WIELS 2022

WIELS Virtual 7th Annual Symposium

WIELS is planning a virtual event again this year. Please plan to join us on October 6-7, 2022 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for the Virtual 7th Annual Women in Educational Leadership Symposium. The schedule for our speakers and panels will be posted soon and Zoom links will be sent out to registrants closer to the date of our symposium. Registration will be available soon. 

Participants are encouraged to donate a suggested amount of $20 or more to WIELS to pay honoria to our speakers.


logoWIELS is a partnership between faculty members in the Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University and practicing educators. Our mandate is the development of an 'armoring process' that will equip women with pragmatic knowledge, skills, and dispositions that prepare them for success as educational leaders. Dates for the Virtual 7th Annual Symposium are October 6-7, 2022. A schedule will be posted shortly.

We believe all women, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, creed, cultural uniqueness, religion, or politics deserve a community of support to foster their career advancement. WIELS is committed to developing individual and collective efficacies of women to ensure they are better equipped, confident, and ready to assume leadership positions.

Although gender and wage gaps are somewhat narrowing, women are still disproportionately under-represented in senior leadership positions in education as indicated by national and state trends. It is against such a backdrop that gives us the impetus to address these issues at WIELS. The overarching goal of this partnership is to narrow gender and wage gaps in various forms of leadership and governance. WIELS will serve as a catalyst, convener, and developer, to support educational career pathways for women.

To accomplish our mission, WIELS will be a clearinghouse for information on hot button issues facing women in educational leadership. WIELS will also sponsor an annual symposium held at Appalachian State University to provide networks of mentors, colleagues, and role models to assist women in achieving their career goals. 


Contact Us

For more information, please contact WIELS director and assistant director.

Dr. Precious Guramatunhu-Mudiwa
WIELS Executive Director

Dr. Susan Colby
WIELS Associate Executive Director