Emerging Leaders

Connect with CalWest provides opportunities for educators to strengthen their leadership skills and develop their capacity to grow in their current positions.  Connect with CalWest is proud to host the annual Emerging Leaders Program for faculty to cultivate and enhance their capabilities through guidance from experienced leaders in the independent school community.  

2016 Emerging Leaders Program

Thursday, October 27, 2016

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Teachers as Leaders: Develop Your Ability to Have Influence in Your School   


The Program: The CalWest Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) serves to develop and cultivate future leaders in independent schools. Since 2007, more than 500 participants have received valuable guidance and inspiration from a faculty comprised of experienced independent school administrators.

This year’s program is focused on teachers developing their skills and strengthening their capacity to extend their influence within and beyond the classroom. We will discuss a variety of ways in which teachers can find opportunities to create positive change and contribute to the success of their school community.  

Future ELP workshops will target current teachers who wish to move into administrative positions and administrators who want to grow in their current positions or take on new leadership roles in the next two to four years. 

Who Should Attend: Teachers who wished to learn the tools needed to become an effective teacher leader within their schools and outside of the classroom setting.


The Faculty:  A group of dedicated, experienced faculty committed to professional growth opportunities for aspiring leaders. 

  • Christy Dillon, Assistant Head of School, Crystal Springs Uplands School
  • Eileen Doyle, Former Head of School, Saint Patrick's Episcopal Day School
  • Kevin Newman, Assistant Head of School for Strategic Partnerships, Windward School
  • Peter Reinke, Assistant Head of School, The Buckley School
  • Jennifer Foley Tolbert, Head of School, Saint Mark's School
  • Melinda Tsapatsaris, Assistant Head of School, Wildwood School
  • Patty García Word, Assistant Head of School, The Oaks School



Total attendance is limited. 

Tuition is $445 per participant for CalWest Association member schools and $575 for non-member schools. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact our office at 818-906-2972.