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NAA Leader to Join Presidential Leadership Scholars

Gina Warner, President and CEO of The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), has been selected to be a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. These presidential centers have partnered to bring together a select group of leaders who have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities and our country.

"It has been such an honor to have been selected from over 900 applicants," said Warner. "This is a way to tell the story of the importance of afterschool to a new audience of potential partners."

Sixty scholars from a variety of sectors – private, public, non-profit, military, and academia – were invited to participate in this year's cohort, which will begin a 6-month, executive-education series at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, in late February. Over the course of the program, scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics to learn and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help them make an impact in their communities.

The program is non-degree bearing, and entails approximately 100 hours of informative sessions and case studies, and covers expansive approaches to leadership theory, drawing upon examples from recent presidents.

The curriculum draws from presidential center archives and resources related to leadership moments from each administration. It includes insights from how each president addressed pressing challenges and benefits from the participation of President George W. Bush and President William J. Clinton. It also relies upon in-depth analyses of how leaders across all sectors address similar types of challenges.

Warner was named President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association in June 2012, after having served for six years as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Youth Development in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Alabama and a 1995 graduate of Loyola Law School.


#5 Mary Beth Solano 2015-03-19 11:38
Wow! Congratulations !! I'm not at all surprised that someone of your caliber and expertise was chosen to be in this esteemed group. I am incredibly excited to share this news with our staff! Thank you for all your work so far sharing the story and the importance of OST programs. This will be a huge boost to this profession! Have a great time! I look forward to hearing all about it!!
#4 Anne Leonardi 2015-03-19 10:12
Congratulations Gina! It was a pleasure to participate with you at our National Afterschool Convention in Washington, D.C. last week. I was inspired by your presentation and know that your voice is the perfect choice to help inspire other future leaders of education.
Anne Leonardi- Site Director/Market Mentor Champions Marlboro, New Jersey
Knowledge Universe
#3 Kathy LeBlanc 2015-03-18 15:34
Hi Gina,
Congratulations on being selected for the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars! I know you will be instrumental in forging new paths and policies for After Learning Programs in communities in our nation. You amaze me!
Kathryn LeBlanc
Cedarwood School
Mandeville, Louisiana
#2 Patricia Belle-Scrug 2015-03-18 14:59
Congratulations on being accepted into such a great program. We will be looking forward to the benefits of your expanded leadership and knowledge.
#1 Jennifer Bonner 2015-03-18 14:57
Hi Gina,
I am so excited for you. You are an amazing woman and I think that you are the perfect one to tell our story. Congratulations . It was a pleasure meeting you last week at our affiliate meeting.
Jennifer Bonner
Vice President
Michigan Afterschool Association
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