2017 Spring Awakening

UPDATE - Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the Spring Awakening Event originally scheduled for March 10, 2017. Please check back for details on our future events.

Round the Room Discussions - WNSA Fall 2016 Event

​Thanks for joining us for our Round the Room Discussions event in Rosemont. In this interactive format, guest had the opportunity to learn from one another on how to best tackle the challenges we are each facing every day. WNSA members facilitated table discussions on five different topics: 1) Board Management; 2) Employee/HR Issues; 3) Parent & Community Engagement; 4) Student Issues; and 5) Time Management. Thanks to a number of our WNSA board members and guests who volunteered to facilitate the various roundtable discussions.

WNSA 2016 Summer Networking Social

It was great to see many WNSA members as well as many new faces at our summer social networking event at the Morton Arboretum on August 17, 2016. Although, the rain threw us a curve ball for the Arboretum's Wednesdays Woods and Wine, we socialized and networked with friends and colleagues discussing the many last minute things that needed to be completed before the school year began. We look forward to see the many new faces at our future events.

Dealing with Difficult Situations: Compassion Fatigue - WNSA Winter 2016 Event

Thank you to the nearly 100 WNSA members and non-members that joined us on March 2, 2016, at the Maggiano's in Schaumburg for the panel discussion of how compassion fatigue affects school personnel and other individuals who work in ‘helping’ professions. The panel included three individuals with unique perspectives and insights about how they experience and witness compassion fatigue in the field of education. Our panel of experts provided practical guidance on how to manage the demands of these situations while maintaining the integrity of your District’s educational mission, along with proven strategies for coping with compassion fatigue on a personal and organizational level. 

Ruth Kraus, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Northbrook who provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and assessments for children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with psychiatric and/or life challenges. In addition to direct therapy, she also works with parents and school districts to provide the most effective, empirically-based treatment available. 

Darcy Kriha is a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., a firm that represents public school districts and special education cooperatives throughout Illinois. She is a frequent speaker on special education legal issues, including providing services to mentally ill and medically fragile students. She is a volunteer with the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, assisting lawyers struggling with addiction and mental health problems.

Micki Moran is the founding partner of The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore. Her practice is devoted to special education students and their families. Her wide ranging practice also includes juvenile, divorce, custody, DCFS, guardianship and mental health law. She has been a licensed attorney in Illinois for 31 years.   

Fashion Fundraiser - WNSA Fall 2015 Event

On November 11, 2015, the WNSA hosted a fashion show to benefit the American Association of University Women - AAUW, the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. The Fall Fashion Fundraiser featured volunteer models outfitted by stylist Katie Schuppler.

With a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandise management and business, Katie is dedicated to helping her clients find their own personal style. Styles modeled during the event will be featured by Sara Jane Boutique. In connection with the event, WNSA donated $1,000 to the AAUW and its fellowship and grant recipients who perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.

A Private Screening of Girl Rising - WNSA Summer 2015 Event

​On June 24, 2015, the WNSA hosted a private screening of Girl Rising. Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren't in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Conducting Effective Presentations - WNSA Spring 2015 Event

On April 22, 2015, the WNSA welcomed Chris DeSantis, an independent consultant specializing in the design and delivery of Management and Organization Development training, who conducted a presentation skills training. Chris has 30 years of training and development experience, graduate degrees in Organization Development and Marketing, and work experience in manufacturing, service, and not-for-profit environments. Chris also has special expertise in gender differences at work and he incorporated his knowledge in this area in his presentation on the best practices in conducting effective presentations. He has a BA in business from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Denver, and an MA from Loyola University. 

Thank you to everyone who attended. A special thank you to Franczek Radelet for sponsoring this event to help defray some of the event costs for WNSA.

Public Relations/Crisis Communication Best Practices - WNSA Winter 2014 Event

Thank you to everyone who attended this event on January 21, 2015. A special thanks to our panelists Jeff Arnett, Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Community Outreach, and Morgan DeLack, Director of Communications of Barrington CUSD 220, Holly Bartecki, Senior Vice President from Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications (JT), and Jodi Bryant, Director of HR and Public Relations from Homewood Flossmoor HSD 233. The panel, moderated by Franczek Radelet partner Darcy Kriha, addressed the topic of dealing with the media and responding to crisis. A special thank you to Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications (JT) for sponsoring this event to help defray some of the event costs for WNSA.

Setting the Table for Your Next Career Move - WNSA Fall 2014 Event

Thank you to everyone who attended our WNSA event on September 23, 2014, held at Seasons 52 Restaurant in Oak Brook. A special thank you to our panelists, Dr. Margaret Longo of ECHO Joint Agreement, Dr. Kevin O’Mara of Argo Community High School District 217, Dr. Linda Hanson of School Exec Connect, and Dr. Lela Bridges and Dr. Hank Gmitro of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates for their participation. Following the presentation of our panel, representatives from BWP & Associates and PROACT Search and our panelists facilitated smaller group sessions on resume writing, best practices on cover letters, and practical tips for job interviews. For an overview on best practices and practical tips for resumes, cover letters, and interviewing, click here

WNSA Spring 2014 Event

On May 7, 2014, the WNSA hosted its Spring event at Muvico Theaters in Rosemont. There were 30 women in attendance. The event provided a panel presentation addressing school finance and business operations, including panelists included Park Ridge-Niles CCSD 64 Business Manager and WNSA member Rebecca Allard, Franczek Radelet attorney Ares Dalianis, and Eder, Casella & Co. accountant Shelly Casella Dercole, who has extensive experience working with school districts. The event also included our first facilitated table discussions focused on developing successful mentorships that are beneficial to both the mentor and mentoree.  

WNSA Winter 2014 Event

 On January 14, 2014, the WNSA welcomed guest speaker, Joan King Salwen, who presented "Creating Authentic and Enduring Feminine Leadership." Joan focused her presentation on the need for women's leadership and how it can be created, starting in the tween years. She discussed her leadership experiences at Accenture and Atlanta Girls' School, as well as her role as the mother of the Power of Half  family, and referred to primary and secondary research on the education of girls and young women. There were 60 women school administrators who attended the event at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook. To view Joan's list of recommended books, click here.


WNSA Launch Event

On June 13, 2013, the women attorneys at Franczek Radelet P.C. and a small group of women school administrators launched the first official event for the WNSA. The event was held at the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe and was attended by 60 women administrators. Members presented the mission of the organization and plans for the coming year.