A typical coaching engagement is one year. We also offer a six-month engagement.
An investment in the success of a leader is an investment in the success of an organization.
Empirical research has shown that equipping a leader with a strong support system is the best way to ensure success. Our mission is to provide an affordable source of support, feedback, and counsel.
A coach at CS&A serves as a confidential sounding board, offers an objective point of view steeped in leadership experience, and helps identify areas of difficulty or leadership blind spots that benefit from a fresh perspective.
While goals vary by engagement, generally coaching helps to:
Our coaching engagements have included leaders and leadership teams of all shapes and sizes, including:
As highly successful former heads of school and administrators, our coaches utilize their training and experience to help school leaders grow personally and professionally. They understand the intersection of leadership and strategy and bring an extra level of knowledge of what is practical and realistic to your success and the success of your school.
A typical coaching engagement is one year. We also offer a six-month engagement.
Coaching includes a visit at the beginning and end of the engagement.
Also included are weekly phone or video conversations or two longer monthly phone or video conversations.
Because we know emergencies don't wait for business hours, you have unlimited access to your coach. We're here when you need us.
The engagement is designed to meet your specific needs and can use many different methods. You're a unique leader, so our partnership should be too.
We've got your back. Central to each engagement is the relationship built over time -- founded upon confidentiality, trust, and honesty.
Last week Barbara Chase and I wrapped up our year of coaching. I want to thank you for recommending her to me. She was of tremendous help to me in my first year as board chair, guiding, supporting and cheering for me. I know it sounds trite, but I honestly could not have done it without her. I used our biweekly sessions to prepare for important meetings, think through upcoming issues and strategize how to partner better with my head of school. I don't have to tell you how knowledgeable and experienced she is as a past head, and her expertise with governance and board-related issues was invaluable. I also felt that I connected meaningfully with Barbara and hope we will remain in touch in the future. She is a warm, caring individual who showed true concern for me and made time for me outside of our scheduled meetings if something came up.Melanie Weston
Working with Marsha Little provided me one of the most inspiring professional development experiences of my career. Marsha’s approach to coaching allowed a space for me to actively reflect, connect with my true purpose, and learn specific strategies to grow my interviewing skills. Throughout my time with her, I learned how to fit all of the pieces of my leadership journey together to craft a narrative that was a strong reflection of my strengths and abilities. And while all of this was truly incredible and helpful, perhaps the best part of working with Marsha is to experience her unique ability to always respond with a beautifully specific question to all you have to say. Her masterful art of listening allows Marsha to get to the very heart of the matter and provides anyone who might be lucky enough to work with her the challenge of true reflection. The kind of reflection that moves you forward and wades through all of the extraneous information to unearth the beauty of who you are, what you truly want, and what you need to do to make your goals a reality. My time with her was precious and I often found myself shocked our hour would move as quickly as it did. What I have learned in our short time together will continue to support my growth in leadership far beyond my sessions with her. I am forever grateful I was able to experience this extremely special opportunity and hope many others get to do the same!Jennifer Tatasciore
Bob Vitalo kicked off this yearlong series in August.Read More
Through our consulting work, we know that a high-functioning board of trustees/head of school relationship is critical to effective governance. CS&A is proud to champion the trustees/head partnership through support of programs like the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) 2023-24 Trustees Series.
Bob Vitalo, Vice President, Search & Consulting Services, kicked off the series in August with his thoughts on the trustees/head relationship and things to consider as the school year begins.
Best of luck to all the trustees and heads of school participating! Learn more about the series here.
Heather Flewelling presented on the head of school search process to a group of assistant and associate heads.Read More
She presented “Paths for Growth: Inside the Head of School Search Process” to a group of aspiring boarding school heads and shared her experience from leading dozens of head of school searches.
Bob Vitalo visited with students in the Independent School Leadership Graduate Program.Read More
Bob Vitalo, Vice President, Search & Consulting Services at Carney Sandoe is pictured with Carrie Grimes, Director of Peabody Independent School Leadership Master's Program at Vanderbilt University.
Bob spoke to the graduating students in the program about current leadership opportunities in independent schools and worked with the cohort on resume and interview preparation.
The Admission Leadership Council Seminar was held in Los Angeles at Viewpoint School.Read More
Held at Viewpoint School, the event was designed for attendees to celebrate wins, collaborate on future endeavors, and be inspired by regional and industry-wide trends.
Cathy enjoyed connecting with admission leaders from the Los Angeles area.
Barbara also hosted a session with aspiring Catholic school leaders.Read More
ILEE is a professional community for private school leaders. In addition to meeting with sitting Catholic school presidents, Barbara held a session with aspiring Catholic school leaders. CS&A was also a sponsor of the event.
Heather Flewelling and Hakeem Adeyemi attended this National Partnership for Educational Access event.Read More
If you work hard for equity and justice in education, you don’t have to work alone. Carney Sandoe was proud to sponsor the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) 2023 Annual Conference April 12-14 in Boston.
Heather Flewelling, Chief Talent Officer, Search & Consulting Services, introduced the event's closing keynote speaker. Additionally, Hakeem Adeyemi from our Placement Group represented CS&A at our sponsor table. Both Heather and Hakeem enjoyed connecting with education leaders, experts, and practitioners from across the country.
Sara presented at the NYSAIS Institutional Advancement Conference on hybrid advancement offices.Read More
Sara Shulman, Consultant in our Development & Finance Practice, presented today at the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Institutional Advancement Conference on the pros and cons of a hybrid advancement team.
With co-presenter Laurie Hindley, Director of Advancement at Hewitt School, the session discussed how flexible work arrangements create a more equitable and sustainable work environment and allow advancement teams to reach more constituents than ever.
The team exhibited at and sponsored the 2023 Global Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.Read More
They enjoyed their time connecting with international school leaders and administrators and discussing best practices in retained search work. Learn more about their team and the schools they serve here.
Skip enjoyed connecting with leaders from the Jewish schools he serves nationwide.Read More
Prizmah partners with day schools, yeshivas, philanthropists, and communities from all denominations, helping them grow their reach and impact and tackle the challenges on their path to success. Skip enjoyed meeting school leaders and discussing best practices in retained leadership searches, governance, and board relations.