Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education

Women's Leadership Success
in Higher Education

March 27 - 29, 2018
Orange County, CA


Fewer than 20 spots remaining.
Sign up today!
June 4 - 5, 2018
Boise, ID


In Partnership with
Boise State University

Become your most powerful self. Overcome internal barriers that might be holding you back.


We already have 180 leaders signed up for this program. Reserve your spot today!

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 learning and support? Please join us for this powerful learning experience.

During this three-day event, we will look at how gender and other factors such as 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.

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.
  • Negotiation: Practice your skills and see a coaching session in action.
  • Shift Your Culture: Learn how to influence and change your organization's work culture.
  • Leadership Identity: Learn your authentic leadership voice as it is informed by your identity.
  • Map your Career Opportunities: Develop a set of "potential career maps" to draw on as you go forward in your career.

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

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.


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



Note: The Agenda below lists our three-day March conference. Our June 4 - 5 program in Boise, ID will be
trimmed down to a two-day format. Click the button below to view the full agenda for our June program.


Day One - Tuesday, March 27


Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.



Identity, Intersectionality, and Leadership
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
What are the unique perspectives and strengths that women bring to leadership? Through what other lenses besides gender (e.g. generations, age, race, religion, geography) should we look when evaluating our leadership styles?



2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
From launching a new initiative on campus, to interacting with colleagues, to managing your various roles, negotiation arises in all aspects of your work in higher education. Developing this skill, however, is often ignored. In this session, you will learn tools to implement a successful strategy of negotiation.



Identifying Your Leadership Style
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
This session will use a self-assessment tool to help participants identify their leadership style. You will engage in discussions about how to manage and capitalize on your style while mitigating the challenges that come with your particular style.



4:45 - 5:00 p.m.
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)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Day Two - Wednesday, March 28


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:15 - 9:00 a.m.



Focusing on Executive Presence
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
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.


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: Practice your executive presence in a safe space and receive feedback for improvement.
  • Negotiation: Practice your skills and see a coaching session in action.
  • Shift Your Culture: Learn how to influence and change your organization's work culture.
  • Leadership Identity: Learn your authentic leadership voice as it is informed by your identity.
  • Map your Career Opportunities: Develop a set of "potential career maps" to draw on as you go forward in your career.



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 1 of 3)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 2 of 3)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 3 of 3)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.



Panel Discussion
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
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 - Thursday, March 29


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



Next Steps in Your Career Plan
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
In this session, you will be broken into three groups to discuss next steps in your growth as a leader. This may include resources for learning, discussions to have, and actions to take.



Influencing Without Authority
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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.



Final Reflection and Q&A
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.



Final Working Time, Program Wrap-up, and Evaluation
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

March 27 - 29, 2018
Orange County, cA


Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Room Rate: $159
Room Block Dates: The nights of March 26, 27 and 28, 2018 .
Rate Available Until: March 5, 2018.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reserve Your Room: Click the button below or call 714.750.1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.

June  4 - 5, 2018
Boise, ID

Conference sessions will take place at the following location:

Boise Centre
850 W Front St.
Boise, ID 83702

Accommodations are available at a reduced rate at the following hotel:

The Grove Hotel
245 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

Room Rate: $199
Room Block Dates: The nights of June 3 and 4, 2018 .
Rate Available Until: May 4, 2018.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reserve Your Room: Please call 208.333.8000 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.



Jeanne A.K. Hey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of New England

Previously, Jeanne served as the Director of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, she earned a PhD in political science from The Ohio State University. Her 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 has extensive international experience, having conducted research and taught university courses in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. She has published four books and numerous articles on foreign policy, developing regions, and international studies pedagogy.

Dr. Hey is an alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute for women in academia, held at Wellesley College. She is also a past fellow in the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she was trained in applying the case method of college teaching in global affairs. She has developed and facilitated workshops and presentations on a variety of issues in management and leadership, including for the Council on Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Thornton Academy, in Saco, ME.

Photo By Tommy O'Laughlin '13

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton

College of Saint Benedict

Dr. Hinton earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College. In the fall of 2017 Dr. Hinton was the recipient of the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College. She has extensive administrative experience in Catholic higher education, non-profit K-12 education management and development, and a philanthropic background. Dr. Hinton’s scholarship focuses on African American religious history, and leadership, strategic planning, and diversity in higher education.

Under Dr. Hinton’s leadership, the College of Saint Benedict developed a collaborative strategic plan and dynamic vision to guide the College through 2020. In alignment with the strategic plan, under her leadership, the college is undertaking a $100 million comprehensive campaign. She has also led the process to implement a $43 million campus facilities update, enabling Saint Ben’s to provide premier facilities for learning and leadership development. The College of Saint Benedict has been ranked number one among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation by US News and World Report for its operating efficiency and number 41 in the nation by the New York Times for helping students achieve the American dream. In fall 2017, CSB was invited to join the American Talent Initiative (ATI) in recognition of the college’s commitment to lower income students.

Dr. Hinton is chair of the Minnesota Private College Council Board of Presidents, is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors, the Women’s College Council Board of Directors, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Minnesota Campus Compact Board of Directors, The Aspen Institute/Association of American Colleges and Universities Wye Seminars Advisory Council, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Board of Directors, and the Bonner Foundation Presidents’ Advisory Council. Since 2012, she has taught in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education doctoral program in higher education management.

Eda Roth

Eda Roth

Consultant, 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. Through her highly creative work, tailored to the specific needs of each individual she coaches, she helps leaders become more effective in every area of their work. Eda helps clients break through inhibitions so that they become more expressive of who they really are, enabling them to 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.


Elizabeth Suarez, MBA, ADR

Speaker, Author, and Strategic Facilitator

Elizabeth Suárez is a negotiation coach and speaker who empowers professionals to make the big decisions. She spent over a decade climbing the ranks of corporate America, where she broadened her knowledge base and sharpened her negotiation skill set. Drawing on her extensive experience, she authored the best seller book The Art of Getting Everything, in which she equips readers with the tools and knowledge to negotiate successfully for what they want in their professional and personal lives. Elizabeth holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She completed the Executive Management Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Beth Weinstock

Leadership Coach

Beth is a leadership coach and licensed clinical psychologist, who balances a private psychotherapy practice and a leadership development consultancy in Narberth, PA. 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.

Beth’s publications on leadership and executive coaching include the authorship of the journal articles “The Hidden Challenges in Role Transitions and How Leadership Coaching Can Help New Leaders Find Solid Ground” and the co-authorship of “The Benefits of a Leadership Program and Executive Coaching for New Nursing Academic Administrators.” Her book chapters include co-authorship of “Executive Coaching to Support Doctoral Role Transitions and Promote Leadership Consciousness” and “Shame Compassion and the Journey to Health”. With Pat Sanaghan, she has co-authored “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Leadership Coaching in Higher Education” published by Academic Impressions.


Karen Whitney

Interim Chancellor
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Dr. Karen Whitney has held many leadership positions throughout her 36 year career in higher education. She is currently Interim Chancellor which includes providing strategic leadership to 14 universities serving over 100,000 students, making it the largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania. The System employs more than 12,000 faculty and staff, making it one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth with a $2.3 billion annual operating budget.

As Chancellor, she serves as the chief executive officer of the System which includes:

  • Working with the 14 university presidents to ensure the success of each University.
  • Advises the system Board on policy development and oversees policy implementation.
  • Provides recommendations to the Board on State System’s overall budget.
  • Reviews and recommends academic programs for the Board’s approval.
  • Conducts comprehensive planning for the role and scope of each university, instructional programs, research programs and public service programs in consultation with State System and university constituent groups.
  • Negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of, and subject to, the approval of the Board.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the council of trustees of each university.
  • Represents the system to the public including elected and civic leaders.
  • Advances and champions higher learning public policy.

Prior to serving as Interim Chancellor, Dr. Whitney was the 16th President of Clarion University for 7 years and has held a variety of administrative and leadership positions.

Women's Leadership Success
March 27 - 29
Orange County, CA

$1,495 through Mar. 9$1,595.00

Women in Higher Ed: Register today and become your most powerful self.

Fewer than 20 spots remaining. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Women's Leadership Success
June 4 - 5
Boise, ID

$1,395 through May 18$1,495.00

Women in Higher Ed: Register today and become your most powerful self.

We have added a special two-day version of this event hosted in partnership with Boise State University.

Corporate Attendees:
Women's Leadership Success
March 27-29
Orange County, CA

$1,995 through Mar. 9$2,095.00

Select this option if you work for a private corporation.

Corporate Attendees:
Women's Leadership Success
June 4 - 5
Boise, ID

$1,895 through May 18$1,995.00

Select this option if you work for a private corporation.

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