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Women in Leadership Institute

  • ISA 45 Sportlaan Amstelveen, NH, 1185 TB Netherlands (map)


Why come?

Please join us for a transformational, perspective enhancing and strategy building institute to solidify your unique “women in leadership” skill set. You will highlight the ways to build self and organisational trust, psychological safety and empathy. In addition, you will identify the ways to practice self-reliance and self-care.  Our two days together will enable you to:

  • internalise your powerful leadership vision 

  • strengthen your network of women leaders 

  • expand your strategies for addressing bias, barriers and stereotyping 

  • hone your communication skills for addressing hostility, conflict and misperception

  • study your problem of practice with thought leaders who share common challenges.


  • Early-bird rate: US$1400 (register by 1 December, 2019)

  • Standard rate: US$1500 (closes on 15 February , 2020)

Event details

Who is it for?

Women leaders and aspiring women leaders in schools around the world. Participants may represent all school levels and positions.

Workshop goals

Why do I choose leadership?

  • Analysing “Women in Leadership” profiles

  • Executive Presence: The Power of Your Story

  • Prepare and share your vision statement and “Compelling Why”

  • Building your community of female networking and support

  • Strategies for building psychological safety

What skill sets do I need to be conscious and intentional about?

  • Building intentional trust 

  • Addressing stereotyping, bias and barriers 

  • Navigating through confrontation, conflict and hostility

  • Communicating with clarity

  • Addressing problems of practice 

How do I train for a leadership marathon run?

  • Facilitating culturally proficient practices and expectations

  • Embracing conscious and intentional self-care

  • Expanding my resilience, self-reliance and self-trust

  • Action planning and next steps

Learning Outcomes:

The two day institute will:

  • analyse the critical attributes of women leaders and how they relate to your practice

  • develop a powerful vision for yourselves and your school 

  • strengthen your network of women leaders for support, critical friends and thought partners 

  • expand your strategies for addressing bias, barriers and stereotyping 

  • hone your communication skills for addressing hostility, conflict and misperception

  • study your problems of practice with thought leaders who share common challenges

  • analyze the attributes of psychological safety and how you intentionally build it with your administrators and school

  • identify the four attributes of empathy and how you build them within the bedrock of cultural proficient organizational structures and instructional practices

  • intentionally build trust through character and competency skill sets

  • harness your inner strength and self-reliance skills

  • raise your consciousness and intentionality of self-care, the mind-body connection and resilience practices for the role of superintendent


Workshops start at 08:30. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served from 08:00. Workshops will finish by 16:00. Lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day are provided.

A full schedule with timings of the sessions will be sent out to participants in the week prior to the workshop.

Featured speaker

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Dr. Fran Polman

President of The Learning Collaborative

The founder and president of The Learning Collaborative, Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker. She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results. Fran earned her Doctorate in Teacher Training, International Education and Organizational Development from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a two-time Fulbright Scholar in both India and Israel, and has presented numerous papers, workshops and keynote speeches nationally and internationally. Fran brings 30 years of experience providing multifaceted work with organizations and school systems throughout the United States and the world. She was a member of the first Understanding by Design trainer cadre for ASCD designing curriculum training throughout the United States, a faculty member for ASCD and a senior consultant at Research for Better Teaching training trainers and educating thousands of administrators and teachers in effective learning practice.

Fran is the author of two best-selling books, Building Your Instructional Leadership and Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning in Complex Systems. Learn more on her website,