Dr. Jane Kise is a consultant, coach, and author of over 20 books. She founded Differentiated Coaching Associates to increase leadership effectiveness and currently works with leaders and their teams to improve communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and change management—the four “big C’s” of her organizational consulting.

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Jennifer Abrams spent over 20 years in the Palo Alto School District as a lead coach and is currently an author and international education and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel, and others on new employee support, supervision, on working effectively with different generations, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills.

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Oskar Cymerman teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering and is author of Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom a book that promotes brain based learning to help students become better learners. His professional interests are brain based learning, flexible seating in high school, social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.

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Nina Sethi is a 5th grade Homeroom teacher at Sheridan School in Washington, D.C.. Nina graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in psychology and her certificate in Elementary Teacher Education. After attending the Teachers College at Columbia University, Nina earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Penny Sturtevant is in her 30th year as an educator and her 9th year as an administrator. She has worn many different hats along the way, including 1 year as a special needs teacher to mental health students in an institutional setting, a 7-12th grade science teacher in a small rural school, and as a school counselor for 14 years.

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An experienced educator who has led a number of private institutions for nearly 30 years, Jim Power is the 13th Head of Schools of Culver Academies. Culver Academies is a college preparatory boarding high school comprised of Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy. The Academies’ enrollment consists of 800 students from 38 states and 23 countries.

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LaVonna Roth began her journey in education teaching 2nd through 8th grade, then served as a Team Leader and Mentor Teacher and is currently the creator & Founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® & LaVonna, Inc., where she works as a learning specialist, author, keynote speaker, and consultant.

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