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Leaders. Educators. Women. Us.

Us. is a movement, a leadership conference, and an ongoing series of transformative conversations that support women in leadership.


It’s been a challenging time for ALL leaders - especially for women leaders. Let’s gather and regroup, restore and reset together. 


Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart is a number one NYT bestseller, and a first of its kind docu-series on HBO Max! It is an amazing guide to finding connection to ourselves and those we lead. As you prepare for how to continue to support Social Emotional Learning for your students, come and learn more about how a deep understanding of “the language of emotions” is at the core of ALL connection. Let’s dive into Atlas and find a map for connection as women leaders.

All of the content for Us. is research based and designed to align with the newly released Transformational Social Emotional Learning Competencies sponsored by the California Department of Education. Go here to learn more about the research base and outcomes from attending Us.

As we explore Atlas, we’ll also discuss how gender expectations impact how we show up as women and leaders, and learn to make conscious choices as to how WE want to show up in our world!

The Us. network is growing by the day. From our events or workshops to getting together to share books and ideas, we're amplifying our voices by banding together. As women in education leadership, we're taught to be tough, stay the course, and hide anything that looks like struggle. With Us., we're digging in, standing together, and finding our power.

Join Us.


Two Sessions Available!

June 26th 4:00pm - June 27th 3:00 pm 2022 

June 27th 4:00 pm - June 28th 3:00pm 2022

Located at the beautiful coastal Marconi Center in Marin County, California.


Price includes:

Single Occupancy overnight accommodations at the Marconi Center

Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch (really yummy food!) at the Marconi Center

Complimentary copy of the Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

Journal for Reflection

Cost: $720

Early Bird Registration: Register by May 13th and pay: $650

Go here for funding ideas and potential language to use in your payment request for your organization.

Mickey Porter

I'm Mickey and I'm a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator. I've coached leaders across the country through the Dare to Lead™ curriculum. Supporting women leaders is my passion. It’s my “why”. Facilitating Us. has been the highlight of a long career in leadership. My career has included some amazing opportunities to lead and partner with people to make a difference. I know the impact of leadership. I also know the personal challenges and limitations that leaders face. My goal in working with leaders is to help them to see in practical, usable ways that “who they are is how they lead”. Whether it’s personal exploration through coaching, facilitating a tough conversation, or speaking to a packed auditorium, encouraging self awareness as leaders is  ALWAYS at the core of my work.


My work is anchored in years of experience and my never-ending exploration of leadership ideas, theories, and practical strategies that are out in the world. I love learning and thinking about what matters to leaders. Listening to what is important to others; what they want for themselves and the people they lead - ahhh! Yes. That’s what I love.

"Through the Us. experience, I found myself a member of a small group of thoughtful, committed female leaders who shared my commitment to change the world. Mickey Porter's facilitation reconnected me to my own values, and provided valuable practices which are now enabling me to use my energy more efficiently in achieving important goals." 

— Dr. Amie Carter, Assistant Superintendent Novato Unified

The full impact of Us. has slowly been dawning on me over the two months that have elapsed since I participated. I navigate the same kinds of situations as I have for decades, but I see them differently, I respond more honestly, and I am prepared to take more of the risks necessary to move gender role dynamics forward. Us. was a true growing experience. — Kirsten, School Site Administrator


"After experiencing Us, I'm seeing issues of power, sexism, leadership and equity in my everyday work quite differently. I made connections with powerful female colleagues in such a short amount of time, through honest conversation and common experiences. I have continued to nurture these relationships and feel so grateful for the opportunity. Thank you!" — Us. Attendee

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