Trusty navigation services for adventurous women leaders

Sidecar Counsel

… and the Thriving International Schools that Hire and Support Them

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Gretchen in the Driver’s Seat

A Call for Adventurous Leadership

Leading an international school is an adventure unlike any other, with added dimensions for female leaders. Women taking on leadership positions can ably fill these roles, shape them to reflect their innate strengths and realities, create new norms around leadership, and cultivate thriving schools.


And a Trusty Guide on the Side

Adventurers often appreciate the companionship of a trusty guide: one who can serve as a personal GPS, calm counsel and motivator. They can then have more confidence in their navigation, get support through the rough spots, and even enjoy the ride!

You’re on the right track

How I can help you

Leadership Coaching

We’ll get you clear on your purpose and direction, pack your bags for the road ahead, navigate the tricky spots, and set you up for success when you close in your destination.

Purposeful Gatherings

Leading in an international school is already isolating.  Leading as a female even more so.  Let’s change that!

School Consultations

We’ll explore the current climate for women leaders at your school and discuss ways to cultivate an environment where female leaders – and all constituents – thrive.

I’m Bridget, your Sidecar Counsel

As your sidecar guide I bring years of experience with international school leadership recruiting and deeply-rooted passion for helping adventurous leaders explore new frontiers.

Bridget McNamer Sidecar Counsel

These women already went on a sidecar adventure with me, and lived to tell the tale!


Bridget has developed excellent reflective activities that have helped me identify strengths, areas of improvement, and opportunities that I have yet to explore. I feel much more prepared to be the school leader that I want to be.

Kristen Schroeder

Director of Inclusion and Challenge (designate)

I have benefitted immensely from Bridget’s extensive knowledge of international recruitment coupled with her deep commitment to improving the leadership landscape for women. I have happily accepted my next leadership role.

Kristine Stamp-Jerabek

High School Principal-designate

You really moved me along, gave some excellent practical advice, and encouraged me to dream big, too.  Not only are you the sidecar advisor, you are the big blazing light one puts on front of the motorcycle!

Dale Taylor

Head of School

Get in Touch

Book a Free Consult

Don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to discuss your next adventure!

“The best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Tips and Tales from the Road

The latest sidecar stories

What Would Gretchen Do?

What Would Gretchen Do?

One of my first Sidecar Stories was a challenge to embrace our ‘alter ego,’ aka our imposter, as an aid in effective leadership. I re-post it here, and invite you to join this Sunday’s Sidecar Salon (or watch it later) about this topic.

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Turns and ‘Twisties’

Turns and ‘Twisties’

Like most of you reading this in early August, I’m turning the page on my summer break and getting back into a more regular, recognizable routine that comes with the new school year (“Hah!” I hear most of you say. “What’s regular or recognizable about this? I’m still...

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Fire Ants Have Their Say

What do fire ants have to do with good decision-making?   I wouldn’t blame you if your first thought is picnic abandonment.  There you are, tablecloth spread out, basking in warm spring weather, poised to pull out the egg salad and fruit kebabs …. And then, those...

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The Bewick’s Swan Gives New Perspective

For the past few Sidecar Stories I’ve been venturing virtually to little-traveled corners of the world, drawing inspiration from nature; specifically, creatures inhabiting the sea floor (the scaley-foot snail), the soil (fire ants), and the subzero Arctic tundra...

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