Leadership Events

Below is a selection of our upcoming and past Leadership Initiative events. Download the calendar at the right for a full list of our events, including our Monthly Networking events for members and book groups.

2019-2020 Event Calendar

Download the complete calendar for the 2019-2020 programming year

Upcoming Events

October 28, 2019

Join us for the Leadership Initiative's first Early Childhood Director's Conference

The Leadership Initiative will kickoff a year of professional development activities based on this conference and the book, From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program.

Debbie Leekeenan and Iris Chin Ponte will present a keynote address and lead breakout sessions.

October 28th, 2019
8:30am-12:00pm
CUNY Graduate Center

Registration is Closed

For security purposes, registration is required

Stay up-to-date with this series on our From Survive to Thrive landing.

Iris Chin Ponte
Director and Teacher
Debbie LeeKeenan
Early Childhood Consultant and Lecturer

Past Events

Dine & Discuss Sep 18th

Self Care for Early Childhood Leaders

This session is desgined to start the school year off right. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking

Wednesday, September 18th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Manhattan, NY

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals.

This session is desgined to start the school year off right. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Our distinguished panel of leaders include:

  • Erica Harte Lucid Body Teacher and Empathy Architect
  • Pam Potischman Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and Parent Mental Health Clinician
  • Erin Jeanette Licensed Clinical Psychologist Head of Counseling Services
  • Thomas Stevens Chef and Founder Brick House Pantry and the Fresh Start Initiative

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking 

Dine & Discuss May 9th

Transitioning from Public to Private and Private to Public Sector Positions

Join us for an evening with leaders from the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Each leader will discuss the transition from the private, not-for-profit sector to working for public agencies or vice versa.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking!

Thursday, May 9th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

119 W 31st Street, NY

Hear from colleagues who have made these work transitions

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals.

Join us for an evening with leaders from the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Each leader will discuss the transition from the private, not-for-profit sector to working for public agencies or vice versa.

  • Steve Castar (former Executive Director of Montessori Day School) Early Childhood Coach, NY Early Childhood Professional
    Development Institute
  • Benita Miller  (former Executive Director of NYC Children's Cabinet - City Hall)  Executive Director, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
  • Simone Hawkins  (former Deputy Director of Budget and Operations - Children's Aid Early Childhood Division) Assistant Commissioner, of the Bureau of Child Care NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Stepha Krynytzky  (former Early Childhood Special Educator/Consultant)  Senior Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, NYC Department of Education

Leadership Speaker Series Feb 22nd

New Ways of Thinking for Early Childhood Leaders: What Behavioral Science Can Teach Us

The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Winter event.

Anthony Barrows
Managing Director, ideas42
Come hear what behavioral science is and how it works, and more importantly, learn effective ways to encourage colleagues, staff, and families to turn their best intentions into action.

Friday, February 22nd 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York,NY 10001

New Ways of Thinking for Early Childhood Leaders: What Behavioral Science Can Teach Us Come hear what behavioral science is and how it works, and more importantly, learn effective ways to encourage colleagues, staff, and families to turn their best intentions into action. Anthony Barrows Anthony Barrows is a Managing Director at the applied behavioral science firm ideas42 where he focuses on domestic poverty, local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement.

Dine & Discuss Oct 23rd

The Future of NYC's Early Childhood Agenda: Implications for Leadership

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals. Join us for an evening with leaders from the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Administration for Children's Services. Each city agency will share their vision and mission for early childhood education and its leadership.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

New York, NY

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals. Join us for an evening with leaders from the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Administration for Children's Services. Each city agency will share their vision and mission for early childhood education and its leadership.

Leadership Speaker Series Sep 26th

John King: The Equity Imperative in Early Childhood Education

The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Fall event.

John King
President and CEO
Education Trust
(Past United States Secretary of Education)

Wednesday, September 26th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Manhattan, NY

The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Fall event.

John King
President and CEO
Education Trust
(Past United States Secretary of Education)
Racial equity and social justice are integral to early childhood education and re-occurring themes for the Institute and its Leadership Initiative. Dr. King will energize the audience with his inspirational take on the power of early childhood education and the promise of equity and access to excellence.

Dine & Discuss Jun 27th

Transformation in the Context of Transition

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Join us for an evening thinking about "Transformation in the Context of Transition" as our Dine and Discuss panel will speak to the courage and grace it takes to assess our careers, face change and transform our lives.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018 | 12:00am - 12:00am

New York, NY

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals. Join us for an evening thinking about "Transformation in the Context of Transition."
         
As Early Childhood Professionals we spend a good deal of time supporting children\'s transitions as part of their developmental growth. How do we consider transitions in our own professional lives? Our Dine and Discuss panel will speak to the courage and grace it takes to assess our careers, face change and transform our lives.
 

  • Kara Ahmed, Principal of LYFE Programs at the NYC Department of Education
  • Tonia M. Spence, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services at The Jewish Board
  • Helen Frazier, of Director of Early Childhood at the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
  • Serene Stevens, Lead Coach of the Leadership Initiative at the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
  • Wanda Nedderman, Family Child Care Provider at Sanctuary Family Day Care
  • Hope Lesane, (Moderator) Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Teach for America New York

 

Leadership Speaker Series with Ann McClain Terrell, April 30th, 2018

Mon, April 30
8:30 - 10:00am
Ann McClain Terrell

Executive Director, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation
Author of: Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Monday, April 30th, 8:30-10:00am
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue, Skylight Room
New York, NY 10016


Dine and Discuss, February 13th, 2018

Tues, February 13
6:00 - 8:00pm
Pathways to Leadership

This session features local early childhood leaders speaking about their own pathway to leadership. Our distinguished panel will include:

  • Meghan Dunn, Riverdale Avenue Community School
  • Thelma Dye, Northside Center for Child Development
  • Luz Peña, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Jenna Pettinicchi, FirstStepNYC, SCO Family of Services

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Teach for America - NY
25 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10004


Leadership Speaker Series with Anne Douglass, January 24th, 2018

Wed, January 24
8:30 - 10am
Anne Douglass

Anne Douglass, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Douglass is an expert on leadership, quality improvement, professional development and how to cultivate talented and diverse leadership from within the early care and education workforce. She is the author of a new book entitled Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership from Within.

Wednesday, January 24th, 8:30-10:00am
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue, Skylight Room
New York, NY 10016