Men of Color + Leadership: Trailblazing Pathways For Success and Community

Oct 25, 2024 9:00AM—4:00PM


Polytechnic School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until Sept 27) $1,010 members; $855 group-rate 3+; $1,590 non-members

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Executive Funcitioning workshop with CATDC


Men of Color + Leadership is dedicated to creating connections and establishing a supportive community that understands the unique joys, challenges, and opportunities faced by leaders who are men of color in independent schools. The workshop will facilitate conversations specific to attendees’ current roles and exchange insights that can directly impact their day-to-day responsibilities. Participants will also receive meaningful insight regarding their own personal growth and professional advancement.


Participants will:


  • How their race and gender impacts their leadership 
  • How they can/are showing up as a leaders in their current role


  • The landscape of leadership in today’s independent schools, and how to get to the desired leadership role/goal 
  • Their own core leadership values and how those attribute to their plan of action to become the leader they are meant to be


  • How to use their leadership as men of color to positively impact their schools
  • How does one ask for opportunities for leadership within and outside of their school


Men of Color + Leadership is an affinity space that is welcoming and respectful of men of color from all backgrounds, including trans men, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of men of color.


Norman Frazier

Norman Frazier is an Upper School History Teacher at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. He also serves as Program Coordinator for Polytechnic’s JumpStart program, in addition to Co-Director of Debate and Moot Court programs. Before arriving in Southern California in 2022, Norman completed his A.M. in History at Brown University, with a speciality in Urban History. In his current role, he teaches 10th-Grade World History in addition to 12th-Grade electives in African-American History and an interdisciplinary urban studies course, City of Angels. Outside of his work at Polytechnic, Norman has a passion for summer programming, having led teams as a Dean and Director of Residential Life at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.

Justin Riddle

Justin Riddle is a dedicated educator with a diverse background in coaching, teaching, counseling, and dean roles across both higher education and independent schools. Currently serving as the 10th Grade Dean/Grade Level Coordinator, Advisory Coordinator, and Human Development Teacher at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Justin plays a pivotal role in guiding student academic and social-emotional development. With past experiences including teaching K-8 physical education, coaching high and college football,, and serving as a college counselor, Justin brings a wealth of expertise in student and faculty support. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific 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 Polytechnic School on this Intensive, welcoming the larger independent school community on their campus for a day 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.