Spotlight Speakers


Lawrence Alexander

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

December 9 • 12:00pm ET

Racial Justice and Inclusion in Boarding Schools: Engaging the Conversations We’re Not Having

Boarding schools are intentionally cultivated and curated communities – from each student to each employee to each blade of grass on our quads. How then do we reckon with the inequities within our carefully crafted communities? How might we address students and employees of color who have felt invited but not welcomed, and develop accountability within our strategic and institutional practices regarding racial equity and inclusion? Come discuss with Lawrence Alexander, lead consultant for the Equity and Inclusion practice at Carney, Sandoe & Associates, ways that we can facilitate conversations we have deferred for far too long, working to restore justice and build resilience in our students and our communities.

Lawrence is the lead search consultant for CS&A’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice. He facilitates in-house training on best practices around implicit bias and equitable decision making, and develops educational opportunities for the firm’s school partners, keeping CS&A on the razor’s edge with regard to trends and changes in the profession.

Lawrence spent a decade as a college counselor in both public and independent schools. He has worked for The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, The Business of Sports School, Ross School (NY) and The White Mountain School (NH). During his last three years at The White Mountain School, he simultaneously served as the Director of Equity and Inclusion. Lawrence has established himself as an industry leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through his work with East Woods School (NY), Brown University, the Association ofIndependent Schools in New England (AISNE), and CS&A. He serves on the editorial board forInsight Into Diversity magazine.

Lawrence received his bachelor’s degree from Kean University in finance, and his graduate degree from Montclair State University in Counseling in Higher Education

Lisa Damour, PhD


December 8 • 4:00pm ET

Moving From Coping to Adaptation: Helping Adolescents (and Adults!) Manage the Anxiety and Stress of 2020

The events of 2020 have upended the lives of students, faculty, and staff and introduced uncertainty and unpredictability on an all-new scale. Dr. Damour will explain the science showing that stress and anxiety are unavoidable and, to a degree, necessary aspects of life. Dr. Damour translates the psychological science into concrete steps that help both adolescents and adults keep tension and pressure at sustainable levels. Her groundbreaking and practical approach will provide you with the tools you need to help your community members feel steady in the midst of uncertainty.

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, is a regular contributor to CBS News, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour maintains a private practice, consults and speaks internationally, and co-hosts the podcast ASK LISA: The Psychology of Parenting.

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

A Denver native, Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and then worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has held fellowships from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and from the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.

Dr. Rodney Glasgow

Head of School and
President of the Glasgow Group

December 7 • 12:00pm ET

A love letter from students of color

Dr. Rodney Glasgow is an innovative educational leader, published author, renowned keynote speaker, diversity practitioner, and current Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School, a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students in preschool (age 3) through 12th grade. Rodney joined SSFS as the School’s eighth Head of School in July 2020 after nearly 20 years of experience in progressive and independent school settings as a seasoned educator and senior administrator.

Rodney is an independent school alumnus himself, a graduate of Gilman School in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African American studies from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center, and a Doctorate of Education degree from The George Washington University, Rodney has held classroom, boardroom, and administrative leadership positions at several nationally-recognized independent schools. Rodney is both a natural teacher and a lifelong learner. Rodney strives to better understand and transform learning spaces by facilitating meaningful interactions and reflections among faculty and students that expand their possibilities for growth, change, and fulfillment of purpose.

Along with his teaching and administrative experience in the independent school world, Rodney is well-known as a diversity advocate and facilitator who believes deeply in fostering a sense of belonging as a tool for nurturing brave and just spaces. He is founder and Chair of the National Diversity Practitioners Institute for educators and administrators, as well as the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which is attended each year by over 1800 high school students nationwide. Rodney is also President and Principal Consultant of the Glasgow Group, LLC, which works with schools, individuals, and organizations to create and promote equitable and just practices that harness the power of diversity and inclusivity. The recipient of the People of Courage Award from the City of Worcester and a featured writer in “One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t.”

Rodney is passionate about encouraging students to find and express the fullness of their identities, and providing transformative educational environments that allow students and teachers to lead and learn together.
SCAD Savannah – Winter 2019 – Graphic Design and Advertising – Chair – Duke Greenhill – Ruskin Hall – Photography Courtesy of SCAD

Duke Greenhill

Savannah College of Art and Design

December 9 • 12:00pm ET

Cultivating Creativity in Critical Moments

In recent months, educators from boarding schools to universities have been catapulted into developing creative and innovative solutions to everyday activities—in real time and under enormous pressure. In this interactive spotlight session, Professor Greenhill, advertising strategist, writer, and filmmaker, will unpack the science of creativity, guiding you toward setting the conditions for innovative problem-solving in your community and with your leadership teams. With moving examples from his industry and classroom experience, you’ll gain inspiration for stoking outside-the-box thinking during the most unprecedented—and precedented—conditions.

DUKE’S BACKGROUND Duke is a leading creative and strategist in the advertising sphere, as well as a writer, filmmaker and omni-channel marketer, known for being a thought leader in the luxury branding and advertising space. He was among the first in the U.S. to employ augmented reality gaming (ARG) and episodic transmedia marketing.

Duke began his career in broadcast journalism as assignment editor at CBS and served as creative production manager at Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm, a multi-award-winning political and corporate advertising firm, where his projects earned many awards. Duke produced several award-winning feature and short films, while earning a master’s degree at Columbia University where he was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

With the advent of social media and proliferation of digital marketing in the 2000s and 2010s, he seized the opportunity to bring luxury brands online without taking them downscale. He began publishing and giving interviews for articles on luxury brand strategy and storytelling in top-tier industry press, including Fast Company, the Harvard Business Review, The Telegraph, Luxury Society, Mashable, HubSpot and others. Duke has worked on projects for Tiffany & Co., The Government of Monaco, MasterCard, L’Oréal, Thompson Hotels, R/GA, the Texas billionaire Bass family, Majestic Realty (the largest independent real estate development company in the U.S.) and others. From 2016-18, he oversaw the rebrand of the public transportation system in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Rosetta Lee

Seattle Girls' School

December 8 • 12:00pm ET

Cultural Competency in Boarding Schools:
What Leaders Need to Know

As leaders of our institutions, we need to have strategic vision and global understanding to manage meaningful change. What demographic and philosophical changes make diversity and inclusion an imperative rather than a value added? What factors help us understand where the school is on the spectrum of exclusive clubs to inclusive organizations? How do we move our communities strategically at the pace that is right for the school? What are some best practices for getting the right people to the school and leveraging their talents? How do we sustain our positive growth over time? Let’s discuss these questions and gather tools to help our schools become the leading edge of cultural competency, inclusion, and equity.
As a faculty member at Seattle Girls’ School, Rosetta Lee teaches science, math, technology, art, ethics, social justice, and more, as part of the integrated curriculum at SGS. As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as for the national education and nonprofit sectors.
Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on topics such as cross-cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools. She has presented at numerous venues including the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has worked with over 250 K-12 public and independent schools, as well as colleges and universities, and served on the faculty of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute and NAIS diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.
Rosetta has served on numerous Boards including: SMARTgirls as President, 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference as Chair, 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference as Co-Chair, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and National Coalition Building Institute. She is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.