2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium


Why a Women’s Leadership Consortium?

AASA, The School Superintendents Association,  is committed to preparing a diverse talent pool of leaders to support America’s schools and school systems.  Equity is at the core of everything we do.  We believe that when leaders learn, network, and grow together, students benefit from the collective impact that is generated.  All leaders have a responsibility to promote and nurture the next generation of talent, “paying it forward” so that American’s children have caring, knowledgeable, and courageous leaders.

In recent years, AASA has engaged in an initiative to elevate the role of females and other under-represented leaders in education.  AASA has produced videos and vignettes of highly successful female superintendents’ sharing leadership stories in their role of Chief Learner in their school districts. In 2019, AASA launched the first Aspiring Superintendent Academy®for Female Leaders. This inaugural cohort of 36 leaders learn and grow together throughout the year long program in San Diego, California.

AASA is proud to launch the 2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium.  The National Women’s Leadership Consortium 2020 will bring together up to 35 like-minded female superintendents with up to 10 corporate or non-profit leaders who are innovators and risk takers in the field of leadership.  We are seeking people who advance opportunities for all youth by the example they set and the way they advocate.

Please join us!

You are invited to join the only cohort specifically designed for women in top positions of leadership in school systems, corporations and nonprofit organizations.  The Consortium meets for two face-meetings, two virtual meetings, and a reunion at the National Conference on Education.  At the NCE reunion, female leaders extend collective impact through networking and sharing best practices. National Women’s Leadership Consortium 2020 has a theme of Leadership Wellness Matters.   Leaders need balance in their lives, attending to social, emotional, and familial needs to be great thinkers and decision-makers. 

There are many reasons to apply today!


We believe that with Women Educators Leading Learning (#AASAWELL), we can truly change the landscape of growth opportunities for youngsters in this nation.  Both face-to-face meetings in May and October 2020 will provide time for wellness and mindfulness activities, with reflective reading in between sessions.

The first face-meeting will be on May 6-8, 2020 in Stone Mountain, GA.  A key feature is Dr. Fran Prolman (ADD LINK) of the Learning Collaborative, teaching how to unpack the language of bias, recognizing and mitigating bias in self and others.  Corporate consultant Dana Brownlee, president of Professionalism Matters, will share on Secrets of the Thoroughbred Leader.   Keynotes by successful leaders such as Dr. Samantha Fuhrey of Newton County, GA, finalist for National Superintendent of the Year and Dr. Ann Leggett of Savannah-Chatham, GA schools are highly anticipated. 

In over 150 years as an association of school administrators, AASA has elected six female presidents.  A Panel of Presidents will conclude the first Consortium meeting on May 8, 2020.  Included in the May meeting agenda is time to build in wellness and mindfulness activities in the gorgeous setting with Stone Mountain’s trails, lake, and carillon park. 

The October 28 – 30, 2020, session will be held in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. and will include wellness activities.  Imagine exercising with colleagues in early morning or evening in front of the Lincoln Memorial!  A  deep dive into technology leadership is planned for the October meeting.



 AASA is seeking talented  corporate,  non-profit and educational leaders to become engaged in the National Women’s Leadership Consortium 2020.  Tuition is only $2,000 for the Consortium which includes two face meetings + two virtual meetings and a Reunion at the National Conference on Education.   

Apply to be considered here. 


Questions? Please contact Valerie Truesdale, Ph. D., Assistant Executive Director, AASA, at vtruesdale@aasa.org or 703.774.6930