National Conference on Girls' Education 2014 - Speakers


The National Conference on Girls' Education ©
On the Forefront: Advancing Girls Together
February 7-9, 2014

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Co-hosted by Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN) and National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS)

Dr. JoAnn Deak

POSITION: President, The Deak Group


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PRE-CONFERENCE Fri, Feb 7 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Why the Brain Cannot Truly Multi-Task and What That Means for Teachers and Teaching

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. She especially focuses on working with adults, parents, and teachers in their roles as guides or ‘neurosculptors’ of children. She is interested in how to assess those environmental, school, and family patterns that lead to the healthy development of children and, conversely, those patterns that cause issues, problems, and disabilities. Dr. Deak is the author of the books How Girls Thrive, Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, Fantastic Elastic Brain, and most recently The Owner's Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, which will be the focus of her NCGE 2014 presentation.

Kirsten Gillibrand

POSITION: U.S. Senator (NY)


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Fri, Feb 7 3:30 to 4:00 PM
Off the Sidelines

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), an alumna of NCGS member school Emma Willard, will be the opening keynote speaker at the National Conference on Girls’ Education.

Sen. Gillibrand is committed to helping empower women and girls to make their voices heard and make a difference in their communities. That's why she started Off the Sidelines, as a call to action for women to get more involved in the issues they care about. Whether it’s in the classroom, the boardroom, at the ballot box, or getting elected to political office, Sen. Gillibrand believes the more women’s voices are heard—and the more women that have a seat at the decision-making table—the better the outcomes will be.

Since Sen. Gillibrand launched her Off the Sidelines campaign, she has helped directly raise over a million dollars for women candidates. A figure she is currently working to double. In addition, she has used Off the Sidelines to organize support for a women's economic policy agenda aimed squarely at giving working women and their families a fair shot in the new economy

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Courtney Macavinta

POSITION: Co-Founder and CEO, The Respect Institute


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Fri, Feb 7 4:15 to 5:15 PM
Self-Respect vs. Self-Esteem: Why it Matters More

Courtney Macavinta is Co-Founder and CEO of The Respect Institute (Ri) whose mission is to give youth and their influencers tools to build self-respect so they can end cycles of disrespect and thrive. Courtney is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout, and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where “respect for all” is the status quo. A nationally recognized youth development expert, Courtney is co-author of the best-selling book, RESPECT, and led the creation of groundbreaking self-respect building tools, such as The Respect Basics, used by more than 20,000 youth and their influencers in schools, jails, and prevention/intervention programs around the globe for the past decade. She’s been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue, and others. Additionally she’s been tapped as a resource by the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, and organizations such as the Girl Scouts of the USA. Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified co-active coach (CPCC).

Amy Richards

POSITION: Director of Educational Outreach, MAKERS


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Fri, Feb 7 6:00 to 7:30 PM
MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Amy Richards is the author of three best-selling books on contemporary feminist issues: Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism & the Future; Grassroots; and Opting In. Her writings have also appeared in The New York Times, Ms., Bust, and The Nation, among other publications. She is the co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation and a founding board member of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and She is frequent media guest appearing on shows from Fox’s O’Reilly to Oprah. For MAKERS, Amy was involved with both the permanent archive of women’s stories and the PBS three-hour documentary and currently oversees the educational initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College.

Sheryl WuDunn

POSITION: Business Executive and Best-selling Author


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Sat, Feb 8 8:00 to 9:15 AM
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author. Currently, she is a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities (MMS), an investment banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets. She was a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in fall 2011.

She is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe, published in 2009 by Knopf and featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report and other network television shows. Ms. WuDunn also helped launch the development of the Half the Sky multimedia effort – creating a thoughtful, effective philanthropic strategy that includes an online social game and a documentary series.

With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, she has co-authored two other best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. Ms. WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize with her husband for covering China, along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She has also won other journalism prizes, including the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club awards. Ms. WuDunn has also won a White House Project EPIC award, and she has been a judge for the State Department “Secretary’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment.” Additional awards she has won include the Asia Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize, among others. In 2011, Newsweek cited Ms. WuDunn as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

John E. Chubb

POSITION: President, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)


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Sat, Feb 8 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Independent Schools: A Growth Industry

John E. Chubb began his tenure as the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) on July 1, 2013. NAIS provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S.

Prior to joining NAIS, Chubb was interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit think tank, and a founder and CEO of Leeds Global Partners, an international education services and consulting firm. He also co-founded Edison Learning, Inc., a pioneering education management organization. He has advised numerous foundations on education policy and has testified at hearings on Capitol Hill.

Chubb was a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution from 1984-1992, and has served as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, since 1999, where he is also a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. Earlier in his career, Chubb taught at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton universities.

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Education Next, Public Interest, and American Political Science Review have featured Chubb’s writing and he has authored numerous books.

Chubb received his B.A. degree in political science, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Linda J. Sax

POSITION: Professor of Education, UCLA


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Sat, Feb 8 10:45 to 11:45 AM
The Gender Gap in STEM: Progress and Challenges Between 1971-2011

Linda J. Sax is Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. She teaches graduate courses in research methodology, evaluation of higher education, and gender issues in higher education. Her research focuses on gender differences in college student development, specifically how institutional characteristics, peer and faculty environments, and forms of student involvement differentially affect male and female college students. She is currently studying issues related to women in STEM and the experiences of students and faculty at women’s colleges through grants from the National Science Foundation and the Women’s College Coalition. Dr. Sax is the author of more than 70 publications, including The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men (Jossey-Bass, 2008), and is the recipient of the 2005 Scholar-in-Residence Award from the American Association of University Women and the 1999 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Rachel Simmons

POSITION: Co-Founder, Girls' Leadership Institute


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Sat, Feb 8 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Girls, Guts, and Gumption: A Primer

Rachel is an internationally acclaimed author and educator. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel develops programs for girls, parents, and educators that empower girls to be emotionally intelligent, assertive young adults. Rachel was the host of the PBS special “A Girl’s Life.” She is a Vassar College graduate, and won a Rhodes Scholarship from New York and attended Oxford University, where she began studying female aggression. She has appeared on “Oprah” and is a regular expert on the “Today” show.

Dr. Rosemary C. Salomone

POSITION: Kenneth Wang Professor of Law, St. John's University


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Sat, Feb 8 1:45 to 2:45 PM
Why the ACLU is Right and Wrong on Single-Sex Schooling and Why it Matters

Rosemary Salomone is the Kenneth Wang Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. She has lectured internationally and published extensively on education law and policy and children's rights. In addition to her most recent book, True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children (Harvard University Press), she also is the author of Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling (Yale University Press) (selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2005" by Choice Magazine), Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common Education (Yale University Press), and Equal Education Under Law: Legal Rights and Federal Policy in the Post "Brown" Era (St. Martin's Press). She is a frequent commentator on education law and policy issues in the United States and Europe and is currently writing a book examining citizenship, globalization, and schooling in the United States, Britain, and France.

Prior to joining the St. John's faculty, she was an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a lecturer in Harvard's Institute for Educational Management. She also served for ten years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York. She is a former chair of the Section on Education Law of the Association of American Law Schools and of the Education and the Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she served on the Council on Children. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and of the American Bar Foundation.

Dr. Leslie Mancuso

POSITION: President and CEO, Jhpiego


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Sat, Feb 8 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Girls Helping Women and Girls Worldwide

Dr. Leslie Mancuso is the President and CEO of Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization that is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked with front-line health workers to design and implement low-cost, innovative solutions to prevent the needless death of women and their families. Dr. Mancuso’s vision is rooted in her belief that Jhpiego must develop sustainability—the capacity of countries to create a well-prepared network of health care professionals and a strong health system that they can build upon to care for themselves.

Dr. Mancuso, a nurse by training, is a recognized international business leader with a track record of success in bringing accountability and navigating changes in the international nonprofit world. Dr. Mancuso has over 25 years of experience in developing public/private partnerships with organizations such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Laerdal Medical, GE Foundation, USAID, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Mancuso was appointed as Jhpiego’s President and CEO following a 13-year career with Project HOPE, where she served as COO and then as Acting CEO.

Dr. Mancuso has been the recipient of many prestigious business and professional awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Smart CEO BRAVA Business Women Achievement Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute, the Baltimore Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award and the Maryland Top 100 Women Award.

Dr. Mancuso received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, a doctoral degree in Education/Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Irshad Manji

POSITION: Director, Moral Courage Project


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Sat, Feb 8 4:15 to 5:15 PM
How to Turn Girls Into Gutsy Global Citizens: Q&A with Irshad Manji, Professor of Moral Courage, New York University

Irshad Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. The winner of Oprah's first Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction," Irshad teaches a new generation to become gutsy global citizens. She's all about impact: Girl Talk HQ describes her Moral Courage TV as "the YouTube channel that will actually make you a better person." Irshad came to her calling after her international bestselling book, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. Her latest book, Allah, Liberty and Love, is a guide to reconciling faith and freedom in a world raging with repressive dogmas. In-between, Irshad created the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear.

Peggy Klaus

POSITION: President, Klaus & Associates


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Sun, Feb 9 8:00 to 9:30 AM
BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It

You may have seen Peggy Klaus on Nightline, the Today Show, and 20/20 or read her advice in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and O magazine. You may know her as the “brag lady” or—as one newspaper called her—a "bragologist” because of her popular book, BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It (Hachette Books Group, Hardcover 2003, Paperback 2004). Or you may know Klaus for the soft skills savvy she promotes in her second tome, The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner (Collins, January 2008).

For more than a decade Klaus has provided communication and leadership training programs, keynotes, and executive coaching at leading corporations and organizations worldwide. Her client list reads like a who’s who of Fortune 500 companies, including firms such as JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard, Computer Associates, Chevron Corporation, Deloitte, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, The National Football League, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, American Express, Mattel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Kaiser Permanente, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, among others. She also has served as a lecturer at Harvard University; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gayatri Devi, M.D.

POSITION: Director, The New York Memory & Healthy Aging Services


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Sun, Feb 9 9:45 to 10:45 AM
Getting to a Calm Brain

Gayatri Devi, MD, FACP, FAAN, Director of The New York Memory & Healthy Aging Services, also serves as Clinical Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine and as an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is a board certified neurologist with additional board certifications in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology.

Dr. Devi has specialized in the early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders related to aging and menopause for 18 years. She serves as an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital of New York City.

Dr. Devi completed her training at SUNY Downstate and after serving as Chief Resident of Neurology, she was a Behavioral Neurology Fellow at Columbia University. She was then Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook and Director of the Long Island Alzheimer's Disease Center. Before starting the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, Dr. Devi was Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University and Director of the Memory Disorders Center at the Center for Women's Health at Columbia Presbyterian-Eastside.

She has discussed memory disorders on the BBC, NPR, CBS, Reuters, Business Week, and TIME. She is President of the not-for-profit National Council on Women's Health and serves on the board of the Partnership for Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Devi was elected president of the American Medical Woman's Association for the 2012-2013 term.

She is the author of Estrogen, Memory and Menopause; What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer's Disease, and most recently A Calm Brain, which will be the focus of her NCGE 2014 presentation.

Dr. Peter Kuriloff

POSITION: Research Director, The Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives


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Sun, Feb 9 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Great Teaching in Girls Schools: Results of the NCGS-CSBGL National Study of Girls' Education

Peter J. Kuriloff, Ed.D. earned his doctorate in counseling psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association in School Psychology. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 1970 and twice chaired the Psychology in Education Division. He moved to the Educational Leadership Division (now the Foundations and Practices of Education Division) in 1992. Besides teaching at GSE, Dr. Kuriloff is the senior advisor on Group Effectiveness and Career Development in Wharton’s Executive MBA program. Dr. Kuriloff has held a number of University-wide positions, including chair of the Grievance Commission, chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, and chair of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Kuriloff’s interests include gender dynamics (masculinities, femininities, and school gender "offers") and their impact on the opportunities of children; minority retention in schools and colleges; and, in general, the reinvention of schools as more inclusive, open, generous, and effective places for the children who inhabit them. His research has involved the study of learning and teaching in small groups, the impact of legal reform on educational practice including the effectiveness of various kinds of dispute resolution in public schools, the nature of parent-child communications about human sexuality, the organizational and educational consequences of parental involvement in public schools, and most recently, the impact of various constructions of masculinity on boys’ learning and emotional development. In his capacity as research director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, a coalition of independent schools, he fosters teacher-initiated research to discover and implement best practices for boys and girls.

His work with GSE’s Mid-Career Executive Doctoral Program also has caused him to begin studying how teaching practitioner research methods to current educational leaders affects both their understanding of their leadership behavior and their school or district’s capacity to learn.


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