in Higher Ed


Teaching is an act of love. After thinking about this with recent guests and faculty Rand Park, Sidneyeve Matrix, and Stephanie Cawthon, I’ve come to wonder if we don’t expect far too much of our educators and far too little from our leaders. Teaching requires emotion: compassion, empathy, affection. Even love. These are necessary for […]

Teaching is an act of love. So is leadership.

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For our summer session we’re running a fan favorite playlist: a combination of the most-listened-to episodes as well as listener favorites. Our Summer Session gives you a chance to revisit episodes you may not have heard in a while or even to listen to episodes you might have missed. Today we’re replaying Episode 26: In […]

Summer session with Christina Holmgren & Jayne Sommers

For today’s summer session we’re replaying Episode 24, Empathy & Gratitude: Mandy Balek Stephens on Mentoring Young Professionals. Mandy is School Director for the Schuler Scholars Program at Golda Meir School in Milwaukee.

Summer session with Mandy Balek-Stephens

Today we’re replaying Episode 21, Democracy is a Creative Act, featuring my interview with Jill Arensdorf, Provost and Professor of Leadership at Ft. Hayes State University. 

Summer session with Jill Arensdorf

Today we’re replaying Episode 23, Mentors & Allies: How to be Machiavellian Without Being a Machiavellian, based on Stacey Vanek Smith’s book “Machiavelli for Women.”

Summer session with Machiavelli

Today I talk with Renee Wells about what it means to educate for equity through the lens of restorative justice. Renee is an educator and consultant with a grounding in the work of bell hooks and Paolo Freire, and I love how open and frank she is about all the things that we sometimes find hard to deal with…or to talk about…or to change…in our work on campuses. 

#50: White Women’s Nonsense

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I thought I’d share what reading this book is like for me because I think my experience as an educated white woman with leadership experience in higher ed will resonate with you.

#48 A White Woman Reads “White Women”

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Jayne Sommers is back! This time she shares her personal journey from understanding herself as a first-born Capricorn (achievement-oriented! controlling! always right!) to anti-racist educator, and how she came to see the ways she’s been socialized into our white supremacy culture. oin us for a month-long challenge Jayne will lead: White Women’s Work.

#47: White Women’s Work: An Invitation

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Today’s Episode at a Glance [0:00] Listening is probably the most powerful tool in your leadership toolkit. If you open your mouth to speak, pause and ask yourself “Why am I Talking”? [ 2:25] The 3-part “Why Am I Talking?” framework. [5:46] Do you dread giving bad news at work? Or struggle knowing how to […]

#43 Why Am I Talking? (and other powerful questions)

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For better or worse — or honestly, just for worse — our busy-ness has become a measure of our worth. But activity is not achievement. We know this from teaching, and we can infuse this into our leadership practice.

#39: Activity is Not Achievement

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