Women in School Leadership Forum: Looking for Leaders

 Women in School Leadership Forum 2015 "We are the women who are going to be the role models for the young women who are looking for leaders," said Maria Ott, professor at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, during today's opening session of the Women in School Leadership Forum, co-hosted by the Association of California School Administrators and AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The two-day conference, attended by approximately 250 women school leaders, largely from California, is being held at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa, in Coronado, Calif.

"We're here to pay it forward," said Ott. "As women, we challenge the status quo. You're in this room as a positive force."

Ott was joined by two other women leaders in education; Carmella Franco, former superintendent, and Darlene Robles, a professor at USC and also a former superintendent. Sharing research by Eastern Kentucky University, Franco told the audience, "[it will] take 77 years for females to be proportionately represented." This is in comparison with their male peers in district leadership positions.

Members of the panel also provided their "Top 10 Traits" to not only achieve a leadership position in public education but excel on the job. The traits include:

  • Be Authentic
  • Be Strategic
  • Ask for Help
  • Face Adversity with Dignity
  • Lift Others Up
  • Make a Difference
  • Control Your Destiny
  • Respect the Culture
  • Model Integrity
  •  Know How to Have Fun

"These are the key areas that have helped us," said Robles, adding, "At the end of the day, all we have is our integrity."  

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