AAIE Leadership Masterminds

Registration for New Cohorts is Now Open!


Since launching in early 2020, AAIE and the Big Questions Institute have collaborated on twelve Mastermind leadership development cohorts. These 1-hour per month meetings offer a relaxed opportunity for leaders to bring forward their biggest challenges in a trust-based environment among peers. Through this partnership many leaders have worked through their most vexing questions, from personnel challenges they couldn’t discuss with colleagues on their campuses, to preparing for their own leadership transitions, and much more. Leadership can be lonely. Let’s change that!

About Masterminds

Over the years, the AAIE community has learned that leaders do better when we break out of isolation and learn in conversation and community. And the challenges keep coming.

Since early 2020, AAIE-sponsored Mastermind groups have offered numerous international school leaders a safe, trusted, provocative space for honest discussions around personal and professional topics of their choosing. In monthly virtual meetings, we’ve shared problems, designed solutions, and offered support to one another in ways that energize and grow capacity to lead into the future. 

AAIE Masterminds builds on protocols used in similar leadership groups used in many other professional settings. Each month, one participant takes the “hotseat” to introduce a question or dilemma for feedback from the group. We also reserve time in each hourly session for open discussion of pressing questions, advice, and shared wins. Participants drive all of these conversations.

Both established and emerging leaders in the AAIE community have turned to their Mastermind cohort as a trusted professional network for working through some of the biggest challenges they face in their roles today. 

New Elements for 2024-25!

In-person component at AAIE annual conference: We will announce an exclusive in-person learning opportunity for this year’s Mastermind participants that tackles the biggest challenges facing school leaders, in an interactive group setting.



Leadership Masterminds 7.0

Registration is now open for our 2024-25 cohorts of Leadership Masterminds led by Homa Tavangar and Will Richardson of the BIG Questions Institute, which convenes in September 2024.


Two Mastermind groups capped at 15 participants, that meet monthly for eight (8) months.


Registration is open to school heads, assistant heads, directors of teaching and learning, AND division leaders.

New this year: job-alike Mastermind groups!.


Groups meet once per month, on the first Tuesday of the month.

September 2024 - April 2025

7 pm MACAU (7 am US ET)
6 pm HELSINKI (12 pm US ET).


$545 per participant for the entire academic year for AAIE members


As part of a cohort you can expect to: 

  • Break the isolation you might experience in your role by committing to regular monthly meetings and ongoing backchannel conversations with other international school leaders.
  • Set goals, brainstorm and test ideas, and get feedback and support in a safe, trusting environment. 
  • Build accountability to keep moving forward on your innovation and change plans, while gaining tools to confront obstacles. 
  • Engage in an active learning and self-improvement process through conversations around articles, books, podcasts and other media from various fields. 

Don’t miss this acclaimed experience for fostering learning in an intimate atmosphere of trust, honesty and shared leadership. Find out why so many international school leaders rely on Masterminds for their personal and professional growth.




registRATION for masterminds 7.0

Please register below. Space is limited in each cohort, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any question contact AAIE at with question


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