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New course, Self-Care for Leaders, features Nicole Williams Browning

Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D.

Successful leaders have an array of unique skills, talents, personalities and passions, but one thing that tends to set them apart from less-successful peers is a sustainable self-care practice.

In the last few years, the term “self-care” has become more common; however, less frequently emphasized has been its essential role within healthy teams. When leaders adopt necessary self-care strategies, it improves their emotional, cognitive and spiritual capacity, which in turn expands their ability to build connections and thoughtful partnerships. Creating spaces and opportunities to care for yourself as a leader opens the possibilities of sustainability, longevity and healthy personal and team dynamics.

In this course, led by Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D., participants will learn the essential components of self-care, identify key attributes of each component, learn self-care strategies specific to leaders, and create a plan for implementing sustainable self-care practices.

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About the instructor

Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D., has devoted 25 years of service to public education. Her background includes instruction and educational leadership at all levels of public and private K-12 schools and districts, community colleges and universities. She is currently a senior program associate at WestEd and a lecturer at California State University, East Bay, where she is developing the second cohort of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.

Prior to WestEd, Dr. Browning served as the area superintendent of three Bay Area counties, supervising a network of kindergarten through twelfth-grade schools; before that, she was first a teacher, then principal at the elementary and middle-school levels. During Nicole’s tenure in school leadership, she earned two California Distinguished School Awards, which recognize schools that demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

Nicole is passionate about creating conditions for liberatory conditions and systems while cultivating sustainable leadership practices. She specializes in executive and leadership coaching, professional development, and instructional practices that narrow the achievement gap in public schools.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley; two master’s degrees, in literature and educational leadership from California State University, East Bay; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California.


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  1. Amy Vrizuela May 18, 2023 Reply

    This sounds amazing. Where/when is this being offered and how do we sign up?

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