Leadership Academy

CCCAOE Leadership Academy 2023


These Levels are not contingent on each other.

Level 1 and Level 2 can be done in any order.

Level 1.0 with Mike Walsh


January 10 – 13, 2023

Embassy Suites by Hilton, San Diego



Informational Flyer

SOLD OUT Book Room

Level 2.0 with Mickey Porter and CCC Mentors


Location TBD



Informational Flyer coming soon

Check back soon to Register Here for Level 2.0 Check back soon to Book Room


Are you a New Dean, Program Manager or Faculty? Are you responsible for coordinating, managing or being part of an effective team in the community college setting? Are you an Administrative Assistant who is ready to be a leader?


Our leadership academy is a certificate program for CTE/EWD Professionals divided into 2 levels. Attendees learn new leadership skills and improve on those they already use within the community college setting.


The research is clear. Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior. What are those behaviors, and how does one learn to embody them? The experiential focus of this academy will give you practical and personal knowledge of leadership soft skills.



Level 1.0 – Leadership Academy: Mike Walsh

The Leadership Challenge

Level 2.0 – Leadership Academy: Mickey Porter

dare to lead based on research of Brené Brown


“You did it! An engaging virtual Leadership Academy!”



“Leaders come from all walks of life and perspectives and our ideas for change may vary but the “why” was united in our group. I gained an insight into the methodology of leading and understanding the technical and behavioral components have to align in order to have a good balance in our organization of being smart and healthy.”



“I am inspired to lead in new ways and also model this so change can come to my work environment.”



“Love the small group breakout sessions and time to discuss and hear the main general session’s feedback and responses. Good variety of activities to keep us engaged. Met some good people at other colleges who are developing their leadership skills also.”



“Mickey was relatable by giving real examples. She was an example of vulnerability and shared how she has grown. I think this helps others to be open with the leader/facilitator knows they don’t have it all figured out. She popped into break-out sessions and asked for feedback.”


“What went well for me was having interaction throughout the training and not just watching video after video and/or listening to someone present off PowerPoint slide the entire time.”

2023 Leadership Academy Level 1 & 2 Overview


January 10-13, 2023

“Leadership is not about authority; it’s about influence.” – Mike Walsh
Engage with leadership speakers, a community of practice, and networking opportunities. Participating in CCCAOE’s Leadership Academy 2023 Series will provide you with the advanced skills of leading. The importance of connection during this series cannot be underestimated and will add to your knowledge and understanding of ways to increase the success of our students.
Leadership Level 1.0 includes leadership training with Mike Walsh – The Leadership Challenge and 5 Community of Practice Modules, as well as
6 Virtual Community of Practice sessions.
  • Module A – The Basics -Terms, Acronyms, Vision Resource Center, General Resources, Ed Code, Chain of Command – Governance Structure
  • Module B – Money/Finance – Funding Formula, SWP, Perkins, Budget Basics, CFO Basics, Reporting, NOVA, Allowable expenses, Funding sources
  • Module C – Student Experience – Guided Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Student Orientation, CTE vs. Transfer Enrollment, Financial Aid, Equity
  • Module D – Curriculum – Process, Role of Faculty, 10 + 1, Program Review/Viability, Credit/non-credit/NFC/Community Education/Contract Education, Advisory
  • Module E – Partnerships – WDB, All Partnerships, Employer Engagement, WBL, Relationships, Advisory
The series will include in-person sessions beginning January 10, at 10:00 am, and ending Friday, January 13  at 12:00 pm. Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown. There is also a total of 6 virtual community of practice sessions to take a deeper dive into the modules with graduation on the Friday of the Spring 2024 Conference.

Mike Walsh 

Mike Walsh –

The Leadership Challenge

A respected leader, coach and facilitator, Mike has a passion for creating a structure of support for organizations that inspires individuals to connect their skills and talents in a meaningful way that leads to self-motivation.  

His ability for seamlessly integrating the goals of the individual with the desired outcomes of the team as a whole – leaving no one and nothing behind – is what has made him one of the most impactful results-producing facilitators in education administration, youth development and corporate development for over 20 years. 

Mike’s approach to work empowers people of all ages and walks of life, from high school students to senior corporate executives and veteran educators, to produce the tangible results that satisfy the human desire to make a difference in the world through their work.


Dates To Be Determinded

“I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop
that potential.” – Brené Brown, Dare to Lead
What are the skills and mindsets you need to master in order to lead in a post-Covid world? Whether you’re a current or future leader, Leadership Level 2.0 is one that you should attend. The community college system is becoming increasingly connected, which means every campus has the potential for expanded reach. Leaders need to understand and appreciate new cultures, actively seek out diverse teams, lead teams with different backgrounds, and know-how to enter and succeed in collaborative endeavors. Community college leaders also need to know how to navigate and successfully lead work within a shared governance environment. Administrators need skills to build relationships with faculty leaders to build support and momentum around new ideas and navigate the politics on campus. Key components you will learn: Active Listening, Collaboration, Propelling your team, Forward-thinking, Master Communicator, Building Connections, Being Vulnerable, Empathy, and more.
Leadership Level 2.0 will focus on the mindset and skills of leading from Mickey Porter facilitating Dare to Lead – training developed by Brené Brown, mentoring from Community College Leaders, as well as, 4 Community of Practice modules.
  • Module 1 – Participatory governance
  • Module 2 – Campus Politics
  • Module 3 – Facilitating Innovation
  • Module 4 – Advocacy
Date and Location to be determined. Check back soon.
Mark your calendars for monthly mentor sessions. Participants will be placed in small communities of practice for monthly mentoring sessions where you can learn from your mentor, ask questions and share experiences with your peers. Eight monthly sessions will be set with your group during the in-person series. Graduation will be held on the Friday of the Spring 2024 Conference.

Mickey Porter

Mickey Porter – 

dare to lead based on research of Brené Brown

Mickey brings over 30 years of site, district and county-level leadership experience in education to the work of DtL. She is a certified DTL facilitator, and more importantly, an experienced leader, facilitator, coach who will weave what we need in education into the DtL concepts. Mickey brings humor, authenticity and a deep commitment to the tenets of DtL to this training and all that she does.

About The Dare To Lead Program

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

An opportunity to be an active partner in your own professional development


This conference is designed for: 

Professors &
Classroom Educators

Deans &
Program Managers

Administrators &
Administrative Assistants

Top 5 reasons members attend:



1. “My colleagues are counting on me.”

Invest in your professional development by attending. Get information, share insights, find solutions and ways to increase your the effectiveness of your plans and goals.


2. “From a leadership perspective, I can’t afford not to attend.”

This is the only career education professional development opportunity that offers the leadership and faculty perspective. Partner directly with leaders in the education arena and collaborate with your peers to tackle the issues you face in your own district or regions.


3. “It’s how I follow education trends and best practices.”

Whether it’s issues related to budget and finance; innovation and student learning; leadership; equity; community engagement, communication or collaboration, this premier event focuses on key areas to share best practices and programs being implemented in the field.


4. “I discover practical solutions to education challenges.”

We deliver practical solutions to help Career Education teams improve education and economic development opportunities.


5. “It’s a way to partner with education experts.”

Spend time with our business partners on our fast-growing Vendor Show floor and find out how they can help you effectively manage and lead your districts with the various product and service solutions they offer.

Attending this event will make you a better leader

Get direct connection to a network of career education practitioners that share best practices. Learn how to navigate the California Community College system and advocate more effectively for your programs.

Level 1.0 January 2023

Level 2.0 Date TBD

“As always, the networking opportunities to connect with folks in my area at different campuses is the best thing about this conference.” – 2019 Academy Attendee

“My favorite part of the CCCAOE Conference is the knowledgeable and dedicated presenters that took time to collaborate and connect colleagues from various colleges!” – 2019 Academy Attendee

Learning about what other colleges are doing across the state, the best practices, and insight to overcome issues… these are the reasons I attend.” – 2019 Academy Attendee

“I really appreciated the information and hands-on activities. Very relevant and made me think how to improve my instruction and recognizing my personality matrix, especially identifying my warning signs that can create inefficiency and/or roadblocks.” – 2022 Academy Attendee

“As a new dean with zero experience in CTE, I found these modules much more
valuable to my work. I would recommend holding the training in December, perhaps the second or third week. This way new deans hired over the summer and fall can participate in this opportunity sooner rather than waiting for the summer.”, “Mike Walsh was amazing, I am so thankful for his part in the Leadership 1.0 it created a nice balance, especially for someone new to the college system who loves human interactions. Win-win!”, Gained so much information, resources, and understanding. Excited and looking forward to learning more tomorrow.”, “As an incoming department chair hoping to inspire faculty to re-ignite passion into teaching so student engagement and equity are front and center, this has been a critical step in recovering from the stress of the disconnect of the pandemic and a way forward to bring other faculty on the journey forward. We can do it – together.”

2022 Academy Attendee

“Mike is an excellent facilitator. As an incoming Department Chair (and outgoing curriculum chair) the insight into processes and personalities resonated and helped with first steps and setting the tone.” – 2022 Academy Attendee


I have attended past events. Is there a place to login and skip entering all my information again?

No, each event is a new registration.

Are there COVID policies in place?

Yes. – Please consult our Health and Wellness policy here. 

Is there a way to request a refund if I register and am unable to attend?

Yes. – Please consult our refund policy here.
Refunds will take 4 – 6 weeks post conference.

Where can I find the schedule at a glance?

Click here to see the informational flyer FOR LEVEL 1.0 


Click here to see the informational flyer FOR LEVEL 2.0 – Coming soon

Can I substitute my registration for someone else?

Attendance Substitutes are acceptable. However, after the cancellation deadline, you are responsible for full payment.
Please email substitute’s first and last name, cellphone (for registration purposes) as well as their job title and college/organization affiliation to registration@cccaoe.org for name tag and registration purposes as early as possible.
Please include your name and organization in the email.

Can I sign up for Leadership Academy Level 2 if I haven’t gone through Level 1?

Yes, you can sign up based upon your experience.  If you have any questions call Executive Director for more information.


Amy Christianson, Executive Director


Mailing Address:
1800 21st Street PMB 205
Sacramento, CA 95811

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