“…the combination of the facilitation by Homa and Will and the engaged and diverse group of participants made this cohort an unforgettable experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it and would highly recommend it to any administrator looking to collaborate with colleagues from around the world.”
~Jackie Jenkins, Assistant Head of School, Greenwich Country Day School, Connecticut USA
Leadership Can Be Lonely. Let's Change That!
One lesson from the pandemic is that school leaders do better when they break out of isolation and learn in conversation and community.
Since early 2020, the Big Questions Institute has run ten Mastermind cohorts for education leaders from around the world. Masterminds offer a safe, trusted, provocative space for honest discussions around personal and professional topics of participants’ choosing. In monthly virtual meetings, groups share problems, design solutions, and offer support to one another in ways that energize and grow capacity to lead into the future.
BQI Masterminds builds on protocols used in similar leadership groups from other professional settings. Each month, one participant takes the “hotseat” to introduce a question or dilemma for feedback from the group. We also reserve time in each hourly session for open discussion of pressing questions, advice, and shared wins. This is not a teaching session or workshop – participants drive all of these conversations.
How a BQI Mastermind Works
- Leadership Masterminds are personally facilitated by Homa Tavangar and Will Richardson.
- They meet monthly for one hour.
- Reading or other preparation is optional.
- Participation is capped at 15 people per cohort.
- The cost to participate is $695 per person for an entire academic year.
As part of a cohort, you can expect to:
Break the isolation you might experience in your role by committing to regular monthly meetings and ongoing backchannel conversations with other leaders.
Set goals, brainstorm and test ideas, and get feedback and support in a safe, trusting environment.
Build accountability to keep moving forward on your innovation and change plans, while gaining tools to confront obstacles.
Engage in an active learning and self-improvement process through conversations around articles, books, podcasts and other media from various fields