Dr. Amy Williamson, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University, is one of 40 women nationally who have been named to the 2015 class of Leadership America, an initiative to bring women leaders together for networking and skill-building.

The theme for the 2015 program is “Leading with a Global Vision: Strategic, Collaborative, Future Focused.” Williamson and the other participants will attend conferences in Atlanta in April, in Seattle in June and in Santa Fe in September. They will have opportunities to engage with some of the nation’s leading decision-makers and innovators, who will provide glimpses into possible futures and suggest roadmaps for the nation as a member of the global society.

“We recognize it is necessary for today’s successful leaders to understand the cultural, social and economic shifts confronting all nations,” said Martha Farmer, founding and executive director of Leadership America. “The Leadership America experience informs, influences and inspires these women leaders to shape the future of our evolving nation and ever-changing world.”

Participants are selected from a pool of applicants based on their public or private sector endeavors; volunteer experience; professional, education and personal backgrounds; and differences across geography, perspective and leadership direction.

Williamson joined the ASU curriculum and instruction faculty in 2009 and focuses her research on at-risk students, literacy strategies and diversity in the classroom. She was a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Texas, the state-level sister program of Leadership America.

Now in its 28th year, Leadership America is the flagship program of the nonprofit corporation Leadership Women, founded in Austin to help women become better, more informed leaders in communities, organizations and corporations across the U.S. Since its inception, more than 5,000 women have participated in the program.

For more information go online to http://www.leadership-women.org.