06/21/2019 by Carney Sandoe Staff | Thought Leadership
Focus on Women in Leadership
This spring, Carney, Sandoe & Associates shined a light on women in school leadership.
In 2018-2019, only 36% of heads of school are female (source: NAIS).
Yes, you read that correctly. The shortage of women in the leadership pipeline at independent schools is alarming. Our schools are full of strong women who are dedicating their lives to educating children, yet research shows that the majority of leadership roles are filled by males. And leadership roles aside, research also tells us that most women don't see themselves as equal in skill or potential as their male counterparts, and often don't step up to grow their careers.
To draw attention to this issue and to celebrate inspiring female leaders, members of our Search and Consulting Group, as well as current and former female heads of school, shared their stories of leadership, mentorship, and their professional journeys.
We hope educators everywhere are inspired and motivated by these individuals and that schools continue to attract, nurture, and retain female leaders.
CS&A’s Statement on Women in Leadership
As a leader in placement and search services for independent schools, Carney, Sandoe & Associates pledges itself to increasing the number of women in leadership roles as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We believe in the importance of this work because our schools and their students benefit when leadership teams represent a balance in terms of gender. Historically, the percentage of women represented in those teams—especially at the head of school level—has remained at an unacceptably low level (with the exception of schools for girls).
As we work with candidates, trustees, search committees, school leaders, and partner organizations, we will strive to find new ways to increase the number of women candidates and placements in traditionally underrepresented roles.
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