Women + Leadership

Jan 21, 2021 9:00AM—3:00PM

Cost $200 individual; $150 group rate; ($300 non-members)

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Women + Leadership

A New Day: Creating the Path Forward

Since 2010, CATDC has hosted its annual Women + Leadership Conference to inspire independent school women to grow and develop as leaders in their personal and professional lives. This conference serves as an affinity space and registration is only open to those who identify as women. 


Join the California Teacher Development Collaborative at the 11th annual Women + Leadership Conference! This powerful, one-day event brings together educators from schools throughout California to build community and provide inspiration and support for women in navigating their professional journeys with purpose, courage, and an equity lens.

Focusing on the theme A New Day: Creating the Path Forward, this year’s conference will allow us to explore our own experiences as women and leaders, and consider how we leverage our power and positionality to create positive change.

Together we will:

  • Celebrate our individual and collective successes as women in the face of unprecedented challenges
  • Identify the greatest barriers we face as women in independent schools and consider how to overcome them
  • Explore ways to be ever more bold in imagining new directions in our career journeys
  • Consider how we can be bold and creative in building communities where all have the opportunity to flourish and thrive

Conference Highlights:

  • Dr. Bettina Love, Keynote Speaker
  • Panel discussion featuring Olivia Brown, SoCal POCIS, Lise Shelton, The Bay School of San Francisco, and Angela Taylor, Park Day School
  • Experiential activities to spark reflection and provide opportunities for goal setting
  • Facilitated concurrent sessions to build connections and amplify learning

Participants that register before January 8th will receive a special gift in the mail. Register soon with your address to be included!









Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the  Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: Abolitionist Teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth  civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum  GET FREE.  

She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of  Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban  Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth


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Olivia Brown is the founder and Executive Director of Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools (SoCal POCIS). Olivia has led the organization to become one of the forerunners in the Southern California independent school community. Olivia has been on various boards as well as being a mentor and moderator at national conferences. After retiring, Olivia returned to independent schools five years ago; she is currently a Teaching Assistant at the Wesley School in Los Angeles, where she also serves as a SEED Facilitator and is involved in building cross-cultural communication for faculty and staff. Olivia earned her Master’s degree at Pacific Oaks College. She believes that through partnership, meaningful conversations and action, change is possible.

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Lise Shelton has worked in education for 30 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in 7 different schools, including boarding, religious day, established and brand new schools. She entered senior administration at 30 when she became Deerfield Academy's first diversity coordinator, a position she basically wrote for herself. Since then she has held roles of college counselor, dean of multicultural programs, director of admission and financial aid, academic dean, and dean of faculty. Today she holds the position of Associate Head of School at The Bay School where she is responsible for "keeping the trains running and making sure we keep our promises." In each of these roles, Lise feels her identity as a biracial woman has been foundational to her leadership.


Angela Taylor is the Head of School at Park Day School. She was formerly the Head of Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School for eight years, and served as Lower Form Dean at Stuart Hall for Boys from 2000-2012, and interim Head of School there during the 2004-2005 school year. Angela began her career in education as a homeroom teacher for grades 4 and 5 in Atlanta, and then as a math and science teacher to grades 6 and 7 in Oakland and Boston. She has a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Spelman College for women in Atlanta.



Regan Galvan
Vistamar School


Marie Keating
The Hamlin School


Melissa Mirza
Bay School of San Francisco


Trina Moore-Southall
Brentwood School


Leslie Powell
Head-Royce School


Nassim Shandy
Center for Early Education


Bianca Vega
Santa Barbara Middle School

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.