Current Events

Julie Mencher, MSW
Gender Literacy for Parents in a Rapidly Changing World

May 2, 7:15pm, Hathaway Brown School


In this workshop primer for parents, we will learn how 21st century notions of gender have shifted from female/male to a wide spectrum of possibilities, particularly among today's youth.
We encourage and welcome parents of children of all ages to learn more about this nuanced and rapidly developing topic that touches us all.
The Format will include:
The Changing Gender Landscape
Gender Diversity Scenarios You Might Encounter as Parents
Gender 101 (Vocabulary and Concepts; The Gender Journey of Each Child)
Three Types of Gender-Diverse Children
       A. Gender-Nonconforming
       B. Cross-Gender Identifying
       C. Non-Binary/Genderqueer/Gender Fluid/Agender
How This Generation of Youth Might Be Exploring Gender or Becoming Trans Allies
Substantial Time for Q & A

Past Events

DEI in Advancement Summer Conference - August 5th - FREE for CCIS Members,

In Person at Hathaway Brown School

Registration is CLOSED

Join your CCIS advancement and marketing/communications colleagues on Friday, August 5 for a one-day workshop where we’ll examine the unique aspects of our work – the policies, practices, and engrained traditions – that impact our independent schools’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and the sense of belonging within our communities.

We will engage in discussion and provide a framework for taking actionable (and manageable) steps towards change in the upcoming academic year. Join us in reflecting on meaningful DEI outcomes and committing to making positive impact within our organizations!

Important note: All registrants will receive links to view the series of four webinars from Lynne Wester/Donor Relations Guru that cover topics directly related to the August 5 workshop. We kindly ask that you watch all four webinars prior to attending the workshop so that our conversations on that day are enhanced by a shared context and baseline understanding of the content. Thank you to Lynne Wester/Donor Relations Guru, who generously provided access to these webinars free of charge!

Keynote Speaker
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for our Cleveland Guardians, Matt Grimes, will provide insight into the process of changing the team’s name and share how the key strategic priorities of the MLB team are closely tied to its work in the DEI space.

Funding for DEI in CLE: Independent Schools Taking Action on Inclusion and Belonging is provided through a Venture Fund grant by CASE District V. The workshop is hosted by Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights.

CCIS Coffee with David Allen - World’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity.

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Read About David Allen HERE


CCIS Trustee Webinar: Governance Now 
With Mike Vachow

Thank you for attending! 
October 26, 4:00-5:00pm 

Mike is a Managing Director at Gowan Group, a full service consultancy to independent schools based in Connecticut. Before becoming a consultant, Mike worked in independent day schools for 30 years. Mike began his career as an English teacher and coach at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans before moving on to administrative roles there. He continued in school leadership as a division director at Lake Forest Country Day School, and for ten years as Head of Forsyth School in St. Louis, and as Interim Head at Peoria Academy. Mike also maintains his own consulting brand, Knuckleball Consulting, for small projects and from which he publishes his monthly newsletter, Ahead in the Count. During his years serving independent schools in the Midwest, Mike chaired the board of the Independent Schools of St. Louis, and served ISACS as a member of the Accreditation Review Committee, and as an accreditation team leader and mentor in the New Heads Network. Mike's consulting work has focused on enrollment strategy, strategic planning, governance and leadership searches. He has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA from Middlebury College.