Women Rising: Honing Your Leadership Skills
Whether you are a classroom teacher, dean, department chair or aspiring Head of School, as women we often navigate particular challenges when it comes to leadership. Much of the recent discussion in the media revolves around “ leaning in,” “bridging the confidence gap” and navigating glass ceilings. How much of this resonates with you? As women in independent schools, we have opportunities to shape our school cultures and lead with clarity and compassion and we are often navigating our own choices as colleagues, partners and parents. This on-going group will explore some of the current trends and latest research and its application to our work in schools. We will also allow group members to practice and refine the skills needed to be the best school leaders possible.
Topics will include:
- How do you define your leadership style and vision? Get clarity!
- What are the strategies and skills needed to effectively lead a group, department, or division? What can you do to increase your own skills in these areas?
- How can you project your best authentic self? How can you communicate effectively and clearly? We will practice public speaking and presentations for a full day with the outstanding public speaking organization, “Stand and Deliver,” on February 6th.
- Bridging the role of colleague and supervisor: How to lead with compassion and kindness, and still make those difficult decisions.
This group is open to anyone interested in gender and leadership—teachers, administrators and those aspiring to change their role or style in some way. The spirit and connection of this group is part of its power. Pairs/small groups will work together to allow participants to focus on an area or challenge of interest and to share personal/professional case studies on topics of choice.
Meeting dates (proposed): September 26, October 20, December 5, February 6, March 19
Meeting times: Sept 26, 12:30-4:00; Oct 20, Dec 11, and Mar 19, 8:30-12:00; Feb 6, 8:30-5:00
Location: The Bay School, San Francisco (October 20th meeting will be held at Head-Royce School)
Cost: $1450 per participant; ($2100 for non-members)