Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Taught by Amy Nielson
Amy is a museum educator and theatre-maker. She encourages the reawakening of our primal ability to communicate through body and voice, and the building of stronger communities through storytelling.
Trained as a director and choreographer, she holds a BFA from Marquette University and MFA from Mills College. She co-runs a theatre ensemble called BrickaBrack, that makes original, audience-interactive work. She is also currently a public docent at the New Museum, after spending many years as an educational docent with SFMoMA. (Children are the best art-lookers!)
As a facilitator for the Engaging Educator, Amy enjoys when students have an a-ha moment! This could be when an idea really sinks in, when someone makes a discovery, or especially when they surprise us all, including themselves. Seeing someone shed their patterns or habits, step away from themselves, even just for a moment, and bring forth something new, is a very exciting thing.
One of the top reasons our female clients take our improv class is to develop leadership skills. Unfortunately, a lot of them think they have to pretend to be someone they aren’t, and develop qualities that aren’t innately part of who they are. The reality is, most of us have those coveted leadership skills already, it’s simply a matter of honing our style, reading a situation, and knowing when to bring out active listening (always) and when to focus in on things like motivation, responsibility and delegation.
Great leaders have mastered communication skills, and that’s our first focus in this class designed specifically for women who are in leadership roles or want to be in leadership roles. After connecting with communication, we’ll explore other aspects of leadership, like how to give effective feedback, when to be positive (and when to be realistic), and how to develop creativity with your team, all through interactive activities. We’ll have an open discussion of challenges and struggles, as well as celebratory moments for everyone coming out and committing to improvement.
This class is great for current and aspiring leaders - you’ll leave with a greater understanding of your personal style, strengths and areas of growth, as well as activities for you and your team to continue to grow and develop. Aside from communication skills, there is one absolute about great leaders - they are always growing, and encouraging growth.