Women in School Leadership Forum

Event Information

Women are underrepresented in all areas of school leadership. Let's work together to level the playing field.

The Women in School Leadership Forum is the premier networking and educational experience designed to engage, enlighten, empower and connect women education leaders from across the country.

This joint collaborative event hosted by ACSA, NASS and AASA is sure to be a powerful experience for all participants.

Thank you for participating in the 2018 Women in School Leadership Forum!

Check back soon for information about 2019.

Registration Fees:

AASA Member: $459
ACSA Member: $459
NASS Member: $459
Non-Members: $599

Registration fees include:

  • Attendance to all educational activities, Wednesday through Friday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesday & Thursday evening reception

Hotel & Travel Information

Sept. 26-28 | Register for the Forum

Newport Beach, CA

Island Hotel, Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Island Hotel is located in Newport Beach, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego in Orange County. Just steps away from Fashion Island, one of Orange County’s premier outdoor coastal shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, Island Hotel is at the social hub of Newport Center. Adjacent to the hotel are coastal beach activities, outdoor recreation such as hiking and biking, along with a variety of world-class dining and alfresco restaurants.

Island Hotel’s guest rooms offer comfort in true coastal California luxury style. With a step-out balcony or furnished patio in every room, business and leisure guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Newport Harbor, Newport Back Bay or the Pacific Ocean. All 292 luxurious guest rooms and suites have recently been reinvigorated and refurbished to reflect Newport Beach’s chic coastal lifestyle and natural vibrancy. Accommodations now pop with gentle seaside colors and sport new handsome upholstered headboards, custom-designed bedding, California-inspired artwork, comfortable seating and other plush room décor accents. Each guest room has a convenient work space with table and chairs.

Reserve your room at the special forum rate of $233 per night.


Additional rooms have been reserved at the nearby Newport Beach Marriott for $199/night. Reserve a room in the overflow block.

Keynote Speakers

Sept. 26-28 | Register for the Forum

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, September 27th | 8:45 - 10:15am


Trish Rubin
Trish’s passion lies in cultivating success in others and empowering individuals and organizations to build strong professional relationships. She has advanced this passion using her own exceptional communications skills and an international network of clients and contacts.

Trish’s understanding of the power of communication began, first, as a classroom teacher and later as a thought leader in American education. Her ability to create nationally recognized training programs led to careers with the U.S. Department of Education as a staff/program developer and USA TodayED as National Writing Consultant.

In 2003, she launched her own training company, The EdVentures Group, which specialized in teaching business professionals and education leaders. She traveled across America, and to Europe and Asia, giving seminars and presentations at universities, businesses and organizations, including the United Nations.

Friday, September 28th | 11:00 - 12:00pm


Shiza Shahid
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, technologist, investor and impact leader.

Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world.

Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, in partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world. She invests in mission-driven technology startups, that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models.

Shiza is the founder of The Collective, a community of leading entrepreneurs that come together to build collaborative change.

Shiza is the host of the new USA Today show “ASPIREist,” which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.

Shiza is passionate about the future of impact through technology; she studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity.

Shiza also graduated from Stanford University with University Distinction. She was a business analyst with McKinsey & Company.

Shiza is renowned for her work, receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others.

Shiza is a prominent speaker and has spoken frequently at major international events, including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, World Economic Forum and others.

Event Schedule

Sept. 26-28 | Register for the Forum

Schedule of Events

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The Women in School Leadership Forum is the place to connect with over 300 women in school leadership from all across the U.S. It is the premier networking and educational experience designed to engage, enlighten and empower women education leaders from across the country.

Join us to showcase how your company can partner and build the leadership skills of these incredible female leaders.

Download the sponsor/exhibitor application, and view detailed sponsorship information.

2018 Diamond Sponsors: (2 sponsorships remaining)

2018 Gold Sponsors: (5 sponsorships remaining)




2018 Table Sponsors: (CLOSED)


Women in School Leadership Forum