The Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Principals Association are proud to partner on a new, five-part series designed to support female educators considering the superintendency.

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 ask 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.
December 1, 2020: 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.

Facilitator: Dr. Sue Homes, Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning at Illinois Principals Association.

Presenters: Dr. Donna Leak, CCSD #168 - Sauk Village/ISBE Vice-Chair; Jill Rogers, Martinsville CUSD #3C; Kathy Clark, Johnston City CUSD #1; Dr. Julie Brua, Gavin CCSD #37; Dr. Lisa Taylor, Heyworth CUSD #4.
January 21, 2021: Noon to 1 p.m.
Every position has its challenges. Join this session to hear from female superintendents and the barriers they have and continue to face and how they overcome such challenges!

Facilitator: Julie Schmidt, Kildeer Countryside CCSD #96.

Presenters: Dr. Erika Millhouse-Pettis, Sunnybrook SD #171; Dr. Carol Kilver, Pikeland CUSD #10; Emily Warnecke, East Alton SD #13; Barb Thompson, Fisher CUSD #1; Dr. Michelle Lee, LaHarpe CSD #347.
March 3, 2021: 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.

Facilitator: Dr. Lindsey Hall, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3.

Presenters: Dr. Genevra Walters, Kankakee SD #111; Paula Crane, Prairie Central CUSD #8; Dr. Lisa Hichens, Batavia USD #101; Tammy Beckham, Spring Garden CCSD #178; Dr. Dee Ann Heck, Central A&M CUD #21.
April 21, 2021: 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.

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

Presenters: Dr. Rachel Savage, Moline-Coal Valley, CUSD #40; Dr. Leslie Foppe, Salem SD #111; Dr. Anna Alvarado, Freeport SD #145; Dr. Jennifer Norrell, Aurora East USD #131; Rachel Kinder, Valley View CUSD #365U.
May 12, 2021: Noon to 1 p.m.
Join this group of leaders to hear what suggestions they have when, not only you land your first job, but what you should do the first 100 days on the job.

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

Presenters: Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Peoria SD #150; Dr. Mary Havis, Berwyn South SD #100; Dr. Emily Tammaru, Community Consolidated School District #89; Dr. Kristen School, Mendota CCSD #289; Dr. Laurie Heinz, Palatine CCSD #15.