​Women in Education Leadership Summit

Visionary Leadership Summit

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Address issues and raise your leadership capacity in this four-day, intensive leadership summit.

Educators face an array of challenges that have only intensified thes past a few years. The pandemic put stress and pressure on faculty, administrators, and students like never before. Education leaders are faced with maintaining high-level programs in the wake of continued budget cuts, motivating and connecting with today's generation of students, fostering emotional wellness, balancing the demands of work life and home life, and finding time for continued personal and professional development.

The Women in Education Leadership Summit is open to all, regardless of gender

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The Summit's purpose is two-fold:

To provide education leaders with the tools, perspectives, and understanding necessary to effectively meet the challenges that they face in their workplace;

To develop both personal and professional capacity for leaders to thrive in all areas of their lives, and build resilience to get through difficult times.

The Summit will focus on:

Fostering environments of equity, inclusion, and belonging; Resolving conflict across difference; Remaining calm and confident in uncertain times;

Deepening your self-awareness on the triggers and barriers that get in your way; Creating more meaningful connections with colleagues and direct reports

Individualized Approach

WELS is not about giving answers to leaders. It's about developing people's capacities to respond to current education-related challenges. We help leaders to better understand their values and their personal tendencies when relating to others. The Summit consists of a variety of activities-including value card exercises, paper/pencil self-assessments, ethical dilemmas, drawing activities, acting workshops, and motivational speakers. All participants complete a 360 survey and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and receive personal coaching based on survey results. Through this approach, WELS helps leaders to formulate their own visions for change and to implement solutions appropriately.

Leadership Education

USD is at the forefront of leadership education. In 1980, it founded the first doctoral program of leadership in the United States. The Summit is staffed by professors from USD's School of Leadership and Educational Sciences with research expertise in women leadership and higher education issues, as well as established experts in leadership development who many years of practical expertise in the field. Summit activities address themes such as leaders as learners, data-based decisions, integrated and strategic planning, viewing campus cultures as systems, multi-cultural aspects of leadership, student success strategies, ethics, and current college and university issues.

The Learning Community

One of the best aspects of this summit is the strong community of leaders who will join you on your journey. WELS brings together leaders from all sectors of education. You will learn from each other and mutually foster connection and support. Small group activities are designed to create intimate conversation where you can share experiences and insights with one another. Using all that technology has to offer, including breakout rooms and engaging online platforms, WELS maximizes the effectiveness and versatility of the online space. 

Program Objectives

  • Develop educational leaders who are both authentic and visionary, collaborative and creative.
  • Help women leaders develop a strong sense of self and value so they may advocate for what they believe in and for what their students need most. 
  • Encourage women leaders to develop habits of awareness and reflection to aid them both personally and professionally.
  • Create a community of support where ideas, challenges, and solutions can be shared.

The demands and pressures on school leaders are growing. You are required to be something more than an educator. Today’s students need you to think creatively, address issues that go beyond the classroom walls, and lead with a willingness to take risks. 

One thing we know: the visionary voice of educational leaders is needed more than ever. Courageous leaders in K-12 are needed more than ever. Your faculty need you. Your students need you. The community needs you. Our students are facing a world unlike any other, and this demands our highest potential. 
 
From addressing mental health and anxiety in youth and teens to helping students develop character and appreciate diversity, to preparing students to take AP exams, your skillset needs to reach far and wide. In this time of educational peril, we can’t afford to let our best leaders burn out.

Who Should Attend

The Women in Education Leadership Summit is designed for any school leader who wants to deepen her understanding of leadership, raise her own skillset, and better connect with others to make a difference and move her campus forward. 

  • Principals, Heads of Schools, and Deans: Those in upper-level administration who want to raise their leadership capacity and learn skills and strategies to better serve their community.
  • Directors: Women who run programs and departments, make big decisions, need to collaborate across campus groups, and move important initiatives forward
  • Faculty: Women in the classroom who want to deepen their ability to create an environment that fosters learning and connects with their students and families in more meaningful ways.

How Does the Summit Prepare Women Leaders?

Individualized Approach

WELS is not about giving answers to leaders. It's about developing people's capacities to respond to current education-related challenges. We help leaders to better understand their values, their patterns, and their personal tendencies when relating to others. Leaders will explore their own abilities to recognize core issues and think creatively about possible solutions, learning to lead with hope in the most trying times. The Summit consists of a variety of activities-including value card exercises, paper/pencil self-assessments, ethical dilemmas, drawing activities, acting workshops, and visionary speakers. We explore the pressing issues and how to create an environment we all deserve. All participants complete a Leadership Circle® 360 survey and receive personal coaching based on survey results. Through this approach, WELS helps leaders to formulate their own visions for change and to implement solutions appropriately.

Leadership Education

USD is at the forefront of leadership education. In 1980, it founded the first doctoral program of leadership in the United States. The Summit is staffed by top faculty and education experts from USD's School of Leadership and Educational Sciences, all of who have research expertise in women leadership and current education issues. The summit staff is made up of established experts in leadership development with many years of practical expertise in the field. Summit activities address themes such as leaders as learners, data-based decisions, integrated and strategic planning, viewing campus cultures as systems, and student success strategies. 

The Learning Community

WELS brings together visionary leaders from education who are ready to rise up and provide new possibilities to their campus communities. This is a community of women who believe it’s possible for education to work for us all. With opportunities for interaction through small and large group activities, we encourage our participants to share their experiences and insights with one another, creating a powerful cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration. We also encourage our participants to go on outings with other participants and to take advantage of the beautiful San Diego area to build up their networks. You will engage with other women leaders in a space that integrates personal and professional wellness, leadership skills and strategies, and personal awareness. THE TIME IS NOW: YOU are someone who wants to lead the world forward. You dream of bigger… of a better system where your students can thrive. Join us: Evolve your leadership. Evolve education. Evolve the world.

Program Objectives

  • Develop educational leaders who are both authentic and visionary, collaborative and creative.
  • Help women leaders develop a strong sense of self and value so they may advocate for what they believe in and for what their students need most. 
  • Encourage women leaders to develop habits of awareness and reflection to aid them both personally and professionally.
  • Create a community of support where ideas, challenges, and solutions can be shared.

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(The schedule will be posted closer to the event)

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