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[Online] Power, Purpose, and Presence: A Leadership Institute for Women

Date: September 24 Location: Online


Join us for a virtual institute designed for women of all ages, backgrounds, and roles who wish to come together to explore leadership as it applies to our lives, our work, and the way we carry ourselves in the world. This institute was developed with the intention of creating a safe and welcoming space allowing for challenging conversation, empathetic listening, individual and collective learning, and growth. 

Two virtual retreats will provide an opportunity for in-depth self-reflection, skill-building, group sharing, and exploration of selected leadership topics. Between virtual retreat sessions, attendees will maintain a dialogue by participating in interactive webinars, assigned readings, and reflection activities. All programming is aligned with Center for Courage & Renewal principles and practices.

We invite you to take this opportunity to reconnect with your true self, recognize your gifts and strengths, and embrace your questions and challenges. We hope participants exit the experience empowered to create the life they aspire to, with a newly developed support network to help along the way.

Our time together will address the key themes of:

  • Presence, Authenticity and Mindfulness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Trauma Informed Leadership
  • Communication, Courage and Productive Conflict
  • Negotiation, Power and Influence
  • Resilience and Well-being
  • Creating Our Own Pathway
  • Accountability and Peer Coaching

Details & Program Format

Virtual Retreats: Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, and December 3-5, 2020

  • Thursday: 11a.m-2p.m. Pacific Time (1-4 p.m. CT)
  • Friday: 8-10:30 a.m. & 11:30-2 p.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m. CT)
  • Saturday: 8-10 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT)

Bi-Weekly Webinars: Wednesdays, October 7, 21, November 4, 18, 4-5:30 PM Pacific Time (6-7:30 pm. CT)

Facilitators: Dawn Montgomery, EdD; Shauna Adams, MSW; Rachel Boechler, PhD; Mary Kaye Siebert, PhD

Cost: $1,200. Includes 34 PDUs and all program materials (mailed to you prior to retreat dates). Online registration will close September 4, 2020.

A limited number of spots are available at a cost of $900 thanks to a Courage to Lead scholarship fund. To request a scholarship, please contact Matsya Siosal at and share, to the degree you are comfortable, about your need for scholarship.

Online registration for this Institute is now closed

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Facilitators

Shauna Adams, MSW 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.

Rachel Boechler, PhD is a leadership consultant & coach with a focus on developing purpose-driven leaders and organizations. She also serves as a senior facilitator/consultant for Australian NESLI/ASAM leadership programs. Rachel has 25+ years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, administrator and superintendent. She was an assistant professor/chairperson in the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee WI as well as the Chief Operating Officer for CPS Human Resource Services, a nationwide HR consulting firm based in CA. Rachel is a certified Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) facilitator, offering retreats primarily in the area of leadership.

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.

Mary Kaye Siebert, PhD has over 25 years of service in public education serving as both a classroom teacher and district administrator. She has worked with a diverse group of teachers and administrators to help identify potential leaders, aligning strengths of those individuals to tasks at hand, and cultivating leadership capacity in those she works with. Mary Kaye is a certified Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) facilitator. Her work in schools and school districts focuses on strengthening school culture using Leading Together: Building Adult Community in Schools, a program offering of the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR), that focuses on strengthening adult relational trust schools. Mary Kaye offers multi-day retreats focusing on personal and professional renewal for teachers and leaders.