YOU Lead Alumni Deep Dive: Navigating Competing Agendas

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Pearl Mattenson, PCC
You Lead Alumni
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Wednesday, January 5th, February 2nd, and March 28th, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

How can you get everyone rowing in the same direction with a minimal amount of resistance? Even in the most well-intentioned group, there are diverse perspectives and strongly held beliefs. Do you have to get consensus, or can you get everyone aligned enough to start to move forward? What kind of group processes are conducive to helping people get on board with a coherent way forward?   And what of your own ambivalences? How can you be sure you are not contributing to the problem? Finally, what if you are trying to drive change? How do you unpack the varying reactions to change that are affecting people’s buy-in? In three sessions we will touch on these questions, provide conceptual frameworks to help you think them through, and tools to practice with each other and in your school setting.

These sessions are ideal for any professional in the school who supervises a group of teachers or who must coordinate any group of professionals around the implementation of a project.  Each virtual interactive 90 minute session will be preceded by 1-2 short video lectures that will prepare you to fully engage in the exercises. In between sessions, participants will be encouraged to meet in triads to practice tools learned and to debrief using them in your school.

Program Outline

To make the most out of this experience, please plan on attending each of the three days.

Session 1: Your Stance Matters

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

Explore a variety of approaches to clarifying your own perspective and being intentional about its impact.

Session 2: Diverge to Converge

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

Learn several different approaches to ensuring that diverse voices can be heard in the service of finding a common path forward.

Session 3: Be with the Change

Monday, March 28th, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

Look at various tools to help normalize and surface various reactions to change.



Pearl Mattenson
Mattenson, PCC

Pearl is a certified relationship systems coach working with leaders, leadership teams and family systems. She is an outstanding facilitator of high stakes conversations and has a deep understanding of organizational change efforts.
With almost four decades of experience in the Jewish non-profit world Pearl has been a teacher, family educator, and Principal and has supported Jewish Day schools in governance, teacher development, and school change initiatives. Having acquired a focused expertise in teacher development she helped to conceptualize two pre-service teacher education programs. As the Eastern States Education Director for the Anti-Defamation League, she worked with law enforcement agencies, medical schools and public schools on issues relating to diversity and bias, designing and leading intensive workshops on institutional and attitudinal change. She has also written or edited educational publications for Houghton Mifflin, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, and Frontline. She is a contributor to Kaddish: Women’s Voices published by Urim Publications and is more recently known for her writing on leadership, philanthropic collaborations and communication.