Learning from One Another: Cross-Generational Women’s Leadership

Oct 29, 2020 9:00AM—11:00AM

Cost $1,050 members; $900 group-rate; $1575 non-members

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Learning from One Another: Cross-Generational Women’s Leadership

SESSION 1: October 29, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am

SESSION 2: December 1, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am

SESSION 3: January 8, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am

WOMEN + LEADERSHIP: January 21, 2021

SESSION 4: February 9, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am

SESSION 5: March 25, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am

SESSION 6: April 22, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am


Women navigating the leadership path are shaped by different strengths and challenges during the journey - from the energetic optimism and ambition of youth to the measured wisdom earned through years of experience; from the demands of balancing work while starting partnerships and raising young children to the freedom of the empty nest. Our season in life shapes our approach to leadership. 

Cross-Generational Women’s Leadership invites women in different seasons of their careers to come together to talk, reflect, share stories and laughter, build skills, and set goals. Over the course of six meetings, we’ll explore essential questions like: 

  • What is the impact of my personal story on my leadership style?
  • What can I offer to and learn from others in this cohort?
  • What do I want to preserve, enhance, or transform in my work life ?
  • In what areas do I feel vulnerable or under-prepared when I consider my goals for the future?
  • What’s my role in building strong leadership teams and nurturing strengths in others?
  • How do I balance personal and professional fulfillment?

In addition to six-sessions throughout the 20-21 school year, participation in this ongoing program includes free registration to CATDC's annual Women + Leadership conference. This year we will be meeting virtually on January 21st.

This group is open to anyone who identifies as a woman and is interested in gender and leadership—teachers, administrators and those aspiring to change their role or style in some way. The spirit and connection of this group is part of its power. Pairs and small groups will work together to allow participants to focus on an area or challenge of interest and to share personal/professional case studies on topics of choice. 

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


Bijani Mizell is an English teacher and Instructional Coach at Marin Academy. Previously she worked at The Branson School for seven years as an Assistant Learning Specialist, Director of Community Engagement,  Freshman Dean, and most recently, English Department Chair. While at Branson, Bijani spearheaded a mission-aligned departmental curriculum redesign with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and restructured the freshman advisory and senior mentorship program to prioritize social emotional learning and community building. Currently, when not teaching Shakespeare to 9th graders, she is leading a team of faculty and administrators in creating a set of professional growth teacher competencies in alignment with Marin Academy's groundbreaking Strategic Plan. In each of these roles, Bijani has mentored students as well as fellow faculty members. She credits the mentorship she received for making education her vocation and believes that powerful female leadership can transform schools into equitable, compassionate institutions. She earned her BA in English from Princeton University and her MA in English Literature from King's College London. Before she began her teaching career, Bijani worked as a journalist in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, as a fashion writer in London and San Francisco, and in book publishing in New York and San Francisco. When not chasing her toddler, she is likely trying out a new recipe, dancing in a West African or Zumba class, or watching a British murder mystery with her husband. 

Jennifer Wong Christensen began her career in college admission and served as the Director of Admission at Saint Mary’s College of California and Claremont McKenna College. She “switched sides of the desk” and spent 12 years in independent schools directing the college counseling programs at The Archer School for Girls, Mayfield Senior School, Sonoma Academy, and Marin Academy. She joined Carney, Sandoe and Associates (CS&A) in 2016 and has worked on leadership searches for almost 50 different educational organizations to date. As a former faculty member for the Admission Middle Management Institute and coordinator of the Leadership Development Institute, Jennifer has long been committed to the professional development of other educators. She has also presented at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Association of College Counselors and Independent Schools, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National Coalition of Girls Schools conferences and at CS&A’s Women’s Institute. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree at Claremont McKenna College and did graduate work at Saint Mary’s College of California and Stanford University. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys all things culinary, learning about wine, playing mah jong, knitting, and walking with her dogs, Kirby and Sona. She and her husband own and operate a small business, Brian’s Comics: For All Fankind.


Karen Whitaker began her career teaching in Bay Area public schools before joining The Branson School as an English teacher. Karen wore many hats at Branson, including Freshman Dean and Director of Studies before serving as Academic Dean and Assistant Head of School for Academics for many years. Karen has always enjoyed mentoring teachers and aspiring leaders, work she has continued since joining Carney, Sandoe. Karen is a Trustee at Marin Primary & Middle School in Larkspur, where she served on the search committee and the transition committee for the new head of school. She has been a long-time participant in the CATDC programs and has presented on women in leadership at NAIS annual conferences, The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools conference, and the Carney, Sandoe Women’s Institute. Karen earned her BA from Stanford, her California Teaching Credential from University of California, Berkeley, and her MA from Columbia. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, hiking, reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.


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.