Untapped Leadership - A Wellness Workshop Series for BIPOC-Identifying School Mental Health Professionals and Their Allies


Untapped Leadership
A Wellness Workshop Series for BIPOC-Identifying School Mental Health Professionals and Their Allies


Our region, the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, is committed to supporting BIPOC-identifying school mental health leaders and their allies with leadership development sessions to facilitate well-being and career support. We also know that the school and mental health professional pipeline struggles with recruiting and retaining representative professionals with diverse identities.

As such, we’re thrilled to partner with Untapped Leaders to offer frameworks, tools, and community to school mental health leaders and professionals in Region 9 (and beyond).

Join us and Untapped Leaders for a two-part offering. The first part (the Main Session) is open to everyone. The second part (the Private Community Sessions series) is only open to school mental health (SMH) professionals and leaders who identify as BIPOC.



Part 1 - MAIN SESSION (Open to all)
Uncovering Untapped School Mental Health Leadership - Exercising Contextual Agility to Lead Effectively

Monday, January 23, 2023
(Monday) 3-5 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. HT / 12-2 p.m. American Samoa
(Tuesday) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Islands / 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Pohnpei, Kosrae / 9-11 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, Yap / 8-10 a.m. Palau (view your time zone)

In this introductory session, open to all school mental health leaders, participants will explore the exclusionary history of traditional leadership frameworks. Further, participants will examine how those outdated definitions persist in organizations today, and how to incorporate contextual understanding and agility to lead organizations (education agencies, departments, school boards, school districts, school sites, school mental health associations) inclusively and effectively from any seat to ensure optimal wellness for ourselves, colleagues, and our staff.

**The Main Session is open to all school mental health professionals & leaders, whether or not they identify as BIPOC.**

Register for Part 1 - Main Session now



(Open only to those who identify as BIPOC AND who came to the Main Session)
Exploring Our Untapped School Mental Health Leadership for Our Wellness

Monday, January 30; February 6; and February 13 (2023)

All sessions meet:
(Monday) 3-4 p.m. PT / 1-2 p.m. HT / 12-1 p.m. American Samoa
(Tuesday) 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Marshall Islands / 10-11 a.m. Pohnpei, Kosrae / 9-10 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, Yap / 8-9 a.m. Palau (view your time zone)

**The Private Community Sessions are open only to those who identify as BIPOC AND who came to the Main Session.`**



  • Session 1: Identity, Intersectionality, and School Mental Health Leadership

    Monday, January 30, 2023
    In this session, open only to school mental health leaders who identify as BIPOC, participants will explore how their intersecting personal identities and lived experiences inform their unique leadership capacities. Leveraging standpoint theory as a guiding framework, participants will identify their “Zone of Untapped Capacity,” where their marginalized standpoints can offer essential, yet often-overlooked, impact leading school mental health workplaces and systems.

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  • Session 2: Systems Thinking and Power Mapping

    Monday, February 6, 2023
    In this session, open only to school mental health leaders who identify as BIPOC, participants explore moving from the self to the system, engaging in a systems-thinking analysis process that maps the formal, informal, and societal power that inform organizational behavior. Bridging a connection to their “Zone of Untapped Capacity,” participants will explore the push, pull, and pause exercise often required when leading towards progress for our school mental health work cultures and systems.

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  • Session 3: Small Group Peer Coaching Model

    Monday, February 13, 2023
    This session, open only to school mental health leaders who identify as BIPOC, will bringing the frameworks of the prior sessions together. In it, participants will learn how to put untapped leadership frameworks into tangible, ongoing practice. This session will offer attendees an overview of the Untapped Leaders small group peer coaching model to continue to support each other through leadership challenges. All participants will receive the Untapped Leaders Small Group Peer Coaching Guide, which will help them leverage future, self-guided sessions and maximize wellness-based leadership for our school systems and cultures.

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If you plan to join the Private Community Sessions series for BIPOC leaders, please attend the Main Session on Jan. 23 and aim to commit to as many of the three sessions as possible.




A Note on Language

From Untapped Leaders: “We reference marginalized leaders and leaders of color throughout our work. We acknowledge that while we may hold collective experiences based on our diverse identities within dominant work culture, we understand that our experiences are all different and the erasure that can exist as a result of collective labels. Untapped Leaders brings together Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, MENA, and otherwise marginalized leaders from across industries. Our language speaks to the collective. Our framework and process speaks to the unique and individualized experiences we each hold.”

From the PS MHTTC: In this description and the series, we’re using the term “BIPOC” to center the distinct needs and experiences of Black and Indigenous school mental health professionals and leaders, aiming to center the systemic challenges that the dominant culture perpetuates. We are using the term “ally” as anyone in the school mental health field and/or who holds power and structural leadership who does not identify as/with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, MENA, and otherwise marginalized positionalities.


Who is This Series For

  • The first offering–the Main Session on Jan. 23, 2023–is open to all school mental health professionals and leaders
  • The second offering–the Private Community Sessions on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13, 2023–is only open to school mental health professionals and leaders who identify as BIPOC; please do not join if you do not identify as BIPOC.
  • For both offerings, we focus on supporting SMH professionals in the Pacific Southwest (the Pacific Islands, CA, NV, AZ and HI). If you are outside of our region and/or do not solely work in school mental health, you are welcome to join too. However, please note the focus will be on the context of school mental health leadership. 
  • How are we defining a school mental health leader? Anyone who informally or formally influences decision-making, culture, collegiality, policies, protocols or other spheres of impact in school mental health agencies (e.g., school psychology, school counseling), school-based health, school site leadership, MTSS/RTI/PBIS coaching, and more. This includes trauma-informed facilitators/trainers/coaches, senior-level leaders in behavioral health roles, Project AWARE staff, youth advocates, Executive Directors/executive and senior-level leaders of community-based, non-profit agencies that provide school-based mental health services or programming, and more!


Learning Outcomes

After this series, participants will:

  • Understand how personal, interpersonal, and institutional contexts inform their leadership and the leadership of those around them.
  • Identify opportunities and strategies to work and lead authentically, inviting their most marginalized perspectives to the center.

  •  Understand how to harness their own untapped capacity to contribute fully and meaningfully to their roles, organizations, and communities.

  • Connect with other BIPOC-identifying school mental health colleagues for structured, peer-led coaching for continued support beyond the series.


Meet the Series Facilitator

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum photo

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, Ed.D. is the Founder and CEO of Untapped Leaders. Jenny has facilitated training for 500+ leaders ranging from established executives at large corporations to high school students beginning their leadership journeys – witnessing the untapped capacities that exist across all stages in career paths. Through her prior work as Vice President of Leadership Training and Programs at Coro Southern California, Jenny designed and facilitated cohort-based programs for leaders across all sectors and industries. She has designed and facilitated customized sessions for organizations such as LAUSD, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., Capital Group, and many others. Jenny holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.P.A from New York University, and an Ed.D from the University of California - Los Angeles.





About Untapped Leaders

Untapped Leaders, LLC is a leadership development organization and consulting firm specializing in uncovering overlooked capacities on diverse teams. Through a dynamic and customized facilitation and consulting process, Untapped Leaders leverages its proprietary framework grounded in contextual agility to guide teams and organizations through complexity and towards a shared vision where all are represented.

Our training and consulting services are ideal for organizations that value Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and are ready to operationalize those efforts through leadership development and capacity building.            

Untapped Leadership sessions examine strategies, capabilities, and contributions from leaders of color and marginalized backgrounds. Our work offers leadership development frameworks that require an understanding of situational awareness, organizational dynamics, and sound decision-making. While grounded in BIPOC leadership expertise, these sessions are for anyone looking to bring a more nuanced and contextual perspective towards navigating their work.

Untapped Leadership moves beyond behavioral or situational leadership models towards a more inclusive and impactful model of contextual leadership.

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