“The Future Leaves Footprints in the Present: Preparing Schools and School Leaders for What Comes Next”

Dr. Marc Frankel
and Judith Schechtman


The events of 2020 will have long-lasting implications for almost everything, and schools around the world are no exception. COVID-19 strikes at the heart of everything that makes a school special: close engagement between teachers and students and students with each other. Let's consider the opportunities and risks in what comes next. Thriving tomorrow requires intentional action today, not just hanging on in hopes of surviving. What do we, school leaders, need to be doing right now?


Dr. Marc Frankel, Ph. D. is a Senior Consultant and partner in Triangle Associates, an international consultancy specializing in higher, independent and international education. A psychologist by training, Dr. Frankel facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities.

Among his accomplishments are the development of evaluation methodologies for governing boards and senior academic and administrative leaders, co-founding the School Leadership Institute for the National Association of Independent Schools, and authoring or co-authoring numerous articles and white papers on issues in governance and leadership of schools and universities. Dr. Frankel is a member of the governing board at the Wildwood School (Los Angeles), and he lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jacqueline. Their son, Alex, lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dr. Frankel’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Utah, and he completed his Masters and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Frankel has been part of Triangle Associates for over 20 years.

Judith Schechtman is a Senior Consultant and a Principal in Triangle Associates, St. Louis, an international consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational management. Ms. Schechtman holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University, St Louis, where she was formerly an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Social Work for 15 years. 

Ms. Schechtman facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs and strategic planning in schools both domestically and internationally. She works with schools in Asia, Europe and the Americas. An executive coach, Ms. Schechtman works with heads of schools and members of school leadership teams. Among her accomplishments, she has researched and written on a broad spectrum of topics related to leadership and governance, andhas developed assessment tools for boards and heads of school as well as professional development assessments specifically designed for independent/international school leaders.

Ms. Schechtman is co-founder of the NAIS Leadership Program for Aspiring Heads for independent schools, a program she led for 15 years. She has been part of the original faculty for the Women in Leadership program of NCAIS. Her interest in women’s roles in leadership has led to speaking engagements on this topic with groups as diverse as college sororities to national conferences. Ms. Schechtman, who recently ended her term as a trustee at an independent elementary school in her hometown, lives in St. Louis with her husband, Richard. Their daughter lives and works in Washington, DC.

HOST OF THE DAY - Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson devoted his life to children and the Montessori movement, with 6 years in the classroom and 37 years in administration including 27 years as Head of School at Montessori School of Beaverton, Oregon. Peter consults, speaks on management topics and provides leadership seminars across USA and Canada and around the world, including Russia, Australia, GB, the Czech Republic, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.