2017 Women’s Leadership Institute

December 03 – December 06, 2017
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

In its 12th year, the Women’s Leadership Institute provides an experience that caters to women’s needs within the higher education profession. Representing the profession will be women from facilities and operations, administration, auxiliary services, student affairs, recreation, and libraries who aspire to be senior leaders in higher education and share a passion for the profession.

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Coproduced by several higher education associations, this unique program will bring together administrators from across campus functions to help you:

  • Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture
  • Share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to the new reality
  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community

Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, you will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. Examine the unique roles, skills, and relationships needed to lead as higher education faces and deals with the most challenging period in 50 years.

The Women's Leadership Institute is an experience that provides professional development opportunities on issues that affect women within the higher education community. Attendees are women who represent the many functional areas on campus who aspire to be senior leaders in higher education and share a passion for the field.

Leadership development and positioning continue to be concerns for women in society in general and is a focus for the development of the next generation of leaders in higher education. Research shows that while the gap may be narrowing, pay and promotion disparity continue to be problems for women working on campus.

The Women's Leadership Institute's mission is to bring together women who represent the vast communities across institutions of higher education. It provides a special opportunity to learn not just about leadership skills but about how other parts of the campus function, what their priorities and challenges are, and how to bridge the communication gap that may exist when we try to work across campus cultures.

The Women's Leadership Institute is a four-day/three-night development opportunity with two primary purposes:

  • To give women in higher education information, education, and support in the pursuit of executive leadership positions on campus.
  • To increase the knowledge base of individual participants and partner organizations about topics related to being a woman working on college campuses.

Follow the conversation on the "Women's Leadership Institute for Higher Education" group on LinkedIn. This group is open for registrants only, and you will be invited upon registration. In the meantime, build your LinkedIn profile for full effect. We also use the Twitter hashtag #WLI17 to engage each other and those who could not attend. Join the Facebook page "Women's Leadership Institute Participants & Friends."


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level


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The 2017 schedule is still being finalized, but in general, please plan for the following:

Sun, Dec 03

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Modern Job Search
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Deesha Dyer
Deesha Dyer, former special assistant to the president and White House social secretary during the Obama Administration.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

Mon, Dec 04

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore Open
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Book Club
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
LGBTQ Roundtable
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Finding our Voice: State of Women in Higher Education
Toyia K. Younger, Vice President for Leadership Development and Member Services at American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Conflict Management 101
Kim Harrington, Georgia Tech
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
How to Negotiate with Anyone-Five Strategies
Nancy Brooks, Iowa State University, retired.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Moving Beyond Cultural Competence: Leadership Through an Equity Lens
Toyia K. Younger, Vice President for Leadership Development at American Association of State Colleges and Universities .
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Reclaim Your Time, Reclaim Your Life: Creating an Authentic and Organized Life
Joan Maze, Director of Campus Activities & Operations at Macalester College.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Leadership Moves: Developing Your Career Strategy
Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson .
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Small Group Discussions by Geography
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Executive Presence
3:00 p,m. – 4:00 p.m.
Finding and Strengthening Your Allies on Campus Roundtable
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Successful Time Management Tips Roundtable
Stephanie Gordon, Vice President for Professional Development at NASPA.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Working Caretakers Roundtable
Angela Coleman, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Florida A&M University .
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Being Sponsorable
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Paradigm Shift in Leadership: How to Move from Me to We
Karen Morgan, Assistant Provost for the Undergraduate Experience and an associate professor of Mathematics at New Jersey City University.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
The Experiences of and Career Path of Underrepresented Women in Student Affairs Roundtable
Angela Coleman, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Florida A&M University .
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Association Gatherings

Tue, Dec 05

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration an Bookstore Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Morning Beach Walk/Run/Roll
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Pursuing an Advanced Degree Roundtable
Stephanie Gordon, Vice President for Professional Development at NASPA.
7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Navigating Organizational Politics
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 ap.m.
WLI Talks
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Small Group Discussion by Career Stage
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Assertive Communication
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Interest-Based Negiotitaion
Nancy Brooks, Iowa State University, retired.
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Managing Up
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You Can't Opt Out of Leadership: Becoming an Exceptional Supervisor
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Being a Leader in Managing Crisis
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Career Change Roundtable
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Examining Wellness and Self-Care
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Breaking Up with the Mirror: Exploring Body Image Through the Lenses of Age, Culture, Leadership, and What You Bring to the Table
Dr. Asha Fields Brewer
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Doing Your Best Work: Being Present
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spirituality and Mindfulness
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Evening Activity

Wed, Dec 06

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Closing Keynote
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Community Review
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Registration fees include general session and breakout sessions, program materials, an opening reception, dinner, lunches, brunch, and two continental breakfasts. Group activities will allow participants to refocus after sessions, but there are many other activities you can do on your own.

Register early for lower fees and guarenteed space in the program. Early bird rates available until September 22.  Registration is managed through a conference partner, ACUI and NASPA members are asked to create an account upon registration.  NASPA members will receive the member rate to attend the confernece. If you have any registration challenges, please contact ACUI registration services at acuireg@acui.org.

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Early Bird Registration
05/08/2017 to 09/22/2017
Regular Registration
09/23/2017 to 11/25/2017
NASPA Member


Lucy Fort
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-719-1171


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Member Fee Details
The member fee listed above is extended to all members of participating associations. At the time of registration, all delegates will view the member fees. Confirmation of membership by your association will occur, and the additional $100 nonmember fee will be assessed and invoiced to you if necessary.

Cancellation Policy
Upon written request, cancellations will be issued a refund and assessed a $75 processing fee prior to the registration deadline of Sept. 22, 2017. A $150 processing fee will be assessed for a cancellation requested after Sept. 22. No refunds will be issued after Sept. 22, and the full registration fee will be assessed. The entire registration fee is due at the time of registration. A $25 processing fee will be added to all registrations not paid in full by the first day of the seminar. Checks or purchase orders should be made payable to the Association of College Unions International. All registration fees will be refunded if the seminar is cancelled because of low registration. Please register as early as possible so we can plan appropriate program materials.


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2017 Women's Leadership Institute, please contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Fernandina Beach, FL

Lodging is provided by the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The associations have negotiated a deeply discounted rate of $175 for this conference for either single or double occupancy. The resort offers many amenities including spa and golf. You are within a stone's throw of the beach, and the resort offers complimentary coffee and water for morning beach walkers. A fitness center is available for no charge, but the spa also offers a wonderful day pass for $25, which includes use of the newly remodeled spa pool, sauna, hot tub, relaxation room, and locker room.

The resort is just a short drive to the 55-block historic district in Fernandina Beach. It is a quaint historic sea village with antiques, dining, novelty shops, and jewelers.

For your hotel reservation, call the reservations department at 866.763.2960. Rates are available until capacity using group name "Women's Leadership Institute 2017." You can also reserve hotel rooms online

The group rate is available for the nights of Dec. 3, 4, and 5, with scheduled check-out on Dec. 6 (this follows the schedule of the program). Additional nights, if available, may or may not be awarded the group rate of $175. To ensure you receive the group rate, make reservations before Nov. 3.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, FL
$175 - Double
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