Starting January 23, 2024
Dr. Desiree Del-Zio earned a Master of Arts degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego and an Education Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. In her years of academic development, Dr. Del-Zio received a lifetime membership in Mu Lambda Nu and Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Societies for academic excellence in public service and education studies. Dr. Del-Zio also earned a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and a certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She is earning a Certification in Improvement Science from the University of Michigan and is a lifetime member of the International Society for Female Professionals.
Dr. Del-Zio’s professional development is grounded in organizations serving children and families and includes notable leadership roles such as operations management, regional management, evaluation and monitoring, program design and improvement, and federal oversight. Dr. Del- Zio served the Office of Head Start Federal Monitoring contract for six years as a Monitoring Lead and Operations Manager. During her service to the contract, she facilitated or managed approximately 400 federal reviews.
Dr. Del-Zio leverages her academic and professional development to build the leadership capacity of executive leaders, managers, and staff, focusing on Head Start grant recipients. She is a proven and seasoned management systems and operations leader, with a record for creating high-functioning teams. Her areas of expertise include Internal Monitoring Systems Design, Head Start Monitoring Preparation, Strategic Planning, Self-Assessment Planning and Implementation, Gap Analysis, Organizational Change Management, and Leadership Coaching and Development.
I have been to management workshops, not leadership training. This has totally changed my perspective and encouraged me to propel forward in developing my skills.
I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Region 9 Head Start Association’s Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship helped me get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a Head Start Director.
I took part in The disproportionate impact of COVID 19, and how to provide “real” support for black/brown children and families and I just want to say this was an amazing webinar. I hope we can look forward to further conversation on this topic.
Thank you so much for making events like this! I really enjoyed and learned so much teaching strategies to implement STEM in the classroom.
The HR Network was an excellent opportunity to network and learn the best practices from other HR professionals within Head Start programs. You will be amazed by the level of talent and experience of the participants.
The Summer Camp training was powerful and inspiring! Each presenter was very engaging, it’s hard to even pick a favorite session!
The Leadership Challenge training was very relevant to my work as a Head Start leader! Great facilitation; stayed with the program yet allowed time for individual and small group reflections.
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