Building an In-House Leadership Development Program in Higher Education

Building an In-House Leadership Development Program in Higher Education

June 26-27, 2023 (Sold Out)


February 26-27, 2024 | Denver, CO

Thank you for your interest in this program! The June event has sold out, but please see below to sign up for the next iteration, which will take place in Denver in February 2024.  

Learn flexible and proven approaches to developing leaders on campus.


Leadership development has emerged as one of the most important priorities for institutions today. The pandemic revealed the strength or weakness of an institution’s leadership—at all levels—while the resulting Great Resignation starkly revealed the depth or shallowness of an institution’s leadership bench. Most institutions are now investing heavily in building leadership programs, but they are all approaching it differently.

Academic Impressions has helped more institutions to develop in-house leadership programs than any other organization in higher education, and in this unique two-day event, we’ll share what we’ve learned over 15 years of developing leaders and supporting in-house programs. Whether you are simply dipping your toe in the leadership space for the first time, or you’ve run a successful cohort-based program for years, we’ll share a wealth of resources, methods, and approaches that you can implement right away to develop the next generation of leaders at your institution.


Our Approach

We have intentionally designed our program to explore multiple ways to develop leaders. Whether this is via one-off programs, cohort programs, or something in between, we’ll show you how our frameworks, models, and content can be adapted to fit your needs. In addition to sharing proven leadership resources, special attention will also be paid to ensuring that your programs center inclusivity and develop innovative and forward-thinking leaders.


Program Format

You’ll receive a comprehensive workbook that can act as a roadmap for making critical decisions. This roadmap has been built over many years and after working with dozens of institutions. Because leadership is learned through practice, we don’t just walk you through how to develop a leader’s self-awareness, interpersonal skillset, or development of high-performing teams; we’ll also allow you to experience tools and activities in each of these areas to help you determine what will be a good fit for your needs.

To help preserve a practical and interactive environment, attendance for this program is capped at 35 participants.


Who Should Attend

This event has been designed for those who are responsible for developing, managing, or facilitating leadership programs. The roles and responsibilities vary dramatically by institution, where the programs live, as well as by the leadership experience and expertise of the individuals running them. Our event has been designed to meet leaders where they are. We have run this program since 2014 and regularly attract leaders from HR, the Provost’s Office, Faculty Affairs, the President’s Office, and even from divisions who want to build their own programs (Advancement, IT, individual schools and colleges, etc.) Everyone will be able to take something away from this event.


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Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Conference and add Success Coaching during registration.

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Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

DAY ONE: Monday, February 26, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT (local time in Denver)


Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Welcome & Introduction

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.



Establishing a Framework
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Regardless of whether you are designing a one-off program or multiple cohort-based programs, your approach to developing leadership needs to be rooted in a deep understanding of what leadership is and how it is learned. We’ll share Academic Impressions’ model for leadership development and how you can incorporate it into your work.



9:30 – 9:45 a.m.



Exploring Multiple Models and Approaches to Leadership
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
There are so many ways to build the capacity of leaders on campus, and your approach will vary depending on whether you’re just starting out or building on an established, cohort-based program. In this session, we’ll walk you through various decision points, including:

  • Who the program is meant to serve (faculty, staff, students, mixed?)
  • The level of the program (for new and aspiring leaders, mid-level, advanced)
  • The outcomes you hope to achieve
  • Where the program should live on campus
  • Whose support and sponsorship you need (and how to get it)
  • Various funding approaches
  • Who should deliver the program (internal vs. external experts)
  • Considerations around project-based learning
  • The pros and cons of 360s
  • How to incorporate coaching and mentoring
  • And more



Case Study: Cohort-Based Program for Aspiring and Current Academic Leaders
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
In our first deep-dive case study, you’ll learn about Marquette’s Faculty Exploring Leadership Opportunities (FELOS) program. The program has served more than 5 cohorts and has multiple measures of success. We’ll explore how the program originated, its goals, its curriculum, and elements of the program you may wish to adopt.



12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



Developing Self-Awareness
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
The foundation of effective leadership is self-awareness, so you have to decide how you’ll want to help participants learn about themselves. We’ll explore multiple leadership diagnostics, as well as other critical elements of self-awareness (values identification, intersectionality, helping participants define their own leadership style, etc.)



Developing Self-Awareness Practice: The 5 Paths to Leadership
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
In this session, participants will have the chance to complete The 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment to learn about one particular diagnostic, as well as to explore the multiple ways you can and should use diagnostics (whichever you choose to use)



3:00 – 3:15 p.m.



Developing Other Awareness
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Interpersonal skill development is what draws most people to leadership programs. Participants will want to learn how to manage conflict, build trust, improve their communication, motivate others, give feedback, etc. In this session, we’ll explore the various topics that are most in demand as well as key considerations for helping your leaders to develop these skills



Wrap-up & Final Q&A
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch up with the attendees and speakers with whom you may not have connected yet.


DAY TWO: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT (local time in Denver)


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.



Check-in and Reflections from Day 1
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.



Developing Other Awareness: Difficult Conversations are Necessary… Not Unkind
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Helping leaders to have difficult conversations might be one of the most impactful aspects of your program. In this session, we’ll practice communication strategies for overcoming subconscious messages that may influence your engagement in conversations that you find uncomfortable. Here, you’ll receive tools to help you to continuously uncover and deepen your understanding of personal conversation blockages.



10:15 – 10:30 a.m.



Case Study: Multiple Leadership Programs at UT Dallas
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
In this session we’ll explore multiple ways that UT Dallas is developing faculty and staff leaders. We’ll explore Lead UTD, a cohort-based program for aspiring and currrent academic leaders and Bright Leaders, a series of programs run out of HR.



11:30 – 12:30 p.m.



Developing Teams
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Most leaders don’t learn how to build high-performing teams, and this content is often missing from higher ed leadership programs. In this session, we’ll explore content and approaches that work well in the higher ed context (where the term team itself can be disregarded or used broadly).



Developing Teams: Design Thinking
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Design thinking is a structured approach to creative problem solving that can enable teams to reframe problems and come up with new solutions. Innovation is a leadership skill, and incorporating design thinking into our programs can help leaders to tap the power of their teams—to not just “do more with less,” but to reimagine their work so that it is more efficient and also more effective and impactful.



2:30 – 2:45 p.m.



Roundtable Discussions: How to Make this Work for You
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
No two programs are alike, and we’ll have explored myriad factors involved in helping you to design high-impact programs regardless of your goals or constraints. In this interactive session, you’ll have the chance for small-group discussions in order to ask any burning questions that remain and to make sure you have a clear sense of how you want to proceed.



Finalizing Your Plan
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Following our discussion, you’ll work in pairs or small groups to finalize your next steps for how you want to take the wealth of ideas and information you’ve gained back to campus to put it into practice.



Final Q&A and Wrap-up
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.


February 26 - 27, 2024: Denver, CO

The training will be conducted in person at Academic Impressions’ Denver-based office at:
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 1400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Nearby hotel suggestions:

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center – 3-star hotel
8300 E Crescent Pkwy, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Distance from office: 0.5 miles if driving, 0.3 miles if walking

Denver Marriott Tech Center – 4-star hotel
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 0.9-1.2 miles, depending on route

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – 4-star hotel
7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 1.1 miles


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Colleen Dutton

Chief Human Resources Officer, The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)

Colleen has been at UT Dallas since 2012 where she provides strategic leadership and oversight of all Human Resources operations. She has strategically incorporated original concepts, the talent management and strategic planning model TREE (Total Rewards; Recruitment, Retention and Recognition; Excellence in Performance; Employee Engagement; and the Four C’s of a Diamond Employee model (Character, Culture, Commitment and Capability), to support the advancement of UTD.   

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Gary Meyer

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Marquette University

Dr. Gary Meyer is communication professor and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Marquette University. In this role, he helps prepare faculty for a meaningful and successful career at Marquette University across the many roles they will take on as teachers, scholars, and university leaders. Among his responsibilities, Dr. Meyer oversees new faculty orientation as well as the broader first-year faculty experience, faculty mentoring, faculty leadership development, and the promotion and tenure system on campus.    

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Amit Mrig

President, Academic Impressions

Amit co-founded Academic Impressions in 2002 to provide research, publishing, and training on issues that directly impact the sustainability and strategy of higher education. Under his direction, AI has published hundreds of articles and papers, interactive training programs, and topical and timely webcasts, serving over 50,000 academic and administrative leaders across 3,500 colleges and universities.

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Dr. Serenity Rose King

Associate Vice President for Institutional Success and Decision Support, The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)

In her current role, Serentiy oversees institutional research, analytics, and reporting; university accreditation and assessment; institutional effectiveness technology; and policy and curriculum development, including new degree and certificate program proposal development. She served for sixteen years in the UT Dallas Provost’s Office, most recently as Associate Provost for Policy and Program Coordination.

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