AASA’s Southeastern Women in School Leadership Conference Highlights Inspirational Women Leading the Way in Public Education

James Minichello
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Gathering to Showcase a Dynamic Group of Professionals Aspiring to Increase More Pathways for Women Educators

Alexandria, Va. – June 3, 2019 – Through its ongoing effort to raise the number of women in school district leadership positions, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to host the first-ever Southeastern Women in School Leadership Conference, June 6-7, 2019, to be held at the Atlanta Marriott Airport Hotel.

Designed by women for women, the conference, Empowering Women in Leadership, was created to engage, enlighten, empower and connect women education leaders across the Southeast.

“It’s been a long-standing tradition at AASA to recognize the exceptional leadership of women educators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Roughly one-fourth of school district leaders are female. That’s why it’s essential to create opportunities that will bring more women into the field of education administration. We feel a conference like this will provide opportunities for attendees to network, share best practices and ultimately climb career ladders.”

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Meria Carstarphen, superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools (Ga.): “Selma to Superintendency: A Personal and Professional Journey of Transformation” (Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)
  • Jamie Post Candee, president and chief executive officer, Edmentum: “Creating a Career Path to CEO” (Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
  • Discussion Panel: “Know Your WHY: Purpose Driven Leadership” (Thursday: 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)  The panel includes:
    • Sheila Quinn, superintendent, Clover School District (S.C.)
    • Amy Sichel, superintendent (ret.), Abington School District (Pa.); past president, AASA
    • Donna Wright, director of schools, Wilson County Schools (Tenn.)
    • Bernadine Futrell, director, leadership services, AASA (moderator)
  • Bobbie D’Alessandro, former deputy superintendent (Mass.): “Empowering Women Leaders, If Not You, Then Who?” (Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
  • Jyoti Chopra, senior vice president, diversity and inclusion, Pearson: “The Path to Inclusion: How to Develop an Inclusive Diversity Strategy for Your Organization and Successfully Engage Others in the Journey” (Thursday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president and chief executive officer, DreamBox Learning: “Winning from Failure: Turning Stumbling Blocks into Victory Rocks” (Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
  • June Atkinson, chief executive officer, Emerald Education; former state superintendent of education (N.C.): “What Was I Really Thinking?” (Friday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

These two days will be filled with inspiring speakers who are groundbreaking leaders in the business and education fields. This event will serve as a powerful experience for those attending, said Valerie Truesdale, assistant executive director, leadership development, AASA. 

Corporate partners include Adams and Reese LLP, Certica, DreamBox Learning, Edmentum, Imagine Learning, the National Institute for School Leadership and Pearson.

Southeast state association partners include the Florida Association of School Administrators, Georgia School Superintendents Association, Mississippi Association of School Administrators, School Superintendents of Alabama, South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.

For more information about the program, contact Truesdale at vtruesdale@aasa.org, or visit the Women in School Leadership page on the AASA website.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.