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Our Mission

The Heads Network promotes active collaboration and professional growth for independent school heads and leaders who are committed to the education of girls and advancing women’s leadership. Programs include an annual conference in a unique venue, mentoring seminars for aspiring women leaders, and professional networking for all member schools.

Serving as a Network to School Leaders Who Believe in the Importance of Advancing

Girl's and Women's Leadership

Providing Professional Networking and Development for Independent

School Heads and Leaders


Rewarding, Inspiring, and Honoring Established School Leaders in a Relaxed and Unique Venue


Preparing and Investing in Women Interested in School Leadership And/Or Headship


Mentoring Newer School Leaders

Our Core Tenets

We are 200 school heads and administrators of independent schools in the US and Canada, engaged in active collaboration and professional growth as independent school heads and leaders who care about the education of girls and the development of women leaders.


Through the years, The Heads Network has evolved to include both coeducational and single gender schools. In 2015 the organization officially changed its name from the National Association of Principals of Girls Schools (NAPGS) to The Heads Network, keeping the original purpose and mission of advancing girls' and women’s leadership in independent schools and embarking on additional initiatives that continue to strengthen the network of school heads and cultivating the next generation of women leaders.

The Heads Network is led by Executive Director, Margaret ‘Sissy’ Wade and a board of  trustees.

The Heads Network is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) entity.

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