Women in Educational Leadership (WEL) Symposium 2022 Fall: New Perspectives, New Beginnings

Facilitated By Dr. LaFaye Platter & Dr. Suzette Lovely

A Live Zoom Learning Event

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.  -Seneca

No one has felt the weight of the pandemic more than educators.  While crises in schools may come and go, our charge is to find the silver lining within each period of recovery.  To that end, the 2022 WEL Symposium is designed to help women leaders turn the upheaval into opportunities.  Conversations will focus on ways to reset and rethink our work.
What should we dismantle?  What do we want to rebuild?  What gives us hope to cary on?
Living with greater coherence as school leaders will generate new perspectives and new beginnings.


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Leading Free Agent Learning - September 17,2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM PT

For the workshop we will focus on translating what you will learn about students’ self-directed, interest-driven learning into a powerful asset to stimulate innovation and student-centered learning in your schools.

Dr. Julie Evans- CEO of Project Tomorrow and Founder of the Speak Up Research Project

CEO of Project Tomorrow and founder of the National Speak Up Research Project which annually collects and reports on the authentic views of 400,000 K-12 students, parents and educators on key education issues each year. Since 2003, over 6.2 million K-12 students, teachers and parents have participated in the Speak Up Project representing more than 35,000 schools from all 50 states. Dr. Evans’ new book, Free Agent Learning (Wiley) will be released in October 2022. 

Ready for Anything: Repaving the Way Forward - October 15, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM PT

Dr. Suzette Lovely – Retired Superintendent Carlsbad Unified School District

Dr. Lovely spent 35 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, Suzette helped restore trust in the aftermath of the great recession, introduced innovative practices and workforce readiness programs across the district, and spearheaded efforts to support collective impact work throughout San Diego County.  She is the author of four books and numbers articles on organizational leadership.  Since retiring, Suzette has remained active in strategic planning work, leadership coaching, and executive searches.  She is co-founder of the Women in Educational Leadership (WEL) Network and lead instructor for AASA’s Aspiring Superintendent Academy for Female Leaders.

How Women in TV Production can Inform the Path of Women in School Leadership - November 5, 2022 9:00-10:30 AM PT

Kat Uyenco – Executive Producer Freelance TV


Dr. LaFaye Platter

Dr. Platter’s career spans 25 years in K-12 education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. Prior to embarking upon her career in education, LaFaye worked in the fields of finance, marketing, and commercial real estate. In 2017, Dr. Platter retired as Deputy Superintendent in the Hemet Unified School District. Currently, LaFaye is an executive leadership coach supporting school districts and businesses with leadership development, teambuilding, and the strategic change process.

Dr. Suzette Lovely

Dr. Lovely’s career has spanned nearly four decades in K-12 schools as a teacher, principal, deputy superintendent, superintendent, education consultant, and search adviser. She co-founded the Women in Educational Leadership (WEL) Network in 2017. As a sought-after coach, author and staff developer, Dr. Lovely helps school leaders work through the barriers that can hijack careers and keep educators from doing and being their best.


September 17,2022

October 15, 2022

November 5, 2022

TIME: 9:00AM – 10:30AM PT


FEE: $120 per person
With 4 paid registrations, get the 5th for free!


“The energy the presenters had motivated me to continue to know my WHY for what I do. I loved that we were able to network with individuals from other districts.”

“The importance of cultivating more female friendships and mentorships- I wasn’t seeking that out prior, but during this time, I REALLY needed some support, and I am glad I took the time to participate in the WEL series.”

“This was an amazing experience, one that I will forever value. I am excited to put into action everything that I learned.”

“WEL taught me that I do not have to be the ?perfect female administrator.? I now know there is no such thing ? who I am and what I bring to the table is exactly what is needed.”

“Each session was motivating and empowering. I can’t wait to continue to work with the network.”