Leadership Lab

New in 2023!

Whether you’ve been thrown into a leadership position or are trying to get there, the Leadership Lab will help you explore what it takes to be successful. Attend one or many of these sessions and walk away with sound advice, concrete takeaways, and new connections.

All times listed are Pacific Time; sessions will take place in Room 413/414.
8:00–9:00 AM SESSION 1: Panel Discussion: Demystifying Leadership 

Whether you aspire to headship or not, sometimes the path to get where you want to go can be unclear. Join a panel discussion to hear how some educators approach the leadership journey.

Presenters: Emilia Ayon, NAIS; Natalia Hernandez, Breck School (MN); Jennifer Tolbert, Saint Mark's School (CA); Chase Mitsuda, Punahou School (HI); Liz Davis, Alta Vista School (CA)
11:00 AM–12:30 PM SESSION 2: What Would You Do? Case Studies for New Leaders

Calling all new and emerging leaders! Whether you're new to a role or having to manage people for the first time, join this fun, interactive session that asks, "What would you do?" This facilitated case study discussion will help you think through scenarios and practice leadership skills. 

Presenters: Hanale Vincent, Wichita Collegiate School (KS); Joel Sohn, University Prep (WA)
1:30–3:15 PM SESSION 3: Build Skills: Actors’ Secrets for Telling Your Story With Confidence & Clarity

To inspire and connect, leaders must activate the full range of their communication tools, including their most direct and personal—their own story, communicated via their words, presence, and voice. This playful, hands-on session offers practical "actors' secrets" to tell your story while enhancing the power of your presence and the resonance of your voice. It provides practical tools to support greater ease, confidence, and connection when communicating. While vital for high-stakes situations (interviews, public speaking), these tools can empower leaders in various settings.

Presenter: Michelle Haner, French-American International School (CA)
8:00–9:00 AM SESSION 4: Panel Discussion: The Upsides and Downsides of "Middle Management"

Do you sometimes feel like you're caught in the middle? You may have a lot of responsibility to many different constituents, but not as much agency as you would like. Middle management means something different at every school. Hear from a panel of educators on their approach to managing up, down, and all around. 

Presenters: Stacy Cohen, Crossroads School (CA); Jason Novak, Brooklyn Friends School (NY); Hanale Vincent, Wichita Collegiate School (KS); Laila McClay, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA)
11:00 AM–12:30 PM SESSION 5: What Would You Do? Case Studies for Admin Team Members

Calling all admin team members! Join this fun, interactive session that asks, "What would you do?" This facilitated case study discussion will help you think through scenarios and practice leadership skills. 

Presenters: LeRhonda Greats, iChangeCollaborative; Irene Mortensen, Gill St. Bernard's School (NJ)
12:45–2:15 PM SESSION 6: Build Skills: Design Thinking for Leaders at All Levels 

Presenters: Ryan Welsh, Providence Country Day School (NC); Ryann Fapohunda, Bullis School (MD)

Submit a Case Study Scenario

The Leadership Lab is a space where emerging and established leaders of all levels can reflect and connect about common experiences in independent school leadership. You can use this simple online form to submit a case study for potential use in the "What Would You Do" small group sessions. Participants will discuss these scenarios for a better understanding of real-life leadership challenges in our schools.