2018 Women’s Institute Schedule

Thursday, June 7

6:00-8:00 p.m.  −  Welcome Reception at the Battery Wharf Hotel Harborview Ballroom

Friday, June 8

7:15-8:00 a.m.  −  Check-In and Breakfast (provided)

8:00-9:30  −  Keynote Speaker Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Co-founder and President of the School of Leadership Afghanistan

9:45-11:00  −  Session Block 1

“The Glass Cage” – Avenues for Advancement
Presented by: Gabriella Rowe (Leader), Danette Morton, and Lori Strauss
How are we as women unconsciously hindering our influence? How do we challenge middle leaders to take the next step? This discussion will examine ways to help women succeed, navigate challenges, and handle the demands of career advancement without sacrificing aspirations outside the workplace.

“I AM”
Presented by: Sandra “Chap” Chapman (Leader), Dyann Connor, Kristi Hemmer, and Priscilla Morales
What does it mean to be a woman in your school? What does it mean to be a woman of color in your school? How do you distinguish yourself? How can we dismantle racism and sexism? This session will examine gender, race, and identity within our school communities and the role microaggressions play in our daily lives.

11:00-11:15  −  Morning Break

11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  −  “It Takes a Village” – Fostering Mentorships: For Women and Allies

Being your own advocate is a key to success. We all need allies as we navigate our careers. Women often struggle in this arena, striving for guidance but not knowing where to turn. Mentoring entails planting, watering, feeding, and pruning. You have to foster the relationship. In this panel we will explore allyship and mentorship. What does it mean to have a male mentor as a female? How can men be better mentors to women? How is it done appropriately?

The discussion will be led by three CS&A Search Consultants: Ann Teaff (Former Head of Harpeth Hall), Bill Christ (Former Head of Hathaway Brown), and Peter O’Neill (Former Head of Garrison Forest School). They will share their experiences as Heads of all-girls schools, the mentees who shaped their careers, and provide time for attendees to ask questions of this panel of experts.

12:30-1:15  −  Lunch (provided)

1:30-2:45  −  Session Block 2

“A Woman’s Worth” – The Art of Negotiating
Presented by: Barbara Daush and Caryn Pass
Are you an expert at the “art of no?” According to recent studies, although 57% of women in the United States participate in the labor force, only 32% of working women successfully negotiated their initial salary offer (and the numbers are bleaker for graduating college women – 7% of women reported that they negotiated their initial job offers, compared with 57% of graduating college men). As women continue to make monumental strides as education professionals, the art of negotiation remains a progressively essential skill. This workshop will examine tried and true techniques for learning stronger self-advocacy through effective salary and contract negotiations. How can you ensure that you are best prepared when discussing salary offers? What are some concrete and innovative steps to take in solidifying your professional trajectory through strategic negotiation?

“Give and Take” – Lessons on Effective Feedback
Presented by: Karen Whitaker (Leader), Jennifer Christensen, Kathleen Devaney, Lorry Perry, and Heather Woodcock  
A Women in the Workplace 2016 report from Lean In and McKinsey found that women are just as likely to ask for feedback as their male colleagues. However, they are less likely to get it. The capacity to give and receive feedback is essential in today’s workplace. The most effective members of an organization use feedback to not only develop and adapt themselves to new challenges, but also to develop and support those around them. We will examine ways in which you can authentically give and receive feedback to increase your own effectiveness as well as others.

3:00-4:15  −  “Owning It”

“This is a year of owning who we are. Either own your story and share it or stand outside of it.” ~Viola Davis

This session will serve as group activity using parallel lines. We will come together at the end of the session for those who wish to share lessons learned with the group.

4:30-4:45  −  Closing Address


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