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Eyes Wide Shut: Equity and Inclusion in Leadership

Wednesday, October 4, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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As independent school educators, we are acutely aware that the most recent statistics from NAIS tell us that women continue to be underrepresented in headship positions. According to national data, the percentage of women serving in the head of school role has increased by only one percent since 1999. Yet, more than two-thirds of our teaching staff are women. In the corporate world, the disproportionate number of women occupying the C-suite is often explained as a pipeline issue. There are not enough qualified women in the pipeline for corporate America’s leadership to represent gender equity, but in independent schools, the data indicates no problem with our pipeline. 

Presentations about this issue generally focus on personal leadership journeys, the current landscape, and leadership tools women need to acquire to be seen as a viable “non-traditional” candidate. At the 2017 SAIS Annual Conference, Laura Reed and Stephanie Keaney from the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools will take a different approach and lead an interactive session focused on the question, “If we, as independent school leaders, are committed to developing an equitable and inclusive leadership model, what are the principles of good practice that would guide our efforts?” This session will invite both conversation and examination aimed at building a deeper understanding of the variables that contribute to the undeniable intersection between gender and the culture of independent school leadership. 

The value and hope for this collaborative regional opportunity is for all voices to be present: current administrators, trustees, and consultants who are committed to equitable leadership within independent school education. Just as Mother Teresa once said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”

This session will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST at the SAIS Annual Conference. 

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July 24-26, 2018 | Nashville, TN
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October 14, 2018 | Charleston, SC
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