WIELS 2020

WIELS Friends and Colleagues,

Due to the continued threat posed by COVID-19, WIELS will have a virtual event this year. The WIELS Board of Directors decided to have invited speakers and panelists on four timely topics related to equity minded leadership and advocacy. Therefore, we will not need individual proposals this year. We want to thank friends and colleagues who have already submitted proposals and we hope these will be used in the future.

We will soon send you our two day virtual symposium schedule for Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Please plan to join us on Friday from 1:00-4:30 and on Saturday from 12:00-2:30.  The good news is that there will be no registration fees this year but participants are encouraged to donate a suggested amount  of $20 or more to WIELSto pay honoria to our speakers.

Thank you for your involvement with WIELS!


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 5th Annual Symposium are October 2-3, 2020View or download a copy of the proceedings for 2019.

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