Cultivating Trust and Collaboration: A Roadmap for Senior Leadership Teams

Aug 12, 2024 9:00AM—Aug 13, 2024 3:00PM


Jewish Community High School | San Francisco, CA

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until July 23): $1,990 members; $1,680 group-rate 3+; $3,135 non-members

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Cultivating Trust and Collaboration: A Roadmap for Senior Leadership Teams

SESSION 1: August 12, 2024 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

SESSION 2: August 13, 2024 | 9:00am - 3:00pm


A dynamic and interactive retreat designed to help senior leadership teams foster a culture of trust and collaboration and set the stage for a successful school year. The retreat is specifically designed for senior leadership teams. Through theory and practice, group activities, and facilitated discussions, participants will explore practical strategies for building stronger connections, enhancing collaboration, and creating a culture of trust and accountability within the team. The retreat will also provide effective practices for decision-making as well as vision and goal setting for the school year.

Participants will leave with:

  • Stronger connections and practical strategies to build trust and collaboration
  • A roadmap to create and maintain a culture of collaboration and accountability within the team 
  • Effective tools for decision-making and vision and goals setting for the school year


This Summer Institute is designed for senior leadership teams in independent schools.


Eric Hudson, CATDC Facilitator

Eric Hudson is a facilitator and strategic advisor who supports schools in making sense of what’s changing in education and in being responsive to the people they serve. He has spent his career in education, and he uses his design sense to put the learner at the heart of every experience. Most recently, Eric spent a decade at Global Online Academy (GOA), first as an instructional coach and ultimately as Chief Program Officer, working with schools around the world to rethink where, when, and how we learn. Prior to GOA, he was a teacher at the middle, high school, and college levels. The classroom is where he developed his passion for learner-centered design and facilitation. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS). Eric has a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Kawai Lai, CATDC Facilitator

Kawai Lai is a designer and facilitator partnering with leaders to plan for the future. She brings an equity lens, deep education expertise, and a visual practice to her work. Currently, she’s a Culture Transformation Consultant with August Public, an org design consultancy focused on the future of work. She is the co-author of The New Team Habits © 2020, which provides practices for leaders to build better team habits and the creator of the Strategic Planning Playbook, a step by step guide demystifying strategy for leaders who want to run an inclusive and joyful process. She co-founded VizLit to unleash the visual mind of every learner, formerly served as Vice President of Innovation at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and helped launch and grow Education Elements. Prior to her career in education, Kawai focused on change and technology with Deloitte Consulting. She has served as a trustee on the boards of several independent schools as well as currently serves as an advisory board member of Defy Ventures. She has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with The Jewish Community High School of the Bay on this Summer Institute, welcoming the larger independent school community on their campus for two days of learning and collaboration.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.