Profession: Senior Advisor, McGraw Hill Education
Dr. Charlotte K. Frank a former just-about everything in education is now the Senior Advisor for McGraw Hill Education. She joined the company in 1998 coming in from the New York City Department of Education where she had a nine-year leadership role as Executive Director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Frank has been a keynote speaker at major forums. She has served as the co-chair with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) – “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh At Me”. She has received more than 70 awards for her achievements in education.
Dr. Frank graduated with a B.A. from CCNY, and MD.ED from Hunter College, received her PH.D. from the New York University and is now a N.Y.S Regent Emerita.
Words You Live By: We can accomplish whatever we want to; it depends on how much we care.
What was your dream job as a kid and why?
I always wanted to be a teacher – teachers have a long-term high impact on a person’s life.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Significant barriers to female leadership are – family responsibility & sexual harassment in the work environment.
Define a great leader. What are some traits you think great leaders possess?
A great leader is inspirational. Someone who is hardworking and can focus on activities that will lead to more success.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way?
A key leadership lesson is that you always have to celebrate success and inspire others.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
Unfortunately, the biggest challenge may still be finding female role models especially in non-traditional fields and therefore stepping out of their comfort zone.
Pearls of Wisdom: Patience, but continue to be thoughtful about all future actions and compliment those who are successful in their careers.