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2018 Conference: Featured Presenters

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Women Leading Education Across Continents: Lifting Leaders from Here to There
Dr. Helen Sobehart

My strong belief - everyone has leadership capacity. If you believe that, you can not only lift leaders professionally but lift leaders who were not thought of as leaders, lift leaders over whom you seemingly have no influence, lift leaders when you don't even know you are lifting them, and lift leaders globally despite what some would call barriers such as culture, language, or religion. If you don't believe that, nothing wonderful can come from this discussion. (Paraphrasing Dickens.) I'll share a few stories and principles during our time together that range from lifting up an academically challenged child when I was only 11 to co-founding Women Leading Education Across Continents (WLE) with AASA and UCEA to lift up and share the untold stories, practices and research by/for women representing countries across the globe. There will be a video, written information as well as time for Q&A. You will hopefully leave inspired by the WLE motto, originally written by 12th century Hildegard of Bingen, often considered the first feminist, "The woman was in the flame but not consumed by it. Rather it flowed from her!"

Courageous Leadership
Dr. Tracey Severns

Leading a school or district to higher levels of achievement requires courage, especially if the leader is a woman.  During this highly interactive and introspective session, participants will examine the unique role that courage plays in female educational leadership.  Topics will include why women find it so difficult, what’s at stake, and factors that influence the ability to engage in what Viviane Robinson calls “constructive problem talk” and what Susan Scott refers to as “fierce conversations.”  Together, we will explore the five dimensions of courageous leadership as they apply to women: the courage to question, the courage to listen, the courage to name the "nondiscussables", the courage to "speak truth to power" and the courage to learn.  Resources will be provided to “bring home” what is learned.   

Lead and Lift: A Call for Females to Aspire to the Superintendency
Dr. Emilie Lonardi

Dr. Lonardi, superintendent of Downingtown Area School District, 19-year superintendent of the West York Area School District, strong supporter of Women’s Caucus throughout her entire administrative career, current President of PASA, and the 2014 PA State “Superintendent of the Year” will share her journey to and throughout her superintendent positions.  Learn who lifted her as she aspired to this position and how she lifts others.  She is an inspiring presenter who will motivate you to pursue the superintendency and to mentor others in their pursuit of this journey.