[Online] Urgent & Emergent Leadership in Polarized Times: A Courage to Lead Intensive for Women

04/29/2021 - 3:00pm to 05/01/2021 - 11:30am

Grade levels: Professional Development

“Emergent Strategy…reminds us, directly and by example, that wonder —which at its heart is love— is the foundation of our ability to shape change and create the world we want.” - Alta Starr

This three-day Courage to Lead intensive is designed for women leaders who wish to integrate women’s ways of knowing, traditional practices and emerging paradigms for bridging the social, political and racial divides of our times. We invite you to take this opportunity to reconnect with your true self, recognize your gifts and strengths, and embrace your questions and challenges.

With courage, compassion and creativity, we will: - Explore the inner sources of leadership - Examine the current realities in which we lead - Consider equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as organizational essentials - Understand the qualities of relating that shape thinking, conversing & organizing - Identify reflective practices that increase personal and professional vitality - Imagine the highest future possibilities and results - Develop an emergent strategy to authentically lead in your community

The guiding principles and wisdom teachers for our work together will include: Emergent Strategy, Adrienne Maree Brown; Theory U, Otto Scharmer; The Four Fold Way, Angeles Arrien; My Grandmother’s Hands: Healing Racialized Trauma, Resmaa Menakem; A Hidden Wholeness and The Five Habits of the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer.

Who should attend? Courage to Lead is open to those in leadership roles from diverse fields. Leadership can be reflected in whichever way we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.


Details & Format Virtual Retreats: Thursday-Saturday, April 29-May 1, 2021. Sessions will be held online using the Zoom platform.

Thursday: 3-6 p.m. Pacific Time Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday: 9-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Facilitators: Shauna Adams, LCSW, and Dawn Montgomery, EdD Cost: $250, includes 11.5 PDUs.


Shauna Adams, LCSW is an educator and social worker who provides leadership consultation, professional development and strategic planning for schools, businesses, and human service providers. She has worked in a variety of roles over the course of her career including mental health therapist, adjunct professor, program administrator and equity leadership coach. Ms. Adams has collaborated with diverse communities over the past twenty-five years and approaches her work with compassion, curiosity, and creativity. She is committed to facilitating inclusive learning opportunities that deepen self- reflection, increase team collaboration, and inspire professional and personal vitality.

Dawn Montgomery, EdD has served her educational community for the past 40 years as a teacher, principal, director and assistant professor. She continues her work as an executive performance coach, equity facilitator, adjunct professor, and as a certified Courage and Renewal (CCR) facilitator offering Courage to Lead and Leading Together retreats and professional development for schools, districts, and nonprofit businesses. Marge Piercy’s poem To Be of Use illustrates her philosophy to coaching leaders. “I want to be with people who… submerge in the task…who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out…” Her heart and efforts lie in the work necessary to make a difference in this world.