Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education

Women's Leadership Success
in Higher Education

March 27 - 29, 2019
Denver, CO

Become your most powerful self.

Join women from across higher education to gain confidence as a leader, prioritize your goals, chart your career path, and expand your network!

Are you looking to take the next step in leadership but aren’t sure where to start? What particular strengths do you have that can help you lead with excellence? Would you like to connect with other female leaders in higher education for shared learning and support? Please join us for this powerful learning experience.

During this event, we will look at how gender (along with other factors like generation, geography, and diversity) gives you a unique perspective that can shape and empower your leadership style. You will also have opportunities to build an affinity network with your peers that can provide mentorship and guidance as you move forward with your goals following the event.

Due to the popularity of this event, we can only accept the first 200 attendees. Register now to save your spot!


Pre-Conference Workshop: Conflict Management

In this workshop, you will learn strategies to help you manage and resolve a variety of conflicts within your department and institution. You will be introduced to practical tools that can be used to address conflict in its earliest stages before it becomes a formal dispute. There is no one-size-fits all approach to resolving conflicts. That’s why our expert instructor will present numerous scenarios and discuss the use of framing, facilitation and other dispute resolution tools to help you:

  • Improve and sustain a healthy working environment
  • Build rapport among colleagues
  • Increase faculty and staff morale

This pre-conference workshop is limited to just 75 participants.


Breakout Sessions to Work on Specific Skills

During this event, you will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups to build your leadership skill set. These breakouts may include:

  • Executive Presence: Practice your executive presence in a safe space and receive feedback for improvement.
  • Map Your Career Opportunities: Develop a set of “potential career maps” to draw on as you go forward in your career.
  • Working With Your Inner Coach to Fortify Confidence, Courage, and Resilience: Learn to strengthen resilience, stay self-supportive in the face of adversity, encourage your capacity to dare greatly, manage stress, and maintain a positive mindset.
  • Using Your Strengths to Create a Hope Map: Explore the results of your Strengths Finder assessment in order to understand how you can best contribute to your organization.


Who Should Attend

Mid- to upper-level female higher education leaders who wish to:

  • Overcome personal barriers that might be holding you back as a leader.
  • Build upon your leadership skill set for success.
  • Learn from expert faculty and the shared experiences of your peers.

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 conference 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 conferences.

  • 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 learn more, contact Patricia Sandler at patricia@academicimpressions.com or purchase the Premium Pass with success coaching below.

Testimonials from Past Participants of this Program

“I have been a student of leadership, a teacher, and even a researcher. This conference was a reflection of the best thinking in leadership development as it pertains to women. In my 20 years working in the field of leadership, this is the best in terms of presenters, concepts & follow-up. I highly recommend it to all women at whatever stage in their career.”

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Managing Director of Talent Management Training and Support, Colorado State University

“This workshop gave me insight into how to grow in my career and provided connections and resources to make it happen.”

Kate Szetela, Program Manager for ESL/ABE/ASE, College of DuPage


“The Women's Leadership Success in Higher Education Conference has provided me with tools and knowledge needed to advance my professional and business acumen.”

Nel Boose, Director of Enrollment and Financial Operations, Central Michigan University


“I really enjoyed the conference. It was great to be in a room with like-minded women who have had similar experiences. I felt very empowered and excited for my future as a leader in higher ed. I can't wait to use the tools I learned for the workplace.”

Leigh McLaren, Assistant Director of Admissions, Berklee College of Music


“Great conference; awesome and knowledgeable presenters with expertise to share that will help you advance your thinking about the possibilities for your career direction. You will leave empowered.”

Merlyn Griffiths, Associate Professor of Marketing, University of North Carolina - Greensboro


"All women in higher education administration should attend. They will learn important information and skills to help them be more effective in their roles and gain confidence to move upward in their career paths."

Kim Bessette, Associate Vice President, University at Albany

"If you are a woman who wants to lead and make change in higher education, do not miss this conference!"

Regina Lawrence, Executive Director, George S. Turnbull Portland Center & Agora Journalism Center, University of Oregon

"I am very happy that I attended and had the opportunity to network among so many great women."

Prescilla Boerger, Department Chair, Regis College

"An excellent conference with experienced and knowledgeable speakers that will strengthen my leadership in post secondary."

Kathie Scouten, Director, Development and Alumni Relations, University of Northern British Columbia

"It was a great experience. Strong presentation, relevant to my work life and I came away with some skills to apply to my career and my future ambitions. Thank you."

Jacqueline Dowdell, Communications Specialist, Law School, Cornell University

"The excellent faculty and intimate setting made this a very powerful and positive experience that I highly recommend."

Sandra Miles, Dean of Students, IUPUC

"Wonderful women's conference, so balanced, so invigorating - great ideas, views and resources to draw from."

Carol Fall, CIO, Bismarck State College

"This conference was wonderful! I was able to connect with women in education from all over the country. The most valuable part was meeting people in positions that I strive to achieve and beginning to set up the steps I need to take to advance in education."

Whitney Murphy, Program Manager, Duke University

"I want to extend a sincere thank you for this opportunity. Day 1, I felt like a "fish out of water," being a Police Detective, however I quickly realized how motivating and inspirational this conference was. I networked with so many women and took away several skills and tools to not only become a great leader but to also continue to be the best human being I can be."

Autumn Hollyfield, Police Detective, California State University, Fullerton

" I am so inspired! I am ready to tackle the hurdles that have previously caused me to shrink back. I have gained a better understanding of myself. This understanding enables me to begin to work through and build strategies to accomplish objectives for the university, my students, and myself."

Tawana Scott, Assistant Vice President, Graduate Academic Services, North Greenville University

"This was one of the most useful conferences I've attended. All of the sessions were helpful and all of the speakers effective. I was most impressed with the insightful choice of topics and appreciated the diversity of presenters."

Lauren Smith, Director of Adult Learning, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

"Before coming to the conference, I was tired and looking forward to retirement, but attending the conference has really inspired, ignited, and helped me to see that I have a lot to give and that leadership is not just about me, but it's about making long-lasting influences and change for the better."

Teresa Dodd, Administrative Manager and Assistant to the School Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

"This conference made me look within and prioritize my goals."

Rashawn Green, Director, California State University, Northridge

"I expanded my professional network more than I have at other conferences. Thank you!"

Nancy Crouch, Director, PhD Program, School of Business, University of Connecticut

"Gained confidence with the knowledge learned."
Tara Rojas, Associate Professor, Spanish, Leeward Community College

"I am leaving this conference more confident in my ability to be an effective leader."

Aurora Velasco, Learning Spaces Lead, San Diego State University

"I left this conference refreshed and rejuvenated after spending 3 days surrounded by a sisterhood of higher education. I made long-term connections that I know will assist my future endeavors. This conference is a must!"

Ally Ferguson, Coordinator of Student Involvement, The Ohio State University

"This conference helped me to chart my career path in higher education."

Maxine Greenleaf, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, Jackson State University

"What I loved about the conference was hearing the insight from so many different women from different functions in higher ed at different points in career. I love the pauses for thought-provoking questions that refocused my direction and helped to get my professional arrow back on target. I'll be back next year."

Jessica Krom, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

"This conference created a beautiful space for women to come together in a safe space to learn, connect and grow."

Megan Stribling, Director of Alumni Engagement, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver

"A meaningful and unique conference experience to invest in yourself as a female leader in the workplace. It was a much needed change of pace from an industry specific conference."

Carrie Combs, Director of Alumni Relations, James Madison University

"Excellent for emerging leaders of higher education."

Dr. Indeira Persaud, Associate Dean of Students, St. George's University

"I cannot recommend this conference enough! It was a perfect balance of reflection and empowerment. It exceeded my already high expectations. Thank you all for such a wonderful conference! It was truly transforming. I appreciate all of your attention to the details and for making it all run smooth. As an event planner, I notice the small details and you all hit it out of the ball park! Cheers!"
Molly Campe, Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Grinnell College


recommend this conference to colleagues


breakout sessions to build your executive skillset

Intimate environment with opportunity for personalized learning


attendees report they will immediately use what they learned


expert speakers

Day One - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Pre-Conference Workshop: Conflict Management

7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Pre-Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in workshop registration fee)



Conflict Management

In this workshop, you will learn strategies to help you manage and resolve a variety of conflicts within your department and institution. You will be introduced to practical tools that can be used to address conflict in its earliest stages before it becomes a formal dispute. There is no one-size-fits all approach to resolving conflicts. That’s why our expert instructor will present numerous scenarios and discuss the use of framing, facilitation and other dispute resolution tools to help you:

  • Improve and sustain a healthy working environment
  • Build rapport among colleagues
  • Increase faculty and staff morale



Lunch for Pre-Conference Attendees (included in workshop registration fee)



Main Conference

10:30 a.m. - 6:00 .p.m.

Conference Registration



Welcome and Opening Remarks



Creating an Inner Coach Stronger than Your Inner Critic: Moving Beyond the Impostor Syndrome

Many of us live with the constant “self-talk” of a harsh inner critic that inhibits spontaneity, silences our input, and holds us hostage to worry and anxiety. This session will describe how and why the inner critic became so powerful and how we can develop an alternative voice, the Inner Coach, that knows how to support our confidence, self-esteem, courage, and resilience.



Afternoon Break



Influencing without Authority

Influencing is a powerful tactic no matter where you sit within your institution’s organizational hierarchy. This training will be useful to you if you are trying to influence both people who you supervise and report to, as well as peers with whom you regularly collaborate.



Afternoon Break



Enhancing Hope through Strengths: Using Strengths Based Philosophy to Achieve Goals

Hope, defined by as our ideas and energy for the future, is a variable that drives persistence, innovation, and the goal setting process. Implementing a strengths-based philosophy can build hope by helping individuals learn how to best leverage their strengths to accomplish organizational goals. This workshop will provide a template for you to build an understanding of the importance of hope in the workplace.




This brief session will give you the opportunity to reflect upon what you have learned in Day 1 and to set goals for Day 2.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)



Day Two - Thursday, March 28, 2019

8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)



Focusing on Executive Presence

This session will help you to understand what it means to have “executive presence” and how even simple modifications to habits and behaviors can have a powerful impact on the message you convey to others.



Morning Break



Building Your Leadership Skill Set Concurrent Sessions (three rotating sessions)

In these concurrent sessions, you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to build your leadership skill set. These session’s topics include:

  • Executive Presence
  • Working with Your Inner Coach to Fortify Confidence, Courage, and Resilience
  • Mapping Your Career Opportunities
  • Using Your Strengths to Create a Hope Map



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 1 of 3)



Lunch (included in registration fee)



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 2 of 3)



Passing Between Sessions



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 3 of 3)






Panel Discussion

In this panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to visit with the panel of speakers who will offer insights on the skills, decisions, and relationships that helped them achieve their success.



Day Three - Friday, March 29, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)






Next Steps in Your Career Plan

In this session, you will be broken into groups to discuss the next steps in your growth as a leader. This may include resources for learning, discussions to have, and actions to take.



Morning Break



Presidential Panel



Final Reflection & Q&A



Wrap-up and Program Evaluations


March 27 - 29, 2019
Denver, CO

Conference Hotel Information:

Brown Palace
321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Room Rate: $219
Room Block Dates: Nights of March 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
Rate Available Until: March 5, 2019.

Reserve Your Room: Please call 303.297.3111 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate. Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.



Jeanne Hey

Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
University of New England

Dr. Hey’s research and teaching expertise are in the areas of comparative foreign policy, small states, Latin American politics, European foreign policy and pedagogy in international studies. She is an alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute for women in academia, and is also a past fellow in the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has developed and facilitated workshops and presentations on a variety of issues in management and leadership.

Read Jeanne's full bio here.

Photo By Tommy O'Laughlin '13

Mary Hinton

President, College of Saint Benedict,

Fueled by her interest in combining a spiritual outlook with an energetic liberal arts education, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton pursued and gained professional experience on Catholic college campuses. She has personal experience with the benefits of a women’s Catholic collegiate education. As CSB’s 15th president, Dr. Mary Hinton will lead CSB into its second century as a nationally celebrated Benedictine women’s college.

Read Mary's full bio here.

Therese Lask, Training and Organizational Development Specialist, Colorado State University, October 24, 2017

Therese Lask

Training & Organizational Development Specialist
Colorado State University

Dr. Therese Lask is a Training Specialist and has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. Therese has helped organizations infuse a strengths-based philosophy to assist with building teams and helping individuals contribute their best at work. Her areas of expertise include: strengths development, strategic planning, wellbeing, hope, multi-generational workforce, change, professional resilience, and career exploration.

Read Therese's full bio here.

Eda Roth

Eda Roth

Executive Presence, Leadership Development, & Communication Skills

Eda Roth is an actress and consultant who for over twenty years has been bringing theatre-based skills to executives in various industries. She helps leaders communicate more meaningfully and with greater results in a variety of situations. The range of her expertise includes helping individuals develop better presentation skills, executive presence, and one-on-one communication abilities - thereby strengthening their talents in engaging others and building supportive relationships.

Read Eda's full bio here.


Beth Weinstock

Leadership Coach

Beth is a leadership coach and licensed clinical psychologist. With her colleague, Dr. Jane Shure, she founded The Resilience Group which trains leaders to develop skills that expand their capacity to manage adversity, increase confidence when transitioning into new roles, maintain a grounded presence in the face of stress and promote a positive influence over those who work with and for them. Beth is also the founder of the non-profit Women’s Leadership Works, committed to leadership training for college women before they graduate.

Read Beth's full bio here.

March 27 - 29, 2019 | Denver, CO


  • Main Conference Materials

  • 4 Breakout Session Options

  • Presidential Panel

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Conflict Management

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions

  • $2,795

    through Jan 18 $2,895

Conference Pass

  • $1,695

    through March 8 $1,795

Conference Plus Pass

  • $1,995

    through March 8 $2,095

Premium Pass

  • $2,595

    through March 8 $2,695

Conference Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • 4 Breakout Session Options

  • Presidential Panel

  • Networking Reception

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  • $1,695

    through March 8 $1,795

Conference Plus Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • 4 Breakout Session Options

  • Presidential Panel

  • Networking Reception

  • Conflict Management Pre-Con

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  • $1,995

    through March 8 $2,095

Premium Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • 4 Breakout Session Options

  • Presidential Panel

  • Networking Reception

  • Conflict Management Pre-Con

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions

  • $2,595

    through March 8 $2,695

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