Together we can do so much

By December 2, 2016 Head's Blog


Yesterday I was present at the launch event for our annual Elmwood Gala. This year’s co-chairs, Whitney Fox-Goldberg and Denise Carruthers, put out a call for anyone who was interested in helping with the Gala to come out to the first meeting and a delicious breakfast. I was astounded and humbled by the number of people who came as well as those who indicated their interest but were not able to come. It reminded me of Helen Keller’s words, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” There was an incredible energy in the air as people came together to support the school. It is clear that this group is going to accomplish a lot! I can’t wait for April 22nd to come round!

This group’s energy and enthusiasm got me thinking about another topic that is near and dear to my heart: girls’ leadership. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with parents about girls and leadership. For some time now I’ve had an idea about a girls’ leadership conference I would like us to host here at Elmwood. The conversations I’ve had lately made me feel like it is time to put this idea into action.

So I am reaching out to the Elmwood community to see if you would like to share your ideas about a possible girls’ leadership conference with me. All ideas are welcome. I’m particularly interested in hearing from people who:

  • Are connected to organizations who are interested in promoting girls’ and women’s leadership
  • Are connected to organizations who have a network of girls who we could invite to attend
  • Know an inspiring leader who could be part of a panel or lead a workshop
  • Have an interest in promoting women’s entrepreneurship
  • Are connected to organizations promoting careers in STEM
  • Know a potential event sponsor
  • Are passionate about girls’ leadership

Send me an email at letting me know your interest and we’ll hold a think tank session. It would be great to hear your ideas. The collective expertise, creativity, commitment and ingenuity of this community continues to inspire all of us at Elmwood.


P.S. As I sit here typing, the school is filled with volunteers preparing for this weekend’s Art Fair and Holly Tea. Be sure to join us for this special Elmwood tradition.

About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.