Exclusively for Heads of AISNE Member Schools!
Join us for this multi-part virtual learning experience centered on developing strategies for remaining calm in the midst of stressful situations at work and when faced with life’s greatest personal challenges. This AISNE Cohort is intended for Heads of Schools and is facilitated by Lynn Bowman. 


  • Session 1: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Session 2: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Session 3: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM

All sessions are virtual, using Zoom meetings. 



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If you have a question about this cohort, please contact us at info@aisne.org. This is a three-part workshop. Your ticket reserves your spot for all three sessions.


About the Cohort

We live and lead during a time of rapid change, heightened anxiety, and increased stress. The last two years have been overloaded with opportunities to navigate conflict, solve problems, innovate creatively, set vision, and nurture relationships—all important responsibilities of effective leaders. At the same time, we all have an inner critic—a voice that often pushes us to act from a place of negative emotion and anxiety—that is often most active during periods of stress. We also have an innate desire to show up as our best selves and bring energy and enthusiasm to our day to day. Emotional capacity impacts future success in professional and personal life. So how can we build that capacity, and our ability to forge meaningful relationships? This cohort will focus on answering that question.

Acquire new strategies for how to remain calm in the midst of handling stressful situations at work and when faced with life’s greatest personal challenges. Explore what is possible when you develop greater self-awareness. Find increased purpose in yourself and work and improve your relationships with others. See all that becomes possible for your school community when you leverage your leadership strengths in new and different ways. Practice how to go into the new school year prioritizing this work to help you lead with positive strength and resilience. 

In this three-part series you will learn how to quiet your inner critic and operate from a place of curiosity and calm toward a more resilient, positive, and productive way of leading using Positive Intelligence®, a framework supported by the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and performance science to help build your capacity to respond to challenges in your professional and personal life with a positive mindset. 

​​Leaders can be more effective when they focus on who they ARE as leaders and not just on what they DO as leaders. Uncover new possibilities, better understand and unleash your own potential, so you can head into the new year and cultivate similar strength in others. Join this cohort with your peers and gain strategies that improve your mental fitness to enhance your overall leadership presence, boost performance, strengthen relationships, and improve well being.  

Session 1: The Connection between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: In this session you will explore the behaviors and skills of impactful leaders and reacquaint yourself with your own strengths. You will surface what may be holding you back—your own “Saboteurs.” You will be introduced to the Positive Intelligence® framework and learn how your mind can be your best friend… or, occasionally, your worst enemy. This work will strengthen your overall approach as you lead your community forward into the new academic year.

Session 2: Understanding Your Saboteurs: In this session you will take a deeper dive into the workings of your inner “Saboteurs” and learn how these negative emotions can hijack your potential for performance and happiness. You will learn to recognize and interrupt patterns that get in your way of healthy relationships, peak performance, and peace of mind. Decide which habits and practices need to be interrupted and what new practices and habits you want to accentuate. 

Session 3: The Practice of Mental Fitness: In this final session you will gain strategies to employ immediately in order to strengthen your capacity to plan for and respond to life’s challenges productively and creatively—instead of reacting to them emotionally and negatively. 

Each of these 90-minute virtual sessions will be highly interactive and contain whole-group sharing, small-group work, and individual reflection.

About the Facilitator

Lynn Bowman is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and she is a graduate of the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching Program. She spent over 20 years in the educational and non-profit sector as a committed senior level administrator, consultant, leadership coach and teacher. During her tenure, she had the responsibility of training and coaching senior leaders and teams and leading several strategic initiatives. Lynn has learned what it means to build an effective team, to lead an organization through challenges and transformation and to shape vision into reality. She has extensive training in the work of racial identity development, cross-racial dialogue, and transforming teams and organizations to be more equitable and inclusive. Lynn is also certified to administer the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360 emotional intelligence assessments and has been trained to administer and interpret DiSC behavioral styles inventory. As a Positive Intelligence® Coach, she has gained insights and tools to help clients expand their awareness of self to maximize performance and well-being. Lynn draws from all of these disciplines and experiences in her coaching and consulting work.

Join Your Peers

  • Tim Saburn – Bancroft School
  • Mike Schloat – Bement School
  • Julie Parsons – Cambridge Ellis School
  • Linda Donnelly – The Common School
  • Allison Webster – Dedham Country Day School
  • Donna Milani Luther – Inly School
  • Justin Hajj – The Learning Project Elementary School
  • Tim Powers – Pinkerton Academy
  • Karen O’Neill Thomson – Red Fox Community School
  • Marie Leary – Sage School

Cancellation Policy

Virtual Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to info@aisne.org. Cancellations will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event, or first event of a series of events.

In-Person Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to info@aisne.org. Cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 14 days of the start of the event will receive a refund less a $100 fee. This fee covers the cost of our minimum commitments with our hotel partners; thank you for your understanding. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

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