Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Women Leaders in Higher Education


Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Women Leaders in Higher Education


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Implement strategies to propel your career growth and get feedback from the industry's best leaders.


This six-week online bootcamp for women leaders is designed to help you learn the pathways and politics of managing your career growth in higher education. This course, facilitated by women leaders at the highest levels, helps you manage conditions for career growth and gain invaluable feedback on presenting and advocating for yourself on paper and in person. This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best leaders in the industry in a supportive environment alongside other women.

This course is intentionally designed to start with an opportunity to reflect on your leadership strengths through completion of the 5 Paths to Leadership Assessment and a 360-degree review with feedback from your network, so that you can discover your authentic leadership. You will identify the skillsets needed to navigate the current and future higher-ed landscape so that you can write a compelling career narrative that combines your strengths, goals and values. You’ll incorporate these insights into your external facing communications such as your CV, resume, and LinkedIn profile. Most importantly, you’ll leave with a tangible action plan for how to grow your career and the connections that support your aspirations– all of which will be informed with feedback from the cohort - a network we hope you’ll leverage and support far into the future.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Tips and Strategies from our Expert Instructor Panel: Learn new skills that will help you implement your career growth strategy immediately in weekly live learning sessions and follow-up assignments.
  • Leadership Assessment: Through Academic Impressions’ 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment, individual assignments and group discussions, you’ll discover how you leverage your leadership strengths under typical circumstances and stress.
  • 360 Assessment + 1-on-1 Feedback: Engage in a 360-feedback assessment and get perspective from your colleagues. You will also meet with one of our expert Success Coaches to help you digest your 360-feedback so that you can identify meaningful ways to incorporate this information into your career growth strategy.
  • Community-Building and Networking: Join a small cohort for a 45-minute weekly coaching session to discuss and explore questions or challenges you may be encountering and get advice from your peers. During these sessions, you will establish a small team, connect with the speaker, and work through how you plan to implement the action steps you’ve identified.


A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this bootcamp includes weekly small group sessions with each of our expert faculty as well as an individual debrief meeting with one of our Success Coaches to discuss your 360 Assessment feedback. A hallmark of the Academic Impressions bootcamp experience, this focused attention will provide you the space and time to identify and work toward your career goals. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


Who Should Attend

This program is suitable for a wide range of departments and positions and is highly beneficial for women who are already leading in higher education and are looking to advance their leadership and influence. While our popular Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education conference focuses on building internal leadership skillsets, this course helps you to manage conditions for career growth and gain invaluable feedback. Due to its highly experiential nature, it is limited to just 30 participants to maintain a productive learning environment. Register early to reserve your seat!


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 training 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 trainings.

  • 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 Bootcamp and add Success Coaching during registration.

Learn More About Success Coaching

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

“This bootcamp was one of those experiences that significantly impacted me and has helped me to shape my efforts for the next year, but at the same time it was truly enjoyable... I appreciated that the speakers also took time to spend with the cohort in smaller groups, that we had a lot of influence over the discussions, and they also invited us to reach out to them individually... Overall, this was a truly valuable experience and I left with a number of contacts, including the cohort and the speakers.”

“The Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher Ed program came at the perfect time in my career. I found the sessions incredibly informative and the assignments practical for advancement. I am very much looking forward to my coaching sessions and to finishing the assignments to enter this next phase of my career emboldened by the lessons learned through this program!”

“This Bootcamp provided phenomenal women leaders that gave advice and support to the challenges of women in higher education. It provided a roadmap to accomplishing my objective as a leader in higher education.”


Individual Dates: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 2022


Session 1: Identifying Your Strengths

Monday, January 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
In this kickoff session, you’ll meet your cohort, the program faculty, unpack the features of the bootcamp, and dive right into the 5 Paths to Leadership Assessment to identify your strengths. The 5 Paths to Leadership Assessment will help you understand ways of achieving greater balance among five forms of intelligence so 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” circumstances. In order to get the most out of the bootcamp kickoff session, we ask that you please complete a 5 Paths Self-Assessment. You will be sent the link upon registering. You can learn more about the assessment here.



Session 2: Assessing Your Skillsets for Career Growth and Surveying the Higher Ed Landscape

Monday, January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
January 31 – February 4 | Choose your Small Group Session with Yves Salomon-Fernandez
Your path to developing your leadership career depends primarily on two components: 1) building the necessary skillsets and demonstrating those skills to others, and 2) shaping the right conditions of support and advocacy as you move forward in your career. We will focus on the first component in this first module.

You will learn how to:

  • Build a strategic skillset and develop horizon thinking
  • Balance being detail oriented while not getting stuck in roles that primarily consist of “non-promotable” tasks. You’ll discuss the many variances that can exist as you define your particular leadership style
  • Avoid getting trapped into outdated models of leadership and discover the importance of authenticity as you grow as a leader



Session 3: Composing Your Career Narrative

Monday, February 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
February 7 – 11 | Choose your Small Group Session with Kristine Barnett
During this session, we focus on the second component of developing your leadership career: shaping the right conditions of support and advocacy as you move forward. Part of navigating politics is being able to communicate your accomplishments and their impact on strategic initiatives so you are seen as a standout candidate for future opportunities.

You will learn:

  • What conditions are necessary to thrive and grow as a leader, as well as what you can do to assess and create those conditions
  • How to quantify the impact of the projects you led in order to demonstrate your expertise in leading large-scale operations
  • The importance of being willing to seize new opportunities as they come along, even when they don’t necessarily align with your current skillsets
  • Rewrite your resume or CV to quantify accomplishments and show how those align with strategic initiatives
  • Rework your LinkedIn profile to portray your strengths as a leader



Session 4: Aligning Career Growth with Your Goals and Values

Monday, February 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
February 14 – 18 | Choose your Small Group Session with Jill Johns
Now that you’ve identified your strengths, assessed your skillsets, and drafted your career narrative, this workshop is a time to pause and consider what you want next in your career journey. This session will be a workshop designed to push you to dig deep and discern your next steps. Whether you already have a new position or path in mind or are seeking an answer to “what’s next” this session will provide you with the space and time to intentionally consider, evaluate and sort through the cloud of information and emotion and begin to crystallize your non-negotiables, your core values, and your goals.

You will learn:

  • Strategies for evaluating external input about your career
  • A technique for identifying your non-negotiables, career values, and aspirations
  • How to apply a framework for choosing your next steps



Session 5: Strategically Building Your Network and Living Your Authentic Leadership Brand

Monday, February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
February 28 – March 4 | Choose your Small Group Session with Durga Suresh-Menon
As you grow in your role, it will be critical to not only build your authentic style of leadership, but to also identify mentors that can help hone your brand as you grow. It will also be important for you to be a part of helping future women leaders on their own paths to career growth.

You will learn how to:

  • Build your unique brand of leadership
  • Identify advocates and mentors that span genders, levels, departments, and industries and build crucial connections with them
  • Be an advocate for other women and proactively mentor future leaders



Session 6: Bringing it All Together and Next Steps

Monday, March 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
In our final session together, you will have an opportunity to reflect and get feedback on your career growth strategy. We will close by sharing ideas for maintaining the momentum after this powerful learning experience.


Portrait of Kristine Barnett

Kristine Barnett

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean of Liberal Studies, Bay Path University

Kristine is an experienced leader in higher education, both as a faculty member and as an academic administrator. She joined Bay Path College in 2010 as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, overseeing graduate programs in Higher Education Administration, Non-Profit Management and Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy.

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Portrait of Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Senior Vice President for Operations Planning at Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández is a nationally-recognized, entrepreneurial, and future-focused thought leader and former community college president who led institutions in suburban and rural settings in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She currently serves as Senior Vice President for
Operations Planning at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Portrait of Jill Johns

Jill Johns

Owner, Jill Johns International

Jill Johns spent 15 years putting everyone else’s needs ahead of her own. No more.

Now Jill (a recovering corporate executive, breast cancer survivor, and mother of four) leads an energetic and satisfying life by design and she empowers burnt-out and stressed-out people to do the same.

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Portrait of Durga Suresh-Menon

Durga Suresh-Menon

Dean of Graduate Education

Durga has had an accomplished career at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she has worn many hats over 19 years, from faculty in Computer Science and Networking to her appointment a year ago as Special Assistant to the Provost for Graduate Programs and Dean of Graduate Education since August 2020. While faculty, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Excellence in Service, and was named Woman of the Year. She has been a faculty mentor, a senator, a search committee chair, member of the community standards board, and graduate coordinator.

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Questions About the Event?

Portrait of Jess Landis

Jess Landis
Learning & Development Manager
Academic Impressions