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Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership

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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 from Josh Berger

At 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. Experiences in the BCIL range from entrepreneurial contests that promote social change, to prototyping products designed from reusable waste materials, to exceptional professional development opportunities for our K-12 faculty. We offer a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular programs revolving around engagement with real world challenges and connect Brentwood School to the surrounding Los Angeles community, and the world.

Newsworthy BCIL stories

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

Newsworthy BCIL Stories

BCIL Collaborative

Joshua Berger

Joshua Berger

Class of 1996
Director of the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership
Sarah Bishop

Sarah Bishop

Registrar
Richard Masland

Richard Masland

BCIL, Upper School
Ericka Taylor

Ericka Taylor

Administrative Assistant, BCIL and Equity & Inclusion
Mychal Johnson

Mychal Johnson

Assistant Director of Equity & Inclusion

BCIL Equity & Inclusion

Katherine McKellar

Katherine McKellar

History Chair, Upper School

BCIL Upper School Curriculum Innovator and Collaborator

Rebecca Dame-Seidler

Rebecca Dame-Seidler

Visual Art, Middle School

BCIL Middle School Curriculum Innovator and Collaborator

Gina Rocca

Gina Rocca

Sixth Grade Teaching Associate, Lower School

BCIL Lower School Curriculum Innovator and Collaborator

Kristen Letchworth

Kristen Letchworth

Dean, Class of 2023; Spanish, Middle School

BCIL Entrepreneurship and Summer Programs

Ronit Kumar

Ronit Kumar

Robotics, Middle & Upper School

BCIL Facilities Design

Kristin Loo

Kristin Loo

First Grade, Lower School

BCIL Facilities Design