Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • 11am - 1pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm Eastern
  • 8am - 10am and 10:30am - 12:30pm Pacific

*Please note: This course is a blended learning experience. There are approximately 6-8 hours of self-paced modules to be completed before the live session begins. The live session is a total of 4 hours long with a 30 minute break built in between two learning blocks.


  • Individual: $595
  • Group of 6+ paying together: $495 each

To receive the group rate, pay by invoice, or if your organization requires you to complete a purchase order, please complete our Group Order/Invoice form


  • Participants must have their own copy of The Art of Coaching Teams. 
  • The book is NOT included in the course pricing. Participants must acquire the book on their own before the start of the course.


Many successful individuals find themselves in leadership roles without substantive training on leading teams. Based on Elena's best-selling book, The Art of Coaching Teams, this blended learning experience provides a framework and tools to lead an engaged, high-functioning team. Participants will learn to lead and facilitate teams with an understanding of adult learning theory, execute the administrative tasks that will keep their team thriving, cultivate their team's emotional resilience to combat cynicism, and keep their team centered on their shared vision and purpose.

This is a practical, hands-on workshop that blends technical skills with more complex theories that are vital for a thriving, resilient team. Participants will see these strategies modeled, have time to reflect on their own practice, and be given an opportunity to process the skills they're learning in a live format. Anyone who leads a team will benefit from this workshop, and will leave more confident in their ability to guide their team to new heights. Learners will feel like they are able to effectively lead teams through understanding the power of purpose in teamwork and leadership; they will feel grounded in the practical tools that help them to build inclusive, emotionally intelligent teams who get incredible work done—so they can transform their organizations. They will recognize the importance of how to balance self work and team work, so they can be courageous and resilient with any challenge they face.


Participants will: 

  • Understand and explore the characteristics of great teams and what makes a team effective
  • Operate with the commitment and skills to foster a trusting, inclusive team culture
  • Identify a process and develop steps to ensure your team has a clear, shared purpose
  • Refine your listening skills
  • Build your emotional intelligence and practice ways to build the emotional intelligence of your team
  • Increase your capacity to plan purposeful meetings
  • Hone your ability to reframe and respond to resistance


  • Reflecting on your purpose and the purpose of your team
  • Designing an agenda that aligns with principles of adult learning
  • Creating your own trust building plan
  • Observing and role playing multiple options for responding to resistant behavior
  • Grounding yourself in your leadership strengths and clarify your purpose and hopes for your team
  • Improving your ability to listen deeply and listen for new understanding
  • Reflecting on and planning for building a more inclusive team
  • Engaging in a protocol to apply new learning to give and receive support with a teams-related dilemma 


  • Anyone who facilitates a team—whether you hold a formal position of authority or you manage a body of work through lateral leadership


  • Build the foundation: Engage in The Essentials of the Art of Coaching Teams online course on your own time. This will take about 6-8 hours and can be done over multiple sittings.  
  • Prepare for the live experience: Complete self-paced pre-work before your virtual live session.
  • Practice and application of your learning: Come together with a small group and a Bright Morning master facilitator to debrief your learning, practice implementing your learning, and receive feedback to sharpen your practice. This is a 4 hour virtual live experience.


  • Refunds requested within 48 hours of registering will be honored minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Up to 1 week beforehand, a one-time registration transfer can be made to an alternate participant or another learning experience. There is a $50 processing fee for all transfers.
  • Within one week of the learning experience registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • A missed learning experience is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • In the rare event that Bright Morning does not receive enough interest in this offering to host it as scheduled, we will provide an alternate learning pathway for all registrants or honor refunds for those who cannot join the alternate experience.


Developer of People and Programs

Lori Cohen

Lori Cohen has worked in both public and independent schools since 1999, serving as classroom teacher, instructional coach, administrator and workshop facilitator. She holds a BA in English, a California Teaching Credential in English, and an MA in Education—all from the University of California at Davis. Lori actively works towards equity and social justice in education, aspiring to offer access and pathways for all school stakeholders to thrive. She believes relationships are essential in moving us towards a more just and equitable world. In her role as the Developer of People and Programs with Bright Morning Consulting, Lori loves designing practical and portable learning experiences, and she facilitates her sessions with a healthy infusion of humor and heart. Lori also is co-author of The PD Book: 7 Habits That Transform Professional Development (2022), where she and Elena Aguilar share the most essential strategies for designing and leading equitable professional development. When she is not presenting or writing, Lori spends her time running through the gorgeous evergreen landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and enjoying a vast array of coffee options throughout Portland, OR, where she currently lives.