March 19 – March 20, 2015

Featured Speakers




“Women Leading Change for Positive and Enduring Results”

Conference Keynote

Thursday, March 19

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Change is constant, complex, and unpredictable. It is inherent in life, the schoolhouse, in business, in politics, and in nature. Change represents, in many cases, loss, loss of the familiar—familiar people, familiar ways of doing things, familiar traditions. To lead change, we need both technical and emotional skills.

Learning from Lincoln - Pam RobbinsWomen leading change find the work multifaceted and challenging. This session, inspired by the book that Ms. Robbins wrote with Harvey Alvy, Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success, will explore the leadership practices that Abraham Lincoln used to facilitate change and the implications for 21st Century leaders.

Session participants will acquire:

  • Critical understandings about the change process.
  • Basic principles regarding facilitating both individual and organizational change.
  • Findings about why change fails.
  • Strategies for working productively with resistance.
  • Vital ingredients for building a culture that supports change.

The focus of the session is to offer practical approaches that can be applied immediately in a variety of contexts.



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This year’s keynote will be presented by Pam Robbins, who consults for school systems, state departments of education, universities, professional organizations, and corporate clients across the United States, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, South America, and Asia. Pam earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on the development of professional learning communities. She has served as a special and regular education teacher; a high school basketball coach; the Director of Staff Development, Special Projects and Research for the Napa County Office of Education; and the Director of Training for the North Bay California School Leadership Academy.

Pam conducts workshops on leadership, supervision, school culture, professional learning communities, organizational change, brain research and its implications for high-quality teaching, mentoring, peer coaching, and presentation skills. She has also presented at ASCD’s Professional Development Institutes.





“Effectively Leading Change”

Thursday, March 19

2:30 – 4:15 p.m.

This interactive session will address the essential components of the change process in any type of organization. The steps for creating change and strategies for “buy-in” will be highlighted. Participants will identify their dominant communication style and how their interactions with others can impact change efforts.


??????????????????Dr. Paula C. Lichiello, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Lynchburg College, is a former president of Women Education Leaders in Virginia and has been the Chair of the Membership Committee for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools since 2012.

Dr. Lichiello has led efforts to implement change in non-profit organizations and, through grants with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in school divisions. She is currently teaching courses in Educational Leadership for Lynchburg College, both on-campus and in St. Lucia, and serves as the program director for the college’s M.Ed. in Educational Studies.

Dr. Lichiello received her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College in addition to a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University. She has teaching experience in pre-school, K – 12, and higher education. She also led the effort to establish a suicide prevention advocacy group which served as a model to secure grant funding for suicide prevention in a fifteen-county area in Virginia.





“Where Am I, Where Do I Want to be, and How do I Network to Get There?

Friday, March 20

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

This session will start with an activity which will help participants say what it is they really do and define where they want to be in 5, 10, and 15 years. Participants will explore how LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other digital network can help them establish their personal brand and get them where they want to be.


Kara Ward 150Kara Vanderpool Ward is the founder and CEO of Triple V Enterprises, a full service marketing and technology and patent development firm.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Colloquium at the University of Mary Washington and holds an appointment to the Business Advisory Board of the university’s College of Business. One of her key initiatives at Mary Washington is MyBrand, Inc., a program to help students leave school with a fully developed resume as well as networking, interviewing and LinkedIn strategies. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Germanna Community College, where she developed the curriculum for, and teaches in, the “Get Social” Series.

Ms. Ward is the United States Award Recipient for the Hot Mommas Project at the George Washington University School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the 2013 recipient of the Patricia Lacey Metzger Award, and a 2011 recipient of the Top Ten of Next Gen.





“Federal Education Policy Update: New Year, New Congress, New Prospects?”

Friday, March 11

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Noelle Ellerson will walk us through the latest (and not so greatest) goings-on of Congress and the federal government as they relate to education policy and what they means for schools. Topics will include ESEA, federal funding, rural education, education technology, E-Rate, portability, school nutrition, and more.


Ellerson 2Noelle Ellerson directs the legislative and advocacy efforts of AASA in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. Her research and analysis supports AASA’s advocacy work for public education as well as representation of AASA advocacy priorities on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Ellerson also maintains AASA’s advocacy network and social media, including AASA’s advocacy blog and twitter account. She regularly speaks on federal education policy to school leaders across the country.

A native of New York, Ms. Ellerson graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in political science and completed her master’s degree in public policy and education administration and policy at the Rockefeller College at the University of Albany (SUNY).

Ms. Ellerson began her career as a high school special education teacher in Central New York. She worked in state-level advocacy for the College Board while earning her master’s degree.

In 2010, she completed the Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellowship Program, and was recently announced as a member of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2013-14, through PDK.