leadership retreat

On September 25-26, Young Women’s Prep hosted our first Annual Leadership Retreat. We brought together our school principals, college advisors, advisory council chairs, and other key stakeholders for two days of inspiration, education, and bonding.


Each of our Principals are seasoned school leaders. Their experience and dedication shows in the accomplishments of their students, and the success of their schools. They assemble the best teaching teams in the district to create an environment where ambition, encouragement and sisterhood are as essential as education.
Our College Advisors develop the expectation that every Young Women’s Prep student can and will go to college. They provide grade specific support for students, coordinate college campus visits, and offer workshops for parents. Their extensive knowledge of college admissions and financial aid processes are crucial to the one-on-one work they do with each student.
Every Young Women’s Prep campus has a local Advisory Council. These councils maintain the ongoing fund development for enhancement programs at our schools. They work to raise public awareness and engage local businesses and community leaders to connect with and support the local schools. 


Megan Murphy is currently the Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS). NCGS is the leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools. The Coalition acts at the forefront of educational thought, collaborating and connecting globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to empowering girls to be influential contributors to the world.
Dr. Bonnie Baskin is the founder and board chair of the Hill Country Science Mill. The Science Mill is a new regional science center with exhibits designed to engage middle school and high school students and inspire them to purse life-long careers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, researchers, and technology leaders.  In addition, Dr. Baskin is the founder and past CEO of Viromed Laboratories, a nationally recognized clinical infectious disease testing laboratory and AppTec, an international provider of regulatory-compliant testing and cGMP manufacturing services for biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Dr. Carolyn Nichol is a Faculty Fellow in Chemistry and Director School Science and Technology Programs in Wiess School of Natural Science at Rice University.  Dr. Nichol’s research focuses on improving science and engineering teaching and increasing the representation of women and minorities in the STEM fields. She directs programs that focus on providing long-term, inquiry based professional development for K-12 teachers and runs summer academies, internships and mentoring programs to engage Houston students in STEM fields.
Jenn Charlot is the Director of Implementation at Character Lab. The Character Lab is a non-profit bridging the science of character development with the daily work of teaching, so all kids can fulfill their potential. Prior to her work at the Character Lab, Ms. Charlot was a district administrator for New York City’s Alternative School District, D79. She designed and co-led a small school, developed social and emotional learning standards, curricula, assessment tools, and provided training to principals and teachers. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education Leadership at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Lisa Sanger Blinn, Associate Director, Institute of Biosciences & Bioengineering, Rice University, will share STEM summer programming and teacher training offered at Rice with Ms. Charlot.
Woody Widrow, Executive Director, Raise Texas, will share strategies to encourage mainstream financial behavior among our students, including banking and saving. He will also integrate information about new state standards regarding financial literacy.
Diana P. Gomez, Coordinator of TWU & Terry Scholars, TWU, will discuss the Terry Scholars program and provide tips on preparing our applicants for success during the interview process.


  • Participants will achieve with a stronger sense of connection to the Young Women’s Prep staff and staff at our network schools.
  • Participants will take home practical ideas and skills they can use to better support the students.
  • Participants will have an increased awareness of network-wide programming and performance.