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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.

MASA Hosted Second Annual Women in Leadership Retreat

May 17-18, 2018 | Mission Point Mackinac Island

The 2018 Women in Leadership Retreat was held on Mackinac Island May 17-18, proving to be an enriching and inspiring experience. The retreat featured two spectacular keynote speakers:

  • Last year’s keynote speaker Gilda Bonanno returned to present on “Leading and Managing Change and Transformation with Integrity, Imagination and Flexibility.”
  • Caryn Wells, author of “Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job,” led a keynote session on “Mindful and Compassionate Leadership.”

A Women in Leadership Panel was held on Day 2, with three women leaders sharing their stories of success and the challenges they have faced along the way. The panels included Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul, Mona Shores High School Principal Jennifer Bustard, and SET SEG Chief Corporate Communications Officer Lisa Truscott.

This year’s retreat also featured 13 breakout sessions over two days, bringing lively discussion on timely and relevant topics that women in leadership navigate every day on the job.

From start to finish, the Women in Leadership Retreat was 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.

View the Agenda


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Change... How to Prepare for Resistance

Leading with Principals

Teachers Leading Teachers: Establishing Professional Learning Networks

Social and Emotional Learning for School Transformation

Supporting Mindful Leaders

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