Kitchen Table Leadership: The Leadership of Homemaking

Kitchen Table Leadership: The Leadership of Homemaking


Leadership starts at home - often at the kitchen table over a cup of coffee with a neighbor or a friend or a child. You can learn how to be a better leader. And you don’t need an office or a title or a degree to lead. There are certain practices that really good, really effective leaders do. In this class, we’ll examine common practices that you can use at home and in your neighborhood, or your office, to be a change maker.

The intersection of homemaking and leadership is fertile ground for making real change. Your leadership matters. And it all starts at home. Show up for good.

Instructor: Merrick Weaver

Format: 7 Emails, 7 Days

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About the Kitchen Table Leadership Series

Kitchen Table Leadership is a series of classes that explore how to be a more effective leader. Whether you have a job or not. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. These classes can be taken consecutively or separately; they are not dependent on each other. They examine the leadership opportunities that pop up in our daily lives, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our communities. They will radically shift both how you understand leadership and your potential as a leader.

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About the Instructor


Merrick began community organizing with a neighborhood recycling campaign when she was in elementary school. After dabbling in babysitting, she continued her career at Ross Dress for Less in Plano, Texas. She went on to hold positions as a hostess and waitress in restaurants such as El Norte, Outback Steakhouse, and Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill on 6th. (She was never promoted to bartender.) She spent nearly two years as a medical assistant at an abortion clinic in Texas and worked in Mexico, Bolivia & Honduras before channeling her inner Leslie Knope (and meeting her husband) in local government in Colorado. She’s been a non-profit executive director, yoga teacher, strategic planning consultant, and most recently, a temp at the state health department.

She got a BA in Latin American Studies & Plan II (and a couple of STDs) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (where she was briefly placed on academic probation). She is the creator of Kitchen Table Leadership and knows that you don’t need a position or a fancy title to be a leader. She is also one of Binderful’s cofounders.

Excerpt From Class Day 1

Welcome! I’m so glad you decided to jump into an exploration of Kitchen Table Leadership, a series of classes I’ve written to explore what it means to lead from our homes. This class, The Leadership of Homemaking, is all about deconstructing our preconceived notions of what leadership is and then rebuilding our conceptions of leadership - on our own terms.

Kitchen Table Leadership is about making space for what matters in our home so that we can show up for good. My series of Kitchen Table Leadership classes can be taken in any order. They are a series, and they’re also effective a la carte.

The Leadership of Homemaking is about redefining our homes as the launch pads of our leadership. Everything good and important starts at home. Everything that we learn about leadership at home, we carry with us into the world - into our neighborhoods, into our schools, into our places of work, and into our community centers. The Leadership of Homemaking will ground you into this deep understanding and experience of your home as a sanctuary, a playground and platform for your own personal expression of leadership…