The WEL Network began in 2017 and has grown to over 320 participants from 42 school districts and colleges across Southern California. Dedicated to personal development and practical application, WEL brings together female leaders at all stages of their careers to learn and grow together. Participants can attend a five-day Institute on the CSUSM campus or a three-day Symposium in Riverside County. The Institute runs between June and January. The Symposium takes place in the fall.

WEL provides high-quality professional development and resources for women school leaders to learn and grow together. The Network is a powerful forum for thought leadership, advocacy, mentorships, and sponsorships that position women for an array of opportunities that lie ahead.


We Believe...

that women need strong, enduring networks to advance to top leadership positions in education.

We Believe...

that a woman?s leadership progression encompasses a range of individual needs, learning opportunities, and supportive relationships.

We Believe...

we must eliminate the cultural, organizational, and personal barriers that inhibit gender and racial equity in women?s advancement to senior-level positions.

We Believe...

what is good for all women is good for the world.


Dr. Suzette Lovely

Dr. Lovely has spent 38 years serving K-12 schools in every capacity from instructional aide to teacher to principal to central office administrator to Superintendent.

During her role as Superintendent in Carlsbad, California she spearheaded several efforts to support future ready teaching and learning including the implementation of a county-wide Career Pathways grant; transformation of school libraries into Makerspaces; formation of a tuition free dual enrollment partnership with the local community college; and leveraging the state standards, funding, and accountability system to ensure underserved students achieved at higher-than-expected levels of performance.


Brenda Hall has spent 30 years working in K12 education, first as a high school English and AVID teacher and coordinator in Carlsbad and in Vista. Brenda took on leadership roles such as IB Middle Year Coordinator and District Curriculum Coordinator. Having a chance to work more closely with the AVID program that she so admired, she worked for the San Diego County Office of Education supporting AVID programs across the region. This led her to her current position as the Director of the Southern California Professional Development Federation, a long-standing consortium of K12 districts, charters, community colleges, and universities. Brenda provides meaningful professional learning opportunities to serve this K16 network.


Jodee Brentlinger

Dr. Julianne Hoefer

Dr. Jennifer Jeffries

Dr. LaFaye Platter

Dr. Holly McClurg

Dr. Candace Singh

Dr. Julie Vitale

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