IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Women in Boys’ Schools

Starting February 2, 2023 


IBSC Ideas Lab invites women in member schools to connect virtually using the free online tool Zoom. Limited to 12 participants plus the facilitator, this IBSC Ideas Lab includes three one-hour sessions for participants to discuss relevant topics.

Designed as an interactive exchange among colleagues, IBSC Ideas Lab engages dedicated educators who learn and grow together. Before each session, participants watch a 10-minute introduction from a global guest to jumpstart a facilitated conversation on the topic. Together we surface fresh ideas and build mutual support structures and enduring professional friendships.

Available exclusively to IBSC member schools, first-time participants who can commit to joining all three sessions get preference in registration to support the success of each small group.

Who Should Attend?

Women teaching and leading in IBSC member schools


IBSC Ideas Lab attendees participate in three scheduled one-hour calls using Zoom. Shonique Alexander, assistant head of school for Pre-K-8, Gilman School (United States), facilitates each session with thought-provoking input from guest presenters who contextualize each topic. 

Conversation Topics

Conversation 1
Women as Leaders in Boys’ Schools 
Guest Presenter: Sarah Burns
Thursday, February 2, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST 
Friday, February 3, 8:00 AM AEST, 10:00 AM NZST 
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Explore the role of women in leadership in boys’ schools with colleagues from around the world. Inspire and challenge each other as we unpack the power of diversity in leadership in boys’ schools. Unearth together the ways boys’ schools can help women flourish in leadership and create pathways to grow and develop as leaders. Share your own experience of leading in boys’ schools or your aspirations to lead.

Conversation 2
The Power of Relationships 
Guest Presenters: Kathy Funamoto and Margot Pearce
Thursday, February 9, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST 
Friday, February 10, 8:00 AM AEST, 10:00 AM NZST 
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As women leaders and educators in boys’ schools, we know professional relationships are important. Understanding, developing, and navigating collegial relationships as well as securing mentors and sponsors is essential for survival and success. Join colleagues to talk through the best ways to develop professional relationships and find significant mentors in boys’ schools to grow and support our work as women in boys’ schools. Connect with a cohort of women currently in IBSC schools to foster enduring professional friendships around the globe.

Conversation 3
The Joys and Challenges of Working in Boys’ Schools 
Guest Presenters: Lorri Hamilton Durbin and Sherry Rusher
Thursday, February 16, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST 
Friday, February 17, 8:00 AM AEST, 10:00 AM NZST 
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Join colleagues to highlight the joys and challenges faced by women working in boys’ schools. Tell us how your school is facing these challenges and unearth solutions together. Connect by sharing the joys of educating and leading in boys’ schools.


IBSC member rate: $150

This IBSC Ideas Lab has reached capacity. Please contact Bruce Collins at collins@theibsc.org to add your name to the waitlist. Thank you.

Refund Policy

IBSC will refund 90% of registration fees if a written request is received two weeks prior to the class. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this time. Schools seeking to register an alternate to replace a participant unable to attend should contact IBSC@theibsc.org.

Please note: Participants will receive detailed call information and meeting invitations after registration closes.