Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20, 2015

Holiday Inn, Charlottesville



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The Sixteenth Annual WELV Conference will bring education leaders to Charlottesville for two days of dynamic presentations and in-depth dialogue. Combining formal speeches with panel discussions, small-group break-out sessions, and social and professional networking opportunities, this year’s conference will focus on how women can lead change in Virginia education–and why they must boldly take on the challenge of leading change.



Robbins WELV2This 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.



In addition to Pam Robbins, conference participants will have the opportunity to attend speeches by three distinguished professionals:

Paula Lichiello, an Associate Dean at Lynchburg College, will address the essential components of the change process in any type of organization.

Kara Vanderpool Ward, the founder and CEO of Triple V Enterprises, will delve into the role of networking in “Where Am I, Where Do I Want To Be, How Do I Get There?”

Noelle Ellerson, the Assistant Director of Advocacy and Policy for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), will discuss the latest developments in federal education legislation.



Participants will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions and break-out sessions on both days of the conference. These sessions will focus on issues of importance to women education leaders, including WILd’s work in promoting women leaders and the role that confidence plays in a woman’s success.

Please check back for more information on panel discussions and break-out sessions as the conference date nears.



Your business or organization can support the conference by sponsoring an event, a social activity, a speaker, or the conference as a whole.

Your sponsorship helps WELV to defray the costs of the conference and to keep the registration fees at a reasonable price . . . and has benefits for you!



You must be a member of WELV to participate in the WELV Sixteenth Annual Conference.

However, your registration fee for the conference includes a year’s membership in WELV, a savings to you of $40 (standard membership) or $25 (retired member or full-time graduate student).

Your membership in WELV will run from April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

2015 WELV Annual Conference Fees

Thursday (March 19) ONLY $175 $200 after February 20
Friday (March 20) ONLY $125 $150 after February 20
BOTH Days $250 $300 after February 20








Your conference registration fee covers parking, buffet breakfasts and luncheons on both days, and an evening reception on the first day. The fee also covers all conference resource material.

You will receive a Re-Certification Certificate for your participation in the conference.

Please consult the registration form to your right for additional registration and payment information.



The Holiday Inn
1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(888) 737-3995

$115 plus tax (Single or Double)

Ask for the Group Rate, “WEL”






If you have questions or would like more information about the conference, please contact the WELV Administrative Assistant, Liza Scallet.



Thursday, March 19

7:30 am – 8:45 am  Registration and Continental Buffet
8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 am – 3:00 pm   WELV Bookstore Open
9:00 am – 11:45 am Keynote Speaker: Pam Robbins
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Buffet Luncheon& Panel Discussion
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Break-Out Sessions
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm  Keynote Speaker: Paula Lichiello
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Reception

Friday, March 20

7:30 am – 8:15 am Buffet Breakfast & Business Meeting
8:15 am – 9:15 am Keynote Speaker: Kara Vanderpool Ward
9:00 am – 1:00 pm WELV Bookstore Open
9:30 am – 11:00 am  Keynote Speaker: Noelle Ellerson
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Break-Out Sessions
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm  Buffet Luncheon
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Closing Session