WELV Executive Director

Elaine Fogliani258As I begin my second year as the Executive Director of Women Education Leaders in Virginia (WELV), I wanted to reflect on the past two years and the growing influence of WELV.

First, I want to recognize the amazing Board of Directors who guide the organization with passion and wisdom. These busy women leaders find the time to promote and encourage other women educators and grow the leadership of the future. Gena Keller’s stewardship as President centered the group and encouraged WELV to stretch in achieving its mission. As Beth Baptist takes the helm as President, the organization is well-positioned to cultivate and nurture the next generation of women leaders in Virginia.

Speaking of passion, wisdom and energy, I simply must say having Liza Scallet as WELV’s administrative coordinator is nothing short of a blessing. Of the many reasons I am grateful to serve as your executive director, working with Liza is one of them.

We celebrated WELV’s 16th Birthday at the Annual Conference in March, toasting the organization and the women founders who shared a common vision for WELV. The conference was one of the best attended in our sixteen year history.

Communication remains a central goal for WELV. We often learn that after sixteen years as an organization, there are many educators who are not aware of WELV. To better connect to women educators throughout Virginia, we continually update our newly designed website, publish two newsletters each year, and support local and regional affiliates.

We have also started the WELV Ambassador Program, which seeks a WELV leader at each school who will serve as a communication liaison. This program is in its infancy but promises to become a powerful network of support for women leaders.

When I look to the future of WELV, I am encouraged by the excitement of our work. The 17th Annual Conference will certainly be one of WELV’s best as the longtime WELV supporter, Carol Ann Tomlinson, returns to the conference as the institute speaker. Still in the design phase of development is the Women’s Educational Leadership and Learning (WELL) Certificate Program. I also envision a greater influence for the organization in regions of the state that have been historically under-represented at WELV events.

Being your executive director is a joyful journey. I often refer to my work with WELV as “work of the heart.”

Thank you for your continued support.


Elaine Fogliani, Ph.D.