Women + Leadership (Southern California)

Feb 02, 2024 9:00AM—4:00PM


The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, CA

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until Jan 11) $475 members; $425 group-rate 3+; $750 non-members

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Women + Leadership

Radical Care: Healing Ourselves and Our Schools


Conference: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Optional Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Join the California Teacher Development Collaborative for our annual Women + Leadership Conference! This powerful event brings together women educators from schools throughout the region to celebrate our journeys and strengthen our individual and collective impact.

Our theme for Women + Leadership 2024 is Radical Care: Healing Ourselves and Our Schools. Committees made up of women leaders from our member schools have designed an inspiring day centered on an intimate conversation with Dr. Dena Simmons, whose work intersects social and emotional learning (SEL), racial justice, and healing. Together we will explore such essential questions as: 

How can we model connection, collaboration, and joy for our students by prioritizing our own? How do we build the type of school community that prioritizes a culture of care? What  societal barriers to radical care  surface in our institutions? How do these barriers unfairly impact women of the global majority? Beginning to answer these important questions together, we will  deepen our understanding of the critical link between the social and emotional well being of adults and young people in our schools. 

In addition to our time with Dr. Dena Simmons and a panel made up of dynamic women leaders, our day will include engaging activities focused on individual and collective healing, personal and professional growth, along with plenty of opportunities to connect with other independent school educators.

Featured Presenters and Activities:

  • Dr. Dena Simmons, founder of LiberatED, an organization that centers radical love, healing, and justice in education so that all children could live, learn, and thrive in the comfort of their own skin
  • Panel discussion with women leaders
  • Experiential activities to facilitate connections, develop new skills, and inspire us to build a community of care
  • Time for reflection and restoration
  • A hosted-happy hour from 3:00 - 4:00pm for continued discussion and networking


Women + Leadership is an affinity space that is welcoming and respectful of women of all backgrounds, including trans women, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. We recognize and acknowledge the intersection of race and gender identities, and it is our hope that we can offer an inclusive and intentional space that challenges white supremacy and celebrates the uniqueness, experiences, and contributions of each participant. 





Dr. Dena Simmons is a lifelong learner, truth-teller, and abolitionist from the Bronx, New York. She is the founder of LiberatED, an organization that centers radical love, healing, and justice in education so that all children could live, learn, and thrive in the comfort of their own skin. She is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University of Chicago and a Spring Point Partner Learner-in-Residence. She is the former Assistant Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she supported schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society.

Prior to her work at the Center, Dena served as a middle school educator, teacher educator, diversity facilitator, and curriculum developer. She has been a leading voice on teacher education and has written and spoken across the country about social and racial justice pedagogy, diversity, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K-12 school settings, including the White House, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, the United Nations, two TEDx talks, a TED talk on Broadway, and Oprah’s OWN series, Speak Sis. Dr. Simmons has been profiled in Education Week, Edutopia, Learning for Justice, the Huffington Post, NPR, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists.

Dr. Simmons’ research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of equity and social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions in an effort to ensure and foster justice and liberating spaces for all.



Ericka Dean,
Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging,
Mirman School


Patricia Kong,
Head of School,
Pilgrim School

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Dr. Jenn Wells,
Director of Equity and Inclusion,
Marlborough School

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Azizi Williams,
Head of School,
Children's Community School



Shauna Davis,
Southern California Director and Managing Director of Programs, CATDC



Regan Galvan,
Director of Teaching & Learning, Vistamar School



Michelle Holmes,
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Crane School


Stephanie Leung,
Assistant Head of School / Head of Lower School, Mirman School



Jannah Tate,
Director of Program Management and Southern California Associate, CATDC

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Eliko Smith,
English Faculty,
Bishop’s School


Bianca Vega,
Assistant Head of School,
Santa Barbara Middle School


Dr. Mabel Wong,
Department Head of History and Social Sciences, Marlborough 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.