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Symposium of Women K-12 Educational Leaders


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ties Building
1640 Larpenteur Avenue West
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

Please join women educational leaders from around the state of Minnesota for the 4th Annual Symposium of Women Educational Leaders. This event is designed to connect women educational leaders with one another. This year’s symposium will follow a similar schedule to previous years, but with a few small changes to respond to previous attendees’ feedback. Attendees will still have the opportunity to engage in what makes the Symposium unique, such as networking with one another, enjoying powerful keynote speakers, and bringing a guest who demonstrates potential for leadership. Last year, we were thrilled to have almost 200 attendees and we hope to have a similar number this year. For this reason, the format for the breakout sessions has been changed this year. Breakout sessions this year will be led by experts and are designed to provide valuable knowledge that leaders can take back to their districts and implement immediately!

Keynote Speakers

  • Morning Keynote: Christine Osorio, Superintendent, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools
  • Lunch Address: Brenda Casselieus, Commissioner, Department of Education
  • Afternoon Keynote: Willow Sweeny, National Motivational Speaker, Top 20 Training

Featured Breakout Sessions:

  • Building Leadership Capacity Through Mentorship
  • The Practice of Mindfulness as a Leader
  • Aspirations in Educational Leadership
  • Using Technology to Strengthen Leadership Practices
  • Growing and Developing a Positive Culture and Climate
  • Recruiting and Retaining Administrators of Color

Who Should Attend

Women who are presently serving as educational leaders and women who aspire to educational leadership.

Registration Costs

The registration fee includes a light breakfast and specially catered lunch. The registration fee is non-refundable. The fee for currently enrolled SCSU Students in Educational Leadership and Administration programs is not set yet and students are encouraged to enroll in EDAD 697 for 1 credit.

To Register

Registration at 

Hotel Accommodations

Radission Hotel Roseville
Block Name Symposium of Women Education Leaders
Reservation deadline April 11, 2016
Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals
1667 Snelling Avenue N, Suite C-100
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-999-7333 phone
651-999-7331 fax

Higher Education Leadership Institute

Friday, April 21, 2017

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Cloud State University

Conference Activities

  • Over 20 presentations by administrators, faculty, and graduate students from across the region.
  • Learn about the latest research and practices in the field of higher education leadership.
  • Networking opportunities
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch

Keynote Speaker


Call for Program Proposals

Submit Proposal no later than March 1, 2017.

The conference will feature general interest, panel, promising practice, round-table, and poster sessions about topics of research, trends, and practice in higher education leadership.  Practitioners, researchers,  stakeholders, and graduate students are encouraged to submit presentation proposals that reflect research, theory, and practice in higher education.  Some example topics include:

  • Higher education practices of the future
  • Trends impacting the future of higher education
  • The new student majority
  • Leadership style theory or practice
  • Pathways for career advancement
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Diversity and social justice
  • New sources of funding
  • Community partnerships and collaboration
  • Legal or judicial issues
  • Women in leadership
  • Academic and student affairs
  • Inclusiveness (gender, race, LGBTQA, physical/mental disabilities)
  • Collaborative programming
  • Online education
  • Collaboration between faculty and administration
  • Higher Education in the 21st century and beyond

Registration Promotion:

The conference has a promotion that includes a free leadership book for the first 50 people who register.  

Registration Will Open Soon

Proceeds from the annual Leadership Institute go directly back to students in the M.S. and Ed.D. programs in Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University. This year, we are providing scholarships to students participating in the 
education abroad trip to Italy in May, "International Higher Education: Discovering Universities in the European Context." We will announce scholarship recipients at the Leadership Institute. This trip to Italy is open to anyone interested in higher education administration.

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