The Fundamentals of Leadership for New or Aspiring Leaders in Higher Education

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The Fundamentals of Leadership for New or Aspiring Leaders in Higher Education

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Become a more self-aware, effective, and inclusive leader.


New leaders often find themselves learning on the go—and often at the expense of intentional reflection of their leadership strengths, journey, or skill development. This leadership conference, facilitated by experienced higher education leaders, provides you with a set of tools for applying the key tenets of successful and equitable leadership. You’ll practice how to approach difficult and complex conversations through healthy and constructive dialogue so that you can increase trust, motivation, and engagement within your team. You will also gain the confidence and skills needed to become a more effective leader in higher education, rooted in both a deeper awareness of your core purpose as a leader and in your commitment to equity.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Tips and Strategies from Our Expert Instructors: You’ll have the opportunity to practice the new skills you are learning alongside others in your cohort.
  • Leadership Assessment: Through Academic Impressions’ Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment, as well as through individual assignments and group discussions, you’ll discover how you show up as a leader in both typical circumstances and under stress.
  • Peer Connections: Develop a network of practitioners you will learn beside and dialog with during our conference, and beyond.
  • Leadership Capstone: During our final session of the conference, you will share your leadership philosophy as well as your commitments for the next steps in your leadership development.

Who should attend?

This conference is highly beneficial for new or aspiring leaders who are:

  • In the early stages of a university or college leadership position.
  • Established in a leadership position but lacking formal leadership training.
  • Seeking a training experience that allows for intentional practice and reflection on leadership skills.




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

DAY ONE: Thursday, July 27, 2023

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

Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)  
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    



Opening Comments and Introductions  
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.



Defining Your Leadership Strengths
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
We will dive right into The Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment to identify your strengths. The Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment will help you to understand ways of achieving greater balance among five forms of intelligence so that you can improve your overall effectiveness as a leader. This assessment will ask you to assess your leadership style under “normal” circumstances as well as under “stressful” ones. In order to get the most out of this session, we ask that you please complete a Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment prior to your arrival to the conference.



Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.



Understanding Your Core Purpose as a Leader
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To be an effective leader, you must first know what calls you to leadership. A deep understanding of your purpose, values, and beliefs is critical for self-aware and effective leadership. In this session, we’ll work through various activities to help you to detect and refine your core purpose and values, which will effectively become both the north star and anchor of your leadership approach.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Discussion of “Your Core Purpose as a Leader” will continue over lunch.



Inclusive Leadership
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
In addition to your core purpose and values, how you identify along a range of social identities (such as gender, race, age, sexual identity, etc.) impacts how you view yourself, as well as how others perceive you as a leader. In this session, we will unpack how those identities impact power dynamics and define equitable leadership, and will practice embodying equitable leadership.



Afternoon Break
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.



Time Management
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Reflecting on both your core purpose and on leading inclusively, you will now be able look at how to prioritize your duties as a leader by defining what is urgent versus what is important. We will also discuss how to delegate tasks that should be handled by other members of your team.



Creating Equitable and Inclusive Spaces and Environments
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
We’ll begin this session by helping you to discover how your personal identity shapes the spaces you hold and the environments you help to create. We will practice critical communication skills (e.g., deep listening, genuine question probing, and suspending assumptions and judgments) in order to foster equitable and inclusive collaboration in a group setting. We will wrap up this session by identifying how to choose accountability partners who will provide honest feedback about the environments you create.



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



DAY TWO: Friday, July 28, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)

Continental Breakfast  
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



Navigating Conflict and Coaching
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
All too often, leaders will take action to resolve issues for their team members instead of empowering others to identify their own solutions. Here, we will explore ways as leaders to facilitate productive conflict within teams.



Morning Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.



Leadership Capstone
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
During our final session of the conference, you will share your leadership philosophy and commitments for the next steps in your leadership development. You will walk out with articulated next steps, a time frame for action, and ways to keep yourself accountable to continue this work.



Conference Wrap-Up and Final Q&A
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Save on In-Person Conference Registrations

Attend any three in-person conferences for $5,000 for Members ($5,500 for Non-Members) – or $1,667 dollars per registration for Members ($1,833 for Non-Members) – with a Conference 3-Pack. There’s no one way to use your 3-Pack!

  • Send 3 people to the same conference
  • Send 3 individuals to different conferences
  • Experience 3 different conferences yourself

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Denver, CO | July 27 – 28, 2023

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

A room block rate of $119/night is available if you use this link to book your room.

The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Address: 7800 East Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237 (1.1 miles from Academic Impressions’ office)


A room block rate of $179/night is available through 7/4 if you use this link to book your room.

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