Student Stories of Personal Growth
Melanie Cobb, TL Graduate, TLSC student and Head of Middle School
Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Transformative Leadership, Melanie Cobb continued her academic studies by enrolling in the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change program. Below is part of her story of transformation
"Before I came to Tai Sophia, I had been teaching at an independent school for five years. I knew that I wanted to get a master's degree that would help me advance in my job, but I wasn't sure what type of degree. Each year, I would look in to a different program at various schools. Nothing really seemed right.
When I found Tai Sophia's Transformative Leadership program, I knew it was the next step on my path. Not only did it help me advance in my career, it gave me a community of like-minded seekers, healers, and colleagues, and opened my eyes to an entirely new way of being in the world. The program quickly helped me to realize that it wasn't more knowledge I needed; it was a leadership presence that I needed, which I define as being calm, steady, and able to inspire others. I spent the next three years learning new practices, un-learning old habits, and transforming myself into a true leader.
About halfway through the program, my boss promoted me to Head of the Middle School. When he offered me the position, he said, "You know, you're not really qualified for this job. But I'm not giving it to you because of your credentials. I'm giving it to you because of your presence."