Speaker Series

Our speaker series, hosted by the Institute for Leadership & Purpose (ILP), invites parents and community members to join us in our mission to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Throughout the year, our community will have an opportunity to hear from thought-provoking authors, educational experts, and Calvert School leaders.

The speakers series builds bridges, elevates our community, and reinforces that we are raising our children and our leaders together.

Recent Speakers

    • André Robert Lee

      André Robert Lee

      The John L. “Luke” Stone ’86 Leadership Speaker

In April 2021, filmmaker and activist André Robert Lee, creator of The Prep School Negro, visited Calvert School virtually for a full day of discussion about race and equity centered on his latest documentary, The Road to Justice. Throughout the day, Lee engaged with students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade during virtual workshops that encouraged the students to speak up when they see or experience inequity.

Lee, who teaches filmmaking at Germantown Friends School, has committed his life to “building an army of change agents.” He says that the best way to dismantle systemic inequity and racial bias is to be vulnerable and honest when discussing tough topics.

His films, including The Prep School NegroVirtually Free, and The Road to Justice, are designed to reveal new perspectives and prompt meaningful conversation.
“If we sit back and just watch inequities, we are being a silent witness, the theme of the day,” Lee explained to students. “But until we do something – until we say something – it will stay exactly the same.”

Lee also delivered they keynote address for the Middle School Student Leadership in Diversity Conference (MSSLDC) that saw more than 240 students from independent schools gather virtually on April 24.

Previous Speakers

    • Laura Tierney

      Founder and CEO, The Social Institute

October 2019
    • Ross Wehner

      Founder, World Leadership School

April 2019
    • Sarah Crowley

      Director of Academic Affairs

February 2019
    • Katherine Reynolds

      Author, The Good News About Bad Behavior

November 2018
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.