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Servant Leadership Institute

Educator Leadership Academy

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Concordia University Irvine
*3 members from the same school for a total of $1,200

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Join the 2022-23 Educator Leadership Academy

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K-12 public and private school administrators, teachers, and counselors.

  • Each school is encouraged to send three members of their staff including the principal and/or assistant principal
  • Enrollment will be limited to the first 20 schools to register

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Concordia University’s Servant Leadership Institute is sponsoring five days of professional development for teams of educators from 20 schools across the nation to acquire insights on how to become exemplary leaders of character with specific skills to create positive school cultures where students thrive.

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The Educator Leadership Academy begins with three days of professional development training with seminar sessions, networking, a symposium, and time to connect with leadership coaches and fellow colleagues.

  • Friday, May 20, 2022 (5:00pm – 9:00pm)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022 (8:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022 (8:00am - 4:00pm)

The Academy reconvenes in January with follow-up debriefing and additional leadership seminars with options to attend on our campus or virtually.

  • Friday, January 20, 2023 (8:00am – 4:00pm)
  • Saturday, January 21, 2023 (8:00am – 2:30pm)

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Concordia University Irvine’s beautiful campus (Orange County, CA)

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

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Leadership Coaching

As an added benefit of the Educator Leadership Academy, each school team will be matched with a trained Leadership Coach who will meet via Zoom for 60-90 minutes/month for 10 months.

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Seminar sessions led by faculty members from Concordia’s School of Education and distinguished leaders in education, business, and athletics.


  • Personal Leadership Plan
  • Systematic program to teach students SEL/Character Development
  • Developing a positive school culture
  • Key characteristics found in effective servant leaders of character
  • Fundamental skills utilized by effective servant leaders
  • Motivating others to peak performance
  • TEAM building strategies
  • How to build trust among followers
  • Participation in the Servant Leadership Institute Symposium
  • Establishing long-term professional goals
  • How lead during times of adversity
  • Communicating during tough conversations with students and parents
  • Self-care and balance as a leader


  • Meals will be provided for all participants
  • Dormitory rooms available for out-of-town guests ($50/evening)

Graduate Credit Available

Three units of graduate credit available to participants who register for the EDEL 510 course and complete course learning outcomes.


A generous grant from the Kern Family Foundation allows each applicant to participate at a reduced rate of $500/person (three members from the same school for a total of $1200).

Participants wishing to earn three units of graduate credit have an additional tuition fee of $1,000.

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Tentative Schedule

Subject to change

Friday, May 20, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm Welcome mixer and dinner
6:00pm - 7:30pm Session 1
Effective Servant Leadership
7:30pm - 7:45pm Break
7:45pm - 9:00pm Session 2
Lessons on Leadership and Character Learned in the Marines
Saturday, May 21, 2022
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast and Devotion
9:00am - 12:00pm Servant Leadership Institute Symposium
Ethics in Education
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:15pm Session 3
Developing a Positive School Culture
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 4
The Power of a Personal Leadership Plan and Goals to Cause Change
4:00pm - 7:00pm Reception and Dinner hosted by Concordia President Michael Thomas
Sunday, May 22, 2022
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast and Devotion
9:00am - 10:15am

Session 5
Panel Discussion - Leading Through Conflict and Adversity

  • Antonia Brown, School Psychologist - James Guinn Elementary School
  • Brendon Morrow: Principal, de Portola Elementary School
  • David Maggard, Executive Director Slave 2 Nothing Foundation (In-N-Out Burger)
  • Dr. Jodi McClay: Superintendent, Temecula Valley Unified
  • Dr. Jake Hollatz, Principal St. John's Lutheran School
  • Heather Vezner: Dean, Concordia School of Education
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Session 6
Systemic Integration of Character Development/SEL into Schools
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:15pm Session 7
The Wisdom of utilizing TEAMS as a leader
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm Session 8
Forging a Legacy as a Servant Leader
3:30pm - 4:00pm Closing Comments and the Kaizen Challenge

Follow-up debriefing and additional leadership seminars are included as part of the Educator Leadership Academy at no additional expense. Virtual options will be available for remote participants.

Friday, January 20, 2023
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast
9:00am - 10:15am

Session 9
Motivating for Excellence

10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:45am Session 10
How to Build Trust as a Leader
  • Dr. David Miyashiro
11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:15pm Session 11
Debriefing on Personal Leadership Plans and Kaizen Challenges
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 12
Effective Communication Skills for Today's Leader
Saturday, January 21, 2023
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm Servant Leadership Institute Symposium
#Fullycharged Servant Leadership: Science & Strategies To Skyrocket Social, Emotional, & Cognitive Success
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Session 13
Self-care and Balance as a Leader
Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier

Session #1: Effective Servant Leadership

May 20, 2022 - 6:00-7:00pm

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier, Director of Concordia’s Servant Leadership Institute will discuss the impact that servant leaders can make in today’s schools. Each participant will have the opportunity to identify and integrate timeless leadership characteristics and strategies into a personal leadership plan to maximize their servant leadership.

Kent Schlichtemeier has enjoyed serving for over four decades as a leader in education. He began his career teaching 6th-8th grades. After completing his Master’s degree at the University of Denver, he taught and coached at the high school level in Orlando, FL. Kent served as a Professor in the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine from 1988-2003 where he mentored future teachers. In addition to teaching at Concordia, Kent was the women’s basketball coach until retiring from coaching in 1993 to pursue his doctoral degree. During the final two seasons of Kent’s tenure as coach, the Lady Eagle basketball team made two consecutive appearances at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. Kent was named the District Three NAIA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and was inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Kent completed his Ed.D. at UCLA in Educational Leadership. Kent served as a teacher and Assistant Principal at Orange Lutheran High School from 2003-2007 before returning to teach at Concordia University Irvine and most recently serve as the Dean of the School of Education. Today, Kent is thrilled to serve as the inaugural Director of the Servant Leadership Institute. Kent enjoys frequent opportunities to speak at sports banquets, school graduations, teacher conferences, leadership retreats, and business seminars.

Kent and his wife Cindy, are blessed by God with two children - Aaron and Kayla.

Dan Tarbutton

Dan Tarbutton

Session #2: Lessons on Leadership and Character

May 20, 2022 - 7:45-9:00pm

Dan Tarbutton, retired Marine One pilot for Presidents George W. Bush and Barak Obama, will share lessons learned about being a leader of high character through his service to our country as a United States Marine and now as a Senior Vice President with the Irvine Company.

Dan was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He received his Bachelor's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University and was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Most of Dan’s Marine Corps career was spent flying the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter, including three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005, Dan was selected to join Marine Helicopter Squadron One, flying the President of the United States. During this assignment, he was one of five Marine One pilots, responsible for Presidential helicopter missions in the United States and around the globe. He also spent time as a liaison to the British Army in Afghanistan and later helped lead the Marine Corps’ school for all new officers, teaching leadership, military skills and ethics. Dan’s personal military decorations include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, three individual action Air Medals.

After retiring from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel, Dan joined the Irvine Company as a Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, achieved his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and has since been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Management Services. In this role, he leads Marketing and a number of centralized services that support the management of over 125 apartment communities throughout California.

Dan lives in San Clemente with his wife Tanya, and two children.

Christy Flores

Christy Flores

Session #3: Developing a Positive School Culture

May 21, 2022 - 1:00-2:15pm

Christy Flores is the principal of a large elementary school with extensive experience working with a diverse community to develop a positive school culture. Throughout her tenure, she has worked with all stakeholders while applying a variety of strategies to develop and sustain a positive culture. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the strategies applied, lessons learned, and tools to utilize with their own school communities. This presentation will be interactive, allowing teams to engage and plan for developing their own positive school culture.

Christy Flores is in her ninth year as the proud principal of Davis Magnet Elementary School, located in Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Davis Magnet School is a high performing math, science, and technology magnet school that offers project-based learning opportunities to almost 600 preschool through sixth grade students who travel across Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar to attend the lottery-based school. During the past nine years Davis Magnet School has earned recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School, CA PBIS Silver and two-time Gold Medal School, a two-time Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll School, and most recently as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.

Christy attributes the school’s success to the strong, positive, collaborative school culture that has developed over time thanks to the devoted staff and families who work together to support student achievement. Davis’ academic success is accomplished in tandem with supporting students’ behavioral and social-emotional needs, along with the mental well-being of students and staff alike. Christy began her career as an elementary teacher, being named Teacher-Of-The-Year at two different schools. Recently, she received the 2021 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership, which was awarded to eight of the 325 Blue Ribbon principals around the country. In addition to serving as the Lead Learner at Davis, Christy has been married to her husband Chris, a high school history teacher and football coach, for almost twelve years. Together they have two small children, Isabelle (7) and Isaiah (4).

Karlynn Holbrook

Karlynn Holbrook

Session #4: The Power of a Personal Leadership Plan and Goals to Cause Change

May 21, 2022 - 2:30-4:00pm

Karlynn will share lessons learned about exemplary leadership from her extensive career at the Disney Parks and from her professional training with leadership icon John Maxwell. Each participant will be guided on how assess intrinsic strengths and use those to formulate their personal leadership plan and SMART goals to maximize their professional growth as a leader.

Karlynn’s career started with a mouse more than 25 years ago. Her experience began in Entertainment at Disneyland and has continued in a variety of communications and marketing leadership roles at Disney Parks and Disney/ABC, television. Karlynn has a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University.

Karlynn’s life’s mission is to help leaders find their purpose and passion to serve others which inspired her to become a John Maxwell Team Certified coach, teacher, and trainer. Her job has taken her from California to assignments all over the world including Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai, and Hawaii. Karlynn currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband Todd and two cats, Maui and Mojo.

Melinda Bier

Dr. Melinda Bier, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Center for Character and Citizenship
University of Missouri – St. Louis

Session #6- Systemic Integration of SEL/Character Development into Schools
Session #7- The Wisdom of utilizing TEAMS as a leader

May 22, 2022 - 10:30am-12:00pm/1:00-2:15pm

Dr. Bier will share in her first session how to integrate Character development and Social Emotional Learning into today’s schools in a systemic manner to maximize the positive impact on students’ personal lives and academic performance. Then in the second session, time will be devoted to explaining the wisdom of leaders incorporating TEAMS to cause positive changes in school culture and student growth.

Melinda (Mindy) Bier is Co-Director for the Center for Character and Citizenship (CCC) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she has led program evaluation, the design and implementation of K-12 educational innovations, and professional development for teachers and school leaders. Most recently, Bier, co-PI, Marvin W. Berkowitz, and, expert practitioner colleagues, have been developing and testing servant leadership oriented training and mentoring for deep understanding and implementation of character education in K-12 schools and Colleges of Education. With support from the Kern Family Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Templeton World Charities Foundation these virtue-based models of individual and organizational changer initiative are being piloted in St. Louis, Kenya, and Mexico.

Funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, Mindy led the development of a series of Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects called Youth Empowerment in Action (YEA!). These service learning projects were grounded in academic standards across the curriculum and combined media literacy, policy analysis and social marketing to achieve individual and community outcomes including better health, character, and academic achievement. Funded by the S.D. Bechtel Foundation, Bier led a research review and series of publications demonstrating the ways character, virtue, and values related interventions support the achievement of academic standards including the K-8 Common Core State Standards. Over the last 20 years, Bier and CCC Co-director Marvin W. Berkowitz, have conducted a series of scientific literature reviews synthesizing the evidence behind character promoting programming for K-12 school age students.

David Baker

David Baker

Session #8: Forging a Legacy as a Servant Leader

May 22, 2022 - 2:30-3:30pm

David Baker, Retired President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will discuss how each person can impact others and make a lasting difference in their lives through committed, compassionate, courageous, and character driven servant leadership.

David Baker has been a respected leader in business, politics & sports throughout his career.

Most recently, he retired after serving as President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for eight years. During his tenure, he fostered the mission, vision, and values of the Hall, developed the vision to build Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and Hall of Fame Village around the Hall. He significantly increased the Hall’s exposure, sponsorship, licensing, media rights and services to Hall of Famers. He brought the Black College Football Hall of Fame and Classic to Canton, helped develop Centennial Plaza and generally enhanced the selection & announcement of Enshrinees with the “Knock on the Door,” Enshrinement and much more.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Few people combine vision, passion and dedication as completely as David Baker. In eight years as president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David expanded the Hall's brand nationally and footprint locally in Canton, Ohio. The growth he envisioned led to the expansion of the Hall of Fame, spread to downtown Canton, and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the future of the Hall for decades to come. His mission to honor and support the heroes of the game will be one of his most lasting and important legacies.”

In recognition of his leadership, Baker received the prestigious honor of being named the March of Dimes National Sports Leader of the Year for 2018.

Baker is also a past Mayor and Councilman for the City of Irvine, California, a practicing lawyer, the former Managing Partner for Union Village, a 178-acre Integrated Health Village in Henderson NV and served as Commissioner for the Arena Football League for twelve years.

Baker presently serves as President and CEO of LEGENDARY LIVING and lives in Orange County, California with his wife, Colleen, four children & ten grandchildren.

Mary Scott

Dr. Mary Scott

Session #9: Motivating for Excellence

January 20, 2023 - 9:00am-10:15am

Dr. Mary Scott currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. Previously she served as the Head of School at Concordia International School Shanghai, China. She held that position from July, 2016 – June, 2020. Prior to serving at Concordia Shanghai, Mary served in numerous roles at Concordia University Irvine. She completed her years of service there as the Executive Vice President of the University and Provost.

Dr. Scott has spoken at numerous events throughout her career in educational ministry. Her topics have included leadership, women’s leadership, life balance, personal growth and crisis management. She has a heart and a passion for various cultures. Mary has an earned doctorate from Pepperdine University. She has received a number of awards for her service, including the prestigious Spiritus Christi award from her Alma Mater, Concordia University, Chicago.

Mary is married to Dan. They have three daughters. Their youngest daughter is a student at Orange Lutheran High School.

Troy Hutchings

Troy Hutchings

Leadership Symposium: Professional Ethics: Giving our Profession Permission to Have the Difficult Conversation

May 21, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Make no mistake about it, “ethics” is a loaded word. The mere mention of ethics often results in value laden discussions of what is considered right or wrong. When placed within the context of a profession, however, ethics acknowledges the complexities inherent within a practitioner’s work and is meant to serve as a guide in nuanced situations. This interactive workshop will build a case that in our profession, like in other fiduciary professions, ethics should be a higher threshold than law. Educator decision-making is not always about right and wrong, but rather how to operate within the gray.

Troy Hutchings researches, writes and speaks in the areas of professional ethics, educator misconduct, and frameworks for an ethical teaching practice. He presents to various state and national policy and practitioner audiences across the United States and Canada. Hutchings also provides expert witness testimony in judicial hearings; collaborates on policy initiatives with state, federal and provincial agencies; and was the subject matter expert for the Model Code of Ethics for Educators as well as numerous other national resources, projects and initiatives.

Dr. Hutchings is the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Association for the State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). He has a record of full-time teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at the university level spanning 15 years, and has also served as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in public and private schooling environments for an additional 16 years. In addition, he spent four years conducting research, creating resources and developing thought- leadership capacity in educator ethics for a non-profit educational research and assessment organization.

Kellie Playter

Dr. Kellie Playter

Effective Communication Skills for Today’s Leader

Jan 21, 2023 - 2:30pm-4:00pm

Kellie earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. She spent eight years working with children with autism in Pre-K through high school. She has also served on several nonprofit boards in her community, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. She has been teaching college courses since 2008, working at California State University Long Beach, and Long Beach City College before finding her home at Concordia, where she can combine her love of teaching with her Christian beliefs. She has taught classes in communication studies, leadership, and business, but tends to focus on workplace communication, professional writing, and professional development skills.

Summary: Effective communication is an essential part of leadership. Today’s leaders face a myriad of challenges and must be able to communicate effectively to overcome those challenges, while also building and maintaining relationships with those they lead. This talk will review some common misconceptions of communication, define effective communication, review common communication challenges leaders face, and explore how to overcome them to enhance communication effectiveness.

Julie Adams

Julie Adams, MAT, NBCT

#Fullycharged Servant Leadership: Science & Strategies To Skyrocket Social, Emotional, & Cognitive Success

Jan 21, 2023 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Julie Adams, is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Educator of the Year, and a highly-respected international consultant who has trained hundreds of thousands around the world in the science and strategies that skyrocket personal and professional success.

Mrs. Adams has taught for over 25 years in kindergarten-graduate school throughout California and has over 20 years of experience in the corporate sector as the Founder and CEO of Adams Educational Consulting, the Founder and CEO of MB Enterprise and inventor and CEO of Sticky Shox.

She and her consulting team provide on-site and online training and coaching to leaders in both the public and private sectors, educators, athletes, and parents. 

She specializes in neuroscience, mental health and wellness, productivity, system efficiency, digital and instructional leadership, positive culture, social-emotional learning, and best practices for literacy, critical thinking, and engagement.

Julie is a fierce advocate for education, job training, and health and wellness, and has developed curricula, trained educators and leaders, and increased educational opportunities in some of the most remote areas of the world.   She partnered with Sue Enquist, UCLA Softball 11x National Champion and Hall of Fame Coach, to create ONE Softball’s Six Minutes to Excellence program for athletes, families, and coaches, and she advises state departments of education and universities on best practices for achievement and instructional design.

Organizations and entrepreneurs seek her training and coaching in Maslow and Bloom principles to maximize efficiency, resiliency, positivity, and productivity, and thousands of people around the world have enrolled in her Masterminds and Coaching programs to skyrocket their success!

Her humor and expertise make her a popular Keynote speaker at conferences across the country and around the world including: Hong Kong, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, China, Spain, Thailand, and Canada.

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Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier
Director, Servant Leadership Institute
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