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Agile Leaders in the Age of Anxiety | Auckland, New Zealand

August 15, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Diocesan School for Girls, Clyde St Epsom
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand

A one-day masterclass for senior educators.

Agile Leaders, Avid Learners | Professor Erica McWilliam, QUT Faculty of Education

This session is split into two and will focus on broadening and deepening the capacity of senior and middle leaders to build and sustain a ‘low threat, high challenge’ learning culture in their schools. It will explore two themes — Attentional Economy: Where are you now and where do you want to be? and  Collaborating: How can we learn to fly higher as an organisation? —  and their application for contemporary girls’ schooling.

Working lunch: Community Engagement in Girls’ Schools | Dr Jason Ketter, AskRIGHT

Join Dr Ketter for an engaging roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities of stakeholder relations in girls’ schools. This luncheon will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions most meaningful to you about your stakeholder relations program and exchange ideas and lessons learned with your colleagues.

Teaching in the Age of Anxiety | Dr Emma Woodward, New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience

We are constantly being reminded that levels of anxiety are rising in teenage girls. This can feel overwhelming and beyond our level of capacity and area of expertise for many educators. This empowering and informative presentation explores what anxiety is (and what it isn’t), why it is “rising”, but most of all clarifies what we, as educators, can do every day to support our student to reach their fullest potential.



Prof Erica McWilliam

Erica is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy with a particular focus on preparing young people for ‘over the horizon’ futures. In her numerous presentations to educational leaders, teachers, parents and students, she elaborates on the challenges faced by all those who are seeking to ensure that our young people will live, learn and earn well in this demanding century. In particular, she stresses the importance of providing ‘low threat, high challenge’ learning environments that assist young people to welcome error and the instructive complications of unfamiliarity and complexity.

She was instrumental in directing the Creative Workforce 2.0 Research Program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and has also performed professorial duties as an educational researcher at the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Erica has worked extensively to inform innovative teaching and learning both in Australia and overseas. Her expertise as a consultant to schools, in particular, girls’ schools, continues to have a significant impact on pedagogical practice in Australia and New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Education, an Honorary Fellow of the Australia Council of Educational Leadership and an Associate Fellow of the Learning and Teaching Council of Australia. A recent sole-authored book, ‘The Creative Workforce: How to launch young people into high flying futures’, is published by UNSW Press, and number of her more recent papers are available on her website – http://www.ericamcwilliam.com.au/. Her latest academic book, Educating Girls, is published with the Queensland University Press.

Dr Emma Woodward

After working as a Social Worker with older children and adolescents in East London for several years Dr Emma Woodward decided that the only effective way to support children and young people with their mental health was to get in earlier and teach them the protective skills they needed in the first instance. So, in 2006 Emma changed careers and undertook her Doctorate in Child, Educational and Community Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Emma now has over 20 years experience working with children, young people and their families to support their mental health and wellbeing.

After moving to NZ in 2014, Emma worked for the Ministry of Education where she ended up as Practice Leader for the Intensive Wraparound Service. Emma is now the Director of Psychological Services at The Child Psychology Service in Auckland and the Clinical Director at the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. Emma supports children and their families with a range of concerns (predominately anxiety in school-aged children) and delivers training nationally around NZ on using strengths-based approaches and Positive Psychology when working with children, young people and their families.

As mother to three wonderfully lively and curious boys, Emma has a specific interest in how we use the science of Positive Psychology to support today’s children to develop the skills that they need in order to thrive in their tomorrow. Emma has a warm, genuine and curious approach to her work and her passion lies in enabling clients to use their strengths to support self-motivated and lasting change.

Dr Jason Ketter

Dr Jason Jason brings more than 30 years of fundraising and engagement experience to clients in their quest to raise more money. He has extensive hands-on organisational programming, operational development, and fundraising expertise with a proven track record for increasing performance. Jason has coached major gift officers, lead advancement teams, and served campaigns ($10 million to $2 billion) at The Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, The University of Queensland, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, The University of New England, Murdoch University, Albright College, and Delaware Valley University. Jason has proven success in soliciting and closing major and leadership ($1 million plus) gifts in Australia, China (Hong Kong), Panama, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, United Kingdom, and the United States.

In addition to Jason’s extensive higher education sector experience, he has served the American School of Muscat, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Amnesty International Australia, Catholic Mission, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, St Mark’s College, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, the Calcutta House of Philadelphia, Just Say No to Drugs, and Mother Against Drunk Drivers.

Jason is a sought out speaker, speaking at Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore and Hong Kong; The Enterprising University, HELP University, Kuala Lumpur; Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Brisbane; International Society for Third Sector Research, Istanbul; Academy of Management, Chicago; Association of Fundraising Professionals, Philadelphia; and CASE District Two Annual Conference, Philadelphia.

Conference Speakers

Prof Erica McWilliam

Dr Jason Ketter

Dr Emma Woodward

Event Program

8.00am to 8.45pm





Session 1 – Professor Erica McWilliam
Attentional Economy:
Where are you now and where do you want to be?
What do you need to pay attention to?




Morning tea


Session 2 – Professor Erica McWilliam

How can we learn to fly higher as an organisation?
What does nature teach us about ‘flocking’ as a dynamic for creative high-flying?


Working lunch: Community Engagement in Girls’ Schools | Dr Jason Ketter, AskRIGHT


Teaching in the Age of Anxiety | Dr Emma Woodward


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Diocesan School for Girls
Clyde St Epsom
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand

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