Educating Girls Symposium

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NCGS Educating Girls Symposiums are professional development offerings that take place in various regions of the country and provide educators with an opportunity to convene and exchange best practices for teaching and working with girls. The topic for the symposiums changes every 18-24 months based on the real-time issues and challenges faced by NCGS member schools.

How do our schools create a warm and welcoming sense of community? From the outside it may look like this happens organically, but those involved in our schools know it actually takes a lot of dedicated people working in concert to create and sustain vibrant and unique learning environments.

Starting in February 2017, we will be discussing this phenomenon in the next series of Educating Girls Symposiums, School Communities: The Power of Many Voices. How do the various "communities" in your school -- students, teachers, administrators, admissions teams, advancement officers, parents, and more -- collaborate to create a space where girls feel safe, valued, and appreciated? How does your school resolve conflict when any one of these voices is perceived to overshadow others? Participants will hear from keynote speakers and will explore these questions and more in peer-led breakout sessions.

The audience for Educating Girls Symposiums includes heads of school, administrators, faculty, counselors, and educational professionals. Attendees come from all-girls and coed schools that serve PK-12th grade students in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, with a particular concentration from the region in which the symposium is taking place.

Upcoming Educating Girls Symposiums

October 23, 2017
Westridge School
Los Angeles, CA

The Call for Proposals is now open. Please click here to read the CFP Overview, Guidelines, and Instructions, and click here to submit a proposal. Registration will open in August.


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Networking and Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lara Tiedens, President, Scripps College
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Breakout Session I
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM Breakout Session II
2:35 PM - 3:25 PM Breakout Session III
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Networking Reception
Larissa Tiedens

Keynote Speaker: Larissa "Lara" Z. Tiedens took office as Scripps College's ninth president in August 2016. Prior to Scripps College, President Tiedens was a senior associate dean and faculty member at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, overseeing educational technology, executive education, case writing, and faculty development for the finance and marketing areas of the Graduate School of Business. In prior years as an associate dean, she directed the PhD program, Global Innovation Programs, and the Initiative for Leadership Education and Development. Previously, Dr. Tiedens was the Morgan Stanley Director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research.

Serving as the Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 2008 through her appointment to the Scripps’ presidency, Dr. Tiedens’ scholarship focuses on the psychological roots of inequality and the role of emotions in organizational life. She has published widely on these topics, served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and sits on several editorial boards. Dr. Tiedens has taught in a variety of programs, including the MBA program, Executive Education, and the PhD program, all at Stanford. She also designed the leadership curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which became one of the hallmarks of the MBA program.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Tiedens has also earned numerous awards and honors for teaching, research, and leadership. She was selected as a Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellow for her longstanding contributions to the field and spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She has also held several named professorships, including the Spence Faculty Scholar and the Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Tiedens helped create a Research Fellows program at Stanford University, which aims to increase the representation of women and minorities in the academy, she was the Stanford representative at the White House Convening on Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business, was a member of the Stanford University Task Force on women and leadership, and served on the faculty advisory board of the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership.

President Tiedens received her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. She received her BA in psychology from Carleton College, graduating magna cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi for distinction in her major and thesis.

Past Educating Girls Symposiums
Girl in Science class