Notre Dame High School's Strategic Plan: Vision 2025 for Women's Leadership

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Vision 2025

for Women's Leadership

Notre Dame High School Strategic Plan: 2020-2025

Contents Vision for Leadership Strategic Plan Initiatives Influential Leadership Spiritual Leadership Professional Leadership Timeline School Leadership

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Vision for Leadership Dear Notre Dame community, We are excited to share with you an overview of Vision 2025, Notre Dame San Jose’s strategic plan for building our future. The vision identifies three areas of growth and opportunity that advance our mission to educate young women for leadership. This vision expands our impact for leadership into the community and invites community members to join us in our work. Our initiatives are bold. We will move beyond our campus and student community and invite others to engage in recognizing the value of women’s leadership. We will expand the impact of women’s spiritual leadership through interfaith partnerships and our Notre Dame network in the world. We will grow the opportunities for our professional learning community to be leaders and develop student leaders. The focus for this aspirational vision grew from the board of directors’ Future Sustainability Study in 2017-2018, the sunsetting of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and the opening of the Center for Women’s Leadership classroom building in 2020. As we have done for the past 170 years, we iterate women's education to respond to the times. Now, more than ever, our Notre Dame Catholic worldview calls us forward to embody goodness, equity and inclusion in new and dynamic ways. This plan prioritizes that commitment within each of the initiatives to position Notre Dame at the center of a movement for relevant and impactful women's leadership. We look forward to sharing our progress on this important work for women’s leadership in the 21st century with you! In Notre Dame,

Mary Beth Riley Mark Fernandes Head of School Chair, Board of Directors

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Vision 2025 for Women's Leadership Our Vision By 2025, Notre Dame High School will be the center for women’s leadership in Silicon Valley. The school will be recognized as the model for: A robust culture of engagement that supports women’s leadership

Women's spiritual leadership in the 21st century

A professional learning community that influences women’s leadership

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Influential Leadership INITIATIVE ONE: A Culture of Engagement & Networking for Influential Leadership Notre Dame High School, a downtown learning community and landmark, will embody a culture of engagement for women's leadership. By 2025, Notre Dame will: • Engage the community — students, alums, parents, parents of alums, friends, businesses, faith communities and other organizations — in a partnership to support women’s leadership • Strengthen and broaden the community support — time, talent and resources — to create new opportunities for engagement • Develop student engagement and philanthropy through integrated student programs that strengthen women’s leadership

Our hearts must be always ready to will all that the good God asks of us."

Saint Julie Billiart

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Spiritual Leadership INITIATIVE TWO: Recognized Local & Global Spiritual Leadership Notre Dame High School, committed to an inclusive Catholic in the 21st century worldview, will be recognized as the center for women’s spiritual leadership within, and beyond, our community. By 2025, Notre Dame will: • Broaden global influence through the Notre Dame network • Cultivate Bay Area/Silicon Valley recognition through interfaith partnership • Create advocacy and action influence within a wider network of women’s leadership

Let us labor with the Holy Spirit at the work the good God has entrusted to us."

Saint Julie Billiart

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Professional Leadership INITIATIVE THREE: Empowerment for Professional Leadership Notre Dame High School, a professional learning community of people who work for, and with, one another, will be the employer of choice among educational institutions in Silicon Valley. By 2025, Notre Dame will: • Ensure an environment and culture of empowerment, personalization and dignity • Expand professional growth and capacity-building for all • Grow and sustain a comprehensive compensation plan • Shape women’s leadership in Silicon Valley through professional influence and impact

I pray with all my heart to the good God to help you in this work... This kind of work is destined to be done only by souls filled with the spirit of God."

Saint Julie Billiart

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Strategic Planning Timeline INITIATE THE PROCESS Notre Dame Board of Directors hires a consultant to facilitate the process of developing a new strategic plan. A steering committee, which includes members of the board as well as the administrative team, begin future state mapping exercises.


ANALYZE THE DATA Points of intersection between the three projects are identified as areas of focus for strategic planning. The areas include philanthropy, human capital and Catholic identity.


ADOPT THE PLAN The outcome of that work leads to three proposed initiatives with drafted objective statements. This work is presented to, and adopted by, the board of directors in January 2020.

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MAY 2019

GATHER THE RELEVANT DATA Steering committee recognizes the value of leveraging significant research and community input from previous projects: • The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan • The Future Sustainability Project (FSP) of the board of directors • The Educational Improvement Plan (EIP) from the school's accreditation self-study


DEVELOP THE PLAN The 11 members of the steering committee form into three sub-committees. Each meet with an additional six constituents with related expertise.


IMPLEMENT & MONITOR THE PLAN A Strategic Planning Oversight Sub-Committee meets quarterly with members of the administrative team who report on progress, related outcomes and forecast upcoming plans to advance initiatives, provide feedback and report progress to the board.

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Administrative Team

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Board of Directors

Chris Arriola

Laura Murphy

Linda McMullen '66 Bearie

Sister Rosalie Pizzo '52 SNDdeN

Demerris Brooks-Immel '87

Lorne Rundquist

Pani Dixon

Dremeco Seifert

Nancy Erba

Barbara Simmons

Mark Fernandes, Chair

Rose Pierro '63 Simmons

Kristy Gannon

Nicola Tan '03

Selina Garrison

Eileen Tanghal

Howard Graham

Melinda Postle '88 Thompson

Greg Hanson

Jim Woods

Jenny Hsia '99

Katie Heagerty '87 Zazueta


of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community

The Hallmarks are the essential characteristics and values of a Notre Dame de Namur learning community: • We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good. • We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person. • We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world. • We commit ourselves to community service. • We embrace the gift of diversity. • We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve. • We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life. 14 |



Notre Dame High School, in the heart of downtown San Jose since 1851, provides young women an exemplary Catholic, college-preparatory education to become life-long learners, spiritual seekers, justice advocates and community leaders. We are inspired by Saint Julie Billiart and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We empower young women and

“teach them what they need to know for life.”

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