The Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color was founded in 2012 by then Head of School Dennis Bisgaard. Having taught in and led independent schools in the U.S. and abroad, Dennis was inspired to enhance leadership opportunities for educators of color within independent schools.

The impulse to do so reflected a stark reality at the time: Of the 1,400 schools belonging to the National Association of Independent Schools, only 4% - 50 schools in total - were led by a person of color. Thus, Dennis with Joan Edwards, KO’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency, and the KO community founded the Institute, specifically to “help educators of color explore, prepare for, and position themselves for passageway into leadership roles within independent schools.”

Since its founding, the KO Leadership Institute for Educators of Color has taken place each summer on the KO campus, attracting national experts who serve in advisory roles, as well as presenters.

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  • 2019 Leadership Institute for Educators of Color

    We are sorry to say that we’ve made the difficult decision not to run the 2019 Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color. Despite an extension of the application deadline, the number of applicants received at this point will not allow us to provide the meaningful experience we are proud to have provided in the past.

    Thank you for your interest in the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color. We wish you well on your leadership path.


    Joan Edwards, Director
    Sherri Malinoski, Coordinator

A Look Back: 2018 Speakers and Panelists

  • Meg Becker, Senior Associate, SpencerStuart
  • Dennis Bisgaard, KO Leadership Institute Founder, then Head of School, Kingswood Oxford School
  • Dr. Sherry T. Coleman, Principal, Coleman Strategic Consulting
  • Orpheus Crutchfield, President, Stratégenius
  • John P. Faubert, Director of Placement Services, Carney, Sandoe & Associates
  • Doug Glanville, multimedia baseball analyst, NBC Sports Chicago, retired MLB player
  • Wanda Holland Green, Head of the Hamlin School, San Francisco
  • Karen Hinds, Founder and CEO, Workplace Success Group
  • Bill Johnson, Vice President, Financial Advisor, St. Germain Investment Management
  • Dr. Pearl Rock Kane, Klingenstein Family Chair Professor for Independent School Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College
  • Jean C. LaTorre, Chief Investment Officer and Corporate Economist, Aetna, Inc.
  • Lisa Lovering, President and Placement Director at Educator’s Ally
  • Bill Lyons, Managing Partner, Independent Thinking
  • Ada McElroy, Administrator Placement, Carney, Sandoe & Associates
  • Richard Mercer, Director, Bikram in the Valley, Simsbury, CT
  • Anthony Oh, CEO, Accel International
  • Jacqueline Pelzer, Executive Director of Early Steps, NY
  • Christine M. Pina, Chief Advancement Officer, Miss Porter’s School
  • Stephanie Salazar, Placement Associate, Educator’s Ally
  • Eileen Stephan, Career Coach and Talent Consultant
  • Paul Tieger, Founder and First Director of the New England Type Institute
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