How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times

This spring’s annual Lessons in Leadership series introduces Mónica Guzmán and her new book I Never Thought of it That Way. Guzmán, a journalist, grew up as the liberal daughter of conservative Mexican parents who immigrated to America and voted twice for Donald Trump. She writes, “How long can we hold it together while our differences threaten to wreck our relationships, our country, and our ability to share our lives, really, at all?” Her book is the foundation of a series that will provide the tools and life lessons to help us overcome the fear and uncertainty to engage with and learn from “other people” whose world views are different and even opposed to our own.

Interactive breakout sessions will give you the opportunity to practice what you learn, and perhaps take a new skill back to your home, office, or community.

Tuesday, March 7: How “Othering” is a Barrier to Productive Conversations
Tuesday, March 14: “What am I Missing?” How Curiosity Can Further Conversations
Thursday, March 30: Bridging the Gap, Helping People Feel They Have Been Heard
Tuesday, April 11: Repairing: A Toolkit for Conducting Fearless Conversations

Members of the LGH Third Age Initiative™ “Democracy Caucus” have developed this Lessons in Leadership series to support their mission of reducing polarization and helping people to have more productive conversations.

Supporting Sponsors

Interested in being a sponsor of this series?

Contact Larisa at or 860-206-5062 to learn more.

Spring 2023 Dates

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, March 14
Thursday, March 30
Tuesday, April 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Zoom Webinar – details to join will be sent via email upon registration.

Free for active LGH members

$20 per session for non-members

Register for each session using the links on the left

Want to become an LGH member?

Join or renew your LGH membership using the links below, and we’ll automatically register you for Lessons in Leadership.

Andre Santiago
Vice President & Chief Program Officer

Presenting Sponsor

About the Author

Mónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search