Elena Aguilar

At Bright Morning, we help individuals and organizations remove obstacles to equity, bounce back from adversity, and transform relationships.

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Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 73: Where do you draw a line? [Coaching Conversation]

This is an interview. Today Elena is in conversation with Crystal Echo Hawk. Crystal is an enrolled member of Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma and the founder of IllumiNative, a nonprofit working to increase the visibility of—and “challenge the negative narrative about”—Native Nations. Listen in to learn more about what Crystal believes to be the greatest threat to Native peoples, hear a specific call-in to educators, learn about a tv show you might be missing out on that you don’t want to miss, and much more.

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Episode 74: Creating Boundaries with Cultural Humility [Unpacking a Coaching Conversation]

It is possible to create boundaries with cultural competence and humility, yet too often that doesn’t happen. Oftentimes the approach skews to dominance or things running amock. Both of these are failures of leadership. In this episode, Elena and her Bright Morning teammate LesLee Bickford dive into the challenge of white leaders striving to work against white supremacy culture while still providing the leadership needed to run healthy teams where everyone is able to thrive.

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Books by Elena

The art of coaching

A how-to for new and experienced coaches

The art of Coaching Workbook

Activities to improve your coaching skills

Coaching for Equity

Strategies for talking about race, power, and systems of oppression

The art of Coaching Teams

Your playbook for leading great teams


A framework to take the burnout out of teaching

The Onward Workbook

Daily activities to cultivate your resilience

Visit Our Sister Site–Onward

This month’s theme:


Our Onward collection supports anyone in fields where burnout and stress are commonplace with practical tools and exercises to increase their resilience and thrive in their personal and work lives.

The book, accompanying workbook, and workshops deeply resonate with a wide array of professionals, including those in education, healthcare, social services, non-profits and corporations. 

Onwardthebook.com is the book’s companion website that explores a monthly theme to support readers in growing their resilience. We invite you to take a journey with us on Onward and consider bringing the text and workshops to your place of employment!