The 35th Women in Educational Leadership Conference
October 17-18, 2021
Research topics addressing issues related to women in education leadership are encouraged.
WELC is a great opportunity to present at a national educational research conference. It provides an avenue to network and initiate professional relationships. Both women and men are encouraged to submit proposals.
Submissions should include:
- A proposal of no more than 500 words,
- A 50-word maximum session description, and
- A 50-word maximum biography for each presenter.
Submit a proposal online.
It is important that you do not exceed the maximum word limits listed above.
Each proposal is limited to three presenters - no exceptions. You will be notified when the review process is completed.
Presenters of accepted proposals will be required to register early in order to be included in the conference program. Specifics about the conference will be posted on the WELC website.
Requests for additional information should be directed to:
Marilyn Grady, Ph.D.
Educational Administration – UNL
128 Teachers College Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0360
WELC Conference 2021
History of WELC
The first conference on women in educational leadership was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. The theme for the first conference was based on the results of a survey of women administrators in K-12 and higher education settings. The survey respondents identified skills women needed to pursue careers in educational administration.
Although at one time, the entire faculty in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was male, as were the students, by 1987 a significant number of students in the leadership preparation programs were women, and the department had hired a woman faculty member.
As the woman faculty member, I was challenged to provide "something" for the women students. My colleagues were very supportive of the conference on women in educational leadership. With the help of faculty colleagues and graduate students, we sponsored the first conference.
The first conference was primarily a Nebraska event with University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate students as the audience and Nebraska administrators as the concurrent session speakers. Each succeeding year, we have used evaluations, research studies, or feedback from participants as the basis for subsequent conferences.
The audience for the conference has changed. The conference is no longer strictly a Nebraska phenomenon. Individuals from all 50 states and eleven countries have attended and provided presentations. Many individuals continue to return to the annual conference. In this way, an incredible network of professional associations has been established for conference attendees. These individuals have related many stories of the benefits of conference attendance.
The conference provides an excellent forum for discussion of issues related to women in educational leadership. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we utilized Zoom as the conference platform.