The Trusted Leader Lab Code of Conduct

Hi!  We’re The Brightspot Trust, and this is our Code of Conduct for all facilitators and participants of the Trusted Leader Lab.  Our mission is to change the world by creating empowered and trusted leaders, and in order to do that, we hold ourselves as well as participants in our program to the highest standards of professionalism.  

By participating in the Trusted Leader Lab, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct and acknowledge that if participants are found in violation of any of these terms, you may be asked to leave the program without a refund.  

We trust that you’ll act professional and respect everyone else in the program.  With that in mind, here are two versions of the guidelines we ask everyone to follow.

The simple version: 

Be respectful of everyone.  Don’t attack or try to hurt people.  Recognize that we all come from different places, and that you may be presented with uncomfortable discussions.  We encourage you to lean into those discussions assuming best intent, but if someone else is being spiteful and unprofessional, feel free to tag us in and we’ll handle it.

If that wasn’t clear enough for you, here’s a more specific version.  

The specific version: 

Brave Spaces

The Brightspot Trust is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible brave space where participants can feel safe to show up as themselves, learn, and grow, while acknowledging the messiness of the human experience. 

What is a brave space?  It’s a place where varying opinions are accepted, yet we all agree to not intentionally inflict harm upon one another.  It’s where participants have the option to step in and out of challenging conversations, and where everyone acknowledges that dialogue can affect the emotional well-being of another person. It’s a space where we all understand that we all come from different backgrounds and we respect those differences.  

While we encourage everyone to feel safe discussing uncomfortable topics, we do not tolerate harassment of any kind.

You can learn more about brave spaces here:

Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From safe spaces to brave spaces: A new way to frame dialogue around diversity and social justice. In L. M. Landreman (Ed.), The art of effective facilitation (pp. 135-150). Stylus Publishing, LLC.


Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual imagery in public or online spaces without consent from all involved parties, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording (including screen caps), sustained disruption of synchronous events, cyber/stalking, bullying, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. 

If you witness or are subjected to any harassment, if you feel safe doing so, we encourage that you let the offending party know, assuming best intent.  If you do not feel safe doing so, please reach out to a Brightspot Trust staff member as soon as possible.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, The Brightspot Trust may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the program with no refund. 


Over the course of taking the Trusted Leader Lab, participants are encouraged to take risks, be vulnerable, and to trust that what is said in the Trusted Leader Lab stays private between participants in the conversation. Do not share conversations – even if you anonymize them – unless you have explicit permission of your fellow participants and facilitators. If you share conversations without explicit consent, we reserve the right to remove scumbags from the program without a refund for this violation of trust.

We don’t record conversations that take place in the workshop unless we let you know explicitly that we are doing so. That said, Slack messages, Zoom chat, and Google docs are all as secure as you make them.  Remember that anything put on the internet is never really 100% private, so please behave and act accordingly.