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Supporting Women’s Leadership

Each year, over two dozen leaders from international schools around the world assemble for the annual Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium to discuss the context for women leadership in international schools, network, and further their own professional development in a stimulating series of workshops and conversations. Since 2002, this annual symposium has helped to advance women educators in leadership in international schools – as well as provide important role models to future generations of women leaders. In recent years, symposium alumni have organized workshops at regional conferences for both male and female leaders. We hope to see you at an event in the coming year!

Key organizer of the symposium, Beth Pfannl, ISS VP of Administrative Searches and Governance Services, said, “At 92 years young, Mary Anne Haas has been a wonderful mentor and dear friend to so many individuals, but now, looking at all of the symposium delegates and their positive energy, I can see the empowerment multiplying and spreading throughout the world. This event is a true catalyst and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Read more about the Mary Anne Haas Women's Symposium: 2019 | 2018 | 2017

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Organizers and graduates of the Mary Anne Haas Symposium also host an annual Women’s Breakfast in conjunction with AAIE and present topical workshops at regional conferences to spread the impact of the Symposium.


In July 2016 Mary Anne retired from ISS at the age of ninety, and continues her active role in the international community! Read More »


The Mary Anne Haas Symposium is made possible through a generous grant from the Office of Overseas Schools at the US Department of State, as well as key sponsors. Read More »

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Stay connected with us on social media using #ISSWomenLead and by joining our Facebook group. We always encourage you to spread your experiences, photos, and support with other women throughout the educational community.




Women in Leadership: Key Patterns & Strategies

Presented June 2018

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The Leadership Pipeline, Core Strengths & Weaknesses, and Mentors & Sponsors

Presented June 2018

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