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Leadership, overcoming the confidence gap, and negotiation with school superintendent and author Dr. Jill Siler

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Release Date: 05/01/2020

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On this episode of Talk Bravely, I chat with education leader, sought after leadership speaker, and soon to be published author, Dr. Jill Siler. Jill has served as an educator for over 25 years as a teacher, coach, campus and district leader, and for the past 8 years as a superintendent. She shares not only the lessons she learned leading through a financial crisis in her own organization as well as how she navigated the compensation side of her latest journey into public speaking and writing.

I also happen to call Jill a friend of over 20 years.  We met as teachers, went on to get our masters and doctorates together, and even had children around the same time.  She’s a phenomenal person, with a phenomenal story.

 

What we’re talking about:

  • Jill’s story from classroom teacher to district leader to public speaker and published author is similar to other women:  “Part of my story is that I didn't know that I was ready for leadership.  I had an influential mentor who pushed me.”
  • Salary negotiation:  “Experience, skill set, the amount I might be recruited by others, all of that matters in negotiation.” 
  • At work, Jill absolutely loves what she does, but there is a small, small percentage of her work that is just really hard! And she doesn’t think she’s alone. Dr. Siler’s book writing debut delves into how we can all lead through that 5% in a way that allows us to THRIVE?
  • Jill dug deep to find the courage to become a public speaker.  Speaking allows her to broaden her reach and in particular encourage aspiring public school leaders:  “So much doubt bubbles up.  That fear and doubt is a reality.  I made the decision to move through that.”
  • Identifying realistic compensation bands as a public speaker and author: Jill was brave enough to cold call leaders in the field and ask them specific questions about compensation for keynotes and conferences.  “Unless you are willing to have really candid conversations with people to ask them how much they make, just like your podcast is doing, I think women are at a huge disadvantage.”

 

Connect with Jill:

Dr. Siler can be found on all social media platforms @jillmsiler and on her website at www.jillmsiler.com

Her book first book Thrive through the Five debuts later this summer and Talk Bravely will post when it is available.