-regulated leadership and will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental well-being, and on self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the well-known, and not so well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath / mind / body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Participants will consider how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego.
  • Participants will learn techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149

Head Start & Early Head Start Collaborative Partnership Boot Camp 101 • May 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom 

We all know the basics – make sure that you have a written agreement or contract, and make sure that the partner agrees to follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards, right?! However, Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and programs funded under the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships grant, need much more than the obvious elements in order to be successful. Launching partnerships with schools, child care centers and other providers is one thing, but sustaining truly collaborative, enduring, high-quality HS/EHS partnerships requires a very thoughtful and structured approach. This introductory workshop for program leaders will consider the typical challenges we face in assuring successful partnerships, and the management practices and specific tools necessary to position partnerships for compliance, quality, engagement and long-term success.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the most common roadblocks and obstacles to developing strong, long-term, Head Start and Early Head Start collaborative partnerships.
  • Participants will consider the key phases of the collaborative partnership journey: (1) Courting and Contemplating; (2) Committing and Contracting; and (3) Collaborating and Cultivating for Quality, Compliance and Continuity.
  • Participants will learn techniques, and review specific tools, for vetting and formalizing potential Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and for guiding and supporting ongoing engagement, program management, quality and compliance.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149 

Leadership Series: The Values and Character of Leadership • May 25, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 2 • May 25.  The Values and Character of Leadership.  This session will focus on committing to and following the “North Star values” of truth, justice and service, and the challenges that leaders face in living these values. We will discuss emotional intelligence and the key character attributes of leadership including courage (strength), mindfulness (calmness), and compassion (love), and what it means to model these attributes and set an example for others.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will explore and discuss the values of truth, justice and service, and consider the ways in which these values inform and develop solid leadership and management.
  • Participants will review practices which align with and promote core values, and thereby cultivate trust in leadership and build strong organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will discuss the character attributes of courage, mindfulness and compassion, and the ways in which these attributes inform the leadership functions of support and guidance for individuals, organizations, and the endeavors we pursue.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149 

Leadership Series: Leadership Engagement with Compassion • June 1, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 3 • June 1.  Leadership Engagement with Compassion.  This session will look at how leaders can engage – actively and with compassion – by bringing a cooperative mindset to our interactions and communication which prioritizes care for others, unconditional compassion, and the “vibe” we create to nurture and support the development of those around us.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the foundational functions of human interaction and communication in nurturing and supporting the development and well-being of others.
  • Participants will consider the leadership responsibility to strive for unconditional compassion, and how this informs the climate or “vibe” we create which enables others to thrive and self-actualize.
  • Participants will discuss communication and engagement techniques, grounded in the spirit of cooperation and interdependence, to support and inspire those we lead.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Keynote for Region VII Head Start Association • June 15, 2022

 Wed., June 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST (Note: Central Time)

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center – Kansas City, MO

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

BE THE CHANGE Leadership

Presented for Region VII Head Start Association 

 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Introductions, and overview of Be The Change leadership approach  
  • Part 1.  Get Anchored (50 min).  This segment will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental well-being.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on the well-known, and not-so-well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath-mind-body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 2.  Self-Regulate (50 min.).  This segment will provide an introduction to self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego, and on techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 3.  Follow the North Star Values (50 min.).  This segment will focus on committing to and following the “North Star values” of truth, justice and service, and the challenges that leaders face in living these values.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on how the values of truth, justice and service inform and develop solid leadership and management, and practices which align with and promote these core values, and thereby cultivate trust in leadership and build strong organizational culture and climate.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Brief recap of ideas and discussion from morning session (15 min.)
  • Part 4.  Show Up with Character (50 min.).  In this segment, we will discuss the key character attributes of leadership including courage, mindfulness, and compassion, and what it means for leaders to model these attributes and set an example for others.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on the ways in which character attributes inform the leadership functions of support and guidance for individuals, organizations, and the endeavors we pursue.
  • Stretch / mindfulness break (10 min.)
  • Part 5.  Engage with Compassion (90 min.)  This segment will look at how leaders can engage – actively and with compassion – by bringing a cooperative mindset to our interactions and communication which prioritizes care for others, unconditional compassion, and the “vibe” we create to nurture and support the development of those around us.  Key elements will include presentation, activities and discussion on: the foundational functions of human interaction and communication in nurturing and supporting the development and well-being of others; the leadership responsibility to strive for unconditional compassion, and how this informs the climate or “vibe” we create which enables others to thrive and self-actualize; and communication and engagement techniques, grounded in the spirit of cooperation and interdependence, to support and inspire those we lead.
  • Reflections / wrap up (15 min.)

A Self-Regulated Leadership of Stewardship for NHSA LEADS Summit • June 21, 2022 at 12:15 PM EST

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  We do this by supporting the well-being of humanity, and this begins with the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

In the spirit of “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, this session will provide a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.  This introduction to self-regulated leadership will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental health, and on self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the well-known, and not so well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath / mind / body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Participants will consider how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego.
  • Participants will learn techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM EST via Zoom

Leadership Series: Anchored and Self-Regulated Leadership • July 13, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 1 • July 13.  Anchored and Self-Regulated Leadership.  This session will provide an introduction to self-regulated leadership and will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental well-being, and on self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the well-known, and not so well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath / mind / body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Participants will consider how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego.
  • Participants will learn techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149

Leadership Series: The Values and Character of Leadership • July 27, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 2 • July 27.  The Values and Character of Leadership.  This session will focus on committing to and following the “North Star values” of truth, justice and service, and the challenges that leaders face in living these values. We will discuss emotional intelligence and the key character attributes of leadership including courage (strength), mindfulness (calmness), and compassion (love), and what it means to model these attributes and set an example for others.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will explore and discuss the values of truth, justice and service, and consider the ways in which these values inform and develop solid leadership and management.
  • Participants will review practices which align with and promote core values, and thereby cultivate trust in leadership and build strong organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will discuss the character attributes of courage, mindfulness and compassion, and the ways in which these attributes inform the leadership functions of support and guidance for individuals, organizations, and the endeavors we pursue.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149 

Leadership Series: Leadership Engagement with Compassion • August 10, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We need to make this world a better place.  Leaders in Head Start visualize a better world which is built, in part, upon the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This Leadership Series provides a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.

Sessions in this 3-part series can be taken as stand-alone workshops or as a full leadership series, whichever works best for individual participants. 

BE THE CHANGE Leadership Series

Part 3 • August 10.  Leadership Engagement with Compassion.  This session will look at how leaders can engage – actively and with compassion – by bringing a cooperative mindset to our interactions and communication which prioritizes care for others, unconditional compassion, and the “vibe” we create to nurture and support the development of those around us.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the foundational functions of human interaction and communication in nurturing and supporting the development and well-being of others.
  • Participants will consider the leadership responsibility to strive for unconditional compassion, and how this informs the climate or “vibe” we create which enables others to thrive and self-actualize.
  • Participants will discuss communication and engagement techniques, grounded in the spirit of cooperation and interdependence, to support and inspire those we lead.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$149 

Head Start & Early Head Start Collaborative Partnership Boot Camp 101 for East Coast Migrant Head Start Project - Professional Development Conference • Aug. 18, 2022 at 1:30 PM EST

Wednesday, August 18, 2022 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project – Professional Development Conference – Tampa, FL

We all know the basics – make sure that you have a written agreement or contract, and make sure that the partner agrees to follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards, right?! However, Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and programs funded under the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships grant, need much more than the obvious elements in order to be successful. Launching partnerships with schools, child care centers and other providers is one thing, but sustaining truly collaborative, enduring, high-quality HS/EHS partnerships requires a very thoughtful and structured approach. This introductory workshop for program leaders will consider the typical challenges we face in assuring successful partnerships, and the management practices and specific tools necessary to position partnerships for compliance, quality, engagement and long-term success.

A Self-Regulated Leadership of Stewardship for East Coast Migrant Head Start Project - Professional Development Conference • Aug. 18, 2022 at 3:30 PM EST

Wednesday, August 18, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project – Professional Development Conference – Tampa, FL

We need to make this world a better place.  We do this by supporting the well-being of humanity, and this begins with the critically important work we do in Head Start and Early Head Start around child and family development.  Our goal is to help children, families, staff and communities to thrive.

In the spirit of “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, this session will provide a roadmap for new and seasoned leaders to become the best versions of ourselves and, by so doing, to become the best leaders that our world – and Head Start – so desperately needs.  This introduction to self-regulated leadership will focus on the foundational elements of getting anchored with research-based self-care practices for optimizing physical and mental health, and on self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the well-known, and not so well-known, anchoring practices around diet, exercise, sleep and “breath / mind / body” practices to cultivate calmness and clarity.
  • Participants will consider how executive function enables us to choose our response to situations rather than reacting from ego.
  • Participants will learn techniques and strategies to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth.

Dates and times.  Please note: All times listed are U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.  Please determine the time that training will take place in your local time zone.

Zoom.  Please make sure that you have the latest version of Zoom installed on your device, and that you are familiar with Zoom’s basic functions, as we do not have the capacity to provide technical support for computer, mobile, wi-fi or internet connectivity issues for attendees.

No refunds.  Due to the logistics of training sessions, we cannot issue refunds for folks who register but then are unable to attend, or those who have technical issues.  If you cannot attend a session for which you registered, please reach out via the contact page for a credit for an upcoming training session to be redeemed within 6 months of the original session.