Natick’s Women Leaders at the MASS Conference

On Tuesday of this week, most of Natick’s women administrators attended the 11th Annual Women Educational Leader Network conference (WELN) affiliated with the Massachusetts Superintendent Association (MASS).  The conference theme was Women Leaders and the Unexpected Roles They Play.

In addition to networking and icebreaker activities, the attendees enjoyed the following program:

Keynote Address:   My Uncommon Roles  by Mary Grassa O’Neill, Harvard University and former Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Milton Public Schools


Panel Presentation:  Experiences from the Field

Mary Bourque- Superintendent, Chelsea Public Schools

Lisa Dana- Superintendent, Danvers Public Schools

Maureen Marshall, Superintendent, Quabbin Regional School District

Moderator:  Mary Grassa O’Neill

An Interactive Table Activity:  How to Achieve a Work Life Balance

Leader:  Maureen LaCroix, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education

Facilitators: Joanne Benton, Superintendent (Ret) Wilmington Public Schools, Jennifer Mannion, Assistant Principal/Curriculum Coordinator, Grafton Public Schools, Linda Dwight, Superintendent, Harvard Public Schools., Anna Nolin, Assistant Superintendent, Natick Public Schools and Christine Francis, Co-leader Assistant Superintendent  Leadership Seminars and Midge Frieswyk, Superintendent, Gosnold Public Schools

Luncheon Address Sponsor – AlphaBest Education, Jenny Copans, Area Manager

Luncheon Address:   Uncommon Roles of Female Legislators

Honorable Patricia Haddad, Massachusetts House of Representatives

The team shared strategies for building women’s leadership in Natick and across the region and discussed the strengths of the Natick environment for growing women leaders and teams of leaders.  Pictured (panelist women superintendents listed above and the Natick Team:  Lilja Principal, Heather Smith, Assistant Director of Student Services, Erin Miller, Wilson Vice Principal, Susan Balboni, Johnson Principal, Karen Ghilani, Assistant Superintendent, Anna Nolin, Kennedy Vice Principal, Megan Hatt, Preschool Principal, Marybeth Kinkead.



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