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

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

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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—and underpaid—in organizational leadership roles. The goal of this conference 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, are looking to deepen your leadership skillset in community with other women leaders, or you have already participated in our foundational Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education Conference, this experience is for you.  

Highlights of the conference include: 

  • Skills and Strategies from Our Expert Instructor Panel: Our panel of speakers is comprised of experienced senior leaders in higher education who have led across several areas of the institution. 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 more stressful ones. 
  • One-on-One Time with Speakers: The conference 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 ask questions, workshop an idea, or brainstorm solutions to specific challenges you are facing.   
  • Community-Building and Networking: You will leave the conference 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 conference include:

  • Women leaders in higher education who are already leading at strategic levels in higher education (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 conference: Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education.



Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, access to the networking reception on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
DAY ONE: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
12:00 – 6:15 p.m. ET (local time Baltimore, MD)


Conference Registration
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” 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 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 call 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: Thursday, November 30, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (local time in Baltimore, MD)



Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 a.m. – 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.



Bravely Leading Teams
10:00 – 11:00 a.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.



Navigating Conflict and Politics
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This conversation will begin with an overview of the intersectional impact of politics in the academy. Panelists will then speak to the specific skills and strategies they have used to navigate conflict and politics in their own leadership roles.



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 in a way that is collaborative, builds trust, and leads 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 departure or arrival 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.



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: Friday, December 1, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (Local time in Baltimore, MD)


Individual Speaker Connection (as needed, only for those who did not connect on the afternoon of Day Two)
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
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.



Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.



Day 2 Kick-Off
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.



Integrating Lessons Learned: Leading as Your Most Authentic Self
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
To begin our final day, we will engage in an interactive discussion to 1) identify your takeaways from the last two days and 2) reflect upon how you can integrate these takeaways into your own authentic leadership approach.



10:30 – 10:45 a.m.



Closing Panel
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
In this final session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker team for guidance as you move forward.



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



The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Address: 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone #: 410-234-0550

Room rate: $179.00

Room block dates: nights of November 28, 29, 30

Room block cutoff date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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