Our Authentic, Heart-Centered Leadership | SEL | BetterTogether3

SEL consulting, coaching and solutions for whole-hearted organizations

Our authentic, heart-centered leadership is people-focused and operates from a place of transparency, encouragement and inspiration. In our effort to make a difference (in education/the world/business), we lead both team and self in support of courage and creativity.

What We Believe and Why It Matters

The research is clear. We, our students, our families are experiencing collective trauma, collective grief, collective anxiety. Our new normal has us feeling disconnected.

We know that when our emotions are out of balance and unattended to, attention span, creativity, decision making, motivation as well as our physical health is affected. Now more than ever our students need us to be brave enough to talk about how we are feeling, what we are grieving.

They are looking to us for how to handle our new normal. They are desperate for a space to process and connect with their heart when they cannot connect with their hands. We need to be brave enough to help each other, to ask each other how we are really doing, to be empathetic and lean into resiliency.

Our Beliefs

“We believe that the greatest casualty of trauma is the emotional, and sometimes physical, safety required to be vulnerable, and that, in addition to violence and neglect, poverty, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, sizeism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and other systemic forms of oppression and/or bias are trauma.”  Dr Brene Brown, Brené Brown Education and Research Group Belonging Statement 

  • We believe that all people are doing the best they can. This allows the most gracious and kind approach to our coaching and interactions.
  • We believe in being truth-tellers using clear and kind communication.
  • We believe that grace, gratitude and a growth mindset can change the world we live in.
  • Finally, we believe that people of every age can develop courage as their super power.

Pam Ryan  Founder and CEO / Leadership Coach

Pam Ryan is the Founder of bettertogether3 and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator with an extensive background in education, learning and leadership development, process improvement, and strategic planning spans both the private and public sectors.

Pam began her career as a Kindergarten teacher and has spent over 25 years in the PreK-12 world. She has taught, coached and led. Her most recent endeavor, along with a team of passionate educators from around the nation, is the development of bettertogether3, a fully integrative SEL program focused on developing students who are able to maintain healthy relationships, self-regulate their emotional health, and show up with compassion & empathy.

She brings Dr. Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability, self compassion, empathy and resilience into organizations through and interactive experience while teaching individuals and teams how to move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

In addition to achieving the highly sought after Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Certification from Dr. Brené Brown, Pam is also certified as a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach by the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence (ISEI)®. She also was trained by the Pacific Educational Group in Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations. She has a MA in Curriculum and Development from the University of Minnesota as well as an M.ED in Educational Leadership from Hamline University. Pam has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification from the University of Florida.


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