Ms. Louise Penrice

Education Consultant, OpenMinds Leadership


Louise is an experienced educator and former Head of a bilingual school in Switzerland, where she successfully led the school through a change of ownership. Currently based in Hong Kong, Louise has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the USA, making her fully aware of the challenges and rewards for both individuals and schools in changing contexts. A graduate of the Co-Active Leadership ProgrammeTM and an International Coach Federation Certified Coach, Louise is an education consultant specialising in leadership development and creating positive cultures. She supports leaders through group and individual coaching, team culture and leadership programmes and Leadership Masterminds. Louise is currently a Doctor of Education candidate at the University of Bath, UK.

Topic 1 - Stream A:

Agency, Context and Impact: Inside-Out Leadership


In an educational world where the rhythm of the school year can no longer been seen as the axis around which decisions are made, equipping school leaders with the skills required to communicate purpose, to engage stakeholders and to navigate uncertainty have never been more key. In education much emphasis has been placed on developing student agency. This presentation explores how we can cultivate this sense of agency within school leadership teams. Building on a new-found willingness to connect remotely and to cross-pollinate learnings from different schools and systems, leadership development is changing from the inside-out. During the session we will consider three formats of leadership development gaining traction as a result of COVID 19, all placing an emphasis on leadership agency and impact, context and connection.

During this workshop participants will:
  1. Discuss the value of working with context
  2. Explore what constitutes agency as a leader
  3. Inside-out leadership as an operating system
  4. Changing ways to engage with leadership development
Topic 2 - Stream B:

Masterminds for Women in Leadership

Recent research articles point to women leaders scoring significantly higher than men on a majority of leadership competencies measured, yet they often down-play their abilities and are under-represented within school leadership positions in Asia. Leadership Masterminds offer the opportunity and structure for leaders to come together on a regular basis during the school year with peers and contemporaries from other schools, providing women in school leadership with an empowering platform to share experiences, deepen leadership competences and find the encouragement needed to make tough decisions and lead at the highest level. Benefits of such a programme include peer insight and encouragement, strategic focus, renewal of energy and accountability. Events of the last year have created the opportunities and dynamics for greater sharing and learning between schools and leadership teams. The focus of this session will be on women in leadership and leadership development.

During this workshop participants will:

  1. Identify effective leadership competencies and how women leaders might undersell themselves.
  2. Understand the key benefits of leadership masterminds, and how they support leaders in an educational context
  3. Select a leadership development point to take forward
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Conference Info

Date & Time

2020-12-9 (Wednesday)
2020-12-10 (Thursday)


Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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