Established in 1998, Women Education Leaders in Virginia (WELV) is a not-for-profit organization, affiliated with the Curry School at the University of Virginia, that includes and supports women in all areas of education in Virginia.
Click on “About WELV” above to learn more about our organization.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT WELV IN OUR EFFORTS AS WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOURS?
Annual Membership Dues Are As Low As $25
WELV is proud to sponsor awards that recognize truly distinctive achievements by women leaders in Virginia public education.
And our broad community of WELV supporters plays a crucial role in helping us to select deserving winners!
Acting on nominations from the community, the WELV Board of Directors examines the full range of a potential winner’s accomplishments as they relate to and reflect the purpose of each award. Winners are celebrated at our Annual Conference in March.
Click on a dark blue link below for comprehensive information about an award, including what you need to submit if you wish to nominate a Virginia education leader.
This year, WELV is seeking nominations for these awards:
The Outstanding Service to Education Award goes to a leader who has served as a role model and mentor to emerging female leaders and has made a particularly significant and unusual contribution to education in Virginia.
The Spirit Award is bestowed on a WELV member who, over her years of involvement in WELV, has made notable contributions to strengthening the organization. Through her leadership and commitment to the organization, she has advanced the mission of WELV.
The Rising Star Female Leader Award is presented to a WELV member who demonstrates a strong commitment to students and who has already demonstrated leadership characteristics that inspire other women educators and extend her sphere of influence. She is viewed by her colleagues as an individual with the potential to develop her leadership abilities and to have a profound impact on the future of education in Virginia.
The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award recognizes a woman who, by her accomplishments and her appointments to positions heretofore not held by women, has provided new pathways for other women to follow. As a professional in a significant position of leadership not previously held by a woman in Virginia, she has “broken the glass ceiling” in her field, and thus increased the sphere of influence of all women leaders in Virginia.
The Nomination Deadline for All 2015 Awards is February 25
Please Send Nominations Elaine Fogliani, WELV Executive Director
The Sixth Lynchburg Regional WELV Forum, held at Randolph College on October 18, 2014, brought together women education leaders from across Virginia to discuss and gain new insights into issues of importance to their lives and careers.
Focusing on its central theme, “Innovative Leadership for the 21st Century,” the half-day forum featured break-out sessions, a panel discussion on the urban classroom, and a Keynote Address by Jennifer McClellan, the Virginia House Delegate for the 71st District and the Vice-Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus.
We are already excited about the prospects for the Seventh Lynchburg Regional Forum, which is tentatively scheduled for mid-October next year.
WELV is honored to have the support of American Fidelity Assurance Company as our first Business Partner. American Fidelity has more than 50 years of experience providing financial security solutions to the education community and is also an excellent resource for school systems in understanding the new healthcare laws.
Our thanks to American Fidelity for supporting women leaders!
Check out our Fall Newsletter for the latest happenings at WELV.
The issue features a celebration of two of our founding members, information on our new Ambassadors Program, details on the Lynchburg Forum and Annual Conference, a shout-out to our first Business Partner . . . and lots more!
We are thrilled to announce the selection of our first WELV Ambassador, Dr. Tanesha H. Rachal, Ed.D.
A life-long educator, Dr. Rachal is particularly committed to providing educational reform for diverse student populations, critically examining curriculum and pedagogy, and increasing achievement and equity in schools.
Dr. Rachal was instrumental in the formation of WELV’s first affiliate group in Fredericksburg. Becoming a WELV Ambassador was a logical next step for her: “I had been intrigued by the concept and overall mission of WELV since I heard about it a few years ago. The idea of bonding together as women to inspire, motivate, support, and uplift one another truly speaks to my core values as a leader.