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Monday, May 13 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hero to Host - A Journey Towards Re-imagining Leadership

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From Hero to Host: A Journey to Re-Imagining Leadership.
This is the story of a school superintendent who proposes to the Board of Trustees, in her employment interview, that a rural context is not an excuse for poor student achievement results. She suggests, based on in-depth leadership research that a reimagined leadership development program focused on strategic capacity building, positively changes students’ learning experiences and high stakes performance results.
Over a two year period, the Superintendent and her colleagues, Deputy Superintendent Karen Shipka, and Circle Practitioner/Facilitator Katharine Weinmann, have brought this proposal to life, creating incredible, data supported, learning shifts through their reimagined school leadership development approach.
Margaret Wheatley’s 2010 article, Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host is the metaphor that underpins this narrative fostering the idea of hosting conversations versus taking the role of hero.   We hope our story will resonate with you as you engage in your own culture shift.

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Karen Shipka

Deputy Superintendent, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
Karen's leadership journey has been diverse and full of exciting learning. Beginning in Edmonton Catholic Schools as a teacher and curriculum consultant then moving to Alberta Education where she led a province-wide laptop learning initiative before becoming a senior manager and director... Read More →
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Carolyn Lewis

Superintendent, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
Carolyn Lewis is the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division Superintendent of Schools. Ms. Lewis has a thirty-year history as an educator in Alberta, in the roles of teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. In addition, she served as a Senior Education... Read More →
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Katharine Weinmann

Founder-Principal, Panache Consulting
Believing that leadership is an “inside job,” Katharine supports educational leaders to attend to their inner lives as a valuable and necessary source of kind, clear and creative response to the role’s complex challenges. As a professional facilitator and process designer with... Read More →

Monday May 13, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
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