Pre-Conference Workshops

Now More Than Ever: Courageous Conversation about Race in Girls’ Schools

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTER: Dawan Julien, Equity Transformation Specialist | Courageous Conversation

Many of us who believe in girls’ education can speak passionately about gender equity and empowerment for girls and women, but don’t bring the same level of intensity when it comes to race. Now more than ever, girls’ schools need a protocol for having conversations about race, and its intersection with other identity categories such as gender, gender expression and sexual orientation. In this session, participants will discover how personal racial consciousness sets the foundation for professional and organizational effectiveness in leading for racial equity. By unpacking their “racial autobiography” participants will be guided through engaging, sustaining and deepening a Courageous Conversation about Race as a foundational strategy for transforming girls’ schools towards equity.


Public Speaking 101: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTER: Ann Klotz, Head of School | Laurel School and Member, Board of Trustees | National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS)

It is said that public speaking causes more anxiety than moving across the country! As comfortable as most teachers are in talking with children, the idea of speaking to groups beyond the classroom can fill us with anxiety. Back to school night? A board of trustees meeting? A conference presentation? Practice feeling more at ease in speaking to groups. In this workshop, designed for teachers and administrators, we will debunk the myths about speaking publicly and encourage participants to face their fears and claim their voices. Everyone will have the opportunity to try out a number of practical strategies that help you feel ready for any kind of public presentation. Part technique – body language, posture, gesture, diction, volume, and breath support – and part acknowledging what scares us and getting over it, this will be a very interactive workshop.

Ann V. Klotz has been Head of Laurel School since 2004 and has taught drama and public speaking for 40 years. Her favorite thing is helping brave girls and women feel more comfortable claiming their voices!


The Suffrage Movement Started at a Quilting Bee: How You Can Help Girls Find Their Voice Through Handwork 

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTER: Laura Kelly, Founder & Owner | The Handwork Studio, LLC

From girdle to spacesuit, from Betsy Ross to Susan B. Anthony, throughout history women in handwork have played a key role in political discourse, creative expression, and technological breakthroughs. Join us as we explore the importance of handwork for today’s young women. In this hands-on workshop and lecture, participants will hear about ways to use handwork to empower girls and learn several handwork techniques that they can take back to their schools. Learning outcomes include: understanding the benefits of handwork; making an embroidery art card and receiving a template for future use; and learning kumi-himo (japanese braiding) and wonder knitting. No experience is necessary, just come with a sense of adventure and willingness to learn something new.