Pre-Conference Leadership Institute

Re-Imagining Leadership

Presented by The Leadership Program,
with Keynote Erika Petrelli

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Space limited; pre-registration required; additional fee

Hit the ground running with this disruptive institute full of fun and improv. What does it mean to lead a team to greatness? Uncover the essential elements for creating a team that is unstoppable, and leadership that is magical. Explore the ancient practice of mindfulness to guide you and your team to clarity. Discover the future of work and ways to evolve with the fast-changing landscape of our world.


8:30 to 9:00 am

Check-in and Networking Breakfast
Disruptive Leadership Activities

9:00 to 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions
Moderator: Elizabeth Cieri, Foundations, Inc.

9:15 to 9:45 am

Plenary Session: Magical Leadership
Keynote: Erika Petrelli, The Leadership Program

10:00 to 11:15 am

Breakout Session 1* (concurrent sessions)

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Networking Lunch & Team-Building Activities

12:45 to 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 2* (concurrent sessions)

2:10 to 2:30 pm

Closing Reflections

*Attendees will attend both breakout sessions, in small groups.

Register Now

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Pre-registration for this Pre-Conference Leadership Institute is $179 in addition to the regular Beyond School Hours Conference registration fee and includes: 1 day of professional development + materials, networking breakfast and lunch, coupon code for one free webinar (valued at $29.95) from Foundations’ PD@your.desktop On-Demand training series, and a certificate of completion.


Magical Leadership

What does it mean to lead a team to greatness? How do you create a company culture where your team wants to not only survive, not only thrive, but to strive toward providing “take your breath away” service to those you serve? Participants in this session will be ignited with ideas and strategies for doing just that. In this interactive session, participants will uncover the essential elements for creating a team that is unstoppable, and leadership that is magical.

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through trainings, coaching, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. She blogs weekly, and wrote an interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy, now available for sale on Amazon. Erika lives in Indiana.


Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli
Senior Vice President of Leadership Development
The Leadership Program

Elizabeth firmly believes that great leadership drives high quality education. As the moderator for the BSH Pre-Conference Leadership Institute, she will energize attendees to seize the day’s many learning opportunities. Her hope is that through this institute, attendees will gain fresh insights for making a lasting difference in the lives of their staff and the young people they serve.

At Foundations, Inc. Elizabeth designs and facilitates professional development sessions, and collaborates with education leaders to support instructional practices across the learning day.


Elizabeth Cieri

Elizabeth Cieri
Director of Teaching and Learning
Foundations, Inc.


Mindful Leadership

What is mindfulness and how can it guide you towards self-discovery? Join us to find out why this ancient practice has grown so popular in recent years. Come learn new techniques that will help you focus and bring greater clarity. Discover ways to bring a sense of calm to the swirling chaos of your busy work day. Learn and experience simple, yet profound, practices that you can incorporate into your student programming as well as into your staff trainings. Neuroscience and recent research point towards multiple positive benefits of practicing mindfulness. Come find out why.

Matt has a passion for sharing with others what he believes are the countless benefits that one gains when engaging in mindfulness-based exercises. Matt holds an MA in psychology from Columbia University and has been practicing and studying Buddhist philosophy and meditation for over eleven years.

Matt Flynt

Matt Flynt
Program Director
The Leadership Program

Future of Work

The future of work is already here: let’s help our youth prepare for it. This workshop will explore the impact automation, AI, and robotics have on today’s work space, and look ahead to the evolving landscape that their ongoing adaption will create, helping youth development leaders take the helm in readying students for the incredibly fast-changing world that will greet them at the close of their formal education.

Ali prides herself on her “move fast, break things” pace, eager to bring the world of Youth Development into the world of tomorrow. She insists that you find joy wherever you can in life, including (and sometimes especially) in your work. Ali earned her writing degree from the communications- and arts-focused Emerson College in Boston.

Ali Mercier

Ali Mercier
Marketing Content Manager
The Leadership Program


Disruptive Leadership

Explore the many ways to infuse the artform of Improvisation into your work. While utilizing different improv games and activities, participants will experience first-hand how improv can help foster listening, collaboration, idea-generating, teamwork skills & more to create a supportive, critically-thinking, creative and FUN, learning environment.

Using Energizers as a Way To Build Teams

Games and warm-ups can seem like silly space fillers…but in reality they are insights into how teams function, and what individuals on a team need. Enjoy some fun, and discover how that fun can reveal the essential elements of effective teamwork.

A California native, Jazmine graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and has been a member of numerous dance companies. At The Leadership Program, Jazmine has taught students dance and fashion design in public schools across NYC, and has supervised programming through field support and program design. She has also served as a Restorative Justice Coordinator in Brooklyn, helping to develop a restorative community at her site.

An internationally recognized facilitator and speaker, Greg enjoys working with both students and professionals, empowering them to develop positive pro-social skills that enable them to advance in all aspects of their life. Greg received his Masters in Educational Theatre from NYU.

Fred’s eclectic background as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, former cast member of the Broadway musical, “RENT,” and graduate of music education made him a perfect match for his career as a teaching artist with at-risk youth and later as manager of afterschool programs and networks on both coasts. Now, his training work with adults lets him broaden his impact.

Jazmine Dugall

Jazmine Dugall
Administrative Manager
The Leadership Program

Greg Shamie

Greg Shamie
Director of Staff Development
The Leadership Program

Fred Jones

Fred Jones
Teacher, Performer, Facilitator, The Leadership Program


What does it mean to re-imagine leadership? How do we embrace our current realities? How do we set an example for out-of-the-box leadership? And why is it important? Answers to these questions and more in our interactive closing with Erika and the group.