Women + Leadership
Women Rising: Inspiring, Honest, and Empowering Leadership
Since 2010, CATDC has hosted its annual Women + Leadership Conference to inspire independent school women to grow and develop as leaders in their personal and professional lives. Women + Leadership is an affinity space that is welcoming and respectful of all women of all backgrounds, including trans women and those who are nonbinary, and gender non-conforming.
Conference: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Optional Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join the California Teacher Development Collaborative at the 11th annual Southern California Women + Leadership Conference in-person once again! This powerful event brings together women educators from schools throughout the region to celebrate our journeys and strengthen our individual and collective impact.
Focusing on the theme Women Rising: Inspiring, Honest, and Empowering Leadership, this year’s conference will explore how women leaders can cultivate sisterhood, and foster compassion and connection to support collective well-being and realize critical change.
We will hear from women about the paths they have forged to become visionary leaders and how we can all be more courageous agents of change. There will also be the opportunities to share stories and make connections with other women educators at all stages of their own leadership journeys, learn new skills to foster growth, and plan to make a difference.
Featured Presenters and Activities:
- Keynote: Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). SOLA is the first and only boarding school for Afghan girls, operating in Kabul from 2016 through the summer of 2021 and now in Rwanda, where SOLA has reestablished its operations and students have resumed their studies.
- Experiential activities to facilitate connections, develop new skills, and inspire us to take action
- Time for reflection and restoration
- A hosted-happy hour from 3:00 - 4:00pm for continued discussion and networking
At CATDC, we acknowledge that the feminist movement has a history of exclusion and marginalization. We want to break out of that pattern by adopting a definition of women that is gender-inclusive and gender-expansive, and one that challenges white supremacy. Women + Leadership is an affinity space that is welcoming and respectful of all women of all backgrounds, including trans women and those who are nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and any others who identify as a woman in a way that is significant to them.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh is the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). SOLA is the first and only boarding school for Afghan girls, operating in Kabul from 2016 through the summer of 2021 and the Taliban’s return to power. That August, Shabana led the evacuation of her entire school community from Afghanistan to Rwanda, where SOLA has reestablished its operations and its students have resumed their studies.
Shabana is a magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College and earned her Master in Public Policy from Oxford University; she also holds honorary doctorates from SOAS University of London and Cedar Crest College. In 2019, Forbes named her to their 30 Under 30 Asia list as a social entrepreneur; in 2021, she joined the Washington Post’s Global Opinions page as a contributing columnist.
DR. TASHON MCKEITHAN
Mayfield Senior School
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
CATDC and The Garland Hotel will be working together to do all we can to ensure your health and safety during the Conference, monitoring closely nationwide, state, and local updates and recommendations. We ask that you do not attend if you are infected with Covid, have Covid symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who is infected in the last 10 days.
All participants of in-person programming need to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and show a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card (with booster or boosters) before attending. A venue may require additional protocols which we will communicate to you as soon as possible.
Given the nature of our in-person programs which gather individuals together from a variety of schools and regions, CATDC may also require or strongly recommend masking indoors and/or testing on a program-by-program basis. Any updated recommendations or requirements will be communicated to participants in a timely fashion prior to a program or session. All Covid-related refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.
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