TCWSE 2020 Annual Conference Program

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TCWSE Mission & Goals The mission of the Texas Council of Women School Executives is to create and maintain a united community of professional educational executives by promoting equity and quality in leadership through renewal, mentoring, and career advancement support.

Our Goals •

Facilitate a unique and rejuvenating annual

conference •

Host a dynamic support network of educatioal

executives, leaders, university professors, recruiters,

and strong regional groups

Recognize exemplary practitioners

Maintain fiscal sovereignty

Provide robust membership services


TCWSE 2020 Conference Agenda* (All sessions and activities take place in the Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor)

Friday, January 24 3–6:30 p.m.


3:30–6 p.m.

TCWSE Executive Board Meeting

Ballroom D Foyer 11A

Saturday, January 25 7 a.m.–6 p.m


Ballroom D Foyer

7:15-8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

Ballroom D

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Newcomers Session

Ballroom E

8:30-9:30 a.m.

1st General Session Niki Spears, Co-Founder, The Energy Bus for Schools

Ballroom D

9:45-10:45 a.m

Focus Session #1

In Rooms Assigned

11 a.m.-Noon

Focus Session #2

In Rooms Assigned

Noon-2 p.m.

Celebration Luncheon/2nd General Session Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Focus Session #3

In Rooms Assigned

3:30-4:30 p.m

Focus Session #4

In Rooms Assigned

4:30-6 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Ballroom D

Ballroom D

Sunday, January 26 (All sessions in Ballroom D) 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8-8:15 a.m.

Greetings from TASA President Greg Smith

8:15-9 a.m.

President’s Address and Installation of 2020 Officers

9-9:15 a.m.


9:15-10 a.m. Mentoring 10-11 a.m.

3rd General Session/Door Prizes Erin Whisenhunt, Assistant Principal, Grand Prairie ISD

*See page 7 for the Female Superintendents’ Summit information. All summit activities take place in 12B. TCWSE’s SBEC Provider Number: 500139


2020 TCWSE Awards & Recognitions* Margret Montgomery Leadership Award

Given to an outstanding Texas educator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and supported professionalism for women in education and who exemplifies the mission of TCWSE. The recipient of the Margret Montgomery Leadership Award must be a member of TCWSE.

Bravo Awards Presented to exemplary practitioners, innovative programs, and initiatives that promote community and parental involvement.

Pat Shell Scholarship This professional development scholarship is named in honor of Patricia M. Shell who passed away in 2012 after a long and illustrious career in public education. Pat was an outstanding Texas education leader and mentor to both men and women educators. The recipient must be a Texas woman superintendent, with preference given to TCWSE members. *Visit the Awards & Scholarships tab at for more information and lists of past recipients.

Join us for our 3rd Annual Student Art Show and Silent Auction Displayed inside Ballroom D throughout the conference! TCWSE is proud to once again showcase inspiring young women artists. Proceeds go directly to students who choose to participate in the Silent Auction. Come by and marvel at the talent of these amazing young artists!

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5th Annual Female Superintendents Summit 12B Agenda 8:15-9:30 a.m.

TCWSE 1st General Session

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Connecting our Sister Superintendents LaTonya M. Goffney, Aldine ISD Jill Siler, Gunter ISD

11 am-Noon

Finding Joy on the Journey as a Female Superintendent Jeannie Stone, Richardson ISD Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD Kathy Rollo, Lubbock ISD

Noon-2 pm

TCWSE 2nd General Session

2:15-3:15 pm

Financing my Future as a Retired Female Superintendent Christina Winters, Creating & Managing Wealth Jill Siler, Gunter ISD

Saturday Sessions 7:30-8:15 am


Ballroom E

Kathryn Washington, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Lamar University

Newcomers Session If this is your first TCWSE Conference, be sure to attend the Newcomers Session. This is a rollicking good time that you won’t want to miss! 8:30-9:30 am

1st General Session


Karla Moyer, President/Consultant, Karla’s Korner, and 2019 TCWSE President


Niki Spears, CoFounder/Chief Energy Officer, The Energy Bus for Schools

Ballroom D

The Power of Positive Energy! Get ready to board The Energy Bus with Niki Spears and experience the power of positive energy! Niki will share proven principles that will get your Bus moving in the right direction. Niki left her job as a school principal to team up with best-selling author Jon Gordon and is now touring the country spreading her message of positivity to schools, districts, and organizations. Get ready to be energized and inspired to create the life of your dreams!

9:45-10:45 am

Focus Session #1

Balancing the Things You NEED, WANT, and MUST HAVE



Christina Winters, CEO/President, Creating & Managing Wealth, LLC

Will you have enough money in retirement? What are your financial blind spots? This presentation offers critical new findings on how much you are going to need and the emotional impact of retirement. You’ll gain valuable insights to help you develop a strategy and identify your blind spots so that you can properly plan for your financial future.


Saturday, January 25

Reframing Challenges In Your Life to Gain a Clearer Vision



Tina Herrington, Superintendent, Wharton ISD Jean Bahney, Interim Superintendent, Marlin ISD Tina Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD

Leaders who understand what’s going on around them often see what they need to do to achieve the results they desire. Three experienced school leaders will share their personal stories of how they have had to think their way out of challenges and reframe the thinking of others. A fourframe model of leadership shared by Bolman and Deal in Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice and Leadership will be shared with the participants to allow them to gain a clearer vision in their own lives.

Warrior Women



Tracy Weeden, President & CEO, Neuhaus Education Center

What are the traits and habits of mind of women who transform systems? How do they wield power? What character do they exhibit that allows them to stay in the places they rise to without ending up on the front page of their local paper? How do they walk boldly, and remain true to themselves. This session will focus on the characteristics of women who lead in districts, universities, non-profits, etc. based upon my personal interactions on a national level with hundreds of women who lead.

From the Recruiters’ Perspective


A Panel of Experienced and Successful Education Recruiters

Is it your professional background, resume, references, appearance, personality, presentation, or fit? Meet highly successful recruiters who know what boards, superintendents, and their districts want and need. Learn the dos and donts from the recruiters’ experiences and perspectives. What job seekers should really know before applying!

Aspiring Principals Panel


Panelists will share their experiences, thoughts, and advice on working toward and securing a principal position. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

11 am-Noon

Focus Session #2

Developing Professional Women in K12 Information Technology Leadership Positions Speaker:


Frankie Jackson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Texas K-12 CTO Council As reported in the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2019 K-12 Information Technology (IT) Leadership Survey Report, five-year trends show decreasing gender diversity with 28% of females and 77% of males in IT Leadership positions. This trend will have a detrimental effect on girls and women going into STEM fields. With the rapid growth of technology in educational settings, school districts and organizations need to develop women leaders. In this session, learn about practical ways current women in IT leadership positions can reach down to the upcoming women in IT generations and bring them up. In this session, learn about successful and seasoned education technology leaders with diverse backgrounds and ethnicity and the experiences, challenges, and successes in their journeys to become Chief Technology Officers in their districts.

Building a Culture of Learning and Engagement

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Gwen Perkins, Area Superintendent , Denton ISD

Explore one district’s mission to develop leadership capacity to improve organizational effectiveness and promote a culture of learning and engagement for all stakeholders. Through the LEAD academy, aspiring leaders and teacher leaders are provided opportunities to explore the characteristics, skills and behaviors required for exemplary leadership and to reflect on their own leadership skills and practices.

Saturday, January 25

The Five Most Difficult Leadership Issues and How To Overcome Them



Jamey Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Brenham ISD

Based on research and personal experience, session participants will hear about the top five most difficult leadership lessons a leader will encounter during her career and ways to overcome the obstacles. These top five lessons are a mixture of personal experience and ideas founded in leadership research. If you are facing challenges in your current leadership role and need ideas or ways to overcome those obstacles, this session is for you!

Leaving Ripples in our World and Beyond Through the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt 13B Speaker:

Karlyn Keller, Division Director, Special Education Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Eleanor Roosevelt was an interesting woman. Described as an activist and reluctant first lady, the impact she had on the world around still ripples today. As First Lady, delegate to the United Nations, and Board Member of the NAACP, it was said that her views were dangerous and her activities were monitored by FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. In this session we will dive into some of her most famous quotes and apply them to our journey as women executives who will leave a ripple from our actions.

Aspiring Central Office Panel


Panelists will share their experiences, thoughts, and advice on working toward and securing a central office position. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

Noon-2 pm

Celebration Luncheon / 2nd General Session


Karla Moyer, President/Consultant, Karla’s Korner, and 2019 TCWSE President


Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD

Envision “What Could Be” In Your Life Benjamin Franklin used to ask this powerful question, “What has become clear to you since we last met?” If we are going to be the best versions of ourselves and serve our families and organizations well, we need to have clarity around what we want to do and who we want to be. There is great vision within all of us, but it takes us being mindful about and intentional in thinking about our vision, bringing people together to create our vision and then living it out—in big ways and small ways … Every. Single. Day. The expanse of “what could be” in our lives is massive. It’s time to stop drawing a small box around possibility. Be bold and envision what could be! 2:15-3:15 pm

Focus Session #3

212: The Extra Degree



Stephen Ferrar, Director of Education Solutions, ABM Education

A difference of one degree of water temperature from 211 degrees to 212 degrees can power a locomotive. Imagine what it can do for a school/organization if everyone puts forth one more degree of effort in everything they do! The overall objective of this presentation is to instill the “extra-effort” required from all leaders to work towards a goal.

To Teach a Growth Mindset We Must Have a Growth Mindset



LaTanya Baker, Principal, Judson ISD Johnike Shuler, Teacher, Judson ISD

The growth mindset must first start and develop within us. It is difficult to develop attributes in others that we ourselves do not possess and are not modeling. We must first cultivate the growth mindset within ourselves, so it can reflect in our teaching and learning practices, and so we can model it for our students and fellow colleagues. This session will contain a self-assessment and tools for developing a growth mindset.

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Saturday, January 25

What’s Your Innovation Situation?



Karla Burkholder, Director of Technology, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

Innovation is the thing! But what does it really look like and how are you modeling innovation as a leader? The time has come to stop talking about innovation and start doing it. This interactive session will focus on some practical ways to lead with and for innovation based on Couros and Novak’s Innovate Inside the Box.

Seeing Clearly Through Conflict: Managing Conflict in Turbulent Situations Speakers:


Melissa Kates, Chief of Staff, Duncanville ISD Darlene Breaux , Director of Research and Evaluation Institute, Harris County Department of Education Conflict is inevitable. Those who embrace conflict can build understanding and better relationships— and experience greater personal and professional success. But managing conflict is not easy. As a leader, it is important to use effective conflict management skills to diffuse toxic conflict around you. In this session, you’ll learn how to manage conflict with diplomacy, tact, and credibility. You will leave the session better equipped to handle conflict in your personal and professional life.

Aspiring Higher Education/Consultants/Authors Panel


Panelists will share their experiences, thoughts, and advice on working toward and securing a position in higher education or as a consultant/author. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

3:30-4:30 pm

Focus Session #4

Know the Most Powerful Educational Agencies/Organizations in Texas



Kevin Brown, Executive Director, TASA Denise Carter, Education Support Senior Account Executive, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Nakita Guillory, Waiver Officer, University Interscholastic League, University of Texas at Austin Lily Laux, Associate Commissioner, School Programs, Texas Education Agency Pamela Wells, Executive Director, ESC Region 4

Every Texas administrator must know the role, mission, and vision of the most powerful educational organizations in Texas. Come to the table and learn about each organization’s role in your own organization and for you as an individual.

From Chamomile to Earl Grey, Let’s Spill the Tea About Sexism in the Workplace 11B Speaker:

Sonya Cole-Hamilton, Chief of Staff, DeSoto ISD

We often talk about career advancement without discussing the obstacles that have nothing to do with our abilities, qualifications, or years of experience. For years, women have experienced pay inequity, workplace sexual harassment, and other forms of gender discrimination. With the momentum of the “Me Too” Movement, we are now dissecting how toxic workplace culture is for women. Our increased awareness of how such sexism manifests itself in the workplace is critical for our ongoing success.

A Clear Vision for Instructional Leadership




Shelly Huddleston, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, San Angelo ISD Candi Callas, Director of Secondary C&I, San Angelo ISD Cheri Braden, Director of Elementary C&I, San Angelo ISD

San Angelo ISD believes the time is now to fully value the hopes and dreams of each child, to remove whatever barriers exist in obtaining them, and to never again allow a child to be treated as a test score. We will be accountable for each child’s future by honoring their strengths and supporting their needs while improving the system that empowers them. Come and learn how our vision for achieving this mission and creating future-ready graduates informs our model for instructional leadership.

Fit In Where You Get In—Making the Job You Get the Job You Want!



Tamika Mayes, Assistant Principal, Alief ISD

Have you ever wished for a job but regretted it the moment you got it? Learn how to support the mission and vision of your organization while allowing your light to shine simultaneously. Attendees will leave this session with tangible plans fulfilling their given talents and meeting personal goals while supporting those around them.

Aspiring Superintendents Panel


Panelists will share their experiences, thoughts, and advice on working toward and securing a superintendent position. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

Sunday Sessions (all sessions in Salon D) 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Networking

8-8:15 a.m.

Greetings from TASA President

Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD

8:15-9 a.m.

President’s Address and Installation of 2020 Officers


Karla Moyer, President/Consultant, Karla’s Korner, and 2019 TCWSE President

9:15-10 a.m.

Mentoring Mentoring relationships have powerful, positive effects in a variety of professional situations as well as assist in promoting work life balance. We encourage all TCWSE members to consider a mentoring opportunity either within TCWSE or at your own district or campus. During this session, we will share information about the TCWSE Mentoring Program for 2020. Join us to explore the importance of mentoring and your opportunities for becoming a mentor or a mentee this year.

Mentor Pairing. If you would like to be a mentor or be paired with a mentor, click the link below and complete the TCWSE Mentor Pairings form. The deadline for completing the form is Wednesday, January 29. Mentors and mentees will be paired shortly after the conference.

10-11 am

3rd General Session


Lisa Meysembourg, Superintendent, Woodville ISD, and 2020 TCWSE President


Erin Whisenhunt, Assistant Principal, Grand Prairie ISD

Resilience, Grit, and Legacy—Lessons Learned as a Superintendent’s Kid Texas public schools are one of our state’s most valuable resources, led by superintendents who work tirelessly to bring their vision and inspiration to life. Superintendents’ kids have a unique, front-row seat to the resilience and grit it takes to turn that vision into reality for millions of Texas students. Now the guardian of a great Texas legacy, Erin will share lessons learned and reflect on the blessings and opportunities afforded to her through on-the-job training as the daughter of one of Texas’s most revered superintendents, the late Dr. Susan Simpson.

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35th Annual Conference 2020 Conference Committee

Regional Advisory Committee

Conference Coordinator

Kristin N. Brown, Superintendent, Lyford CISD (1)

Lisa Meysembourg, Woodville ISD

Denise Koenning Blanchard, Principal, Banquete ISD (2)

Committee Members

Tina Herrington, Superintendent, Wharton ISD (3)

Jean Bahney, Marlin ISD

Tracy L. Weeden, President & CEO, Neuhaus Education Center (4)

Alice Clayton, Angleton ISD

Robin Perez, Superintendent, Nederland ISD (5)

Jamie Goodwin, ESC 20

Tracy Brewer, Assistant Superintendent, Navasota ISD (6)

Tina Herrington, Wharton ISD Karla Moyer, Kareer Koaching Jill Rivera, Midland ISD

Jennifer Smith Jones, Director, Guidance & Counseling, Tyler ISD (7) Carole Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent, Harts Bluff ISD (8)

Sharon Ross, Tarleton State University

Hope M. Appel, Assistant Superintendent, Vernon ISD (9)

Shelly Slaughter, Cumby ISD

Denise Beutel, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Services, Richardson ISD (10)

Kathryn Washington, Lamar University

Gwen M. Perkins, Area Superintendent, Denton ISD (11)


Diane Davis Frost, Superintendent, Corsicana ISD (12)

TCWSE Past Presidents

Karlyn Keller, Division Director, Special Education Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) (13)

2019 Executive Board Officers President

Karen Lynne Saunders, Superintendent, Morton ISD (17) Karla J. Moyer, President and Consultant, Karla’s Korner


Lisa Meysembourg, Superintendent, Woodville ISD (5)

Vice President

Shelly Slaughter, Superintendent, Cumby ISD (8)


Kathryn Washington, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Lamar University (5)

Historian Past President

Sheri Blankenship, Superintendent, Hereford ISD (16)

Lindsey Pollock, Principal, Houston ISD (4) Sharon D. Ross, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Technology, Tarleton State University (11)

Executive Secretary/ Ann M. Halstead, Associate Executive 12 Director, Internal Operations, TASA (13)

Jill Rivera, Executive Director of Professional Development, Midland ISD (18) Jamie Goodwin, Educational Specialist, ESC Region 20 (20)

Review Committee of Past Presidents (active) Margret A. Montgomery Sheffield, Consultant, Montgomery Consultant Services, Inc. (1984–1985) Yvonne Katz, Superintendent (Retired)/Trustee, Alamo Community College District (1986–1987) Janiece T. Campbell, Retired Professor (1987–1988) Virginia L. Collier, Retired Superintendent/Professor (1990–1991) Genevieve Brown, Retired Dean (1993–1994) Jackie Jenkins, Consultant, Jackie Jenkins Ph.D. Consulting (1994–1995)

Juneria P. Berges, Consultant, Juneria P. Berges Consultant (1995–1996) Beverly J. Irby, Professor and Chair, K-12 Educational Administration Programs, Texas A&M University (1996–1997) Barbara A. Sultis, Retired Superintendent/Educational Consultant (1997–1998) Dianne Hess, Consultant, Dianne Hess Consulting (1998–1999) Judi Jones Benestante, Consultant, The Benestante Group (1999–2000) Anita M. Pankake, Retired Professor (2000–2001) Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Birdville ISD (2001–2002) Shirley M. Coleman, Retired Superintendent/Consultant (2002–2003) Vicki Miller, Retired Administrator (2004–2005) Nancy K. Vaughan, Retired Superintendent/Category Manager for Instruction and Intervention, School Specialty (2005–2006) Jennifer S. Blaine, Superintendent, Spring Branch ISD (2006–2007) Viviana Lopez, Director, Federal & State Initiatives, Texas Education Agency (2007–2008) Priscilla White, Retired Consultant (2008–2009) Diane Stegall, Retired Superintendent/Financial Advisor, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial (2009–2010) Lu Stephens, Retired Professor/Consultant, (2010-2012) Denise Daniels, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD (2012) Jean Bahney, Interim Superintendent, Marlin ISD (2013) Patricia Ramirez, Retired Administrator (2014) LaTonya M. Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine ISD (2015) Stacey McGraw, Teacher, Allen ISD, 10 (2016) Tina L. Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD (2017)

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