KEYNOTE: “From the Playground to the Boardroom—How to Help Girls Avoid the Leadership Gap”

Friday February 7, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Sidney Marcus Auditorium (with live broadcast in The Annex)


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A talk about the career-based achievement gap negatively impacting women. Although focusing on the gap is important, the surprising discovery is not the gap itself, as it were. Research suggests that there is a resounding yet little-discussed confidence deficit that lies at the heart of the lack of women in leadership roles at the highest ranks in American society. Even more surprising is that white girls are the least likely to have the desire or feel they have the ability to lead vs girls of color. Laura addresses this seemingly counter-intuitive dynamic, unpacks its educational equity implications, and challenges parents and educators to think differently about how we approach leadership practices for young women especially during the critical K-12 years when such social and psychological characteristics are formed.

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