Phenomenal Women speakers announced; hear their stories Feb. 8

NYSAWA is pleased to present NYSAWA Celebrates Phenomenal Women, a virtual statewide event for education leaders at all levels.

This year’s event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $35 for NYSAWA members and $40 for non-members.

We will be celebrating and hearing from Sujata Chaudhry, Founder of Tangible Development; Nerlande Anselme, Assistant Superintendent of Rush-Henrietta Central School District; Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil, Superintendent of Uniondale Union Free School District and Anita Murphy, District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES.

Learn more about the event

Phenomenal Women is an annual virtual event that shines a light on the stories and experiences of today’s educational trailblazers and provides a space for attendees to share their career experiences and connect with peers across New York state.

Our phenomenal speakers, listed below, were nominated by NYSAWA members and will present brief Ted talk-style speeches, sharing their respective experiences from their career journeys and more. Registered attendees will receive an email on Monday, Feb. 6 with a link to the event.  

Meet this year’s phenomenal speakers 

Sujata ChaudhrySujata Chaudhry, who has mid-length dark hair, is wearing an orange blazer and leaning against a brick wall with her arms crossed.

Founder of Tangible Development, 
Keynote speaker



Nerlande Anselme Nerlande Anselme, who has short dark hair, is wearing a pink blouse and stands in front of a green background, looks at and smiles for the camera.

Assistant Superintendent,
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

Anselme will speak about the role public education played in her journey as a young immigrant who didn’t speak any English to an educational leader.



Dr. Monique Darrisaw-AkilDr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil, who has short brown curly hair, is wearing a yellow blouse and pink jacket and stands in front of a lush green background, looks at and smiles for the camera.

Uniondale Union Free School District

Dr. Darrisaw-Akil will cover ways to lead with passion, authority and authenticity and how women can rewrite the stories they tell themselves that may prevent them from excelling.



Anita MurphyAnita Murphy, who has long black hair and is wearing a black blazer, smiles from her desk

District Superintendent,
Capital Region BOCES

Making noise is, at times, the most effective way to cause change. Murphy will tap into her personal experience to show attendees how this method is proven to work.



Register today to secure your spot

Registration for NYSAWA Celebrates Phenomenal Women closes Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.  Register for the 2023 Phenomenal Women event here.