Two of the women, Pat Neudecker, superintendent of the Oconomowoc Schools in Wisconsin, and Amy Sichel, superintendent of the Abington, Pa., schools, were in attendance at the forum.
spoke about redwoods, those incredibly tall and majestic trees that grow to be over 300 feet tall and sport a considerable girth.
You instinctively assume that the redwood has deep roots to help maintain its balance, but that is not the case.
explains, the redwood's roots spread out, combining with the roots of the other trees to create a mesh, a network of roots, that gives the trees tremendous strength and durability.
The analogy was clear to the women leaders: Creating and maintaining a network with other women leaders is essential to their success.
also would indicate that including men in that network is essential as well.
She was our president last year, and she is a highly respected and effective superintendent and education leader.