5 nights in the Canadian mountains has been a life-affirming experience, personally & professionally, this Easter.
There is something magical about 1200 global educators, school leaders & international thought leaders being surrounded by majestic Mother Nature.
There was an article recently about the healing properties of spending time near trees. For me being in the mountains, being close to nature, nourishes the soul. The last few days have nurtured my heart & my mind.
Clearing our heads of the white noise of "crazy busy" (Simon Breakspear) enabled us to connect back to our Why.
The universal truths of the education system have been explored through deep learning - the learning that has taken place has been profound.
The connectivity of listening to & bonding with educators from Canada, Scotland, Australia, Iceland & Finland has removed geographical barriers, enabling us to focus on the human spirit. The souls in the roles.
The focus on principled leadership, ethics, integrity & values has resonated with me - both for the journey I have been on as a leader in the last few years & the vision I have for my next chapter.
The relationships I have built have been poignant & the collaborations we are initiating & discussing are going to be game changers.
The discussions we have started about social equity, gender equality, diversity & inclusion have been elevated to a macro level.
I didn't know what to expect when I agreed to come to Banff, but I said yes & seized the opportunity. The experience has exceeded expectations in every possible way.
Thank you Jeff for the invitation & welcome.
Thank you Carol, Gillian & Shelley for being a brilliant team to co-plan the @womenedcanada launch with.
Thank you for the inspirational contributions to the #womened preconferencefrom Laurie, Ken, Charlie, Jennifer, Jane, Heather & Kathy.
Thank you to Simon for calling out the lack of diversity on stage.
Thank you to Pasi for joining us for our panel on women in leadership & leaning in as a #heforshe.
Thank you to Jane & Heather for extending friendship & a developing collaboration in Australia.
Thank you to everyone who came to my session on diversity & inclusion to contribute to the discussions.
Banff & #ulead17 will be forever in my heart.
I will see you all at #ulead18!
Let those butterfly wings beat. We are hopeful of how far the effect will be heard.