A Virtual Event for Aspiring Female Leaders in Education:10am - 2pm Saturday 8th January 2022
Mná Fest is Proudly Sponsored By
Who is Mná Fest for?
You are a teacher who is curious about a career in educational leadership.
You would like a better understanding of what holds you back and why.
You are a teacher who wants to gain confidence and competence in themselves so you feel able to put yourself forward for new opportunities.
You want to develop a clear understanding of the steps you could take to move forward in your career.
You are a teacher who feels like an imposter from time to time and want to know how to overcome this.
You want to be inspired, motivated and informed about your career in the teaching profession!
By the end of this CPD event, you will:
- Have clear, practical guidance on how to prepare for moving forward in your career, instead of feeling like you are clueless on what you are supposed to do.
- Know what imposter syndrome is and how you can overcome this feeling, instead of feeling like you are reaching beyond yourself.
- Be able to pinpoint your achievements and verbalise them, instead of worrying that you sound like you are bragging!
- Have clear steps on how to build a network of like-minded colleagues who encourage you to be the best you can be, instead of feeling like you are alone and worrying what people think of you.
- Know and understand the challenges that can come with moving outside your comfort zone and accepting them, instead of feeling overwhelmed and anxious about taking on new tasks.
- Feel empowered to use the tools and resources shared in the virtual conference to prepare for career progression, instead of feeling unsure about what to do and how to prioritise aspects of your life to fit.
Why have you created this event for aspiring female leaders?
We hosted a workshop called “Aspiring Female Leaders in Education – Addressing the Barriers” at Féilte 2021.
This unique workshop outlined why it is important that women progress to leadership, the barriers that exist including imposter syndrome, family, confidence and fear of not being good enough and we explored strategies to overcome these barriers.
Based on the interest we have received from female teachers about this topic, we decided to create a stand-alone event that would explore the barriers (often gendered!) to women in leadership in education – and strategies to overcome them!
We believe that these barriers and lower proportion of women in educational leadership is not a “women’s issue” – this is a societal issue that is taking place in one of the most formative societal environments – school.
What is included?
Mná Fest is a specially designed online event for aspiring female leaders in education.
This event aspires to inspire, motivate and share valuable insights to those curious about career progression in leadership.
The day includes the following events:
- Gender Barriers & Realities – An Introduction
- Imposter Syndrome
- Leaders Lean-In Panel Conversation
- Personal Branding & Communication
- Building Confidence, Network & Competency
- 10-Week Career Challenge
We hear from subject experts and leaders who have walked the road before you and are willing to share their experience.
We take the time to reflect on your goals and we set personal challenges for the 10 weeks ahead.
Join us for a morning of positivity and support in a virtual space full of like-minded teachers who are cheering each other on!
Speaker: Aoife O Brien, Happiness at Work Expert
Imposter Syndrome – Understanding what it is & How to Overcome it
Up to 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some stage in their career.
It impacts on both men and women, but we deal with it in very different ways. It can impact on individuals in many ways, including feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled at work, not realising your potential, burnout and even resigning from work. During this interactive presentation, Aoife will speak about what imposter syndrome is, how it shows up, who gets it, and what steps we can take to manage and overcome it.
Aoife O’Brien is a Happiness at Work expert. She set up her business, Happier at Work, in 2019 with the mission to support organisations in becoming more people-focused.
Leaders Lean-In Panel Discussion
Led by Niamh Cullen, the panel will be discussing their insights and perspectives of leadership, the challenges faced by leaders and how they have overcome any barriers faced. We are joined by a panel of enthusiastic and passionate leaders, new and experienced, eager to share.
Niamh Cullen, Principal of Grace Park Educate Together National School
Niamh trained as a mentor with the National Induction Programme for Teachers in 2007 and has mentored teachers in all school settings and classes. Niamh is an Associate with NIPT and facilitates induction workshops, Cluster Meetings and PST Training. Niamh was seconded to the Teaching Council. Here, she was directly involved in the development of the current Droichead Policy.
Máirín Ní Chéileachair, Assistant General Secretary of the INTO
Between 2015 and 2021 Máirín spent time on secondment, both as National Co-ordinator of the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) and as Director of Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC). She has designed and delivered CPD for the Education Centre network, with which she has had a career-long association. Máirín is a former principal and has been Chairperson of Boards of Management at both primary and post-primary level.
Ciara Lynch, Assistant Principal
Ciara is a newly appointed Assistant Principal and a 3rd Class Teacher in an Educate Together school. She is passionate about creating a positive, inclusive and welcoming classroom for all students throughout the school year”. Ciara manages the successful Instagram blog called @ciarasclassroom.
Niamh Byrne, Principal
Niamh is a newly appointed primary school principal. She is a former member of the Professional Support Team (PST) and has supported over 20 NQT’s through the Droichead Process. She is a part-time tutor at Marino Institute of Education. She manages a highly successful educational blog www.irishprimaryteacher.ie supporting thousands of teachers every week on a range of topics. She is the author of ‘The NQT Year’.
Teresa Coughlan, Principal
Principal of a primary school in Cork and more recently during lockdown- a “highlighter” reader. She loves working as a principal and has a fantastic team of colleagues that create a warm and safe environment for students to flourish. Teresa shares her experiences with other teachers through her popular social media profile “Journey of a Primary Principal”.
Speaker: Margaret E Ward, Leadership Consultant, Journalist & Women on Air Founder
Getting Ahead – Communications, Confidence & Culture
Margaret is a leadership and communications consultant who combines New York journalism savvy and international business acumen with remarkable empathy and a laser focus on what really matters…empowering women to lead. She founded leadership consultancy Clear Ink in Dublin 2006. An award-winning investigative journalist/broadcaster (Irish Times, Sunday Times, Newstalk) and campaigner she is the founder of Women on Air, a board member of Fáilte Ireland and was an Oireachtas committee nominated member of the board of RTÉ (Irish national broadcaster) from 2016 to 2020.
Over to You – 10 Week Career Challenge!
Led by Ciara McGuane, director of Rahoo, we will explore out next steps in terms of our personal career journeys and navigate tangible actions we can take over the next 10 weeks! The suggested baby steps include aspects of personal branding, communication, networking, confidence-building, competency, self-care and vision-setting.
This voluntary challenge will be supported over the 10 weeks via a private group!
Mná Fest Features:
- Online Conference – accessible from your home – all you need is a cuppa, notebook, pen and a smile!
- Certified for Croke Park hours & CPD Record
- Expert Speakers on Imposter Syndrome, Personal Branding, Confidence and more!
- Leaders Lean In Panel share experience & advice on the realities for female leaders
- Q & A / Discussion Opportunities
Speakers to be announced shortly!
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Access to event talks and workshops for 2 weeks post-event.
- Downloadable Conference E-Booklet.
- 10 Week Career Challenge
- Access to Private Teacher Online Sharing Area.
- Giveaway Competitions on the day!
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