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Women's Initiative Events

The goal of The Council's Women's Initiative is to support women leaders, identify women in education who have leadership potential and help those women to aspire to leadership roles. 


March 5, 2018 / @Winter Institute and Lobby Day

Skill Building Presentation: "The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why"
1-2 pm

This interactive session will take an honest look at linguistic styles and identify language that supports leadership as well as language that can undermine leadership, especially in women leaders. Strategies will be shared to match the way one "talks" with the way one leads with specific attention given to productive disagreement and cultivating all voices in your district. Following this skill building session, participants will be able to:

  • identify their own personal linguistic style
  • reflect on "talk" that may not support their leadership 
  • understand specific strategies for increasing their effectiveness as leaders and the power of their words

Presented by Adele Bovard, Deputy Superintendent, Syosset CSD.


March 28-29, 2018 / Marriott Downtown Syracuse / REGISTER TODAY!

March 28 / 10 am - 5:30 pm (includes reception), March 29 / 7:30 am - 12 pm

In partnership with Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES and the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (Oswego County BOCES), we are proud to bring this Women's Initiative event to the Syracuse area. The goal of the program is to support women leaders, identify women in education who have leadership potential and help those women  to aspire to leadership roles. Topics include, but are not limited to, work/life balance, EdCamp-type roundtable discussions, and cultivating leadership as a woman. 

Cost to Attend: $250 per person, includes breakfast, lunch, reception and materials. OCM BOCES will offer BOCES aid. Payment should be made out to Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation or LEAF, Inc.

Hotel Info: There is a small room block for this event for 3/27/18 and 3/28/18 at the rate of $119 per night. To make reservations, please contact the Marriott Downtown Syracuse at 1 (800) 228-9290 and reference LEAF. You can also book your reservation online. The reservation deadline is 2/27/18.


SAVE THE DATE! May 18, 2018 / Saratoga Springs 
In conjunction with the Cabinet Leadership Summit on May 17, 2018


SAVE THE DATE! August 8-9, 2018 / Buffalo


SAVE THE DATE! August 15-16, 2018 / Lake Placid




Special Thanks to the Title Sponsor of The Women's Initiative!