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

Established in 2016, the AASA National Women's Leadership Consortium is designed to bring together successful women thought leaders in the education and business/nonprofit community to identify and address barriers women face when aspiring to the top leadership positions in K-12 education. 

We are grateful to the ten women leaders who participated in the 2016-2017 inaugural group and thank them for their contributions in the groundbreaking work. Funding for inaugural group was made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Building upon the successes of the first think tank, AASA is partnering with Horace Mann to relaunch the Consortium in 2018, providing new opportunities for more women leaders to participate.    

     AASA is seeking twenty (20) women superintendents, who have exhibited professional excellence and a commitment to their work in the education field and five (5) successful women leaders from the business/nonprofit community to participate in the 2018 AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium.

     Benefits of Participation 

    1. Opportunities to collaborate and network with other successful women leaders
    2. Learning from colleagues and thought leaders from the business/nonprofit community
    3. Giving back to the profession
    4. Exposure to emerging theory and practice
    5. Development of a written policy brief focused on leadership equity for women school leaders
    6. Opportunities to gain visibility via presentations at AASA meetings and in webinars
    7. Recognition in AASA-sponsored meetings, publications and on the AASA website


    The term of the 2018 Consortium begins on May 1, 2018 and concludes on April 30, 2019. To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must:

    1. Be currently employed within a school district or affiliated organization and have plans to continue in a leadership role within the profession.
    2. Be an AASA member or become a member if accepted into the Consortium.
    3. Commit to participating in two in-person meetings in 2018. ++
    1. Pay a $1,500 participant fee upon acceptance into the Consortium. 
    2. Submit completed application by March 22, 2018.

     ++NOTE:  Approved travel and hotel expenses related to each Consortium member’s participation in the two in-person meetings will be reimbursed by AASA up to a maximum $1,500 total.  

    Download Application Instructions (PDF) 

    Complete Online Application  


    Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the full application package before completing the online application to ensure that they understand the terms and conditions of participation. Send queries pertaining to this Request for Application to: Vera Turner at vturner@aasa.org.    



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