December 15, 2017
Share this page:
Back to top


Stuart Launches National Center for Girls' Leadership

Names Courtney Portlock, New Head of Upper School, as Director






Princeton, NJ, September 28, 2017 – Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, recognized for its bold and innovative approach to all-girls education, announces the launch of the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS). The school is pleased to introduce new Head of Upper School Courtney Portlock as the director.


The National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS) is a global expansion of the school's Center for Girls' Leadership, established in 2015 to support and empower the next generation of female leaders. The decision to broaden the scope of NCGLS came on the heels of #LEADLIKEAGIRL, a free conference for girls K-12, in April 2017. The #LEADLIKEAGIRL conference evolved out of the school's efforts to help bridge the gender-gap in STEM and entrepreneurship. Over 900 students, parents and mentors from across the country, and educators from as far as Greece, participated in the conference, which had to close for registration one month prior to the event.


"As experts in educating girls, we are always asking, 'What do girls need to lead today, and into the future?'" said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, head of school at Stuart. "Despite the demonstrated strength of girls over their male counterparts in the classroom, women still remain significantly underrepresented in many high growth areas including the STEM fields, entrepreneurship, finance, and especially positions of leadership." Dr. Fagin continued, "We believe that girls must be given not just the skills, but also the confidence to know their voices are equally important." 


Click here for the full press release.


US News