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Creation of a new council for women

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

School Photographers of America is excited to announce the launch of our Women in Photographic Leadership Council (WPLC). The goal of WPLC is for more females to successfully obtain and retain leadership positions in the photography industry and to positively impact their company and the teams they lead as well as the community they serve. We are very excited to partner with the most recent Champions For Equity AASA Humanitarian Award given at the 2021 National Education Conference, Dr. Lillie Cox.

Throughout Cox’s more than 25 years in public education, she has taken bold, courageous action in employing the first women and minorities in key administrative positions in districts. She currently serves as executive director of NCASCD and PTEC, one of eight regional service agencies in the state. In 2017, she established Women in Education LEADership (WE LEAD) to encourage and advocate for more women in educational leadership positions. She previously held superintendent positions at Alamance-Burlington (N.C.) Schools and Hickory (N.C.) Public Schools. In 2013, under her leadership, Alamance-Burlington was the only school system in the nation to receive two first-place National School Board Association’s Magna Awards for successful initiatives that helped the most vulnerable students succeed. In 2014, Cox was one of two national superintendent finalists for AASA’s Women in School Leadership Awards.

Dr. Cox will be helping develop and coach this newly formed council to ensure that women throughout our industry have programs and support they need for the advancement of their careers and the companies they serve. If you are interested in either serving on this council in any way, please complete the following form. An interest and development meeting will be scheduled in May led by Dr. Cox and our Executive Director David Crandall to establish the development of this group.

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