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Women in Education

Women in Education

Venue & Event Details

Tuesday, October 20th 2020 | Online

Women represent an overwhelming majority of the education workforce, yet they are significantly underrepresented in senior leadership positions. Across the education sector, from primary and secondary schools to colleges and universities, women are not making senior leadership positions in adequate numbers. Women in Education seeks to provide current and future leaders with the skills needed to correct this imbalance.

The unique Women in Education conference explores the role of women in education leadership and offers practical advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. We will discuss together how we can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure we don't lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders across the education sector.

This event is CPD-Certified and will contribute to your professional development.

Register your place today.

Why attend?
  • Identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today
  • Understand when and how gender plays a role in both organisational and personal advancement
  • Learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Raise the visibility of women as senior leaders in education
  • Create a lasting network of women leaders across the sector who are effecting change in education
Speakers include
  • Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London Worldwide
  • Allana Gay, Headteacher, Vita et Pax School, Co-Founder, BAMEed Network
  • Eileen Milner, Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency 
  • Jan Shadick, Regional Director, South Secondary Academies, United Learning
  • Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Dean of Learning and Teaching, University of Portsmouth
  • Anita Devi, Founder and CEO, #TeamADL
  • Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton 
  • Alison Kriel, Educational and Leadership Consultant, Founder, Above and Beyond


Welcome from Dods D&I


Chair's opening address

CHAIR: Anita Devi, Founder and CEO, #TeamADL


Examining the current landscape for women in education

  • Understanding why women are underrepresented in senior positions
  • Addressing the cultural and practical obstacles to leadership

SPEAKER: Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Dean of Learning and Teaching, University of Portsmouth

SPEAKER: Alison Kriel, Educational and Leadership Consultant; Founder, Above and Beyond


Leadership material: a toolkit for positioning yourself as leader

  • Developing and retaining a growth mindset in the face of challenge or adversity
  • Honing networking skills to identify potential mentors, allies and support
  • Dispelling impostor syndrome to fulfil your full potential
  • Leading from the middle: a discussion on having impact at any level


Networking break


In the line of sight: increasing your visibility and rising to challenges

  • Pitching your skills and putting yourself forward
  • Knowing your worth: identifying your unique skills and priorities to build a personal brand
  • Holding space: developing an executive presence  

SPEAKER: Jan Shadick, Regional Director, South Secondary Academies, United Learning

SPEAKER: Allana Gay, Headteacher, Vita et Pax School; Co-Founder, BAMEed Network


Maximising your impact in online communications

  • Listen up: speaking so that others pay attention
  • Presenting with gravitas and confidence
  • Interjecting and responding to interruption with authority and composure

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts


Break for lunch


Maintaining balance: protecting your wellbeing to contribute your best work

  • Prioritising your wellbeing and seeking support where needed
  • Pushing back against perfectionism and learning when to say no 
  • Flexible working as a potential enabler for women in leadership

SPEAKER: Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton

SPEAKER: Eileen Milner, Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency


Authentic leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically

  • Developing a leadership mindset that aligns with your strengths, values and context
  • Placing honesty and respect at the forefront in relationships with staff and colleagues
  • Be the change you want to see: finding the courage to stand tall and lift others as you climb

SPEAKER: Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London Worldwide


Chair’s closing remarks

CHAIR: Anita Devi, Founder and CEO, #TeamADL


Conference close

Date & time
Tuesday 20th October 09.15 - 15.45
Bookings & info

For more information, please visit: 

Public sector pricing:
1 Place £195 (+VAT)
4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)

Corporate pricing:
1 Place £465 (+VAT)

Book now

For registration queries, please contact: 0207 593 5739