2022–23 Women in Leadership

WASA is strengthening support for our Women in Leadership. This year we will be offering two conferences (one in-person and one virtual) as well as two complimentary lunch and learn sessions. 

Sessions will be facilitated by Michelle Whitney, Superintendent, Pasco School District; WASA President.

  • October 14, 2022: Virtual | Noon–1 p.m. | Complimentary

Presentation | Chat | Link to purchase She Leads by Dr. Rachel George and Majalise W. Tolan |
Recording: Part 1, Part 2

  • December 14, 2022: Virtual | Noon–1 p.m. | Complimentary


  • January 6, 2023: Virtual | 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.


  • March 15, 2023: Virtual | Noon–1 p.m. | Complimentary
  • April 29, 2023: Chelan | Full Day
  • May 12, 2023: Virtual | Noon–1 p.m. | Complimentary
View details of this year's learning opportunities below.
A recent survey of WASA’s Women in Leadership event participants identified a strong desire for regional, in-person opportunities to learn from and with other women. This luncheon Finding Joy Together in the Wilderness will provide opportunities to feed your mind, body and soul as you learn from panels of business and educational leaders and interact with your colleagues.

March 22, 2023 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Please Note: Confirmations will be sent out in batches every half hour.


Pierce County Skills Center

16117 Canyon Rd E
Puyallup, WA 98375

11:30 a.m. Lunch Begins
11:45 a.m. Welcome & Table Talk
12:00 p.m. What We Can Learn from Women Business Leaders - A CEO Panel
12:25 p.m. Debrief Activity
12:35 p.m. What about Steilacoom Historical School District allows women leaders to thrive? - A Leadership Panel
12:50 p.m. Wrap-up Activity
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

The buffet lunch will be able to accommodate common dietary restrictions.

No clock hours will be provided.


No refunds are available for this event.

The health and safety of everyone at our conference is of paramount importance to us. WASA will follow appropriate standards at the time of the conference.

Contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org or 360.489.3640 with conference registration questions or with login/access assistance.
Contact Kim Fry at kfry@wasa-oly.org with questions about the event.

Get motivated by this collection of powerful voices in educational leadership!

For their book, Women Who Lead: Insights, Inspiration, and Guidance to Grow as an Educator, authors Janel Keating and Jasmine K. Kullar gathered a wide variety of educational leaders to focus on effective leadership practices as they relate to women, the roadblocks and complications women face in professional advancement, and strategies for lifting off the sticky floor and breaking the glass ceiling. One of those voices, Heather Friezelle will join the authors to round out the trio of women who will share highlights from the book to inspire future and current educational leaders seeking to:
· Gain insight into the unique challenges faced by women in education as well as strategies for overcoming them
· Focus on the importance of mentoring and building up the next generation of female leaders
· Obtain tools to better advocate and self-market for the next career move
· Receive compassionate advice on implementing self-care strategies to avoid teacher burnout
· Cultivate confidence in women’s leadership and advance successful schools

The wisdom from this group of professionals is applicable to both veteran and aspiring leaders!

Friday, January 6 | 8:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. 


District administrators
Building administrators
Teacher leaders

View the recording.


WASA is excited to provide Strategies for Building Unity — a complimentary Women in Leadership event focused on enhancing the capacity of aspiring and veteran leaders in unifying the groups we serve. Please join us on Wednesday, December 14 at noon for an action-packed hour of learning. We’ll begin by gaining strategies and insights from a panel of diverse central office leaders and wrap-up with communications expert, J.Marie Riche who will share communication tips for Building Unity During Tense Meetings.

Wednesday, December 14 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

District administrators, Building administrators, and Teacher leaders

View the recording.

Join us on October 14th for our complimentary kick-off event where we’ll spend an hour with the authors of She Leads: The Women’s Guide to a Career in Educational Leadership. Dr. Rachael George and Majalise Tolan will arm us with skills and insights to help us successfully tackle the hundreds of decisions we make every day. Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of decision-making frames, strategies to defeat decision fatigue, and challenged to reflect and then move on following challenging decisions. Their wisdom is applicable to aspiring leaders and veterans alike.


Friday, October 14: 12–1:00 p.m.

Part 1
Part 2