From Stress to Strategy: How to Fearlessly Tackle School Challenges (like Admissions) Through a Strength-Based Lens

May 01, 2024 10:00AM—12:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until April 24) $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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Administrators at a CATDC workshop


Schools’ foundations have been rattled by so many challenges over the last few years. Many are reeling from low admissions numbers, personnel escalations, and change management. The culture and psyche of the school determines how agile and creative the organization can be in navigating through these uncertain waters. Using admissions as an example, we will explore how to move from a deficit to a strength-based model and generate new ideas and strategies so our organizations can thrive.


Participants will:

  • Explore the psychology of fear, how it drives decision-making, and how to overcome it
  • Practice techniques to advance innovation and rethink admissions (and other programming) 
  • Understand how to apply new strategies to flourish even in challenges
  • Learn from colleagues on creative admissions processes


This virtual intensive is ideal for admissions teams, school administrators, and educators championing organizational change.


Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!


Kate Sheppard, CATDC Facilitator

Kate Sheppard has specialized in supporting organizations navigating through crisis for the past decade. She is passionate about applying a human-centered approach to ensure individual and organizational resiliency through times of challenge. Kate has over 20 years of experience facilitating adult learning, is a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, trains and certifies professional development coaches, and is a Trauma Informed Systems Trainer in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Kate believes participatory research is the most effective way to catalyze sustainable change and has led over 100 organizational assessment projects to catalyze paradigm shifts and disrupt inequities within organizations. Kate holds a M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership in Education and Social Services. When she is not consulting with organizations across the nation, Kate directs staff and leadership development for the YMCA of San Francisco.

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.