Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium 2017


ISS welcomed 27 women leaders from outstanding international schools and institutions in fifteen countries to Princeton for our annual Women's Symposium. Renamed the Mary Anne Haas Women's Symposium, in honor of the event's founder and global education pioneer, this year's theme was Women as Global Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities. Participants spent three days discussing the context for women leadership in international schools, networking, and furthering their own professional development in an exciting series of workshops and conversations led by ISS President Liz Duffy and ISS Vice President Beth Pfannl.

Additionally, ISS was very proud to feature two prominent keynote speakers: Liz Dibble, Chief Operating Officer at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Tran Kim-Senior, Coordinator of Intercultural Programs and Associate Dean of Admissions at the Lawrenceville School.

We look forward to expanding the exciting dialogues begun at the Symposium within our facebook group ISS Women Lead. For more updates, be sure to follow #ISSWomenLead on Twitter.

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Meet the Keynote Speakers

Liz Dibble

Chief Operating Officer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

As Carnegie’s chief operating officer, Liz Dibble works closely with the president to oversee and manage all aspects of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In addition to directly overseeing the finance and human resources and administration departments, Liz assists the president in managing Carnegie’s relationship with its board of trustees.

Liz joined Carnegie in January 2017 after a thirty-six year diplomatic career as a U.S. foreign service officer, focusing primarily on Europe and the Middle East as well as on economics. She was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in London from 2013 to 2016, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2011 to 2013, and deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Europe from 2010 to 2011. She served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Rome from 2008 to 2010, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs from 2006 to 2008, and deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2004 to 2006. Her other diplomatic assignments include postings in Syria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom, as well as in Washington, including as assistant chief textile negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Liz was named one of 100 top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011 and was awarded a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2009. She has a BS from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Campinas, Brazil. She speaks Italian, French, and Spanish.

Tran Kim-Senior

Coordinator of Intercultural Programs/Associate Dean of Admissions, The Lawrenceville School

Tran Kim-Senior is an experienced group facilitator, administrator an educator with over 10 years of experience working in education at the secondary and post-secondary school levels. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Intercultural Programs and Associate Dean of Admissions at the Lawrenceville School where she develops and implements campus wide programs to raise awareness and understanding around issues of identity, multiculturalism, social justice and inclusion. She also is part of the admissions team at Lawrenceville that helps families navigate the admissions process at Lawrenceville and evaluates students’ applications. Tran received a B.A. in Political Arts and Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University. She received a Master’s of Education and a Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She and her husband have two elementary school-aged children.

Liz Duffy

President, International Schools Services

Liz became the first woman President of International Schools Services in July 2015. For the previous twelve years, she served as the 12th Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school founded in 1810 in Lawrenceville, NJ. During her tenure, she led comprehensive curriculum redesign and strategic planning efforts, introduced new student leadership, international travel and environmental sustainability programs, fostered an inclusive culture on campus, strengthened the School’s finances and operations, and raised over $350 million. She became the first woman Head Master at Lawrenceville just 15 years after the school admitted girls.

Liz came to Lawrenceville with an extensive background in the educational foundation world, having worked at the Ball Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Princeton University. Ms. Duffy chairs the board of Princeton AlumniCorps and serves on the boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The E.E. Ford Foundation. She is also a past president of the Eight Schools Association, an emerita trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and a past trustee of Princeton University and the National Association of Independent Schools, among other organizations.

Liz graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in molecular biology, and she received an M.B.A. and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. Liz and her husband have two teenage children.

Beth Pfannl

Vice President, International Schools Services

Beth has 30 years of experience in international education. She was most recently the long-standing head of the American Overseas School of Rome. Beth has served on numerous boards and committees including ECIS, the International Schools Advisory Committee of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center. She is past president of AAIE and the Rome International Schools Association (RISA), and currently serves as a trustee of The American University of Rome. In 2014, Beth was inducted into AAIE’s Hall of Fame and in 2003, she received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the Office of Overseas Schools. In addition to leading administrative searches, Beth runs the annual Mary Anne Haas Women’s Leadership Symposium. Fluent in Spanish, Italian and French, Beth brings a very strong international perspective to ISS. She earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris and her BA from McGill University. She holds a CAGS in School Administration from Rhode Island College. Based in Rome, Beth loves to travel and spend time with family.