Women’s Executive Coaching

Advancing gender diversity in educational leadership

Nationally, women hold 24 percent of school superintendent positions, and 27 percent in New York state. These numbers are substantially lower for women of color. Women hold fewer leadership positions in school administration in general both in New York and nationally.

This initiative aims to improve these numbers and create greater gender diversity within school district and BOCES administrative teams.

Through a unique partnership between executive coaching specialists from Tenshey, Inc., Capital Region BOCES, and the New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA), women school administrators and others can take advantage of executive coaching programs. 

The goal of this opportunity is to move the needle for diversity in educational leadership through career development, goal setting and professional support. Both NYSAWA and BOCES believe that all organizations are strengthened when leaders value and honor equity and diversity. Further, Tenshey services are unique because they are created by women for women. The programs are designed to help women find their authentic voice in a male-dominated profession so that the opportunities that come with bringing true gender balance to an organization can be fully realized. 

How it Works 

  • Tenshey’s programs are designed to strengthen women’s authentic leadership voice and create a clear plan of action for development areas.
  • Programs are designed to create a pipeline of women for top educational leadership positions. Sitting superintendents would benefit, as well as teachers, principals, directors, assistant superintendents and others. 
  • Registrants will choose from one of two different programs – Sprint or Transform. 

Two Coaching Programs

Sprint: Career coaching for leaders at any level

      • Four (4), one-hour 1:1 virtual coaching sessions 
      • Two (2), half-hour coach-manager or sponsor calls
      • Tenshey Coaching Discovery Plan, which includes setting measurable outcomes. 
      • Focus areas may include: leadership and communication, emotional intelligence, productivity and performance, operational effectiveness

Transform: Designed to support administrators in accelerating their career growth

      • Twelve (12), one-hour 1:1 virtual coaching sessions
      • Various personal strengths assessments and up to five 30-minute phone conversations with professional contacts

    Note: Registrants must be a member of the New York School Association of Women in Administration (NYSAWA). Learn more about NYSAWA and sign up for a membership online. 

    What to Expect

    • Grow and Gain Confidence in Your Leadership Skills – Coaches are thought partners who help women leaders clarify their goals, grow their potential and mitigate internal interference. Participants will shift their thinking from individual contributors to self-advocating for leadership roles, a positive shift toward feeling empowered and belonging at their organizations. 
    • Personal and Confidential Coaching – Because honesty and trust are the most important factors in the coach-client relationship, coaches are carefully selected for participants through a discovery and chemistry-matching process. All communication with coaches is 100 percent confidential. Learn more about the Tenshey coaches. 
    • Network With Other Developing Leaders – As individuals register for the programs and cohorts are established, participants will have the opportunity to network with other developing leaders.

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    The experiences and perceptions of women are critical components to our educational system, and yet they are largely underrepresented at the decision-making table. The women’s executive coaching initiative looks to address that need.”

    Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy