GMHS Sponsors Women in Leadership Day

GMHS Principal Dan Richards is focused on increasing opportunities for students and bringing real world and authentic learning into the school programs as a way to prepare students for their futures beyond high school.  Yesterday, with Dan’s vision and Athletic Director Ryan Browner’s tenacity, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association ( MIAA) and our school photography company Hockmeyer with Barkdale sponsored the first in this region Women in Leadership Day for almost 85 young women from area schools.  Since Georgetown was the host school, we had the opportunity to send 45 young woman to this conference and the area schools could send up to seven participants. ( Newburyport, Hamilton Wenham, Manchester Essex, North Reading, Rockport, MASCO, Ipswich).  The participants were recommended by school staff as young woman with leadership potential and ,unfortunately, we could not include more students in this first year even though I am sure there are others who could have benefited. Hopefully in the future this event can grow and touch more students because the information and experiences that were shared are something every young women could use.

The day was set up like a conference with a keynote address from Elizabeth Hockmeyer Williams on her journey and experience as a woman leader.  Her message embodied three themes; listen, be kind and have the freedom to live the life you want. She shared her story about how she is living with a chronic health condition and how she has drawn strength from within and from her network to become the leader she is today;one who leads by example and treats others the way she would like to be treated.  Following her comments, the main trainer for the day Deb Hult from Core Trainings led the students in leadership and team building activities for the remainder of the day.  While I was there is the morning, I was not able to share the remainder of the day with the participants but the evaluations were outstanding and I believe they felt they learned a lot from the experience which was our goal.  Research shows that there is a need to build our young women up and arm them with the skills, attitudes and belief to be the leaders of tomorrow. I am so delighted that our district is taking a proactive and forward thinking approach to leading the North Shore with a program like this and I hope this is the first on many years our young woman in the region and in our school can benefit.

Sincere thanks to the people who made this day happen. It is a tremendous amount of work planning and executing a day long event involving many districts and it went off without a hitch. To Elizabeth Hockmeyer Williams and Deb Hult, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your positive energy, messages of hope, expertise and passion for this topic. You are true leaders who lead by example and embody the best in what leadership for women looks like in action.  You are inspiring and I hope all of the young women that were part of this great day will take something they learned and use it to make themselves the kind of leaders we need in the world today.  What an awesome opportunity!