The Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Principals Association are proud to once again partner on a five-part series designed to support female educators considering the superintendency. Part 1 of the five-part series kicks off Wednesday, October 5. Presenters have been announced for each session. 


Participants will listen and learn from a panel of five distinguished female superintendents. In each session, the panelists will discuss their experiences and share advice on what it takes to land that first job and how to be successful in a leadership role. A facilitator will help lead the conversation, and time will be reserved for participants to submit questions.


The sessions are free and will take place virtually via Zoom in an informal lunch setting from noon to 1 p.m. on the scheduled date. The target audience is aspiring female leaders (teachers, principals, assistant principals etc...). Please share this email with staff who would benefit from these sessions.


Don't miss this opportunity to listen and learn from incredible female leaders in Illinois! Join us for one or all of these sessions.

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Wednesday October 5, 2022: Noon to 1 p.m.

Join this session to hear about the position from those in the job now and steps to take to become a superintendent.


Moderator: Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Diamond Lake SD #76. 



Presenters: Colleen Fox, River Ridge CUSD #210; Dr. Tiffany Brunson, ESD #159; Jennifer Lindsay, N Pekin & Marquette Hghts SD #102; Kristin Ing, Ewing Northern CCSD #115; Dr. Crystal Johnson-Maden, Rossville-Alvin CUSD #7.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022: Noon to 1 p.m.

Every position has its challenges. Join this session to hear from female leaders and the barriers they continue to face and how they overcome such challenges!


Moderator: Dr. Kimako Patterson, Prairie-Hills ESD #144


Presenters: Dr. Tina Halliman, SPEED S.E.J.A. #802; Jill Fulkerson, Fairfield Comm H S Dist #225; Dr. Carrie Hruby, O'Fallon CCSD #90; Dr. Jean Barbanente, DuPage HSD #88; Dr. Terri Bresnahan, Community Cons SD #59.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023: Noon to 1 p.m.

Interviewing is a critical skill and becoming a superintendent entails many interviews with stakeholders. Join this session to hear about the search process and gain tips on effective interviewing strategies.


Moderator: Dr. Carrie Hruby, O'Fallon CCSD #90.


Presenters: Dr. Lori Motsch, New Lenox SD #122; Dr. Shelia Boozer, Champaign CUSD #4; Dr. Sandy Ozimek, Fox River Grove Con SD #3; Dr. Zipporah Hightower, Skokie SD #73-5; Cheryl Warner, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023: Noon to 1 p.m.

Every leader has a story. Join this session to hear about the stories of females in the field and learn from them as you consider the superintendent position.


Moderator: Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Diamond Lake SD #76. 


Presenters: Jennifer C. Filyaw, Wesclin CUSD #3; Candi Shaver, A-C Central CUSD #262; Dr. Keisha Campbell, Elmhurst CU #205; Heather Friziellie, Fox Lake GSD #114; Annie Gray, Carlyle CUSD #1.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023: Noon to 1 p.m.

Join this group of leaders to hear what suggestions they have not only for when you land your first job, but also for what you should do in the first 100 days on the job.


Moderator: Dr. Crystal Johnson-Maden, Rossville-Alvin CUSD #7.


Presenters: Janice Pavelonis, Carbondale ESD #95; Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, Ridgewood CHSD #234; Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle, McLean County USD #5; Dr. Jodi Moore, Leland CUSD #1; Jessica Sisil, Palestine CUSD #3