Rachel McNae PhD

Rachel is a member of the International Women Leading in Education group.  This group was formed in 2006 to allow researchers to gain an understanding of the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership across the globe.  In 2009 Rachel was invited to join Women Leading Education Across the Continents (WLE) and attended the bi-annual conference held at the University of Augsburg, Germany in 2009.  It was here that researchers and practitioners discussed key issues, clarified understandings, and determined the means by which researchers and teachers can most effectively illuminate the issues of the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership - an incredibly important aspect of social justice.   Further information about this group can be found at http://women-leading-education.com.

Rachel's current research involves engaging young women in leadership development opportunities. This includes using alternative development strategies such as appreciative inquiry and co-constructing leadership curriculum.  Rachel has supervised Masters of Educational Leadership postgraduate students at the University of Waikato in the areas of women and leadership in the Pacific. She is currently supervising doctoral research projects in the Pacific related to women's leadership.

Rachel has worked alongside her colleague Associate Professor Jane Strachan to develop culturally responsive leadership programmes for the Ministry of Education in Vanuatu, in the Pacific Islands.

Rachel presents to a number of  forums internationally and nationally focusing attention on women and leadership in organizations and communities. In 2013 Rachel presented research in Ghana, Africa which demonstrated the importance of engaging strength-based approaches to young women's leadership development.   In 2012 Rachel was invited to present at the Women and Leadership Day at the University of Waikato. Her workshop explored strengthen-based positioning in organizations, utilizing an appreciative inquiry  framework to explore instances of best leadership practice.  In 2011 Rachel shared research which focused on young women's  perceptions of leadership across a number of forums.  In 2010 Rachel was invited to co-present with Anna Bounds - Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Operations)  at the Women and Leadership Day at the University of Waikato.  Further information can be found at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/hrm/pd/wil/wilday.shtml

In 2013 Rachel was awarded a national scholarship to attend the New Zealand Women in Leadership Development Programme in Wellington, New Zealand.

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