- 2024 -


Exclusive Event for School and Community Leaders, Including Superintendents, Executive Leadership Teams, and Boards Members

Monday August 5, 2024

10:00am – 2:00pm

Hosted by Cold Spring School District

Santa Barbara, CA

You’re invited to this exclusive leadership event in Santa Barbara focused specifically on the needs of School and Community Leaders, including District Superintendents, Executive Leadership Teams, and Boards Members.

Why Happiness?

Happiness is an essential investment for leaders and their staff as a cornerstone of professional success and personal fulfillment.

For leaders, cultivating personal happiness enhances resilience, sharpens decision-making, and strengthens ethical grounding, equipping you to face the challenges of leadership with grace and effectiveness.

For staff, happiness directly impacts productivity, creativity, and loyalty – All of which contribute to a positive and dynamic workplace culture that extends to your families and students as you build a more connected community.

Register Today for No Cost

The registration for this exclusive event is provided to you at no-cost through our commitment to equip superintendents – the most influential local leader – with the tools and resources to make the most meaningful and long-lasting positive changes for yourselves, staff, students, and communities.

This One-Day Event Will Provide:

  • Understanding of the neuroscience behind the most effective leadership skills
  • Strategies to build a culture of happiness in your schools.
  • Immediately impactful applications, resources, and best practices

Additional Highlights Include:

  • Connecting and networking with Superintendent peers
  • Discussing innovative solutions for employee retention and recruitment
  • Learning crucial skills to cultivate thriving schools, contented staff, and successful students


Lunch will be provided.

Uplevel your leadership style to inspire, enlighten, and sustain.

Michelle Bartsch

Vice President of Education, Cook Center for Human Connection

Grace Brown

Sr. Manager of Impact & Curriculum, Cook Center for Human Connection

Amy Alzina

Amy Alzina

Superintendent/Principal Cold Spring School District

Yurii Calderon

Yuri Calderon , J.D.

Executive Director Small School Districts' Association

Amy Yamamato Callahan

Director, School and Community Advocacy Cook Center for Human Connection


May 4

Brigantine, New Jersey

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Check-in
Leadership Continental Breakfast (provided) – Meet and Greet 

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions – Glen Robbins, Superintendent, Brigantine Community School District
Symposium Overview – Michelle Bartsch, Vice President, Cook Center for Human Connection

9:15 - 10:45 AM

Science of Leadership and Happiness

10:45 - 11:00 AM


11:00 - 12:00 PM

Finding the Sum of the Happiness Equation

12:00 - 12:45 PM

Working Lunch (provided) – Student Leaders in Action Panel – Students of Brigantine School District

12:45 - 1:30 PM

Guided Tour with Scholars 

1:30 - 1:45 PM

Mission for Mental Wellness

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Solving the Happiness Equation

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Putting Ideas into Action – Strategy Integration

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Closing Remarks