Our Speakers

Todd Herman

Keynote: What if everything that you need to lead your team to excellence is already inside of you?

What if everything that you need to lead your team to excellence is already inside of you?

During this session, Todd will walk you through his powerful framework that he has taught pro and Olympic athletes, billionaire executives and entrepreneurs - how to create an alter ego?

This will help you see what you are truly made of, and the stories of real life people who have all used alter egos to overcome challenges.

The reality is - as a school leader you are a performer.

And you need to know HOW to leave the self-doubt, imposter, and other qualities that don’t serve you on the sidelines.

You want to learn how you can activate your heroic self and show up as that best self when you need it most!


You’ll also get your own copy of Todd’s book, The Alter Ego Effect.

About Todd Herman:

Todd Herman is the creator of the ‘90 Day Year’ Program, a high-performance achievement system used by athletes, entrepreneurs and companies around the world, and twice recognized as being the world’s ‘Top Leadership & Skill Development Program’ by the Stevie Awards.

He’s also founder of The Peak Athlete, a mental toughness training & sports research company, advising Pro & Olympic athletes for over 20 years.

Todd is also the author of the book, The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life, and lives in NYC with his wife, two little girls and baby boy.


Linda Fogg Phillips

Guest Speaker: Tiny Habits to Create a School of Excellence

As school leaders, you want your teachers to embrace change.

You want to raise morale, you want to inspire them, but it can feel almost impossible to get long-term results from your staff.

You need to stop focusing on short-term motivation. It doesn't work!

To create long-term change with your teachers and staff, you need them to create routines and habits that are in line with your school’s values and mission.

  • Want them to bring progressive materials into the classroom?
  • Want them to speak in positive language to the kids?
  • Want them to connect with the parents?
  • Want them to turn up on time and stop calling in sick?
  • Want them to participate in meetings in a positive way?
  • Want them to take risks and innovate in the classroom?

Linda will give you all the steps you need to set up routines and processes that create consistent habits with your teachers and staff.

About Linda Fogg-Phillips, M.S.:

Linda’s work focuses on behavior change and habit design. She is the Director of Tiny Habits® Academy which offers online courses that teach individuals and businesses how to create habits quickly and easily… without relying on willpower.  As the mother of eight children, Linda has had her own behavior change and habit design laboratory for 32 years. She has a masters degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology.

Linda has spent over 30 years studying health behaviors, including nutrition, fitness, and mental health.  Her mission in life is to help others live a happier and healthier life through creating sustainable lifestyle behavior changes and habits that positively impact health.  She has virtually coached over 12,500 people worldwide. She is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as an expert in virtual coaching and behavior change. She is a contributing author and expert for the ACE Behavior Change Certification Program.

Linda is an international author, public speaker, and consultant. She is the author of two books about understanding the online behavior of adolescents; Facebook for Parents  and Facebook for Educators.  Linda’s newest books Habits for Health and Tiny Habits® for Moms are due to be released in the fall.

Linda is a featured social media and family health expert in the media and in publications such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. During 2009 - 2013, Linda was the adolescent behavior expert and online safety consultant for Facebook, Inc. Linda was commissioned by Facebook to write their first Facebook Online Safety Guide for Educators. Linda is a regular guest lecturer at Stanford University.

In 2015, Linda was crowned Ms. United States of America Woman of Achievement. She was crowned Women of Achievement Legacy Queen in 2018 for her continued work and service.


Dr Yamalis Diaz

Guest Speaker: How to observe teachers and use key metrics to inform your next action steps for the team

Do you feel that a child’s struggling behavior in the classroom is linked to the teacher?

Do you wonder how you can measure or figure out what is contributing to the problem so you know how to solve it?

Do you wish you had a framework to observe staff performance in the classroom that is aligned with your school philosophy and standards?

In this session, Dr. Diaz will give you

  • the observation framework that she calls the DASH model.
  • She will hand you a menu of options to choose from as your next steps.
  • The tools to use to provide concrete feedback for the teacher
  • And what you need to do next.

About Dr. Diaz:

Yamalis Diaz, PhD is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She is also a licensed psychologist in the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Diaz specializes in behavioral parent training, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other behavioral interventions to help parents develop effective strategies for managing their child’s attention and behavior problems.

Here are some excerpts from dr diaz's teaching at the 2018 ec leadership live event

Chanie Wilschanski

The EC Summit of Excellence is designed to give you 2 days of practical, applicable training. They will hand you the roadmap to create the ripple effect you want in your school - from the change you invest in yourself, to your teachers, to your parents, to your children.

I will be delivering the following sessions:

Session 1: How to create a culture where everyone lives your school values every day

Imagine this:

  • A parent walks in frustrated that her call wasn’t responded to 
  • A child is crying at arrival and doesn’t want to let mommy go 
  • Another kid needs assistance in the bathroom
  • And the co teacher didn’t set up the tables the way the main teacher wanted…

How does a teacher live into the core value of honesty at that moment? Or integrity? Or fun? Or playful?

Or whatever your core values are?

In this session:

  • We’ll go through the Values Checklist to ensure you are choosing the right values for your center
  • What routines and habits your staff need in order to live those values
  • We'll go through how to setup the environment so it's easier for teachers to slide into it 
  • There will be practical application as well as reflective questions that you and your team can answer every day to track whether you lived your values 

Session 2: The EC Standards of Excellence™

I had a call with an owner, she said, “I have high standards - how can I get everyone to hold to that standard?”

Great question! The good news is, there is a roadmap to get there.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • How to script your standards so that there is clarity for all stakeholders 
  • How to say something once and know it will happen 
  • How to measure if your culture is improving
  • The scripts and tool you need to get your newsletter, lessons plans and other assignment submitted on time

My sessions are based out of hundreds and hundreds of conversations with parents, teachers, and directors, and contain practical, actionable strategies for you to take back to your school of excellence.

I will also be facilitating two Implementation Hour workshops at the end of each day, so you can take plans and strategies back to your school.

About me:

I’m an Early Childhood Leadership Coach and Culture Specialist, and have had the privilege of working with hundreds of EC Directors who are working to build a school of excellence.

I began my journey over a decade ago, teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in NYC.

Continuing my path into higher studies, I got my Masters in EC and Special Education, and started training teachers and school leaders on the HOW part of creating excellence in their schools.

Through my journey, I got married and had 4 children (ages 1, 4, 6 and 8). My hands are full! I know what it takes to lead a large center and have a full-time job at home as well.

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