2020 Fall HMAE Conference - UPDATE

The 2020 fall conference will be virtual, not in person. Please make note of the following times for our virtual conference:

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST; Monday, November 9, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST.

We will send out an email announcement to all members in the next day or so, but I want the website to reflect the change in conference format/times first. 


The HMAE 2021 conference will be held on Sunday, November 7, 4:00 PM – Tuesday, November 9, 10:30 AM.

Our Mission

“to provide an opportunity for the furtherance of mutual acquaintance among heads of secondary or elementary schools… for the interchange of ideas of common interest or looking toward the advancement of standards.”


Learn about HMAE’s mission, history, and leadership.


Nominate a head of school or yourself for membership.


Check out what’s in store for this year’s Annual Conference.

Nominate a Member

Want to propose a head of school for membership or be considered for membership? Contact the Executive Director to inquire about the nomination process. 

What HMAE Members are Saying

In today’s vernacular, Head Mistresses of the East is “da bomb.” Through a yearly conference in November, it provides an opportunity to get together with other heads of schools with girls. It is heartening to talk with others who do what we do, see similar trends and face comparable issues. The sessions provide an opportunity to hear inspiring speakers, listen to colleagues talk about subjects of interest and get excited about the joys of our profession.

Our founders in 1911 would recognize our goals and approve of them, even if they wouldn’t recognize the expression, “da bomb.” Make a commitment to be there! The company is superb, speakers wonderful, accommodations comfortable and the chocolate peanut butter ice cream unique!

Blair Stambaugh

former Head, The Baldwin School

HMAE is unique among school leadership groups in part because the membership is overwhelmingly female. As a man, accustomed to male dominated organizations, this is a salutary difference. I have always been warmly welcomed at HMAE; I have never felt like an outsider. But there is a tone difference that is palpable but hard to capture. The buzz of conversation at the social gatherings has a different timber. The conversations rarely center on the Red Sox – thank God. There is a collegiality and a sensitivity to collective sentiment. There are open and routine displays of mutual affection. Conversations about serious topics do not devolve into one-upmanship. Do not misunderstand, I love the other organizations, but there is an intangible quality to HMAE that makes the Annual Meeting delightful.

Arch Montgomery

Executive Director, The Headmasters Association; former Head of Asheville School, Asheville, NC

I love Head Mistresses. I became a member at age 33 in 1977 when I was head of Stuart School. I don’t think I ever missed a meeting, even serving as President once. I had so much to learn and the wisdom and friendships shared were so life giving. And oh the war stories we shared! Confidences were never broken. There was never competition among us and our schools, just the joy in the honor of leading schools.
Joan Magnetti

Retired; Former Head, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

HMAE Affiliates

The Headmasters Association