ACRL- Women’s Leadership Institute

Co-produced by members of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations

Dates and Locations

November 27-30, 2012 – Dana Point, California

December 2-5, 2012 – Amelia Island, Florida

Scholarships available – act now!

Apply for a scholarship to attend! The Spelman & Johnson Group

have generously funded two scholarships to cover the full

registration fee. Complete details are online.

About the Institute

Join us in Southern California at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

on November 27-30, 2012


in Florida at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

on December 2-5, 2012.

ACRL is excited to once again collaborate with other

higher education associations on the 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute.

Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders

in higher education administration and student affairs. 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 new realities

  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to

better tap the higher education community

Presentations, structured wellness time, and small group

discussions will emphasize problem solving strategies for college

and university leaders.

What Participants Have to Say:

  • “The workshop was fantastic—well-organized, informative,

              and thought-provoking—thank you!

  • “I loved the fact there is an all-women institute. I appreciated

             the variety of ages and years of experience in the delegates.

  • “What made this conference valuable was the interaction with

              other participants and personal time to reflect and rejuvenate.

  • “This is the best conference I have ever attended.”

What You Will Learn:

  • To effectively utilize key leadership skills:

negotiation, communication, introducing and managing change,

developing yourself and others, and creating effective work environment

  • To develop your greatest strengths and talents through a highly regarded personal assessment tool
  • To recognize and appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and

perspectives of a broad range of higher education professionals

  • To build relationships and improve goal achievement when working with people from across campus
  • To help your institution respond successfully to the unique challenges of today

Who Should Participate: The program is designed for women who aspire to become senior leaders in higher education. Current responsibilities should include administrative functions that regularly require decision making that affects departmental operations and involves other important relationships on campus.

Tentative Schedule Day One

5–7 p.m. Registration and hors d’ oeuvres reception

7–9 p.m. Keynote speaker

Day Two

7–8:30 a.m. Early morning activities: Journaling

8:30–9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast

9:15–9:30 a.m. Community review

9:30–11:15 a.m. Leadership Plenary: Reclaiming Power and Influence

11:15–11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Educational Block

1 1–2 p.m. Lunch

2–5 p.m. Structured wellness time

6–7 p.m. Dinner

7–9 p.m. Plenary Session: Advice from Women of Power and Influence

Day Three

7–8:30 a.m. Early morning activities

8:30–9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast

9:15–9:30 a.m. Community review

9:30–11 a.m. Educational Block 2

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch by functional area

12:30–2 p.m. Educational Block 3

2–5:30 p.m. Wellness time

5:30–8 p.m. Dinner on own

8–10 p.m. Evening activity (ocean view s’mores)

Day Four

7–8 a.m. Early morning activities: Beach walk/run

8–9 a.m. Coffee and packing

9–11 a.m. Closing Keynote

11 a.m. Brunch before departing

Learning Outcomes

  • A stronger community of practice among women in the

college and university environment

  • Personal and professional growth through reflection and both

general and concurrent sessions

  • Team-building and leadership development
  • Empowerment for women to pursue higher level positions in

their respective fields

Registration Fees

Membership Category Early-Bird:Nov. 2 (CA);Nov. 2 (FL) Regular:Nov. 7 (CA);Nov. 14 (FL) Late:After Nov. 7 (CA);After Nov. 14 (FL)
ACRL member: $799.00 $850.00 $950.00
Non-member: $899.00 $950.00 $1,050.00

How to Register

Dana Point, California program – registration materials Amelia Island, Florida program – registration materials

Lodging and Transporation

Dana Point, California program – lodging and transportation Amelia Island, Florida program – lodging and transportation


Contact Margot Conahan at; or call 312-280-2522.