Leadership Education Webinar Series

Designed for admission and counseling professionals with experience who are looking to advance in the profession, this webinar series focuses on what leadership in college admission counseling means and gives our members essential insights and knowledge to help them grow. 

Click on the title of each webinar below to watch the FREE recording.

Questions?  Contact Anthony Ambrogi, [email protected]


PCACAC is proud to honor the following individuals as part of its inaugural class of Leadership Education recipients. Those who participated in five webinars throughout the year and attended PCACAC's virtual 55th Annual Conference earned a PCACAC Leadership Certificate with recognition during the conference.  We appreciate their dedication to continued learning and expertise in the field of college admission. Such training helps each member grow as a professional and better counsel students and colleagues. 


Wednesday, April 15
4:00-5:00 pm
Leadership in the Office

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What does leadership mean in its most practical sense: leading and managing other people? Hear from our expert panelists as they discuss their experiences and best practices for managing an office, "managing up" to your supervisors, and how best to tap into professional development resources to enhance your leadership skills with your co-workers.


  • Dale Bittinger, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (MD)
  • Jake Talmage, Director of College Counseling, St. Paul's School for Boys (MD)
  • Melissa Yakabouski, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Mary Washington (VA)


Thursday, March 26
4:00-5:00 pm
It's All About Priorities: Selective Admissions and Counseling

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Panelists as discuss the many varying (and often conflicting) priorities that colleges face in recruiting and enrolling a class, how colleges determine and address those priorities, and how they ultimately impact how school counselors advise their students and address their own priorities as counselors.


  • Scott Anderson, Senior Director, Common Application (VA)
  • Barbara Conner, Director of College Counseling, Foxcroft School (VA)
  • Calvin Wise, Director of Recruitment, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Doug Zander, Executive Director of Admissions, University of Delaware (DE)

Moderator: Anthony Ambrogi, Director of College Counseling, St. Catherine's School (VA)


Thursday, February 20
4:00-5:00 pm
Collaborating with Community-Based Organizations and Independent Counselors 

This Leadership Education webinar will focus on community-based organizations and independent counselors, their roles in the admission process and how they collaborate with colleges and secondary school counselors.


  • Melisa Hypolite, CollegeBound Foundation (MD)
  • Stephanie Stahler, McDaniel College (MD)
  • Dr. Kpakpundu Ezeze, Future Quest, Inc. 

 Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country Day School (MD)


Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm 

Dollars and Sense: Financial Aid and Admission Counseling

Financial aid, in all its forms, has a major impact on all aspects of the college admission and advising process. Hear from college admission leaders on how the cost of college and financial aid impacts their recruiting and enrollment efforts, and learn how experienced counselors integrate financial concepts into their counseling discussions with families. 


  • Sharon Alston, American University (DC)
  • Anthony Ambrogi, St. Catherine's School (VA)
  • David Burge, George Mason University (VA)
  • Crys Latham, Washington Latin Public Charter School (DC)


Wednesday, December 11, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm

Leading Through Change:  Current Trends and Future Issues

The college admission profession is going through unprecedented change, and current and emerging leaders must navigate themselves and their institutions through these uncharted waters. In our second Leadership Education webinar, members of PCACAC's Current Trends/Future Issues committee will discuss these pressing issues and how admission and counseling leaders can best prepare their organizations for this brave new world.


  • Ashley Browning (Hollins University)
  • Fatmata Koroma (St. John's College High School)


Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm

Intersecting Views of Leadership:  High School and College

Hear from two experienced PCACAC members who have worked in both high schools and colleges to learn what leadership looks like at both levels, what lessons can be learned from each, and how leaders in each world can build skills through collaboration.


  • Tish Canady (William & Mary)
  • Jennifer Scott (Norfolk Academy)

Moderated by Anthony Ambrogi (St. Catherine's School)

Those who participated in five webinars throughout the year and attend PCACAC's 55th Annual Conference (now virtual on May 6th) will earn a PCACAC Leadership Certificate with recognition during the Conference.