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March 20, 2021 8:00AM PST | 11:00 AM EST








Meet the Authors

Join the authors of Leading While Female and other dynamic female leaders who will offer conversations and stories through keynotes and breakout sessions designed to help educational leaders of all genders confront and close the gender equity gap.

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga served the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years as the first female superintendent.  She began her career as a bilingual paraeducator and enjoyed 40 years of service in education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, superintendent and university instructor at all levels.  Trudy retired as superintendent in July 2015 and was honored by the naming of the VUSD District Office, The VUSD Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center.  She is currently on the Cal Lutheran University faculty as the Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach in the Graduate School of Education.  Trudy is the co-author of Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency and Leading While Female:  A Culturally Proficient Response to Gender Equity. It has been her privilege to assist educational institutions and organizations throughout the United States through keynote speeches, workshops, leadership and equity institutes and online professional development to build a culturally proficient and inclusive organization for each and every one.   Trudy can be contacted at trudyarriaga73@gmail.com

Dr. Stacie L. Stanley

Dr. Stacie L. Stanley, is the Co-Author of Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity. She is a fierce advocate for ensuring women (especially women of color) are able to move into executive leadership roles.  Stacie also serves as an Associate Superintendent in the southwest metro of the Twin Cities in MN. Dr. Stanley has served in a variety of education roles including math teacher, school principal, & director of curriculum, assessment and instruction. She earned a doctorate degree from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she researched the impact of intercultural development on K-6 administrative leadership practice. Stacie is a Senior Training Associate at the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice, and graduate school adjunct faculty at Bethel University in Minnesota.  She lives with her husband, and enjoys being an empty nester, power walking, and spending time with their grandchildren. Stacie can be reached at staciestanley@gmail.com

Dr. Delores B. Lindsey

Dr. Delores B. Lindsey, retired as Associate Professor of Education at California State University, San Marcos, CA, but did not retire from the education profession. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message focuses on socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practices, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Her favorite reflective question is: Are we who we say we are? Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. They enjoy working together with school districts to guide school leaders on their journey toward equity and socially just practices. Her most recent publication is a Corwin Best seller, Leading while female: A Culturally proficient response for gender equity, 2020 with co-authors, Trudy Arriaga and Stacie Stanley. Delores can be reached at dblindsey@aol.com 

College and University Student Body Leaders

Danielle Geathers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Danielle Geathers was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is currently a junior at MIT studying Mechanical Engineering. In May, she was elected President for the MIT Undergraduate Association, making her the first Black woman to serve in this role. She is also the founder and director of Talented Ten, a program designed to increase the matriculation of Black women to MIT. As a sophomore, she served as the Officer on Diversity and chair of the Community and Diversity Committee. In high school, Danielle was the founder of her school’s Black Student Union and awarded the Coca Cola, Burger King, Foot Locker, and Women and Girls in Soccer scholarships. Danielle aspires to be a patent lawyer and plans to attend law school after graduation. 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-geathers-53b02a167

Instagram: 2danielle.g_

Email: geathers@mit.edu

Rachel Howell

Howard University

Rachel Howell is a senior Political Science major and Philosophy minor. Rachel serves as the 60th President of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA), where she advocates for approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Chapter Rachel holds an extensive resume of service, being the former Deputy Chief of Staff of HUSA and Vice President of the College of Arts & Science Student Council. Rachel has been a staunch and consistent advocate for HBCUs on and off campus, serving as an Undergraduate Assistant in the Howard University Department of External Affairs, interning with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the late Honorable Congressman John Lewis.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-howell-4bb63915a/

Email: rachel.howell@bison.howard.edu

Tatiana Ivy Moise

Wellesley College

Tatiana Ivy Moise is currently a full-time Senior student at Wellesley College, pursuing two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is formally trained in and adept at research and oral communication; passionate about creating truthful and entertaining content, whether that be written, audio, or video; and fascinated by the power of popular culture and social media. It is her goal to become an influential addition to the Entertainment, Communications and/or Broadcast Media industries.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatianaivy/

Email: tmoise@wellesley.edu

Naomi Riley

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Naomi Riley is a 4th year majoring in Political Science minoring in Chicano Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. This year she has the honor of serving as UCLA’s Student Body President and the Undergraduate Chair of the UC Council of Student Body Presidents. She was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. Naomi has used her experiences to help her become the leader she is today. She is deeply passionate about social justice issues and commits herself daily to find ways to advocate for her communities. Naomi aspires to take the work she is doing now and apply it along her journey to become a civil rights attorney and educator.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomi-riley/

Email: usacprez@gmail.com

Moderated by Dr. Darline Robles and sponsored by Cal Lutheran Unviersity.

Keynote Speakers

10:30am-11:20am PST| 1:30pm-2:20pm EST


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3:00pm-3:50apm PST| 6:00pm-6:50pm EST


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Breakout Sessions


Session #1 9:35-10:25am PST | 12:35pm-1:25pm EST

Session #2 1:45-2:35pm PST | 4:45pm-5:35pm EST

Creating Pipelines & Pathways - Increasing Female Executive Leadership by Strengthening Intercultural Relationships

Dr. Melissa Krull and Dr. Stacie Stanley

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Have you ever walked away from an intercultural interaction shaking your head and wondering what just happened?  Research indicates that women also serve as barriers toward increasing the number of females (especially females of color) in the Educational Leadership C-Suite.  Rather than pointing out our crooked crowns, we need to lift one another up!  Participants attending this session will leave with specific ideas for how women of all races can partner to advance the leadership careers of one another.  

Males as Allies

Dr. Delores B. Lindsey (moderator), Mr. Willie Adams, Dr. Frank Hernandez and Dr. Randall B. Lindsey

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Panel members will provide definitions and descriptions for mentoring and coaching female educational leaders. These male allies will share examples of what it means to have opportunities and responsibilities for action at every level to counter and disrupt biases and realities of gender inequities.



The Power of Networks & Sponsors

Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Dr. Julie Vitale and Dr. Avis Williams

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We’ve all heard of the good old boys club, but what does that mean for Female Executive Leadership?   Securing a position in the C-Suite requires women to expand their networks and build a cadre of sponsors.  Participants in this session will develop an understanding of the “why” for networking and hear from acting female Superintendents from across the U.S. about ways they have built influential networks to support their superintendency journey. 

Lifting Ourselves Up and Taking Ourselves Beyond

Dr. Shana Henry and Dr. Trudy Arriaga

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Examine, confront and overcome the barriers to career development for women.  This session will assist us to remove the barriers and end the biases that hold women back.  The power of our personal narratives will propel us to shift from the pitfalls that women leaders encounter on their career path to the support factors that help us to overcome the barriers to career attainment and beyond.  It’s about time….it’s our time!

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