About Onward

About the Site

Onwardthebook.com is the companion website to Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar, published by Wiley. Both the book and this site are dedicated to helping people:

  • cultivate resilience
  • uncover their true selves
  • better understand their emotions
  • use their energy where it counts
  • adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building
  • create an environment of collective celebration.

About the Onward Team

Elena AguilarElena Aguilar

Elena Aguilar is a best-selling author, speaker, consultant and trainer who has worked across the United States and internationally in the field of adult learning. Her 25 years in the education field led her to the topic of emotional resilience–there’s just no way to address teaching, learning and school improvement without also talking about feelings. Although Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, and the accompanying workbook are directed at educators, the content of these books is relevant and useful to anyone–which led her to create this website. Elena is also the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting.


Janet Baird

Janet Baird is the Bright Morning teammate dedicated to all things Onward–to our website, our workshops, and our expanding portfolio of programs related to emotional resilience. Janet and Elena have worked together for three years, and Janet is a graduate of Elena’s Certification Program.

Janet has been in education for over 20 years, teaching, coaching, and designing and facilitating professional development. She holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University in English and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education from San Francisco State University. She is a certified coach in the Art of Coaching. In addition, she has been a certified yoga instructor for the past 15 years. Her work in Transformational Coaching, yoga, and education feed her passion for helping people cultivate resilience to lead happier lives. Janet’s work focuses on developing the content for the Onward website and facilitating the Onward workshops. Janet lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. You will often find her with Starbucks chai tea in hand cheering on her boys at the baseball field or the basketball gym.

Watch this video to get a glimpse of Janet leading a professional development session.