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

Oct 18, 2022 9:00AM—Apr 24, 2023 3:00PM


Bay School in San Francisco, CA

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until Sept 6) $2,650 members; $2,225 group-rate 3+; $4,150 non-members

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

SESSION 1: October 18, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

SESSION 2: December 8, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

SESSION 3: February 9, 2023 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

SESSION 4: April 24, 2023 | 9:00am - 3:00pm


Female-identifying humans navigating the leadership path have a lot to share about the successes and setbacks of the journeyfrom the energetic optimism and ambition of youth to the measured wisdom gained 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.

We invite female-identifying humans in different seasons of their careers to come together to talk, reflect, tell stories, build skills, set goals, break bread, and share laughter. Ideally, we’ll build a cohort representing different career phases and offering sustained support into the future.

Our cohort will explore these questions as well as others generated by the group:

  • What are my core leadership values and how do they shape my mission and purpose?
  • How can I lead from anywhere in my school and empower others to lead?
  • How do I tap into the power of mentorship and sponsorship?
  • How will my core leadership values keep me centered in challenging circumstances?
  • How might co-coaching with a colleague help me grow?
  • How do I prepare for the next steps in my career?
  • How do I balance personal and professional fulfillment?
  • What can I offer to and learn from others in this cohort?

During the 2022-2023 school year, we will gather four times for full-day workshops and community building. Our days will include:

  • Sharing our stories
  • Compassionate self-reflection – where am I on my leadership journey, where do I want to be, and how do I get there?
  • Skill building – navigating power dynamics, negotiating, building cultural competency, and supporting strong partnerships and teams are some of the areas we will explore with special guests.
  • Case-studies – how to work through difficult and unpredictable circumstances – leading with integrity, heart, and vulnerability through difficult challenges.
  • Sponsorship and mentorship – how do we help one another?
  • Goal setting--what might be some next steps for my career? What are my small goals? What are my big goals?
  • Self-care--how can I sustain myself over the course of my career? What shifts need to happen in me? In my school?



"I found the work around purpose and values to be particularly important. I don't make time to do that sort of work on my own, and both crafting my own values and engaging with others was meaningful."

"I appreciated thinking about what I want in my next position rather than how can I serve the group with my strengths. This has given me a lot to think about as I consider what is next."
"The power of women connecting and being true is just overwhelming. Through my discussions with many others, it has become clear to me that I spend too much energy "performing" a role I feel I'm supposed to. The early sessions exploring our strengths and values gave me so much clarity on what my real value to the community is, and how I can lead from a place of authenticity. I feel this has truly changed me as leader, and wiped away much of the nagging self-doubt and self-consciousness that I have felt as a leader."

"Hearing others' stories and examples of how they have faced decisions, challenges, or met needs was also really wonderful. Also, when this cohort started and everything was still remote, the ability to reconnect with my identity and purpose as a educator and step away from all of the procedural and logistical work that covid sent my way was so life-giving."




Bijani Mizell is an English teacher and Instructional Coach at Marin Academy. Previously she worked at The Branson School for seven years as a Learning Specialist, Director of Community Engagement,  Freshman Dean, and most recently, English Department Chair.  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 children, 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 over 70 different educational organizations to date. In her previous roles, Jennifer focused on facilitating matches between students and educational institutions, and she views her search work with CS&A in the same vein: striving to understand individuals and schools to make the best match. 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 started 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. As her career progressed, Karen’s greatest professional satisfaction came from mentoring teachers, expanding opportunities for teacher leaders, and sponsoring aspiring leaders. In her work with Carney Sandoe, she’s privileged to have earned the trust of school leaders and aspiring leaders as they manage leadership transitions.  Karen was a frequent participant in CATDC programs and remains connected with members of the first cohort of beginning administrators sponsored by what was then called the BATDC. Karen 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 through the Klingenstein Program at Columbia. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, hiking, reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.


Cancellation Policy

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