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My Leading While Female Journey

A Guided Reflective Journal

By: Trudy T. Arriaga, Stacie Lynn Stanley, Delores B. Lindsey

This guided reflection is both a stand-alone book and a companion to the bestselling Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response to Gender Equity.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071884515
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 80
  • Publication date: January 04, 2023

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Women leaders explore personal and professional growth through reflection and story

Leading While Female means working with female and male colleagues who are grounded in values for equity to confront and close the gender equity gap. This guided reflection is both a stand-alone book and a companion to the bestselling Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response to Gender Equity.

Combining the first-hand experiences of female leaders with research on feminism, intersectionality, and leadership, Arriaga, Stanley, and Lindsey support readers to explore their personal and professional cultural proficiencies. Readers will find:

  • support to identify barriers and formulate methods to overcome them,
  • opportunities to record their experiences following a narrative protocol for their Stormy First Draft (SFD), a writing experience derived from nine chapters of guided reflective journal entries,
  • leadership stories and figures to provide guidance and illustrate the need for gender equity, and
  • opportunities for males who are mentors and allies to dismantle gender bias.

Data show women are doing the work of classroom teaching while disproportionately, men are making leadership decisions. This interactive resource supports women leaders to interrupt current dominant narratives with their own stories of challenges and success.



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Trudy T. Arriaga

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga serves as the Dean of Equity and Outreach in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is co-author of Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity and Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency. Dr. Arriaga served the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years as the first female superintendent. She began her career as a bilingual paraeducator and enjoyed 40 years of service in education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent. Trudy retired as superintendent in July 2015 and was honored by the naming of the VUSD District Office, The VUSD Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center. It has been her privilege to assist educational institutions and organizations throughout the United States through keynote speeches, workshops, leadership and equity institutes and professional development to align the actions of the organization with their stated values and principles in their effort to build a culturally proficient and inclusive organization for each and every one. Trudy and her husband Raymundo are enjoying this grand chapter of life with their grandchildren.

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Stacie Lynn Stanley

Dr. Stacie L. Stanley serves as the Superintendent in Edina Public Schools. Stacie has served in a variety of education roles including classroom teacher, elementary school principal, math specialist, curriculum & staff development specialist, director of achievement equity, director of curriculum, assessment, and instruction and associate superintendent. Stacie is a Senior Training Associate at the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice and the co-author of Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity. She is a fierce advocate for ensuring women are positioned to move into executive leadership roles – including a special focus on women of color. She earned a doctorate degree from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she researched the impact of intercultural development on K-6 administrative leadership practice. Stacie is also an adjunct faculty member in Bethel University doctoral program in Minnesota, and a member of the Hamline School of Education Advisory Board. She lives with her husband, and enjoys being an empty nester, taking long walks, and spending time with their grandchildren.

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Delores B. Lindsey

Dr. Delores B. Lindsey retired as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University San Marcos; however, she has not retired from the education profession. Her primary focus is developing culturally proficient leaders. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on viewing, creating, and managing socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practice, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Her favorite reflective question is: Are we who we say we are? Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. Her most recent publication, which is on the Bestseller list from Corwin, is Leading While Female, A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity, with Trudy Arriaga and Stacie Stanley.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors



Chapter 1: Owning the Stories We Tell: We all Have a Story to Tell

Chapter 2: Cultural Proficiency: A Framework for Gender Equity

Chapter 3: Confronting and Overcoming Barriers

Chapter 4: Moving Forward with Guiding Principles

Chapter 5: Understanding Feminism, Identity, and Intersectionality Who Am I? Who Are We?

Chapter 6: Men’s Actions as Allies, Advocates, and Mentors

Chapter 7a: Next Steps?

Chapter 7b: Paying It Forward

Chapter 8: Template for Action My Stormy First Draft