Leadership Perspectives from Women Presidents



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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.

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


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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Portrait of Phoebe Haddon

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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