Preparing faculty and staff to lead in a climate of trust, inclusion, and belonging
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 The key to successful leadership is how you treat people.  
 Your ability to persuade, organize, facilitate, nudge, lead, supervise, and care for people and their work will determine how successful you are a leader.

And how much you enjoy it. 

 The INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP gives you the skills you need to thrive in your campus leadership role. You'll learn to: 
Establish trust and credibility
Communicate with patience, curiosity, and clarity
Create psychological safety to promote inclusion and belonging, and
Organize your work -- and your department's work -- with both practicalites and purpose
If you're a president, vice-president, dean, or director who cares about the quality of life for your colleagues in leadership roles, this workshop can help.
Curious to learn more?
Let's start a conversation.
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After this workshop, campus leaders are better able to... 
 Manage difficult personalities 
with fewer flare-ups and more productive conversations.
 Give motivating feedback 
that helps people get better and feel valued for their work.
Establish & maintain trust and credibility 
so their teams work with better trust.
 Run meetings that don't suck 
and eliminate those meetings that really should have been emails.

 Retain top
by effectively acknowledging, challenging, and rewarding them.

Manage crises before they hit  
beause they're able to see -- and solve -- problems on their own.

 More than anything else ... 
teaches your campus leaders how to lead people competently, confidently, and compassionately...

....while reducing the stressors and fire-fighting that consume everyone's time and energy.

The Curriculum

Nothing gets done without trust. You know this from your own experience.

In the workshop we dig into character, competence, and credibility, focusing on how leaders make sure their words and actions constantly reinforce trust for their teams.


From strategic communication to annual reviews, from departmental emails to all-campus meetings: your leaders' communication makes and breaks your campus culture.

We look at evidence-based principles for speaking openly and with authenticity, even you're sharing a hard message. We also explore when not to talk and how to listen instead.


Research shows that diverse teams solve problems better, faster, and more accurately than homogenous teams...but only when their diversity is recognized and used.

We explore cognitive and identity diversity to understand how leaders can bring out the talents and gifts of everyone in their department.


Working with purpose is one of the best ways to reduce workload and burnout.

We teach campus leaders to use purpose to prioritize everything from developing strategy to running meetings.

From goal-setting to evaluation to annual reviews, campus leaders learn a method for connecting all their work to your institution's strategic plan.

Ironically, a narrow focus on the strategic plan opens the door to even more creative problelm-solving. It also lets leaders easily identify what work to do (and what work to stop), and clarifies what work is worth reporting on to their leader

Carole Chabries, PhD 
 Your Trusted Leadership Guide 
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 I've been doing this for a while. 
 Practicing with my own teams.  

Teaching chairs and directors and collecting their feedback.
Faciltiating this workshop with other seasoned leaders.

I've spent 25+ years leading teams of faculty and staff across campuses and among institutions. 

I'm known for leading my own teams to achieve what looks impossible. My secret? Building relationships so strong that folks can do really hard things together and have fun doing it. I’ve been training department chairs and program directors for over a decade, teaching them everything I know about being an exceptional leader. 

Hundreds of faculty and staff have participated in this workshop over the years. I can’t wait to show your campus how rewarding and energizing inclusive leadership can be.
 This approach to leadership works. 
  • ★★★★★

    “Carole does this beautiful, magical thing of curating content, creating community, and providing layers of mentoring in ways that feel supportive, inspiring, interesting, and fun. I laugh, I cry, I keep coming back for more. You will too.."

    ~ Susi Keefe, Program Director & Tenured Faculty

  • ★★★★★

    Carole has a strong focus on developing others, encouraging strategic thinking and promoting success through goal setting, reflection, and developing a strong vision....She is a fantastic leader and mentor.”

        ~ Nicole Sc hwensow, MPAS, PA-C, Program Director and PhD Candidate     

  • ★★★★★

    “What I like about your material is that I can put it to use immediately." 

    ~ Tina Olson, EdD, MBA, SPHR, Associate Director of HR & Managmeent Director

  • ★★★★★

    I walked out of the session with information and resources I could immediately use in my role as chair. Carole and her team go out of their way to produce an effective and meaningful experience. They met us where we were, literally and figuratively, to help us get to where we want to go. As a new chair I valued immensely the experience.”

    ~ MB, Department Chair

  • ★★★★★

    “We chose Carole because of her reputation as a seasoned higher education professional as well as her ninja coaching skills. Her session was engaging and insightfully crafted, blending research-based content with practical, everyday applications. Carole's ability to connect with her online audience was evident, making the presentation both relatable and enjoyable."

    ~ Beth Ellie, Ed.D. Instiutional Effectivess Leader, Accreditation Specialist, AIRUM board member

 Frequently Asked Questions 

This started more than a decade ago as a program for new department chairs and quickly grew to include academic program directors. It became clear that what people were learning was a benefit to anybody leading a team on a campus, whether in academic affairs, student affairs, the business office, etc.

Why? Because people are people no matter what work they do. The skills that help you lead an academic department will help you lead any department.

Yes, we include material that's specific to faculty because that's essential in higher ed. Consider it a bonus.

The length changes to fit your needs.

Want an on-campus, 3-day immersive experience? We can do that.

Would you prefer a year of monthly mini-workshops? That works too.

Do your leaders need the flexibility of an online experience during a week when classes aren't in session? We've got you covered.

The workshop is a mix of reading and reflection, active conversation, and planning. We organize those activities to meet your campus schedule and deliver the workshop in a way your leaders will enjoy.

We want to break the paradigm where DEI work is treated as something extra to be added or a box to check off, so we embed equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything we do.

We also operate from the philosophy that leading people is fundamentally about inclusion and psychological safety, which are some of the principles at the core of much DEI work.

As many as you like.

We've taught this to groups as small as a dozen and as large as 100+. We'll work with you to accommodate your needs.

It's been both.

We can lead this as an in-person, fully remote, flipped, or hybrid workshop. Let's talk about how your team likes to learn and what's best for your institution.

Are yo u ready to develop your campus leaders?

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