Executive-Level Leadership: An Institute for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher Education

Denver, CO | July 15, 2024 12:00 pm MT - July 17, 2024 12:00 pm MT

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This training will not be available asynchronously.

Executive-Level Leadership: An Institute for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher Education

Denver, CO | July 15, 2024 12:00 pm MT - July 17, 2024 12:00 pm MT

Deepen your leadership skillset and build community with a powerful network of women leaders.


While women make up nearly half of the higher education workforce, they continue to be underrepresented in organizational leadership roles. The goal of this program is to bring current and aspiring executive leaders in higher education together to co-create knowledge and deepen your leadership skillset. This program is intentionally built upon Academic Impressions’ leadership model, which takes a holistic approach to leadership across four key dimensions: self-awareness and personal development, interpersonal leadership skills, team development, and leading at the organizational level.   

If you identify as a woman, are leading at a strategic level in higher education, and you are looking to deepen your leadership skillset in community with other women leaders, this experience is for you.  

Highlights of the program include: 

  • Skills and Strategies from Our Expert Instructor Panel: Our panel of speakers is comprised of experienced leaders from across higher education who have served in senior leadership roles including Chief Student Affairs Officer, Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Chief of Staff, Associate Provost, President, and Chancellor. Speakers will share practical skills and strategies from their lived experiences and invite attendees to do the same. 
  • Leadership Assessment: Through Academic Impressions’ Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment, you’ll discover how you leverage your leadership strengths under normal circumstances as well as stressful ones. 
  • One-on-One Time with Speakers: The program includes an individual consultation session with one of the program speakers to work through any questions or challenges you may be facing. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with a speaker who resonated with you to ask questions, workshop an idea, or brainstorm solutions to specific challenges you are facing.   
  • Community-Building and Networking: You will leave the program with a valuable affinity network of peers that can provide mentorship and guidance as you move forward with your goals. 
  • Optional Executive Coaching: For those who choose to add on our Executive Coaching package, you will receive 6 sessions of executive coaching and will be paired with a coach who has extensive experience in higher education. 

Who should attend?

Those who will benefit most from this program include:

  • Women leaders in higher education who are already leading at strategic levels (especially AVPs, VPs, and those leading at the Dean or Director level and above).
  • Women leaders at any level of the institution who have already participated in Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education and are looking to deepen their leadership skillset in community with other women leaders.

If you are looking for a virtual opportunity, are new to leading, or are just beginning to engage in your own leadership skill development, you might consider our foundational virtual program Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education.


Your registration fee includes full access to all program sessions and materials, lunch and the networking reception on Monday, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, breakfast on Wednesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
DAY ONE: Monday, July 15, 2024
12:00 – 6:15 p.m. MT (local time Denver, CO)
Program Registration and Lunch (included in registration fee, please RSVP)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



Welcome and Introductions
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.



Deepening Your Leadership Skillset Through the Five Paths to Leadership℠
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In this opening session, you will have the opportunity to examine and analyze the results from your Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment to identify your unique leadership strengths under normal circumstances, as well as under stress.



3:00 – 3:15 p.m.



Leading with Purpose to Support Well-Being
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
As leaders, we often leave well-being to be addressed last, but now we’re flipping the agenda. Burnout today is not just pervasive but endemic. In Academic Impressions’ fourth iteration of its survey of higher ed faculty and staff on job satisfaction and professional development, we found that 91% of higher ed employees are experiencing higher stress, while almost 50% are experiencing exhaustion or burnout—and these rates are even higher for women. During this session, we will explore the connection between your motivation and purpose to lead in higher education, and the ways in which you can support your own well-being, as well as that of your team.



Inclusive Leaders Can Challenge and Be Challenged
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Effective leadership is inclusive and equitable leadership. This session will go beyond the basics of understanding identity and treating others respectfully to calling upon leaders to both challenge others when they are not leading equitably and to be open to being challenged in order to learn and grow. In this session, you will receive tools for effective communication and active listening. Participants will also work through a case study to practice the skills presented.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)
5:15 – 6:15 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 attendees and speakers with whom you may not have connected yet.



DAY TWO: Tuesday, July 16, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)
Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.



Day 2 Kick-Off
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.



Leading Through Crisis
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
While some roles on campus are more likely than others to engage in crisis management, the last several years have shown that all leaders are impacted by turbulent times. Our expert will unpack how women—and especially women of color—are often tapped to lead organizations when institutions are at critical junctures. From there, we’ll dive into how responding to crisis can make or break successful leadership.



9:45 – 10:00 a.m.



Navigating Conflict and Politics
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
We’ll engage in an interactive discussion to explore specific skills and strategies to navigate conflict and politics, paying particular attention to the intersectional impact of politics in the academy.



Bravely Leading Teams
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leading teams requires us to tap into a leadership skillset beyond self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Building an effective team requires intentionality, trust, and flexibility. To do all of this in a way that honors your own values, those of the organization, and the dignity of each team member requires a tremendous amount of bravery. During this session, we’ll explore the skills, strategies, and self-awareness it takes to bravely face the most difficult challenges.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



Collaboratively Leading Organizational Initiatives
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
How do you get feedback from 6,000 faculty members and incorporate it into your initiatives in a meaningful way? During this interactive session, we’ll explore practical ways to lead at an organizational level that are collaborative, build trust, and lead to better results.



2:30 – 2:45 p.m.



Successfully Managing Leadership Transitions
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Whether you’re entering a new role, departing from an institution, or navigating the departures or arrivals of other leaders, transitions can put our leadership to the test. In this session, we’ll explore what it means to lead well through these key transitional periods.



Break & Optional Group Activity
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.



Individual Speaker Connection
4:00 – 6:00 pm
During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with a speaker you identified with for a one-on-one meeting to ask questions, workshop an idea, or brainstorm solutions to specific challenges you are facing.



DAY THREE: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)
Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.



Day 3 Kick-Off
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.



Leading as Your Most Authentic Self
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
To begin our final day, we will engage in reflection to identify your personal takeaways from the last two days—as well as areas of future growth—and reflect upon how you can integrate these takeaways into your own authentic leadership approach.



9:15 – 9:30 a.m.



Coalition-Building and Sharing Your Expertise
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Capitalizing on the unique opportunity to convene women leaders from across higher education, we’ll turn the agenda over to you. During this time, you will identify the topics and challenges you most want to discuss. We invite those interested to lead the conversation and collaborate with the phenomenal women in the space to share their knowledge and strategies for success. We’ll explore topics like:

  • Managing Up
  • Negotiation
  • Pay Equity
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship
  • Budgeting


10:45 – 11:00 a.m.



Words of Wisdom
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
In this final session, you will have the opportunity to connect with the speaker team and your colleagues to discuss how you will maintain this momentum moving forward.



Program Wrap-Up
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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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 rate of $154/night is available if you book your room using this link.

This reduced rate and room availability are subject to general hotel availability and not guaranteed. So, we recommend booking as soon as possible!


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

A 10% discount is available if you book your room using this link.

This discount is subject to general hotel availability and not guaranteed. So, we recommend booking as soon as possible!


Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – 4-star hotel

7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 1.1 miles


“The opportunity to spend time in the presence of other strong women leaders was invaluable. I learned so much about my leadership style and skills and, more importantly, areas in which I can improve. I felt encouraged, supported, and empowered throughout the conference.” 
-Laura Bulleit, Interim Dean of Students, Michigan Technological University


“When I returned to campus and was asked about the conference, my reply was that it was the best professional development opportunity I had experienced in over a decade. Having a space for women in executive roles to learn with and from each other was extraordinarily valued.”
-Amanda Ingram, Executive Director for Online and Continuing Education, The University of Alabama


“This was the ideal combination of high level critical thinking, top notch professionalism, and profound humanity. We learned an amazing amount in a short time but in an easily digestible and, hence, impactful fashion.”
-Colleen Ryan, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs, Indiana University