Seoul of a Leader (SOAL) is an educator-led leadership conference that aims to provide professional development and professional networking opportunities for current and aspiring education leaders. SOAL was founded in 2019 by a group of educators who were committed to leadership development and equipping others to become stronger leaders who would make positive change in their spaces. The hope was to create a professional learning space where current and aspiring leaders could come together, learn from and inspire each other to become the best version of themselves as leaders.
The theme of this year’s conference was Just Us: Leading Together for Justice and focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in education institutions and in society at large. A diverse group of dedicated, experienced, and inspirational leaders shared their stories, wisdom, and expertise in sessions such as Diversity in Leadership, Diversity in Literature, Creating a Culture of Feedback with Cultural Competency in Mind, and Sustaining Courage for Change. Throughout the conference and beyond, the organizers challenged the 230 attendees from 20 different countries to ask questions, reflect on the injustices and challenges of our time, and take systemic accountability in leading impactful and transformative actions in their own spaces. Participants were encouraged to join the journey of making our communities more equitable, more diverse, more inclusive, and more just spaces.
This year’s SOAL planning team included dedicated and experienced leaders who are committed to fostering leadership development in the international school community: Heather Breedlove (Digital Learning Coach), David Han (MYP Mathematics & Schoolwide Academics), Michael Lucchesi (PYP Coordinator), Aaron Moniz (Co-Founder, Inspire Citizens), and Margaret Park (Elementary School Assistant Principal). For more information about this annual conference, please follow @seoulofaleader on Twitter.