Anna Maria Chávez, the executive director and chief executive officer of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), will kick off NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop with an inspiring keynote address. To advance NSBA’s mission, serve its members, and champion educational equity, Chávez leads a team of policy, member services, legal, communications, and business experts.

Growing up in Eloy, Arizona, Chávez developed key leadership skills that would propel her into a career of public service. Her desire to transform the world through servant leadership led her to Yale University, and she later pursued a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton’s administration before returning to Arizona to serve then-governor Janet Napolitano.

Chávez’s success led to her appointment as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served from 2011-2016 as the first woman of color to lead the 104-year group with 2.7 million members in over 90 countries and 59 million alumnae in America. In 2016, she was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century. She was also recognized by Fast Company magazine in its annual list of the most creative people in business.

Chávez’s keen insights and dynamic presentations have inspired thousands of individuals around the globe to lead authentically and she has helped organizations work together more collaboratively and create dynamic impact. Chávez has appeared on CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News Channel, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN, Bloomberg Radio, National Public Radio, and she was a contributing writer on Huffington Post.

Anna Maria Chávez will address attendees of NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. The event, co-sponsored by the NJSBA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 20 – 22.

About NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 The large-scale virtual event will offer multiple tracks of live and on-demand training sessions over three full days. Sessions will cover digital and distance learning, equity, special education, cybersecurity, cost-savings, school finance, shared services, leadership, social and emotional learning, sustainability, integrative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) education, board governance, policy and more. It will also feature compelling keynote speakers, an interactive exhibit floor, and exciting special events.

School board members will be able to earn NJSBA Board Member Academy credits toward certifications. School business administrators can obtain Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) credits. And facilities managers will have opportunities to earn Certified Educational Facilities Managers (CEFM) credits.

School board members are encouraged to add NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 to their next board meeting agenda.

Registration Details To make training accessible to more members of the district, NJSBA is offering a special group rate of $900 for up to 25 team members, including school board members, superintendents, school business administrators, IT directors, facilities directors, principals, and other district staff. That’s only $36 per person. The individual member rate is $199 per person. Registration is available online and must be handled by the business administrator. Review the registration instructions before starting.

To learn more, visit NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 website.