Becoming Your Best You

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Course Description

20-60 minute keynotes

  • Dreaming a Dream That is Bigger Than Me - It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you finish. Every choice you make matters. Greatness is not about being rich and famous but about how you use your gifts and talents to invest in others. 

  • Getting to Your WHY - All of your story matters and leads you to where you are - the good, the bad, the ugly. Connecting to your WHY will help you be more effective in your work. Getting to your WHY as motivation for yourself and those around you. 

  • Thriving in Response to Failure - The kinds of challenge and failure we all experience. The things we can learn from failure. What to do in response to failure (next steps).

  • Being a Bridge During Tumultuous Times - Acknowledge the challenges of our present and our past. Recognize all your assets and the ways your story have connected you to diverse groups of people (or not). Make a conscious choice to engage in dialogue with a determination to show grace, mercy, compassion.

  • The Power of Storytelling - What is the power of the story? What are the 3 events/people who most influenced the person you are today? What are the most important lessons you learned?

Watch one of Erin’s TEDx Talks

Standard Course Length

Keynotes (20-60 minutes)


$1000 with-in 60 minutes of home.

$1500 90-minutes or more from home. 

Lodging and travel must be added if overnight stay is required (if drive is 60+ miles or requires a flight). An additional fee of $500 for groups over 100 people.

FAcilitated by

Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%. Erin has one college graduate, one who’s a senior at Harvey Mudd College and one who works part-time and coaches high school football with his dad. Her husband of 25 years, James, is a teacher and football coach in North Thurston School District.