Equity in Education Speaker Series

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University of Southern California

3607 Trousdale Parkway

The Rosen Family Screening Theatre - #227

Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Parking Information - View Map and locate Rosen Screening Room located in the Tutor Campus (D-6 TTC) in the center of campus by Tommy Trojan. Parking is available all day at McCarthy Way Parking Structure (F-5).

Pre-Event and Registration

7:30-8:30am Coffee and Muffins will be served

Leaderhip Workshop

8:30am-12pm “4 Essential Roles of Leadership” William Blackford IV, Veteran Coach and Consultant for Franklin Covey

Even in the most turbulent times, there are four roles leaders play that are highly predictive of success. We call them essential, because as leaders consciously lead themselves and their teams in alignment with these roles, they lay the foundation for effective leadership. At this workshop, leaders will learn The 4 Essential Roles and by the end of the workshop get to put these roles to practice the very next day. Learn more.

By the end of the Workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Build trust, starting with their own character and competence.
  • Create a shared vision and strategy, and communicate it so powerfully that others join them on the journey.
  • Execute their vision and strategy all the way through to completion, with and through others.
  • Develop the leadership potential in others and improve performance through consistent feedback and coaching.


12-12:30pm Boxed Lunches Can Be Purchased in Advance for $12.99. PURCHASE HERE

  • A custom made sandwich served on fresh baked bread, seasonal whole fruit, fresh baked cookie, chips and a bottle of Dasani water.
  • Gluten sensitive options available, kosher options are available, and vegan cookies are available for an additional charge.

Awards Ceremony

12:30-1:30pm “Principal and Teacher Leadership Awards” Presented by Meredith Sommers of Franklin Covey and Panda Express

Special video presentation by SEL4CA

Special Announcement by USC Rossier School of Education

Door Prize from CA Credit Union and Information about 2018 Teacher Grant

Speaker Series

1:30-2:00pm “Corporate Support in Schools" Kimberly Small, Executive Director for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Kimberly joined NFTE with over 20 years of experience in education. Most recently she was the Director, Strategic Initiatives at Catapult Learning, Business Development Specialist, Outreach Director and School Director. Before joining Catapult Learning, Kimberly taught elementary school for LAUSD and Compton Unified School District. Kimberly is Teach for America alum. Her wealth of knowledge and experience has proven valuable as she has impacted countless number of students lives in the underserved areas of Los Angeles.

2:00-2:30pm “Economic and Academic Mobility” Bea Stotzer, Founder NEW

Bea is an accomplished businesswoman, social entrepreneur, visionary, and pioneer in the economic development/asset building field. As CEO of New Capital LLC, she manages multi-million dollar portfolios of affordable housing, business, and economic development. New Economics for Women, a Latina economic development non-profit, was established through Bea’s adeptness at navigating financial products. By leveraging an initial $97,000 grant into more than $280 million in investments, for single and multi-family affordable housing in low-income communities throughout Southern California; simultaneously creating business incubators and small business loan funds. She is currently spearheading the development of the Latina Wealth Index to measure wealth among immigrant Latina entrepreneurs. She is now continuing her work in economic mobility by partnering with The Leader In Me to create academic mobility in the communities that are highly Latina. NEW and The Leader In Me will partner to create the first “match maker” online technology that will connect schools with businesses for the purpose to increase economic and academic mobility.

2:30-3pm “A Great Leaders Journey” Vivian Ekchian, Interim Superintendent LAUSD

Learn about how our Interim-Superintendent leader at LAUSD rose in the ranks to sit at the highest level seat in LAUSD. Ms. Ekchian has served as a member of LAUSD since 2007 and is in the process of receiving her Ed.D in Leadership in Urban Settings from USC. She has worked in several leadership roles at LAUSD including Chief of HR, Chief Labor Negotiator, Local District Superintendent, Associate Superintendent Support Services and now Interim Superintendent. She will share her wealth of knowledge with us about how she has moved up the ranks in leadership and share the future of education leadership in LAUSD

3-3:30pm "Creating a Culture of Leadership" Jose Posada, Director Local District Central

Mr. Posada manages 20 schools in central Los Angeles and has been a leader in education for nearly 30 years. His wealth of knowledge within the LAUSD school system is an asset as he leads by example and empowers his team of Principals to do the same. The experience Mr. Posada has intentionally sought out opportunities to support change in local school culture by investing in the professional development of his team of leaders, specifically has supported schools to bring The Leader In Me to their school site. Mr. Posada will share how he sees the relationship between school culture and student learning and how The Leader In Me has been a powerful piece to support positive school culture - from the front office staff to the janitors to the staff - each person in the building must be part of impacting the culture.

3:30-4:30pm “Rethink How We are Doing School” Dr. Albert Jones, Co-Director for the Alliances for School Climate & Professor at Cal State LA

Dr. Jones has been researching and writing about the process of creating and maintaining optimal learning environments for children and adolescents for the newly two decades. During his presentation, Dr. Jones will share the results of decades of research on the importance of school and classroom climates and cultures. He has found through his research that novice teachers perceive their preparation in the creation of optimal learning environments is lacking and what needs to be done to correct that gap as well as other school climate barriers.

Post-Event at the Radisson Hotel

4:30-6:30pm Continue the conversation and convene across the street the Radisson Hotel for drinks and appetizers.

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University of Southern California

3607 Trousdale Parkway

The Rosen Family Screening Theatre - #227

Los Angeles, CA 90007

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