Leadership Events

2019-2020 Event Calendar

We are currently revising dates for the 2020 Event Calendar. Please check back with us soon for updates!

Upcoming Events

Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 11th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Wednesday, March 11th 2020, 2:00pm

Visit our Survive to Thrive landing for more about the book and our events

Past Events

Survive to Thrive Webinar, February 5th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture

Wednesday, February 5th 2020, 2:00pm

Join us for a webinar discussion of Program Context and Culture, the second chapter of From Survive to Thrive.

Register to reserve your spot, and a link to access the webinar will be emailed to you closer to the date of the event.

Visit our Survive to Thrive landing for more about the book and our events

Survive to Thrive Webinar, January 8th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 1: What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Wednesday, January 8th 2020, 2:00pm

Join us for a webinar discussion of the first chapter of From Survive to Thrive:What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Register to reserve your spot, and a link to access the webinar will be emailed to you closer to the date of the event.

Visit our Survive to Thrive landing for more about the book and our events

Dine & Discuss Dec 5th

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood: Who is leading and toward what?

At this Dine and Discuss, we will hear from a moderated panel of early childhood professionals  and leaders about their work to create equitable environments for children in early childhood settings. Participants will be encouraged to set a goal to work towards advancing equity in early childhood education.

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

Thursday, December 5th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CUNY SPS
119 W 31st Street
New York,NY 10001

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

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

CUNY Graduate Center

Manhattan,NY

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

CUNY School of Professional Studies
119 W 31st Street,NY 10001

Leadership Speaker Series

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
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10001

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

Leadership Speaker Series

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

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

Leadership Speaker Series

Leadership Speaker Series: Ann McClain Terrell

Join us for a conversation with Ann McClain Terrell, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and author of Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Monday, April 30th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10016

Dine & Discuss Feb 13th

Pathways to Leadership

This session features local early childhood leaders speaking about their own pathway          

Tuesday, February 13th 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Teach for America - NY
25 Broadway
Room: 12th Floor
New York,NY 10004

Leadership Speaker Series

Leadership Speaker Series: Anne Douglass

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is launching its Leadership Speaker Series. The series is designed for individuals in leadership and policy-making roles wherever children are served. Join us for our inaugural speaker, Join us for a conversation with Anne Douglass, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership from Within.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10016