Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education

Women's Leadership Success
in Higher Education

March 27 - 29, 2018
Orange County, CA

Learn to use a variety of skills that will enhance your effectiveness as a leader.

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
  • Inclusivity
  • Shifting your Culture
  • Issues Management
  • Mapping your Career Opportunities

Who Should Attend

Mid- to upper-level female higher education leaders who wish to build upon their leadership skill set for success will greatly benefit from the information shared at this conference. You will have the opportunity to learn from our expert faculty, as well as the shared experiences of your peers.

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



satisfaction reported from previous attendees


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


Conference Registration
10:30 - 12:30 p.m.



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.



3:15 - 3:45 p.m.



Identifying Your Leadership Style
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
This session will use a self-assessment tool to help participants self-select their leadership style. You will engage in discussions about your preferences for working, conducting meetings, and the diverse needs you should consider as you build a team.



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


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.



10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



Concurrent Sessions (four 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
  • Inclusivity
  • Shifting Your Culture
  • Issues Management
  • Mapping Your Career Opportunities



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 1 of 4)
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 4)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.



Passing Between Sessions
1:45 - 2:00 p.m.



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 3 of 4)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.



3:00 - 3:15 p.m.



Building Your Leadership Skill Set (Session 4 of 4)
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.



Panel Discussion
4:15 - 5:00 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


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



The Power of Diverse Leadership Teams
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
In this session, you will explore what research tells us about the power of having diverse leadership teams. We will jigsaw three to five articles and you will leave with five to ten key points that will inform your future decisions.



10:00 - 10:15 a.m.



Influencing Without Authority
10:15 - 11:15 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 Working Time, Program Wrap-up, and Evaluation
11:15 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.



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.

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

Elizabeth Suarez, MBA, ADR

Speaker, Author, and Strategic Facilitator

Elizabeth Suárez is an accomplished practitioner, management consultant and expert in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Leadership and Inclusiveness. With more than 15 years spent climbing the ranks of Corporate America, Elizabeth confirms “With New Phraseology Comes a Shift in Responsibility”, as she too further broadened her knowledge base and sharpened her negotiation skillset.  Today, Elizabeth is highly regarded as an author, speaker, facilitator, coach, strategist, trainer and mediator. She is passionate about imparting professionals and assisting all generations, communities and organizations to better understand how to manage disagreements, succeed in any negotiation and develop the necessary strategies and tactics for success, all while deploying ethical persuasion and inclusiveness skills.

As a multi-cultural and bilingual strategist, Elizabeth is an expert in providing an amicable environment where difficult issues can be successfully addressed and resolved. Elizabeth works with clients in the fields of Education (k-12 & Higher Ed), Government (Transportation & Public Health) and Business (Financial, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods).  She is the current Spanish spokesperson for the Marihuana In Colorado campaign from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as Colorado Department of Transportation Central 70 project outreach strategist.  In both roles, she incorporates inclusiveness strategies to ensure effective communication.


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.

March 27 - 29 Conference for Higher Ed Attendees

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

Learn to use a variety of skills that will enhance your effectiveness as a leader.

March 27 - 29 Conference for Corporate Attendees

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

Select this option if you work for a private corporation.

Can't Attend? Buy the
Conference Binder

Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.

Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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