Networking, learning focus of regional women’s events

More than 135 female educators in Orange County recently gathered for the first-ever Women’s Leadership Network event hosted by ACSA’s Region 17. Another 40-plus education leaders attended the first Women’s Leadership Network event in Santa Cruz County’s Region 10.

"Women attended from San Lorenzo Valley in Santa Cruz to Hollister in San Benito County, and had a great time," said state ACSA WLN leader Tanya Krause of Region 10.

Each event combined networking and socializing with professional learning. Making new friends and greeting old ones was followed at both events by a presentation featuring special guest speaker Brigid McGrath Massie.

Massie is a local R-10 author of such titles as "What Do They Say When You Leave the Room" and "Selling For People who Hate to Sell."

Region 17 Vice President Jeanie Cash recalled that in Massie’s highly interactive presentation, she spoke on "Leadership for Life: How Women Leaders are Redefining What it Means to Lead." Because Massie’s presentation at the 2009 ACSA Leadership Summit received rave reviews, the Region 17 Board believed her focus on how to create and maximize the "happiness equation" would be a relevant topic for busy female leaders, who often have many balls in the air at the same time.

Massie’s presentation focused on enhancing personal effectiveness, leadership skills and management abilities. She challenged participants to develop and maintain boundless energy through taking meaningful risks, recognizing the "destroyers," practicing learned optimism, learning to balance work and life and to recognize the crucial roles of mentors in life.

"Your thoughts create your world," Massie said, as she reminded participants that, "Regardless of your past, your future is spotless!"

During the R-17 event, President Julianne Hoefer introduced several current and past superintendents who were in the audience. She, along with Cash, spoke about the benefits of being a part of the ACSA family and encouraged non-members to pick up a membership application. Five new members were recruited before the end of the evening.

The event was made possible with the help of Region 17 staff member Jan Billings as well as SchoolsFirst Credit Union for underwriting all costs. Toad Hollow Vineyards in Healdsburg contributed to the R-10 event.

"We look forward to future events," Cash said. "As speaker Brigid McGrath Massie said, ‘If you can see it, you can accomplish it.’ We see it and we will accomplish it!"