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The Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership prepares community members to engage with real world challenges and explore solutions within and beyond the classroom.

Work with BCIL impacts the entire Brentwood School community, cultivating innovative problem solvers, courageous risk takers, effective managers, adept communicators, and inspired community builders. Through their involvement in BCIL, students and faculty seek answers in creative, collaborative ways and discover that their work can have an impact.

Welcome to the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership


We help students follow their curiosity beyond the textbook, grapple with questions for which there are no prescribed answers, and develop lifelong leadership skills.

Meet the BCIL Team

Our Programming

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Core Leadership Skills

Through the integration of the following leadership skills, the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership cultivates: 

Innovative Problem Solvers

  • Critical, creative, and design thinking
  • Collaboration and co-creation; inspiring a shared vision
  • Adaptability and perseverance

Courageous Risk Takers

  • Brave thinking and actions
  • Embracing failure as an opportunity to learn
  • Being in the present

Effective Managers

  • Breaking large projects into small steps
  • Seeking and incorporating feedback
  • Follow-through and accountability

Adept Communicators

  • Active listening
  • Public speaking and group facilitation
  • Media and digital literacy

Inspired Community Builders

  • Cross-cultural fluency
  • Empathy and conflict resolution
  • Self-reflection and societal awareness