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Leading From Behind

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Gifted adolescent boys and girls have similar professional aspirations, yet they live in a world where women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. Through the voices of successful gifted female adults, this session identifies the challenges they faced as they climbed to leadership roles within the fields of academe, industry, and politics.
The goals of this session are to provide information and strategies to help gifted middle school girls maintain their trajectory toward high levels of achievement and to help gifted boys identify talent among their peers regardless of gender or race.

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Leading From Behind

  1. 1. Leading From Behind Angela Housand, Ph.D. @HousandA
  2. 2. Provost of a Regional University Director of a Prestigious Center Associate Dean of a College
  3. 3. Contractor / Business Owner Architect / Operations Manager
  4. 4. 18% C-Suite White Women
  5. 5. 3% C-Suite Women of Color
  6. 6. Associate Dean of a College I’ve been given opportunities because I worked for institutions that realized they needed to do a little better with women, and for people of color.
  7. 7. Associate Dean of a College …if we as women or people of color are at the table, we can try to work to effect change, despite how we got there.
  8. 8. 22.8% 77.2% National Parliamentarians
  9. 9. Provost of a Regional University I’ve never worked for a female chancellor or president — been all men.
  10. 10. 35.0% 65.0% Ph.D. Economics & Philosophy
  11. 11. 20.0% 80.0% Ph.D. Physics & Computer Science
  12. 12. Image: NASA 11% 89%
  13. 13. Image: NASA
  14. 14. Provost of a Regional University I was the oldest of four, two girls and then two boys. People would say, “Well, what do you want to be, a teacher or a nurse?”
  15. 15. Contractor / Business Owner A job doesn’t have to have a sex that goes with it. It has to have abilities. If we could just educate people that way. A job is abilities, not sex.
  16. 16. WORK
  17. 17. Architect / Operations Manager …my work consumes me Monday-Friday.
  18. 18. Director of a Prestigious Center …I have a high need for productivity and for making progress.
  19. 19. GREATER GOOD
  20. 20. Director of a Prestigious Center …what all leaders are trying to do, I think, is to shape their environment in ways they believe…is best for that field or for the people who are that community.
  21. 21. Contractor / Business Owner But it is amazing how you do, really basically for others, and blessings just come back, tenfold.
  22. 22. Architect / Operations Manager I really like to try to be involved in a lot of things that are going to affect the environment in which we live. I try to make [this city] the best place for us and for everyone who lives here.
  23. 23. Director of a Prestigious Center Do what you find interesting, and do what makes you curious to learn .… And do what makes you happy.
  24. 24. Associate Dean of a College Being able to hang onto who I am no matter where I am has been something that I am always aware of.
  25. 25. Director of a Prestigious Center You can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it.
  26. 26. Director of a Prestigious Center You don’t really have to please anybody in this world except the person that you’re looking at that looks back at you in the mirror.
  27. 27. You can’t have it all…
  28. 28. Director of a Prestigious Center Nobody has everything.They have to make choices and compromises… everybody does, everybody does.
  29. 29. Architect / Operations Manager I think it’s just really important for women in leadership, in particular, to talk about what their struggles are…
  30. 30. Architect / Operations Manager We all have to realize that we’re all trying to figure out the balance every day and we are not always successful…
  31. 31. Architect / Operations Manager I’m lucky I have a husband who does, I’d say, 90% of everything during the week…
  32. 32. Architect / Operations Manager …I don’t know how women who have uninvolved husbands or husbands who don’t take on those fatherhood roles…I have no idea how they do anything. Honestly.
  33. 33. CONNECT
  34. 34. Provost Associate Dean Director Contractor Architect
  35. 35. Architect / Operations Manager
  36. 36. Associate Dean of a College I join things and I don’t necessarily have a group I’m doing it with. I don’t have a support network… I can go and I can try something new and I don’t need all my friends there with me… So stick out a little sooner.That’s what I would say.
  37. 37. 12-14YEARS OLD
  38. 38. CONFIDENCE
  39. 39. Architect / Operations Manager Have confidence in yourself, don’t be afraid to try something and fail at it because everyone fails at something…just don’t let the fear stop you from trying new things.
  40. 40. Architect / Operations Manager You might not be the best.You might not be the smartest… but that’s okay you just need to go out there and try…
  41. 41. Associate Dean of a College Don’t be so shy. I was painfully shy when I was twelve, thirteen, and fourteen. I wanted to do so much but I didn’t always take advantage of opportunities.
  42. 42. Representation in Media & Politics Access to Quality Education Climate Change Body Positivity Wage Gap
  43. 43. 0.83
  44. 44. 2119
  45. 45. Contractor / Business Owner And I’ve always tried to be helpful to the other women who are there, and help bring them along if they ever wanted anything.
  46. 46. Provost of a Regional University I like mentoring a lot if I think that the mentoring actually does—and I have evidence that it does—allow people to move forward, particularly women…
  47. 47. Director of a Prestigious Center I was very determined to mentor young reviewers and young researchers into the quarterly because I thought that was extraordinarily important and not always easy.
  48. 48. makers.com
  49. 49. If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. - Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
  50. 50. LET IT GO.
  51. 51. Contractor / Business Owner I have probably lost jobs because I’m a woman. Other times, I’ve gotten them because I’m a woman.
  52. 52. Architect / Operations Manager I don’t let those things bother me… If I let it bother me, it would bother me all the time. So it’s just not worth it. I kind of have to pick and choose the things I’m going to get upset about.
  53. 53. Architect / Operations Manager I wish I had known earlier that it’s okay to try something and fail at it or not know that you’re going to succeed at something.
  54. 54. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default. J.K. Rowling
  55. 55. 20 Minutes
  56. 56. Director of a Prestigious Center …the world is a great and wonderful place, and if you’re curious, and you are willing to think and plan and work at it, you can try your hand at virtually everything. Now that doesn’t tell a child that they’re going to succeed at everything, but that tells them they can give it a shot… give it a try.
  57. 57. Contractor / Business Owner
  58. 58. Contractor / Business Owner Life is not fair, equal, or just. But if you can accept those things and still work to rise above it, not give in, I think that’s the important thing.You have to rise above those things.
  59. 59. Associate Dean of a College …the social media infused world that we live in, does not make you who you are. So, you don’t need the likes, and the loves, constantly, to be liked or loved.
  60. 60. Associate Dean of a College I see so many middle school young people that are beautiful and intelligent, but they are dependent on this random click of a button to reinforce who they are.
  61. 61. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. -Marie Curie (1867-1934)
  62. 62. Categories of Risk Intellectual Social Emotional Physical Spiritual (Neihart, 1999)
  63. 63. Director of a Prestigious Center You have to realize that you should be rather fearless about envisioning your future. Why not? Why not be fearless about envisioning your future?
  64. 64. Provost of a Regional University …maybe when we say we as women are held back, I’m not sure that we don’t contribute to that. I guess that’s what I’m saying. We may contribute because of what we value…
  65. 65. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
  66. 66. @HousandA angelahousand.com

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