June 9-11, 2019
Saint Mary's School | Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools expanded the Annual Women In Leadership Conference in June 2018 to include a student component. The inaugural year was limited to 35 rising 9th and 10th grade girls.

In June 2019 we are expanding the programming to include more session options for 55 rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade girls. There will also be a limited number of spots for educators who are interested in supporting, sponsoring and/or mentoring their school’s female students during the 2019-2020 school year.  The association’s intention is that each student leader who participates in the conference will come away from the event with awareness, skills, resources, ongoing support, and the confidence needed to facilitate and lead a girls group, activities and/or a school wide event in their own school community.

Conference Background Information

As part of the North Carolina Association of Independent School’s grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation in late 2015, the association outlined several initiatives to grow and support its long standing commitment to women in leadership. One of the association's goals is/was to develop a student leadership program and materials that can be used by school leaders to implement leadership training for female upper school students. The association decided to expand this initiative. NCAIS partnered with Naomi Katz, author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman, and founder of the Beautiful Project, to create a curriculum guide that can be led by students with support from leaders and educators within their school communities. The association feels it is a true honor to purposefully craft an environment and curriculum guide that empowers students to lead with awareness, relevance, knowledge, purpose and passion.

Information Regarding the 2019 Conference Programming

Students and educators will participate in the following activities during the conference and leave with a copy of the student lead curriculum to use within their school environment as they see fit if they choose to participate in at least one of the curriculum sessions.  Additional programming has been added to their year’s event for students who participated in last year’s conference and/or feel a variety of sessions outside of the curriculum are a better fit for their leadership interests. 

  • Opening keynote workshop: LEADERSHIP & COLLECTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING led by District C

  • Leadership Style Assessment

  • Introductory Session Components:  Be You, Who am I? and What is important to me?

  • Yoga: Positive self body image, strength, confidence and connection with others  

  • Leading Yourself in Order to Led Others based on the book, Beautiful, Part I and II

  • Evening Book Discussion Options: Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by  Julie Foudy or Beautiful by Naomi Katz

  • Etiquette Luncheon

  • Evening Movie Options:  I Feel Pretty or A Wrinkle in Time and Debrief

  • How to Start/Lead a Girls Group at your School

  • Where I am From Session

  • Fulfilling Dreams from a Financial and Leadership Perspective

Who:  Rising 9th-11th Grade Female Students and Educators  who are interested in supporting, sponsoring and/or mentoring their school’s female students during the 2019-2020 school year.

Cost: $349 (Includes all meal , conference activities, and lodging). Financial Assistance is available. Please contact Laura Reed, [email protected], by May 1,  2019 for more information. If your plans change, full refunds will be honored until May 1, 2019. After May 1, 2019, participants will be awarded a 50% refund before June 1, 2019.

Housing: Double/Triple  dorm rooms will be available for all student participants and a limited number of single/double rooms are available for educators

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference.


Student Registration
 Educator Registration

Speaker Bios