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 Aspiring Women Leaders Program

Inaugural Cohort of Aspiring Leaders

In Phase I of the AASA Women in School Leadership Initiative, twenty aspiring women leaders from school districts across the country were selected to participate in the 2016-2017 inaugural cohort of the AASA Aspiring Women Leaders Program.

The mentoring program, valued by mentors and mentees alike, was effective in helping the women advance in their career.  Seven of the twenty (or 35%) of mentees said they advanced in their career because of having participated in the program.

We are very proud of the accomplishments of the women who participated in the program and congratulate them on their success! 

 Here's what three participants had to say about their experience:

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“My mentor was a tremendous benefit to me. She provided resources and expertise to help me get the superintendent job and have a strong entry plan.” – Karen Cheser, Superintendent, Fort Thomas Independent Schools (KY)  

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"I am indebted to the support of my mentor.  The mentorship resulted in me making a tremendous leap into my new career role.”  - Judith Minor, Associate Director for Performance and Accountability and Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas 

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“The mentor relationship was life changing.  It was the best form of job embedded professional development.” -Tamu Lucero, Deputy Superintendent, Stamford Public School District (CT)  

IMPORTANT NOTE: The inaugural cohort of the AASA Aspiring Women Leaders Program concluded on June 30, 2017.  AASA is not able to offer a stand-alone women's mentoring program in 2018 as part of Phase II of the Women in School Leadership Initiative.  However, mentoring services are offered as part of other   AASA programs  designed to support school system leaders in their professional growth and development. We encourage you to explore these opportunities as well as take advantage of the new professional learning opportunities and free project resources that we will be made available in 2018 as part of the Women in School Leadership Initiative.

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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