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.

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.
October 6, 2021: 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. Kelly Mandrell, Polo CUSD #222; Jill Rogers, Martinsville CUSD #3C; Dr. Marjorie Greuter, East Peoria CHSD #309; Jill Barger, Geff CCSD #14; Dr. Laura O'Donnell, Olympia CUSD #16.
December 9, 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: Dr. Lindsey Hall, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3.

Presenters: Dr. Sandra Thomas, ECHO Joint Agreement #457; Dr. Becky Schuchman, Carlinville CUSD #1; Leigh Lewis, Triad CUSD #2; Dr. Lori Casey, Woodland CCSD #50; Dr. Kari Cremascoli, Wilmette SD #39.

January 11, 2022: 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: Julie Schmidt, Kildeer Countryside CCSD #96.

Presenters: Dr. Karla Guseman, Joliet Twp HSD #204; Dr. Michele Lindenmeyer, Milford Area Public SD #124; Dr. Kathy Hinz, Crystal Lake CCSD #47; Dr. Caletha White, Park Forest SD #163; Jennifer Gill, Springfield SD #186. 
March 7, 2022: 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. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Diamond Lake SD #76.


Presenters: Dr. Terri VandeWiele, Silvis SD #34; Dr. Kelle Bunch, Liberty CUSD #2; Kristina Davis, West Chicago ESD #33; Dr. Keely Roberts, Zion ESD #6; Marissa Darlington, Nettle Creek CCSD #24C.
May 4, 2022: 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.

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

Presenters: Dr. Lori James-Gross, Unity Point CCSD #140; Dr. Kristin Kopta, Pennoyer SD #79; Dr. Shelia Boozer, Champaign CUSD #4; Brenda Donahue, Marseilles ESD #150; Angela Simmons-Kenser, CUSD #3 Fulton County.