Jenna Menhert

G. Christian Jernstedt

Chris Jernstedt is Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Community and Family Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Educational Outcomes at Dartmouth.

Ron Schneider

Ron is co-chair of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Group with a focus on employment and health care law. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for employment law and commercial litigation. He brings a practical and adaptable approach to the representation of his clients to ensure that he works to achieve their goals. He has experience counseling clients to avoid litigation, resolving disputes prior to litigation and fully and aggressively litigating cases to successful conclusions.

Kai McGintee

Kai McGintee is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Education Law Group. Kai provides practical advice and preventive training to her clients on a broad range of workplace issues, including performance management, leaves of absence, employee relations, wage and hour compliance, anti-harassment, retaliation and discrimination laws, and the reasonable accommodation process. She drafts handbooks, policies and procedures for legal compliance and to ensure that best practices are followed.

Pat Peard

Patricia Peard is the chair of the firm’s Education Law Group and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Litigation Group. She is also a member of Bernstein Shur’s board of directors.

How Leadership Helps Move an Organization from Reactive to Proactive

A crisis planning meeting probably isn’t the place where one would expect to have one of those lightbulb  moments. You know, when you’re sitting in a meeting and you finally figure something out on a level that you never have before? This happened to me one day when I finally figured out why-as Director of Communications-I felt so frustrated with the crisis planning committee. Why were we only talking about things like active shooters and hurricanes and other catastrophic nightmares that the National Incident Command System addresses?

"I want to lead with my heart instead of fear..."

Our journey from Monday afternoon to this morning has been a progression of thought, of getting to know each other and ourselves, and of how to return with improved awareness of effective leadership.
I am inspired by what can be learned from work in other schools.
I know more about myself, which is enlightening and confusing at the same time.
I am reassured that my organization is doing really good work, but still has room for me to bring back ideas for improvement.


This experience at ISANNE Leads has been so valuable to me.  The content has been informative and thought provoking.  Every day has been packed with speakers and activities, and I have a notebook full of information to sift through and reflect upon and then hopefully make some changes in the way I approach my work life as well as my home life.

“The first follower is an underappreciated form of leadership..."

Perhaps it speaks to my quirkiness that from the body of speakers and content presented this week, I am stuck on Pat Bassett’s youtube of a half-naked dancing man and his equally awkward first follower starting a dance movement.  I love how that video so directly demonstrated the power of the first follower in helping a movement evolve and grow.  As the narrator said, “The first follower is an underappreciated form of leadership.  The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.”

"Who are you and why are you here?"

The beautiful brick and clapboard buildings of Tilton’s green campus and the mild New Hampshire summer weather may have you thinking that ISANNELEADS is a vacation.  Don’t fool yourself; this is no vacation.  The gilded ceilings and fine millwork of our meeting space gives you a sense of comfort as you slip into your chair and prepare to learn about leadership, but this comfort is fleeting.  This week is designed to make you uncomfortable, or rather make you comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Contrary to the selfless nature of educators, this is a week about you. 


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