Mason Invited To Leadership Design Studio
Twice a year, a small group of 10-12 thoughtful, dedicated leaders from across the country are invited to West River, Maryland to participate in the Leadership Design Studio. Hosted as part of the Reflective Leadership Project, the program is led by Dr. Judy Sorum Brown. Janine Mason, founder and architect of the Fieldstone Leadership Network, was selected to participate in the Fall cohort, which wrapped up its initial work last week.
The purpose of the Leadership Design Studio is:
- to provide leaders with tools and skills to design and facilitate vibrant, engaging leadership development experiences for others,
- to augment and strengthen their existing knowledge base and skills,
- to open a practice field for creating, testing and applying what they are learning and
- to connect them with a cross-sector network of colleagues for support and counsel in their ongoing leadership development work.
“The opportunity to learn from an icon in the leadership field was such a gift, as was the chance to meet others working in leadership program design. Every day was full of rich material, learning and relationship building. And each day went by so quickly, which was further proof of the richness of the experience. I am excited to bring back all that I have learned to our Network in San Diego”, reflects Mason.
The program included the examination of the principles that undergird quality leadership development work: among them high engagement, engaging diversity of perspective, creating reflective space, including a variety of learning processes, and strategies for modeling and embedding these in one’s program design. The cohort explored a rich collection of timeless print and other media resources for use in leadership development programs and received a tool kit of take-away resources with an emphasis on classic, timeless, cross-cultural materials.
Judy Brown is an educator, speaker, facilitator, poet and writer whose work in organizations revolves around themes of leadership, change, learning, dialogue and creativity. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and has served as a White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Labor, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Dean and Director of Executive Programs of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland, and Vice President for Seminars and Cooperative Programs of the Aspen Institute. Joining Judy as a co-facilitator was Kathleen Glaser.
Kathleen has served public schools as a teacher, principal, college professor, supervisor of student teachers, and co-founder of the Chesapeake Public Charter School in southern Maryland. She received the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and has a life-long passion for creating trustworthy learning spaces and communities. A wise mentor, she is skilled at fostering the leadership development of others.
Much like Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego, the Leadership Design Studio fostered a time of deep learning and relationship building enabling cohort members to return home with a trusted collection of colleagues to support and encourage them going forward. Watch for new offerings as Janine infuses what she has learned into our Network.