Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl

Peter Baron is EMA's chief member relations officer, responsible for the creation and oversight of our external programs as well as our membership promise. He oversees marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. Hans Mundahl is EMA's director of professional development and has been an educator since 1995, when he first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then, Hans has taught in a variety of settings, including as an Outward Bound instructor, classroom teacher, house parent, and in higher ed. Hans has served in just about every role possible in an independent school including as an admission officer, program leader, trustee, and head of school.

  • Announcing EMA's Idea Factory: A free online unconference [Ep.49] [March 25]

    Announcing EMA's Idea Factory: A free online unconference [Ep.49] [March 25]

    April 2, 2020 - stay tuned for details and sign up information!

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  • How to adopt a startup mentality at your school [Ep.48] [March 25]

    How to adopt a startup mentality at your school [Ep.48] [March 25]

    A conversation with Kirk Wheeler.

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  • Financial aid in uncertain times: questions every school must ask today [Ep.47] [March 23]

    Financial aid in uncertain times: questions every school must ask today [Ep.47] [March 23]

    A conversation with Mark Mitchell

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  • Now is a Good Time to Launch an Idea Factory [Ep.46] [March 21]

    Now is a Good Time to Launch an Idea Factory [Ep.46] [March 21]

    Join us for a conversation with Suzanne Walker Buck, Head of School at Western Reserve Academy.

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  • COVID-19: A Conversation with NAIS [Ep.45] [March 19]

    COVID-19: A Conversation with NAIS [Ep.45] [March 19]

    A conversation with Tim Fish and Donna Orem.

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  • COVID-19: A story from a school on the front line [Ep.44] [March 17]

    COVID-19: A story from a school on the front line [Ep.44] [March 17]

    A conversation with Rob Phillips from Seattle Academy

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  • COVID-19 What We're Hearing [Ep.43] [March 13]

    COVID-19 What We're Hearing [Ep.43] [March 13]

    A joint conversation with EMA & NBOA.

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  • Recruiting International Students: Trends, Opportunities & Pitfalls [Ep.42]

    Recruiting International Students: Trends, Opportunities & Pitfalls [Ep.42]

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  • The Double Edged Sword of Diversity [Ep.41]

    The Double Edged Sword of Diversity [Ep.41]

    Dr. Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to businesses, educational, arts, and philanthropic organizations around the world regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.

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  • Let's start a satellite campus! A conversation with Sean Duncan [Ep.39]

    Let's start a satellite campus! A conversation with Sean Duncan [Ep.39]

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  • Every school should be thinking about a merger [Ep.37]

    Every school should be thinking about a merger [Ep.37]

    Every school should be thinking about a merger, acquisition, or partnership. That’s the message Chad Tew, founder of LearnCollab.

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  • Small Colleges are Under Threat, This School is Reinventing Itself [Ep.36]

    Small Colleges are Under Threat, This School is Reinventing Itself [Ep.36]

    A small school facing enrollment challenges and under threat from powerful external forces makes tough choices to reinvent itself. Sound familiar? Think we’re talking about an independent school?

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  • Admission Scandal: Ethics, Consulting & Higher Ed [Ep.35]

    Admission Scandal: Ethics, Consulting & Higher Ed [Ep.35]

    When the college admission scandal broke, Mark Sklarow was inundated with calls.

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  • Pathway to Leadership: A conversation with Reiva Kibbee [Ep.34]

    Pathway to Leadership: A conversation with Reiva Kibbee [Ep.34]

    What is your pathway to leadership? That's a question we dig into in detail with Reiva Kibbee, Director of Enrollment Management at the Oldfields School outside Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Creating a Culture of Retention at Lakefield College School [Podcast Ep.33]

    Creating a Culture of Retention at Lakefield College School [Podcast Ep.33]

    A conversation with David Darby and Heather Avery

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  • School Consolidation: A Roadmap for Successfully Assuming Another Institution [Podcast Ep.32]

    School Consolidation: A Roadmap for Successfully Assuming Another Institution [Podcast Ep.32]

    Are you considering acquiring another school? Do you wonder if your school would be stronger if it became a part of another institution?

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  • Live at ACDC19: The Future of Boarding School Enrollment [Podcast Ep.30]

    Live at ACDC19: The Future of Boarding School Enrollment [Podcast Ep.30]

    When we set out to record a live podcast at our annual conference we were pretty nervous. How would it work to have an unscripted conversation with two industry thought leaders in a live environment?

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  • We Need a Theme Song [Podcast Ep.30.5]

    We Need a Theme Song [Podcast Ep.30.5]

    Are you tired of the stock music that introduces every episode of the podcast? So are we - and we need your help!

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  • Is There an Independent School Tuition Bubble? [Podcast Ep.29]

    Is There an Independent School Tuition Bubble? [Podcast Ep.29]

    How is tuition set each year at your school? Perhaps the board sets a 4% increase at budget season or maybe tuition is benchmarked in relation to local competition?

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  • How to Create a Winning School Brand [Podcast Ep.28]

    How to Create a Winning School Brand [Podcast Ep.28]

    Whether you work at a small school or a larger institution you understand the value of your brand. But how can you leverage your brand to create superfans who internalize the values...

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