Highlights from the 2019 NCGS Conference

Martha Perry

Board President's Reflections

As I reflect on our 2019 NCGS Conference hosted so graciously by Westridge School in Pasadena, CA, I can’t help but be proud of the work our girls’ schools do to nurture leaders today and for tomorrow.

What better message from our conference theme than to encourage girls and young women to dream, to dare, and to do, particularly at a time when change is constant and so many exciting and new opportunities lie ahead. As educators of girls and young women, we know our girls can—and should be—leading this change. Why? Because our girls have the power to be thoughtful problem solvers, creative thinkers, and empathetic change-agents. …

To take an idea beyond a dream and risk trying it out requires that our girls have not just the ability, but the confidence, to be resilient and nimble, regardless of the discipline. Our roles as educators is to facilitate the development of these important traits in our girls through encouragement and role-modeling.

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Making Panel

[L to R] Making Movie and TV Magic panelists Saladin K. Patterson | Showrunner, Producer, Writer and Nkechi Okoro Carroll | Executive Producer, Showrunner

Social Media Coverage

“65% of the jobs that girls will grow up to hold don’t exist today, so it’s critical to develop an entrepreneurial and growth mindset.” @weisfeld Founder & Chief Squad Officer @TheStartupSquad #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

“Being able to have true and deep empathy for other people is critical to success in every field.” @SarahPrevette Founder & CEO @fdesignschool #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

“We need to give girls permission to ask for representation.” @ayahbdeir Founder & CEO @littleBits #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

“The force of your belief has to be greater than that of their resistance.” #Innovation @schoenfeldj, VP @GM Cruise Automation #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

“The most important thing when it comes to girls regarding risk taking is to take advantage of every opportunity presented to you, whether they say yes or no. You never want to be the one holding yourself back.” Panelist Janelle Wellons, @NASAJPL #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

Regarding perfectionism, “Stop polishing the cannonball. As soon as I could accept that I had to give up on trying to be perfect, I could begin to make progress.” @allisonstrom of @CarnegieAstro #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

“Many girls think ‘I’m supposed to know it before I try it. And if I’m not fully capable of it, I can’t do it.’ As educators, we must dispel this myth.” @leslieaaronson of @NCWIT #DreamDareDo #STEMPanel #NCGS19

“We need to change our culture’s inclination to refer to her as a woman writer or a female engineer. She is a writer. She is an engineer.” @S_K_Patterson #DreamDareDo #NCGS19

Insightful moments such as these were actively captured and summarized on social media throughout the Dream, Dare, Do Conference. Didn't get the chance to follow the conversations in real time? Check out the hashtags #NCGS19 and #DreamDareDo on Twitter. You can also view photos from the Conference on Flickr.

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Conference Attendees

Conference Attendee Testimonials

“… thank you for the INCREDIBLE conference the last few days and congratulations on doing it so successfully! It was so amazing to meet so many like-minded women (and men) from all-girls institutions around the world. … We have a busy year ahead and big transitions, so it was nice to get some new ideas and re-energize ourselves.”Assistant Head of School

“… this was the most organized and thoughtful and deliberate event I have attended—including conferences I ran in my younger days. Purposeful. Planned. Productive.” Author and Higher Education Consultant

“All [sessions] were thought-provoking with real takeaways. The hands-on workshop shared many resources I am already planning to incorporate next year.” Division Director/Dean

“I enjoyed all the sessions I attended. It was difficult to narrow it down ... I must say that the panels were exceptional! The moderators were equally skilled and well-chosen. Each and every panelist was above par!Learning Specialist

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2019-2020 NCGS Professional Development Events

FALL 2019

Educating Girls Symposium
Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future
October 18, 2019
The Bryn Mawr School
Baltimore, MD


Educating Girls Symposium
Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future
January 27, 2020
The Hockaday School
Dallas, TX


2020 NCGS Annual Conference
Stand Up, Speak Up: Girls Using Their Voices to Engage, Empower, and Enact
June 22-24, 2020
Philadelphia 201 Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Thank You to Our 2019 NCGS Conference

Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors

2019 NCGS Conference The Walt Disney Company
First Republic Bank Carney Sandoe & Associates
Graham Pelton Girl Up