The Team

Christopher Bogden, Ed.D.Christopher Bogden, Ed.D.

Dr. Bogden has been working as the Principal Consultant and founder of LeadershipK-12 since 2004. In this role he has consulted with schools, nonprofits and private companies focusing on the specific mission-driven agendas of these organizations and the people who lead them. He expanded his work internationally in 2009 to assume the role of Project Manager and Special Advisor for the Jeju Global Education City in the Republic of Korea. In this role, he employed his extensive knowledge of all facets of school operations to develop international schools, through thoughtfully crafted public/private partnerships. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Dr. Bogden pursued a career dedicated to school improvement and educational leadership for more than 25 years, directing public schools and school districts across the United States in urban, suburban and rural settings. As a Vice President for Edison Schools, he developed and supervised the operations of charter schools across the Northeast. Dr. Bogden has successful fulltime experience in academia, teaching at the graduate level in teacher preparation and school administration programs, in both traditional and online formats. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees from Cornell University in Biology and Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.D. from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.

Alan Price, J.D.Alan Price, J.D.

Alan Price has a long history of public service and experience in the field of education. He served as a member of the Cambridge School Committee (public school board), the Community Charter School of Cambridge (charter school board), as a delegate to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and donated his services as strategic planning facilitator for the Connecticut State Board of Education. Alan has also been a consultant and strategic advisor to several school districts in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Illinois. He is the author of Ready To Lead? A story for leaders and their mentors (Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2004).

Mr. Price has taught in the MBA program at University of New Haven, the Executive Education Programs of Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the School Superintendent’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He has lectured at the Citadel and the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as the founding Director of the Global Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School. Alan’s passion for cultural immersion began with his own year abroad and homestay experience in Kawaguchi, Japan from 1988 to 1989. Since then, he continues to travel and work around the globe. As a Founder and Director at INSPIRITAS, he is committed to building leadership development into the core of the student experience at INSPIRITAS by creating an effective methodology of Leadership Immersion that is fully integrated with the language and cultural immersion dimensions of a year abroad. Mr. Price has an AB in Economics from Earlham College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Paul SmithPaul Smith
Advisor for Asian Operations
Paul Smith is Advisor for Asian Operations at INSPIRITAS. Paul comes to INPIRITAS with 20 years of international project finance and infrastructure experience. For the last 10 years he has managed and consulted on a wide range of education projects in the UK, Middle East, Kazakhstan, China and South East Asia. His expertise includes project design, start up, managing projects, conducting project due diligence, creating JV structures, building and analysing financial models and investment promotion. Specific projects include; advising managing and closing a $174 million High School Public Private Partnerships in Scotland; managing the sell side in M&A education transaction in Beijing; consulting on project start up for education PPPs in China and Malaysia; developing the project plan for an international university in Cairo; setting out the bankability criteria and drafting the project plan for blended online learning models in the US/China/SEA. Paul has a BA in History from Vanderbilt University, a Masters of Science in Management from Boston University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

advisor-wendy-wuWendy Wu
International Student Advisor

Wendy Wu is an independent educational consultant and college advisor based on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Prior to joining INSPIRITAS, Wendy founded West Meets East Education, LLC that specializes in providing assistance and advisement to international students seeking to study in the United States. She is also an overseas advisor for the Ningbo Hongxiong Overseas Study Service Center in China, specializing in helping Chinese students find the right US schools or colleges and advising families on the admissions process.

Wendy is a Chinese native, whose parents were both college professors. She entered the U.S. as an international student in 2005. During her study in graduate school, she was hired by the University of Hawaii at Hilo as a lecturer to teach Elementary Chinese and to advise independent studies in Chinese Culture and Language. Soon after she graduated, she started in a high-tech company as a Market Research Analyst, concentrating on market research and analytic reporting to determine the business potential of various international markets. In this role, she gained a keen understanding of the social and business cultures in numerous countries including Brazil, Mexico, Germany, France, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and most Asian nations. She employs her broad cultural awareness when advising international students and their families.

Wendy received a B.A. degree from Peking University in English and an M.A. degree from University of Hawaii at Hilo in International Relations and Affairs. She has also received professional training in the Independent Educational Consultant Certification program offered by the University of California Irvine. She regularly visits schools and colleges, participates in educational workshops, committees, and conferences to stay abreast of the latest trends and policy changes.