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Become a part of the Women’s Leadership Network to share your own insights with your MASA colleagues and learn from others’ experiences on the job. The Women’s Leadership Network aims to support women in the superintendent’s office and other administrator posts by offering targeted professional development programs and unique opportunities to network with other women in positions of leadership in public education.

Join MASA for the second annual Women in Leadership Retreat

May 17-18, 2018 | Mission Point Mackinac Island

From start to finish, the Women in Leadership Retreat is an event designed for women who want to grow professionally, network with professionals in the field of education and beyond, and share their own expertise and insight with their peers.

The 2018 Women in Leadership Retreat promises to be an enriching and inspiring experience featuring two spectacular keynote speakers. Last year’s keynote speaker Gilda Bonanno will return to present on “Leading and Managing Change.” Caryn Wells, author of “Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job,” will give the keynote on the second day of the retreat.

For added fun, join us for a bike tour of Mackinac Island before the retreat kicks off! The group will meet at Shepler’s Dock at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. For those arriving Thursday morning, you can catch the 9:00 a.m. Ferry in Mackinac City or St. Ignace, let Mission Point take your bags to the hotel and join the bike ride – just make sure you’re dressed for biking. You can bring your own bike or rent one on the island. Part of the tour will include stopping along the way for a quick lunch before the retreat starts at noon.  If you are interested, send an email to MASA Conference & Event Planner Diane Dick at ddick@gomasa.org.

Thursday, May 17

Noon to 3 p.m.: Keynote with Gilda Bonanno, “Leading and Managing Change”
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Breakout sessions
5:30 p.m.: Dinner and cocktails

Friday, May 18

8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Keynote with Caryn Wells, “Mindful and Compassionate Leadership”
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Women in Leadership Panel
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions
1:45 p.m. to 2: 45 p.m.: Breakout sessions
2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Closing remarks

Register today!

The cost of this two-day immersive retreat is $225 (cost of hotel not included). To register for the 2018 Women in Leadership Retreat, click on the button below.


Hotel information

Contact Mission Point at 855.229.9802 to make your reservation, and be sure to ask for the MASA Women in Leadership block of rooms. Costs for the first night of lodging at Mission Point are listed below. These costs include one round-trip ferry ticket and luggage transfer fees, two one-way taxi tickets, dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Additional nights are $139 per night.

  • Single occupancy, tax exempt: $327.20 per person
  • Double occupancy, tax exempt: $249.36 per person
  • Single occupancy, with tax: $343.67 per person
  • Double occupancy, with tax: $261.66 per person

Questions? Contact MASA Deputy Executive Director Tina Kerr at tkerr@gomasa.org or (517) 327-5910.

Keynote Speakers

About Gilda Bonanno

Gilda Bonanno is a speaker, trainer and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her business background with her improv comedy performance experience and a conviction that with the right training and practice, anyone can become a more effective communicator. She has worked with executives and entrepreneurs throughout North America and in South America, Europe, China, India and Thailand. She also holds a master’s degree in history from Fordham University.
Read more at her website, www.gildabonanno.com

About Caryn Wells, Ph.D.

Caryn Wells is an Associate Professor at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI. In addition to teaching leadership courses in the Department of Organizational Leadership, she integrates mindfulness in all of her graduate courses. She also introduces mindfulness to the doctoral students in the School of Education and Human Services, and the medical students at the William Beaumont School of Medicine at OU.
Read more at her website, www.carynwells.com

The Women in Leadership Retreat is generously sponsored by