Delaware Academy for School Leadership

The Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership Initiative is facilitated by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership at the University of Delaware. The initiative launched in January 2019 with the First Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware. The event was attended by approximately 250 education leaders and featured motivational, learning and networking sessions related to issues and opportunities for women in leadership.

As a follow-up to this event, the Delaware Academy for School Leadership is offering female education leaders the opportunity to apply to receive Executive Leadership Coaching in 2019.

Save the Date for our next Women’s Leadership Conference!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Women’s Leadership Executive Coaching applications will be accepted through May 10, 2019.

Click here to access the application.

2019 Executive Leadership Coaches:

  • Lillian Lowery, Vice President of Student and Teacher Assessments at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and former Delaware Secretary of Education
  • Margaret Grogan, Dean and Professor, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
  • Jill Baker,  Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Long Beach Unified School District

The Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware is a networking and professional learning event for all leaders in K-12 and higher education settings. The conference serves to address issues specific to women and leadership, as well as provide a powerful opportunity for leaders to convene for an impactful day of connection, introspection and inspiration. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s Delaware Academy for School Leadership, the conference schedule features multiple breakout session options and networking opportunities.

Hosted by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the UDEL Partnership for Public Education.



Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dover Downs Conference Center

1131 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901

More information and registration to come!

Event Dedication

This event is dedicated to Marion Evans Proffitt, Ed.D.



8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. General Session 1
10:00-10:30 Networking
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and networking
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. General Session 2
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Networking
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:45 – 3:00 Conclusion

Dr. Margaret Grogan

The 2019 event keynote speaker was Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., Dean of the Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, California. Dr. Grogan is a national leader in building networks and connection for women educational leaders.


Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware breakout sessions and panel discussions are facilitated by local leaders who will provide insight and thoughtful discussion on topics such as gender equality, diversity and inclusion, school and district leadership, education policy, and overcoming barriers specific to women.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware

Why are we hosting a Women’s Leadership Conference?

A recent AASA survey found that women are leading only 25% of the nation’s public school districts, yet a 2016 US DOE survey found that 77% of teachers are female. Research indicates that it is more challenging for women to be promoted in their careers than men, for a variety of reasons.

The University of Delaware’s DASL & PPE are hosting the Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware to talk about existing issues and barriers and to provide an opportunity to discuss research-informed solutions.

Who is this event for?

Both men and women are encouraged to participate in this event to become knowledgeable about the conditions for leadership promotion nationally and in Delaware. The Women’s Leadership Conference Delaware is an opportunity for men and women to openly share their perspectives on these issues and to collaborate on solutions that will one day create more equitable gender representation at all levels of education leadership.

Contact Alison Travers, with questions related to this event.