CS&A’s Focus on Women in Leadership

Below, members of our Search and Consulting Group, as well as current female heads of school, share their stories of leadership, mentorship, and their professional journeys.

Our Placement and Search Groups are dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership roles as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We hope educators everywhere are inspired and motivated by these individuals and that schools continue to attract, nurture, and retain female leaders.

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Ann Teaff: My Journey to Headship

With a 16-year tenure as former head of Harpeth Hall, what is Ann Teaff's advice to aspiring leaders? Stay open to possibilities and have faith in the journey.

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Aggie Underwood: My Journey to Headship

To Aggie Underwood, former head at Garrison Forest School and National Cathedral School, school leadership is a continuum.

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Janet Durgin: My Journey to Headship

From French teacher to founding head of Sonoma Academy, Janet Durgin's leadership path is as compelling as it is unconventional.

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Penny Evins: My Journey to Headship

Penny Evins, incoming head of school at Collegiate School in Virginia, shares her philosophy of what it means to be a leader.

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Mentor/Mentee Profile: A Legacy of Women Leaders

When it comes to headship, former longtime head Barbara Landis Chase and current head of The Spence School, Bodie Brizendine, both agree mentoring must be a priority.

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Mentor/Mentee Profile: A Partnership for Institution Building

Former Hathaway Brown head Bill Christ and his mentee Sue Sadler, head of Bryn Mawr, both agree that nurturing educators is beneficial not only to those involved but to an entire school.

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Mentor/Mentee Profile: Cultivating the Next Generation

Both pioneering former heads of school, Aggie Underwood and Ann Teaff's relationship proved to be one of mutual benefits.

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Mentor/Mentee Profile: Developing Skills and Confidence

We share the story of CS&A Senior Consultant Peter O'Neill and his mentee Jenny Rao, now Emma Willard's Head of School.

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Barbara Daush: My Journey to Headship

Senior Consultant Barbara Daush brings us on her path from Latin teacher to head of school in our series on women in independent school leadership.

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Marlene Shaw: My Journey to Headship

From public schools to head of school, Senior Consultant Marlene Shaw's unique story of her rise to headship is part of our series on women leaders in independent schools.

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Barbara Landis Chase: My Journey to Headship

For our series on women in independent school leadership, Senior Consultant Barbara Landis Chase shares her story of becoming a head of school.


CS&A's Women's Institute

CS&A is proud to have hosted its third-annual Women's Institute designed to address the challenges faced by women working in education.

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