Episode 41: Getting Unstuck: Standing in Solidarity a Processing Conversation

This is a different kind of episode. Not an interview or a coaching conversation, but rather a candid talk between two colleagues as we explore how we are processing and responding to the recent rise in overt hate crimes committed against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities around our county. Elena is joined by Bright Morning Podcast producer and COO, LesLee Bickford. Together we explore what holds us back from speaking out against injustices and how we can release those tethers and stand in solidarity.

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Episode 39: The Transformative Power of Food Co-Hosted by Chiara Kupiec

Has a meal ever changed your life? Do you have food traditions that have shaped who you are? Has the sense of taste opened your eyes to a culture in a way that has transformed your understanding of another people? In this week’s grab bag episode Elena is joined by co-host Chiara Kupiec and the two explore meals that expanded their cultural horizons and opened them up to learning about others in ways that transcended language or shared history.

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Episode 30: Called to Lead with Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Linda Cliatt-Wayman is best known for her 2015 TED Talk, “How to Fix a Broken School” in which she shared the story of how she led the transformation of a Philadelphia high school. In this episode, Elena uncovered how Principal Wayman became the seemingly fearless force of a leader that she appears to be, who her primary influences were, and how she’s navigated changes she couldn’t control.

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Developing a Theory of Action

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 4 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I referenced a theory of action. I coached Jill through the initial steps to create a draft of a theory of action to lead folks in her district towards having conversations about racial inequities. In my coaching and consulting with leaders,

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An Analysis of Coaching Strategies used with Kathrina

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 2 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I coached Kathrina on how she can set boundaries. Kathrina was struggling with her relationships with some colleagues. She’d tried being compassionate and understanding with them, but I could hear that what she wasn’t telling me was that some of those

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