UCLA Women’s School Leadership Academy 2021


UCLA WSLA is a pioneering leadership program for women. It provides courageous women leaders with the tools and knowledge they need to be more impactful educational leaders. The 6-month program goes beyond the K – 12 leadership basics to help women realize their own voices and to shape their own stories.

The program is the anchor of an academy that offers program graduates continuing options for networking and learning. Instructors are expert leaders in education. Keynote speakers are outstanding leaders in a variety of fields. The program embraces social justice and is designed for working professionals.

Its three strands are:

  • Communicating for impact
  • Navigating public and private lives
  • Effectively leading up and down

These strands are informed by four themes:

  • Leading as a woman
  • Making decisions considering multiple perspectives
  • Building relationships and cultivating mentors
  • Networking for career development


In WSLA, women learn online from one another and from leaders through:

Three 2-Day 4 hour Intensives: January 15-16, April 9-10, and June 25-26

Eight Monday Evening Sessions (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.): February 8, 22; March 1, 15; April 5, May 3, 17; June 7

Four Saturday Mornings (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.): February 27, March 20, May 22, July 10

A Sampling of Instructors and Topics 2020

WSLA Flyer 2021

Why Participate in UCLA WSLA

Academy Write-up in Ampersand Magazine

WSLA Information and Fee

WSLA Application Form (pdf)

For further information, contact Dr. Linda Rose at lrose@g.ucla.edu.



Women’s Narratives in Times of Crisis

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5-6 pm PT



Join us for this webinar highlighting the bravery and resilience among UCLA Educational Leadership Program alumni in variety of K-12 roles.


• Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D., Superintendent, La Habra City School District
Dr. Culverhouse received her undergraduate and two master’s degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno and she earned her Doctorate of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

• Erin Richison, Ed.D., Senior Director, District and School Improvement, San Diego County Office of Education
Dr. Richison leads a team of former school principals who support current and future administrators throughout the county. She was a school principal for many years.

• Cristina de Jesus, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. de Jesus is the President and CEO of Green Dot Public Schools California, a charter management organization serving over 11,000 students in 19 public charter schools across Los Angeles. She received three degrees from UCLA, including a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

• Lolli Lucas, Ed.D., Assistant Head, Buckley School
Dr. Lucas is Assistant Head of Buckley School and has many years of leadership experience in independent schools as well as teaching courses in leadership and civil rights.