Institute for Female-Identifying Leadership in Education






Institute for Advancing Female-Identifying Leadership in Education


For: Current and Aspiring Female-Identifying School Leaders 


This institute serves to promote personal and professional growth for current and aspiring female-identifying school leaders.  The program will be reflective, collaborative, and connective, leveraging the strengths of each member of the cohort.  With facilitation by veteran school leaders, consultants, and other women in leadership, we will navigate topics that challenge and inspire women on a path to leadership roles in schools.  The program seeks to empower women at all stages of their professional journey.  

This five-part series will include connection and reflection to explore topics such as:

Executive Presence
Finding Your Purpose
Mentors and Sponsors
Navigating Your Leadership Journey
Public Speaking


This is a year-long cohort experience that will convene as follows:


Wednesday, October 9, 2024; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Thursday, December 12, 2024; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; location TBD

Saturday, January 25, 2025; 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Zoom

Thursday, February 6, 2025; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; location TBD

Wednesday, April 23, 2025; 10:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m.; location TBD

Additional sessions for small group work and one-on-one coaching will be added as needed


Thank you to our program sponsor:


Institute Faculty:

Julia de la Torre is the first female Head of School in Moorestown Friends School history. Previously, she was Head of Upper School at Greenhills School (MI). Prior to assuming these roles in school leadership, Julia was the Executive Director of Primary Source, a Boston-area non-profit that provides global learning opportunities and study travel for K-12 teachers on a variety of world regions and global issues. She also served as Program Director at Primary Source, where she developed and implemented professional development programs for teachers.  A graduate of Haverford College, Julia taught French and chaired the Foreign Language Department at Kent Denver School in Englewood, CO, before serving in the Peace Corps in Moldova. Subsequently, she completed a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Educational Policy and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the Boston University Questrom School of Business.  

Amy Miles Ziebarth currently serves as Head of Far Brook School, a progressive co-ed Nursery-Eighth Grade school.  She presided over the largest capital campaign in Far Brook’s history. Funds raised built a state-of-the art Music  and Arts Building, Science and Environmental Center, and Woodshop, and added close to 13,000 sq.ft. of space to the campus.  Amy has led and championed a school-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion work. For the past four years, Far Brook has planned and hosted a NJ Independent School Diversity Conference attended by more than 200 members of the community.  Prior to Far Brook, Amy worked at NJ SEEDS for 15 years, 10 of those years as Executive Director, playing a pivotal role in expanding educational opportunities for young people in New Jersey.  In her tenure as Executive Director, Amy quadrupled the annual operating budget of NJ SEEDS, increased the number of students served, and moved the headquarters from Hightstown, NJ to the heart of downtown Newark so that students and their parents would have access via public transportation to consult with staff members or volunteer their time.  During her leadership, Amy launched the Young Scholars Program and the College Preparatory Program (CPP). She also led a successful $6 million capital campaign, earning SEEDS recognition from the Partnership in Philanthropy.  Amy holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a master’s degree from Drew University. She began her career in 1985 at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, her alma mater. She taught Middle School history and then served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.  Ms. Ziebarth has written about the need for educational opportunities for disadvantaged students in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN and other news programs.  



$600 per Participant, Member Schools;
$800 per Participant, Non-Member Schools


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NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

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Participation in NJAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures NJAIS sees fit as the date of this event draws closer, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program's first session. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.

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