“Six extraordinary years as chief executive of ECIS, a global membership organisation for international and independent schools whose combined annual school fees represented over $4 billion USD, taught me that the sector would benefit from a socially-conscious advisory that followed three simple principles. First, it had to be digital-first, rather than in-person-first. Second, it had to be designed around environmental sustainability, with a minimum goal to be carbon-neutral, and a stretch goal to be carbon-negative. Third, it had to be designed according to complex adaptive systems theory in order to be sufficiently responsive to help schools build value and purpose in a dynamic world. How would that approach manifest itself in terms of offerings? We would need to offer insights and analytics to help client schools make decisions, and we would have to design for digitally-available consultancy, which could be complemented by in-person advisory, as and when needed. From there, Westlake can adapt to anything. It was natural, therefore, to take a consulting company I had formed years earlier (RU Strategic, Inc., founded 2011) and transform it into Westlake, in a nod to the beautiful West Lake of Hangzhou (China), a cultural area comprising numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands, which I have had the privilege to visit several times.
To underscore our commitment to create a social benefit for the sector, Westlake will become a Certified B Corporation by 2023, adhering voluntarily to a rigorous quality assurance protocol that ensures that we take into account all our stakeholders when considering the design and impact of our advisory.”
Kevin J Ruth, PhD
Founder & Managing Director
Westlake Global has an alliance with Leith Global Advisory, partnering on school start-ups, school evaluation, strategy and audits, leadership coaching and mentoring, and recruitment. Leith offers additional services in curriculum development, professional learning, student agency and well-being, and global citizenship.
A Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM®) and a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA®), Kevin is Managing Director of Westlake Global, advising on governance, strategy, risk, and operations. In addition to 25 years in education, he has given 22 years of service as a director on non-profit boards, with four years as a governing board member of an independent school, is an advisor to a number of projects and organisations, and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and gatherings in the US and around the world. Kevin is a Fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts; advisory council member for Harvard Business Review; member of the Online Executive Panel (Education) for McKinsey & Company; member of the Feedback Forum (Marketing) for the Financial Times; a judge for the International School Awards; a judge for the PIE Awards (Professionals in International Education); and past lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In addition to teaching modern and classical languages in K-12 schools for seventeen years, he served as an associate college counselor, department head, major and planned gifts officer, director of institutional advancement, and assistant (deputy) head. He then led ECIS, a global membership organisation for 400+ international and independent schools in 100 countries, for six years as Chief Executive Officer, visiting and consulting with schools in over 40 countries. Following ECIS, Kevin served as President of Moreland University, a fully online graduate school of education dedicated to teacher preparation, serving over 6,000 candidates and alumni in 150+ countries, acquired by Colibri Group in 2021. He has worked in not-for-profit and for-profit settings across the K-20 spectrum, and has worked with public schools, charter schools, independent schools, international schools, faith-based schools, educational membership organisations, and universities. Kevin was also a contributor to the OECD Learning Compass 2030 and the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in French and German, and a Master’s in Comparative Literature, all from the Pennsylvania State University; a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University; and has completed executive education at Stanford University in Advanced Project Management, and Strategic Decision & Risk Management; as well as at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School in Executive Leadership. In 2021 he was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Pennsylvania State University.
A polyglot with seven languages, he holds citizenship in the US and UK.
Kevin J. Ruth, Ph.D. FRSA
Anu consults on school start-ups, leadership development, whole-school development, inclusive education, and professional learning. A school leader with over 35 years of executive leadership experience, she currently consults with new and existing international schools in India, as well as state governments on teacher training programs. Anu speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
Committed to quality education, she has been one of the key players in Asia to promote international education. Focused on institution-building, developing partnerships and influencing policies, she brings expertise in working with educators and governments globally. Purpose-driven school culture is her forte. For Anu, the art of running a successful school rests not just in finding the right people, but ensuring that everyone is intrinsically motivated to grow together. It is all about nurturing the right context to learn, from creating supportive organizational structures to providing teacher training support. Her work in incorporating students with diverse learning needs in the regular learning environment has been a milestone in her career: a topic close to her heart, about which she has written and spoken on many occasions.
Anu’s experience includes creating and launching (and continuing to lead) The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI), having served previously as Head of School at Bangalore International School (BIS), Director of Development and Advancement at Kodaikanal International School (KIS), and Vice Chair at The British School in New Delhi (BS). She currently serves on nine boards of trustees. She was the first Indian to be inducted into the International Education Hall of Fame by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). She was also named International Educator of the Year at the International School Awards, sponsored by ISC Research.
Anuradha (Anu) Monga
Committed to shaping and leading high-quality teaching and learning, Jeremy has worked for many years as a teacher and school leader in international schools which offer the full range of IB programmes. He is currently completing his twelfth and final year as Head of a K-12 international school in the UK, and prior to that he led an international school in Turkey for five years. He is deeply committed to providing opportunities for all student and teacher learners to fulfil their potential, and he advocates strongly for programmes which inspire students to develop their skills of independence and self-discovery. During his career he has accumulated considerable experience in board governance, school accreditation, school transformation, safeguarding, crisis management, wellbeing, DEI, strategic planning and recruitment. He has also served as a consultant to schools seeking to introduce the IB programmes. His experience has been gained in both new and long-established schools, and in schools that are either for-profit, not-for-profit, or designated as registered charities.
In 2018 he was invited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to become a Commissioner for International Education, and he has considerable experience visiting and leading face-to-face and virtual accreditation visits to schools around the world. For the past 3 years he has served as judge on the panel for the International School Awards, lending his expertise to judging the extent to which schools have designed and executed sustainable strategic plans. Previously he chaired the Central and Eastern European Schools Board of Directors. Jeremy uses his experience as a qualified coach to assist school leaders realise their personal and professional ambitions.
Omolola Wright-Odusoga ( Lola) is a transformative leader with more than 18 years of experience in the UK and Qatar. Lola is adept at ensuring support for children, parents, careers, faculty, and staff in a holistic, respectful learning environment. She is well versed in educational policies, procedures, government legislation, guidelines, and school startups. She has led schools in the UK and the international community through successful accreditations and Ofsted inspections, and was recognized for this Achievement by The Ministry of Education in Qatar.
Lola utilizes her education, knowledge, and skills to ensure high-quality educational services and quality assurance. She has earned a reputation for initiating and nurturing productive relationships with stakeholders to achieve the organization’s mission, vision, and objectives. She thrives on supporting children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Lola promotes equality of opportunity and appropriate safeguarding procedures in an educational setting.
Lola’s experience includes serving as Founding Head of School at The English Modern School and The English Modern Kindergarten (Al Wakra Campus) in Doha; inspector and professional development facilitator for the Ministry of Education (Qatar); operations executive for Childcare Training Solutions in the United Kingdom; and a number of years as an educational leadership professional and teacher in schools, nurseries, and children centres in the United Kingdom.
Omolola Wright-Odusoga, Ed.D.
Rick consults in the area of coaching and mentoring. He is a career educator, mentor, and school leader at the executive level, and has served as a development officer for non-profit organisations. He has dedicated his professional life to advancing young people, colleagues, schools, and organisations toward a higher vision of who and what they can be.
He brings expertise from 41 years at micro and macro levels of education: from teaching one student at a time to fundraising for programs or capital campaigns, as well as from overseeing budgets and improving instruction to developing partnerships with schools in Asia and South America.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, and an advocate for peace, inclusivity, and social justice, Rick pursues a personalised, caring approach. He understands heads of school who are not only dealing with the myriad issues du jour, they deal constantly with the personal toll the job can exact on them, even when they have dedicated themselves vocationally to education. His mentor, the late David Mallery, would say that this is the best way to truly “further” people and schools.
Rick’s experience includes service as the President of The John Carroll School (MD), Head of School at The Wellington School (OH), Head of High School at the University School of Nashville (TN), and teacher, coach, and senior administrator at Woodberry Forest School (VA). He currently serves on three boards of trustees, and served in the past as the board president of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools.
Richard J. O’Hara, M.Ed.
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