Bright Morning Podcast


The Bright Morning Podcast, hosted by Elena Aguilar, explores the many ways we can cultivate courage.
In some episodes, Elena has conversations with guests who reveal the risks they’ve taken and the courage they’ve built. On other episodes, Elena masterfully coaches her guests towards fulfilling their life’s purpose.
These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones. This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it’s a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life.


What listeners are saying…

Elena Aguilar is a force in conversations about school leadership, teams, and equity. To read her books and attend her workshops is some of the best professional development you can ask for. Only one episode in, I can already tell these podcasts will stay with me for weeks, months, years, as I think about how we can build a more equitable world through schools. The hard work involves countless daily interactions and conversations, and Elena helps model and ask questions about how to do that best.

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I’m so glad I got to binge on this podcast this long weekend before starting the new school year. It’s a niche that I have not found, and I find these episodes so enriching and rejuvenating. I feel more in community with other educators who are grappling with tough questions re: equity, leadership, etc. Thank you for your work, Elena!

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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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Episode 72: Coaches’ Corner: Design Your Summer of Learning

Today’s episode is the first of its kind, designed to provide you with some of the benefits of working with your own Transformational Coach. We’re calling these the “Coaches’ Corner,” during which Elena expertly holds the space and provides you with prompts for reflection. 

Grab your notebook and something to write with; today it’s time to design your summer of learning.

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Episode 71: In Conversation with Crystal Echo Hawk

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 70: Behind the Design: End-of-Year Conversations

This is a Behind the Design Episode, the first in its kind that pulls back the curtain on the decisions we make to create the conditions for transformation. Today Elena applies the five habits necessary for all conversations and learning spaces where our goal is to connect, reflect and honor growth to end-of-year conversation.

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Episode 69: What Do You Do When: A Client Says, “I Don’t Know How…”?

This is a “What Do You Say When…” episode, the first of its kind designed to explore some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from coaches and managers looking to support others in those moments when they feel stuck. On today’s episode, Elena pulls back the curtain on how she thinks about and responds to the common refrain of, “I don’t know how…”

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Episode 68: Coaching Tool: Taking a Confrontational Stance

This is a coaching tool episode. Today Elena takes you behind the scenes to explore how and why she uses the confrontational stance in her coaching conversations. This stance was used repeatedly in episode 67, so we suggest listening in to that coaching conversation if you haven’t already.

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Episode 67: Who Defines the Terms of a Coaching Conversation?

This is a coaching conversation. In this episode Elena coaches a veteran school-based coach seeking to increase the impact of their coaching sessions. Together they explore who defines the terms of a coaching conversation and what is needed to step into your fear when you realize a change in course is needed.

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Episode 66: Feel Better: Create Your Recipe for Well-Being

This is the final episode of our special edition How to Feel Better podcast series. Today Elena gets us ready to engage in the final two exercises in the Week 4 Guide: What Has Helped You Feel Better? and the Week 4 Wrap Up. Listen in as we celebrate whatever part of the program you took part in and embrace a, “what I did was enough” mindset. Because you are always enough.

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Episode 65: Feel Better: Create a Pandemic Transition Plan

In this mini-episode of the Feel Better program, Elena walks you through the fourth exercise in the Week Four How to Feel Better Guide: A Post-Pandemic Plan. It’s time to start thinking about what we want to start, stop and keep doing in the post-pandemic world…and Elena has the tool to help you get to it!

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