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Online conference elevates the voices of women in education

March 29, 2021
Join women in education for a one-day virtual conference that is sure to empower attendees to be bold and courageous leaders.
The third annual Sisterhood Leadership Symposium will be online Saturday, May 15, and offers an opportunity to check-in with colleagues and friends and discuss issues facing women in school leadership. Guided by the theme “R3: Re-Imagining, Re-Inventing, Re-Designing through Resilient Female Leadership,” this event is co-sponsored by ACSA, California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, and California Association of Asian Pacific Islander Leaders in Education.
The Sisterhood Leadership Symposium is an inclusive space that brings together women in the education profession, women in leadership positions and women leaders seeking to advance their career for a one-day event focusing on leadership, diversity and empowerment.
“In top positions, women continue to face challenges inside institutional structures, systems and mindsets that require transformative change,” said Marguerite Williams, planning committee chair for the event. “According to Julia Rafal-Baer, women make up the vast majority of the education workforce, and based on our count of systems that our members lead, they remain a majority through the ranks of administration and top leadership teams. Yet they represent only about a third of district superintendents and less than half of state chiefs. For women of color, the numbers are even more troubling.”
Although women are underrepresented in all areas of school leadership, more women from many different backgrounds are finding support from their peers and confidence in their abilities to rise to positions in leadership.
“I absolutely loved the supportive and affirmative environment among women! I felt like I gained scores of sisters!”
— Participant in 2020 Sisterhood Leadership Symposium
“When we are intentional about preparing a diverse group of leaders and candidates who have dedicated student-centered visions, we will see more women of color earning executive-level positions,” Williams said. “In this space, we create a sense of community and belonging that empowers women leaders to reach their highest potential. It’s amazing what happens when powerful and empowered women come together to amplify our voices and share our learnings.”
Symposium goals are:
  • Raise the voices of women in the profession.
  • Share and promote work-life balance of women.
  • Explore pathways to leadership.
  • Provide educational learning opportunities related to an equity-driven culture.
  • Understand the importance of an executive presence.
Session content addresses relevant topics within the education field and provides practical tools and resources for attendees to implement at work right away. The agenda also includes opportunities to connect with peers, such as during a virtual coffee talk.
Attendees had positive feedback about the last year’s online Sisterhood Leadership Symposium.
“I absolutely loved the supportive and affirmative environment among women!” wrote one attendee. “I felt like I gained scores of sisters!”
Sisterhood Leadership Symposium
What: One-day online conference to elevate women in education.
When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 Cost: $99 ACSA/CAAASA/CALSA/CAAPLE members Register:
Now accepting proposals for presenters! Submit your proposal to present at the Sisterhood Leadership Symposium by Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. Find information on strands and how to submit your proposal at the link above.
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