Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be held on Monday, June 22, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. You may sign up for a workshop during the overall conference registration process.

Pop-Up Learning: Developing an Experimental Mindset in Schools

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 25, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Carla Silver, Executive Director and Erin Cohn, Senior Partner | Leadership+Design

Much of the work we do in schools requires us to think and adjust on the fly, yet so often we feel as though we can’t roll out new curricular approaches, programs, or solutions to big problems until they are fully formed. This three-hour session will give participants a chance to learn and practice an experimental mindset as they imagine ways to try out and test new ideas in their classrooms and schools. We will engage in a group challenge to design a “pop-up” learning experience, where teachers, students and school leaders can experiment with creative ideas in a low-stakes, impermanent setting. Some questions we will explore include: How might we resist the urge to keep our ideas and work hidden until we feel that it’s “perfect”? How might we gain feedback on new ideas early, and often, and what effect would this approach have on our school community? This hands-on session will leave participants with experimental skills and mindsets that will be immediately applicable in their work, whether they are classroom teachers, administrators, or school staff.

When Ostriches Fly: New Solutions to Existing Fundraising Challenges

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 25, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Kathleen Loehr, Consultant | Kathleen Loehr & Associates, LLC (VA); Susan Moll, Director of Advancement | The Harpeth Hall School (TN); Andrea Pactor, Associate Director | Women’s Philanthropy Institute, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (IN); and Elizabeth Zeigler, President & CEO | Graham-Pelton Consulting

As fundraisers and leaders committed to the sustainability of our schools, the climate, timing, and environment are right for bold, innovative action to secure our future. Ostriches may not fly, but they have adapted to their environment. In light of the tremendous energy around women’s philanthropy today, how can girls’ schools adapt their fundraising strategies, help put women in the driver’s seat, and ensure that their legacy – both the schools’ and the donors’ – will continue to live on for decades to come? Come join an experienced panel of fundraising and investment professionals for an exciting conversation and leave with concrete strategies to help you and your colleagues adapt and succeed!

The Place for Girls’ Schools in a Non-Binary Gender World: A Human-Centered Design Approach

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 25, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Jemma Giddings, Assistant Head of School | Westridge School for Girls (CA); Joanne Glusman, MSW, LSW, President | Main Line Youth Alliance, Main Line Health Diversity, Respect & Inclusion Steering & Education, Faculty | Bryn Mawr Family Practice Residency, Faculty | Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Program (PA); Mariandl Hufford, ssistant Head of School and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls | The Agnes Irwin School (PA); and Alex Scott, Consultant, Alex Scott Consulting (DC)

For the past 5-10 years, conversations about gender have become increasingly complex. Long-held views about what defines a “girl” or a “boy” have been challenged and debated on a national – and international – stage. Transgender and non-binary gender people are raising their voices and asking to be heard. Girls’ schools find themselves in a complex position – how can they continue to fulfill their mission when the very idea of what makes someone a “girl” is in question? Join us for an engaging, thought-provoking, and informative session about how your school can approach this topic using human-centered design in a mission-appropriate, empathetic, and proactive way that will strengthen your entire community.