Support for Supporters
SESSION 1: October 20, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm
SESSION 2: January 26, 2023 | 9:00am - 2:00pm
SESSION 3: April 27, 2023 | 9:00am - 2:00pm
ABOUT THIS IN-PERSON ONGOING PROGRAM
The position of Administrative Assistant to the Head of School or Division Head is a unique, complicated, and demanding one, requiring a high degree of professionalism as well as a complex combination of exceptional interpersonal skills, technology know-how, and the ability to manage and track several projects and events simultaneously.
As this administrative support role requires maintaining a high level of confidentiality, those in it can feel particularly isolated from others in the school. This program offers a small, confidential, and welcoming environment designed to foster connections, learning, support, and dialogue with peers who share similar experiences and challenges.
We will pay attention to the continuously changing demands of our roles. There will be time for connecting with new colleagues across the Bay Area, as well as opportunities for participants to share tips and tricks about resources within your more immediate region (North Bay, East Bay, San Francisco, Peninsula, South Bay). Along with guest speakers and readings, we will incorporate time to problem solve, share know-how and resources, request practical feedback or suggestions, or just simply laugh about our jobs.
This year's ongoing program will be in person and consist of three 5-hour workshops. Each session will focus on a different theme, with a guest speaker, and time to connect and problem solve. Meetings will be tailored to the needs and interests of our current participants. Our first meeting will allow time to reacquaint or get to know one another. Topics may include boundary setting, self-advocacy, delegation, leadership, tech resources, and self-care.
This program is for executive assistants, administrative assistants, and anyone serving in a support role at a school.
"I so appreciated the support from the group, and the feeling of camaraderie among the participants. I found the technology tools and resources that people shared very helpful."
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Violet Borowski has worked since 2012 at San Francisco Friends School, where she wears many hats and contributes to various aspects of school life in the role of Assistant to the Head of School. She is a graduate of CSU San Bernardino and has worked in the field of education for over ten years, with previous experience as an assistant teacher and Executive Assistant. Violet is passionate about providing support to fellow “supporters” and has been a facilitator with CATDC since 2017. She calls San Francisco home with her husband and daughter. When she’s not multitasking in the office or placing food orders, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the city.
Katherine Preston, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is currently the mental health specialist for the San Francisco Friends School. She also maintains a private practice in San Francisco, including providing clinical consultation to other mental health professionals. She has held many clinical leadership positions overseeing and providing clinical training and supervision for therapeutic school-based services. Before becoming a therapist she was an executive assistant to two CEO's at a tech start-up, and has intermittently held administrative positions in HR and accounting over the years.
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.