AASA Women In School Leadership Initiative

More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership

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 AASA National Women's Leadership Consortium

The heart and soul of the AASA Women in School Leadership Initaitve is the National Women's Leadership Consortium. AASA has recruited 10 successful women leaders, representing a variety of roles within the education and business community to participate in the national consortium. Although many states and smaller organizations have women’s networks, there has never been one that encompasses today’s national thought leaders who can discuss the roles of women in the United States in leadership positions, especially ones that lead our school systems. The consortium’s primary role is to:

  • Convene to discuss the barriers and challenges women face in the U.S. as they prepare themselves for positions as Chief Executive Officers and School Superintendents;  
  • Develop a plan to address these issues within the scope of the project; and
  • Mentor/coach aspiring female leader participants.
     2016 - 2017 Consortium Members
    Ann Blakeney Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.  
    Jacinda H. Conboy, General Counsel, The New York State Council of School Superintendents, N.Y.
    Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, D.C.
    Margaret Grogan, Dean of the College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, Calif.
    Patricia E. Neudecker, Director of Administrative Leadership, Assistant Professor, Alverno College; and Consultant, Hazard Young and Attea, Wis.
    Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
    Ruth Pérez, Superintendent, Paramount Unified School District, Calif.
    Judith Rattner, Superintendent, Berkeley Heights District, N.J.
    Melody Schopp, South Dakota Secretary of Education, S.D.
    Amy F. Sichel, Superintendent, Abington School District, Pa.
    ** Learn more about the AASA National Women's Leadership Consortium members. Click here to read their bios. 

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Staff Contact: Vera Turner, AASA Project Manager, Women in School Leadership Initiative; Email: vturner@aasa.org; Phone: 703-875-0710703-875-0710