• Dr. Boglárka Kiss

    Problem solver | Educational Leader | Musician

    Welcome to my professional e-portfolio! I am passionate about creating transformative artistic and learning experiences for individuals and groups, and building organizational practices that place equity and student success at the core of institutional culture.

  • About me

    My professional journey so far


    My path as a creative and collaborative problem solver

    As the subsequent pages illustrate, I have a diverse background, and I have worn many professional hats. The underlying constant in my life, aside from my values, has been my work as a professional musician. Music has taught me (almost) everything: From disciplined and methodical hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit, to collaborative, presentation, problem-solving, and leadership skills, being a classical flutist has provided me with many tools demanded in today's workplace.


    Acquiring solid musical skills requires dedication and perseverance. Musicians are natural conceptual thinkers: We recognize patterns, distill complex ideas, and make decisions, be it in the practice room, while teaching, or on stage.


    Music is our tool for communication, and our effectiveness depends on how well we listen, react to, and collaborate with others, and how well we present ourselves on stage.


    Musicians work well alone as well as in teams: Ideally, we practice on our own, and come together in rehearsals and performances. In the latter two settings, we collaborate, lead, and follow one another, depending on what the musical moment demands.


    Music keeps me humble: As a musician, I am but a conduit in a long tradition, passing on the art form to the next generation to the best of my abilities. Music has been the constant companion in my life, even if it is sometimes not as visible as my other activities. What remains visible are the skills honed in music that I use every day in my other professional endeavors:


    As a leader and problem solver, I collaborate with others and analyze situations, look for patterns, strategize, make decisions, and develop and implement creative solutions. When appropriate, I employ management concepts and tools such as Lean Six Sigma and Project Management to find solutions in the field of higher education.


    As an educator, I work and problem solve with college students and faculty and staff. I lead meetings and classes, and design and deploy new projects. I provide expert advice on and oversee the transferable curriculum of an entire college, developing and maintaining accurate databases. In the classroom and flute studio, I analyze, distill, and share complex ideas. I accompany students on their intellectual journeys, mentoring and empowering them along the way.

  • Projects

    Work I am proud of

    Strategy, leadership, program design and management

    Skills used: Collaborative, conceptual, leadership, organizational, research

    Structural transformation of community colleges: strategic support for eight community colleges to improve student outcomes.

    Community-engaged learning: program vision and strategic plan development, budget forecasting, program expansion, faculty training

    Professional development for faculty

    California community college civic stewardship initiative

    College curriculum management: oversight of all transferable courses at a college, data system redesign, campus-wide curriculum-related professional development design and deployment, redesign of public communication channels; co-development of programs such as music entrepreneurship; development and deployment of course curricula

    Management consulting: nonprofit arts, tech, and healthcare

    Lean Six Sigma and project management (PMI) applications in higher education

    Research, publications, teaching

    Skills used: Research, collaborative, conceptual

  • Skills and Values

    Expertise I have developed over the years | Ideas I cherish

    Collaborative and leadership

    Manage programs, make decisions

    Empower and supervise others

    Provide direction, model commitment

    Facilitate group work, delegate tasks
    Work as part of a team

    Teach and share knowledge

    Advise, mentor, coach

    Projects: Program design and oversight, strategy, teaching


    Think analytically

    Recognize patterns

    Connect ideas and people

    Distill complex issues

    Design data-informed processes

    Teach and share knowledge

    Projects: Research, strategy, program design and development, teaching


    Form hypotheses

    Gather, manage, analyze data

    Synthesize findings

    Draw logical conclusions

    Communicate findings

    Projects: Research and publications


    Strategize and identify alternatives

    Initiate projects

    Solve problems

    Develop programs

    Turn thoughts into action

    Projects: Strategy, program design, teaching

    I value...






    I'm happy...

    ...when my work and beliefs are in harmony.

    ...in a flexible setting where I have autonomy.

    ...to collaborate with creative people,

    ...when I learn and grow personally.

  • Organizations

    ...where I've had the privilege to work

    Stanford University

    Projects with Stanford Live, the Haas Center for Public Service, Civic Stewardship Initiative for Community Colleges, Stanford CARTA

    Strategic plan development, budget control/projection and grant awards, design thinking, curriculum redesign, relationship building, research projects: qualitative and mixed methods, action research, focus groups

    McKinsey & Company

    Management consulting

    Strategic advice in nonprofit arts, healthcare, tech

    Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges

    Strategic leadership and collaboration, centered on student equity and success

    Multi-faceted guidance to help colleges achieve fundamental transformation of mindset and operations to reach the Vision for Success using the Guided Pathways framework.

    Pasadena City College

    Teaching, leadership, curriculum oversight

    Oversight and leadership of all transferable courses, curriculum development and review, learning resources and assessment, design and deployment of professional development programs for faculty, college governance (senate and committees), classroom and flute instruction, mentor students and junior faculty

  • Education

    Degrees, certifications, memberships

    Stanford University

    M.A. Education--Policy, Organization, Leadership Studies

    Higher education policy, administration, and leadership, community colleges, nonprofit leadership and management

    Boston University

    Historical and action research

    University of California, Irvine

    M.F.A. Music Performance

    Flute performance--studies with James Newton

    Whittier College

    B.A. Economics

    International and labor economics, industrial organization

    Lean Six Sigma (IASSC, CSSC)

    Certified Green Belt Professional

    Data-driven performance improvement, problem solving

    Project Management Institute

    Certified Associate in Project Management

    Principles, practices, and ethics of project management


    Professional organizations

    Association of California Community College Administrators

    American Federation of Musicians, local 47

    National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

    College Music Society

    National Association for Music Education

    International Society for Music Education

    Omicron Delta Kappa--honor society in leadership and service

    Omicron Delta Epsilon--honor society in economics

    Mu Phi Epsilon--honor society in music

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    Let's get to know each other and find ways to collaborate