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Why CEPA? 

"As the times are new, so we must think anew." This is just as true today as when Abraham Lincoln wrote it over a century ago. Where will our next generation of leaders come from? Will they be prepared to deal with international challenges? Preparing visionary leaders is key in this era of globalization. You are invited to share your creative ideas and strategies for developing "Futuristic Leadership."

The Vision

CEPA was founded and developed in 1995 by Dr. Rodriguez. It is an innovative approach for developing instructional leaders through ethical, interdisciplinary and international leadership. CEPA embraces vision, risk, and change for the new millennium for creating a cadre of qualified leaders to carry out new collaborative initiatives.

Goals and Objectives

CEPA provides an opportunity for leaders to learn to be visionary, become risk-takers, and break away from the old paradigm to make positive changes. Through CEPA qualities and skills are gained for a strong foundation of leadership: relentless drive to improve education, a deep sense of integrity and inner strength, and the ability to initiate a dynamic interchange of ideas with others dedicated to a common mission & philosophy.

Commitment is What Transforms a Promise into Reality

As we begin to redefine the leadership direction that we take, we must ask important questions such as: What are the experiences that are needed to nurture leadership? How do we develop responsible leadership as well as empower and mentor our future leaders? How do we train leaders to project into the future and stay focused on their vision?



The first CEPA conference was held in Long Beach, California in 1995. Delegates attending CEPA conferences are from academic, business, the military, as well as government and civic leaders. Outreach efforts have attracted doctoral students, from all fields of endeavor, representing colleges and universities throughout the nation, Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.


The first Memorandums-of-Understanding (MOU) were signed with the following colleges and universities in 2001, followed by the universities and Ministries of Education in Latin America:



The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania
California State Universit, Long Beach
Long Beach City College
Universidad de El Salvador
Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador
Universidad Politécnica de El Salvador
Academia Nacional de Seguridad Pública de El Salvador
Universidad Católica de Honduras
Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras
Ministerio de Educación de Honduras

In 2013, MOUs were signed with:



Our Lady of the Lake University
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Texas A&M University - San Antonio


Proclamations have been received from:


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, California
Ministerio de Educacion El Salvador, El Salvador, Latin America
City of Corpus Cristi, Texas
City of San Antonio, Texas


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Keynote addresses and presentations by leading thinkers and scholars throughout thhe Americas have graced the agenda of CEPA conferences, forums, and seminars. Some of these futuristic leaders and scholars have includee:

The Honorable Bill Jones, California's
Secretary of State

The Honorable Stephen Horn, Congressman
United States House of Representatives
California 38th District

The Honorable John Vasconcellos
California State Senator, 13th District

The Honorable Richard G. Polanco
California State Senator, 22nd District

The Honorable Marco A. Firebaugh
California State Assemblyman, 50th District

Dr. Richard A. Kruse, President
The Society of Educators and Scholars

Dr. Robert C. Maxson, President
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. E. Jan Kehoe, Superintendent and President
Long Beach Community College Distrit

Lieutenant General Donald M. Campbell, Jr., Commanding General
Fort Hood and III Corps

Major General John L. Scott, Commanding General
63rd Regional Support Command, United States Army

Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Angela Salinas
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texasy

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His Excellency Jaime Guzman Morales
General de División
Ministro De La Defensa Nacional
República de El Salvador

Her Excellency Dra. Evelyn Jacir de Lovo
Ministra de Educación
República de El Salvador

The Honorable Ana Coralia de Morot-Gaudry
Cónsul de la República de El Salvador

Dr. José Benjamín López Guillén, Rector
Universidad de El Salvador

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CEPA is organizaed to promote instructional leadership and civic educational initiatives to sustain a democratic society.

Ethical Leadership ~~~~~Interdisciplinary Leadership~~~~~ International Leadership!

A New Brand of Leadership

CEPA was developed in response to the urgent need for improving instructional leadership. It is an innovative and bold leadership initiative with an emphasis on developing future instructional leaders through collaborative arrangements and partnerships among educators and other professionals. The CEPA platform for effective leadership encompasses three major components: (a) collaborative decision-making using democratic principles, (b) interdisciplinary leadership, and (c) international leadership.

CEPA has inspired participants to become their own leaders--not simply to follow, but to ask questions, challenge authority, defy orthodoxy, and lead lives of integrity. Participants are mentored in the design and development of their vision for bringing about change. They are encouraged to become focused and passionate in guiding instructional programs. Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be. CEPA is developing an organizational cultural change where leadership is viewed as power with people, not over people. CEPA promotes the idea that emerging leaders measure themselves by the vision of the future.

Collaborative Partnerships and Outreach

CEPA is preparing leaders with bold and adventurous ideas who (a) possess the passion to take vision to implementation, (b) who can initiate a dynamic interchange of ideas with other professionals and disciplines dedicated to a common mission and philosophy, and (c) who can listen and capture the imagination of those who also want to contribute creative and innovative ideas for a shared vision of the future--the second component of CEPA.

CEPA outreach initiatives are also intended for increasing mutual understanding between nations. International conferences strengthen the ties which unite us by demonstrating educational and cultural interests, development, and our collective achievements--the third component of CEPA.

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Benifits of CEPA conferences include

  • National and International Exposure, Networking and Outreach Opportunities
  • Involvement with Political Officials and Prominent Individuals from Academia, as well as Business, Civic, Law Enforcement, and Military Leaders
  • Attendant Positive Recognition and Publicity
  • A Natural Forum to Discuss a New Vision on Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Increased Communication and Building on a Cooperative Approach for Continued Dialogue, and Information Exchange
  • Access/Links to the CEPA Consortium and other Organizations Broadening Collaborative Horizon
  • Commitment to Mutual Support to Establish a Common Ground for Future Working Relationships



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Fred Rodríguez can be contacted at