TESTIMONIALS

"I left the workshop [Cultivating a High-Functioning Classroom Culture: NYSAIS] buzzing with ideas, and it has really inspired me to make more of an effort at bringing my school's mission to light. Mostly, I wanted to commend you on the format and flow of the workshop. I really thought it was perfect. I'm a PD maniac, and I thought you stood out as a moderator. It moved smoothly from one activity to the next, and the structure really kept my attention, and made it easy to make connections to the topic as well as to the group.”

John Dixon

Lower Elementary Teacher

"Betsy facilitated our Summer Admin Retreat this year, centering our work for the year with Building a Culture of Dynamic Leadership. Betsy provided unique insight into what it takes to create a healthy, effective culture. Even better, her creative and personalized presentation style made the retreat both fun and highly productive. The result was a team of adults who have been working together for several years seeing each other in new and thoughtful ways. I would recommend Exponential Returns to any organization striving for positive growth and greater success..”

Matthew Stuart

Head of School, The Caedmon School

"I had the pleasure of attending a “Building a Culture of Dynamic Leadership” workshop led by Betsy McKenna, and I learned about myself as a leader and what I bring to my organizational culture and how to allow the space for my team to help influence our culture.  Betsy provided five frames for culture that make so much sense and led us through exercises to truly understand and reflect on each of the frames.  This gave me great insight into how to do what often feels impossible-shift the culture of my organization.  I have begun to take each frame and use it as inspiration for my monthly staff meetings with the goal of molding our organizational culture.  Building a Culture of Dynamic Leadership makes it clear that key stakeholders need to be involved in the process and it is a process or an evolution.  I am grateful for this experience and wish for other nonprofit leaders to have the opportunity to gain this insight.”

Kelley Perkins

Executive Director, READ Alliance

"Twelve hours under Betsy's flawless mentorship is truly a gift. The multi-faceted topic of institutional culture is right in her wheel-house as she guides the cohort through thought-provoking, reflective and visionary exercises designed with the team of individuals at the heart of the work. The icing on the cake is her intense attention to aesthetic detail as she sets the stage for group interaction. I came away feeling energized and honored."

Kathy Kravec

Plus Program Director, New Canaan Country School

"The framework presented around culture drivers was an excellent and accessible tool for developing a very focused strategy for professional development work with a team or full school community, desiring to shift the culture of the pedagogy and curriculum toward a more integrated mindset. The information provided during the seminar culminated in a work session where the concepts around culture and how to potentially shift it, could be practically applied to "real life" professional situations."

Mark Macrides

Arts Department Chair, New Canaan Country School

"The "Building a Culture of Dynamic Leadership" seminar was a well organized and very informative. It was a perfect balance between theory and practice.  Ms. McKenna`s breadth of knowledge was both impressive and inspiring. I highly recommend this course."

Nancy Glauberman

Senior Director, Barrow Street

"Betsy gracefully combines warmth and practicality as she helps you move forward with tough career decisions.  I had been grappling with something for quite some time and Betsy was quickly able to get to the heart of the matter and help me to help myself move forward and resolve it.  She is a thoughtful and intelligent listener and will identify the salient aspects of a situation and help you look for action oriented steps to resolve it . She is truly the perfect thought partner and I am so grateful to have been able to work with her!"

Maria Howard

Director of Early Childhood, Caedmon School

“Betsy conducted a day-long workshop on the topic of social/emotional development. The content presented was thoroughly engaging and overflowed with captivating, yet tangible activities that can seamlessly be applied to our preschool classrooms. Betsy has surely made a lasting impression on the entire Early Childhood team at Henry Street!”

Shanelle Bolton

Education Director, Henry Street Settlement

“Betsy's experience across varied educational contexts positions her uniquely to support school leaders. She moves seamlessly between mentor and active participant which allowed us to learn from her in different ways."

Mara Pauker

Head of School, AltSchool-Brooklyn Heights ​

"Working alongside Betsy enabled our teaching team (from Heads of School to first year teachers) to fully realize the potential in this. Betsy guided us through meaningful dialogue, difficult conversations, critical protocols, and game­ changing team bonding. We all emerged from the school year more refined in our practice and closer as a school community. All I can say is, “Thank you, Betsy!”

Jamie Stewart

Head of School, AltSchool-Brooklyn Height

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