Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Despite significant gains, women are underrepresented in leadership positions in many fields and sectors -- including education. While many women teach, fewer women rise to top leadership roles in international schools. Since 2002, ISS has hosted an annual symposium to provide opportunities for development and professional networking for women in international education. In 2016, we re-named the event The Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium, in honor of its founder Mary Anne Haas, who retired in June of 2016 at the age of ninety. The Women’s Symposium has spawned other efforts to increase the diversity of international school leaders. All are welcome to learn more and join the cause!

The Four Patterns

In their bestselling book, “What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know” distinguished law professor, lawyer and mother Joan Williams and her daughter Rachel Dempsey discuss four clusters of problems that serve as obstacles to women’s success, and offer straightforward and practical advice.

"Prove it Again” Bias

Women have to prove their competence over and over because the stereotype of a leader is male.

The Tightrope

Women have to negotiate the narrow space between being too masculine or too feminine to be respected and liked.

Maternal Wall

Mothers (and even potential mothers) are held to higher performance and punctuality standards.

Tug of War

The other three patterns of bias fuel competition among women.

Inspirational Leader: Mary Anne Haas

Mary Anne Haas has been a force in international education since the 1960s. For more than 20 years, Mary Anne served as the Executive Assistant to three ISS presidents, and in 2002, she founded the ISS Women’s Symposium, an annual event in Princeton to develop and support women leaders in international education. Before coming to ISS, Mary Anne and her husband Stanley Haas provided leadership, fellowship and fun to international school communities in Rome and Athens and through the Near East South Asia (NESA) Council of International Schools. Born and raised in Seattle, Mary Anne has a passion for learning, an interest in other cultures, a commitment to service and an infectious optimism for the future. Her sense of adventure, color, and design are legendary among the international school community.

Mary Anne Haas

"We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change."

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO & Founder of Lean In

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Mary Anne Haas Women's Symposium

June 18-20, 2017
The Chauncey Center
Princeton, NJ, USA

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