Leadership Perspectives from Women Presidents

Leadership Perspectives from Women Presidents


Gain ideas and inspiration from women who have led at the highest levels of higher education.


With only 30% of universities being led by women presidents, getting perspectives on how these women grew their skillsets and navigated their careers is paramount to helping aspiring women leaders attain their leadership goals. In this two-part session, you will hear two former women presidents look back on their careers and share:

  • How they advocated for themselves
  • How they led authentically
  • What lessons they learned
  • Join us for this inspiring conversation!


Who Should Attend

This virtual training will benefit women who aspire to the highest leadership roles in higher education.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.


December 9, 2020

12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern


Perspectives from a Woman President of Color

This conversation will be led by Dr. Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor Emerita of the University of Rutgers – Camden. Her discussion will be framed around the following three tenets:

  1. Like the arc of justice, one’s perspective on problem-solving can bend wide.
  2. Leadership building is critical. Each of us needs opportunities to imagine ourselves as leaders.
  3. Team building is an art. It takes patience and hard work.



Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Leadership

In this second session, Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor Emerita from the University of Denver, will reflect on lessons learned from her leadership journey:

  1. Her personal perspective on becoming a president includes seizing opportunities and recognizing your calling.
  2. The unique position and multi-faceted role of the president can be shown through the metaphor of kaleidoscope and periscope.
  3. Your creativity will not only drive your vision and transformation but also how you empower and manage relationships, represent the institution, and go about fundraising.
  4. How the joy of continual learning, finding support, and self-care will sustain you throughout your leadership career.


Rebecca Chopp

Rebecca Chopp

Chancellor Emerita, University of Denver

Rebecca is a well-known expert in higher education, leadership, and organizational transformation. She has coached and mentored dozens of university presidents, vice presidents, deans, and boards, helping them to realize professional, cultural, and structural change. Rebecca has served as Chancellor at the University of Denver, and as President of Swarthmore College and Colgate University. She is the co-founder of Strategic Positioning Associates.

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Phoebe Haddon

Chancellor Emerita and Professor of Law, Rutgers University – Camden

Phoebe, a nationally known leader in issues related to access and equity, served as chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden from July 2014 through 2020. She was dean of the University of Maryland School of Law from (2009-2014) and secured a $30million gift for the Law School; at the time this was the largest gift to a public law school, leading to its being named Francis King Carey School of Law. Under her leadership at Rutgers University-Camden the institution was able to widen affordable access to students through its landmark Bridging the Gap program, which provides full or significant tuition coverage for New Jersey’s poor and working families. 

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
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