Women's Leadership Institute - 2012 Laguna Niguel California

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

Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
November 27 – November 30, 2012
Dana Point, Calif.

Transportation and Lodging

Lodging is provided by the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, Calif. The associations have negotiated a deeplyWLI West room discounted rate of $167 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. There is a fitness center available for no charge, but the spa also offers a wonderful experience, which participants get a 20% discount on services. 

A few of the favorite resort experiences include:

  • Overlooking Salt Creek Beach as surfers ride the waves
  • Having a quiet moment at 180blũ while trying to spot a whale during migration
  • Taking a complimentary Eco-Excursion as part of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program

Take a photo tour of the resort

Reservation information:

Make your hotel reservations online

To make your reservation by phone please call 877.266.6065 and refer to the Women's Leadership Institute

The group rate is available for the nights of Nov. 27, 28, and 29, with scheduled check-out on Nov. 30 (this follows the schedule of the program). Additional nights if available, may or may not be awarded the group rate. 

Hotel Information: 

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, Calif. 92629 
Phone: 949.240.2000 |  Fax: 949.240.0829

Getting there

By air:

The closest airport to the resort is the Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), located about 20 minutes away. Other nearby airports are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), and San Diego International Airport (SAN).  

By train: 

Amtrak has several California routes that serve the San Juan Capistrano, CA (SNC) station, about 15 minutes from the Ritz-Carlton. Low fares, inexpensive transfer, and no valet expense. Not to mention some quiet reading time.


By car:

Rental cars are available at the airport, but please note there is a valet fee of $25 if you have a car at the resort (this is a discounted rate and you must mention ACUI to the valet). There is no option to self park at the resort. 



No specific contracts have been made with these companies, but the following businesses service the Ritz-Carlton:  

  • Super Shuttle services SNA, LAX, LGB, ONT, SAN and Amtrak Los Angeles Station
  • Best Transportation 800.827.7411

Other Information:

  • Click here for the local weather forecast.
  • For information on area attractions click on one of these destinations: All of Orange County, Orange County Beaches, Laguna Beach, Dana Point Harbor, and San Clemente.
  • Book a service from Ritz-Carlton (spa, transportation, other)
  • The resort offers a friendly, relaxed ambiance, so casual resort wear is recommended. Jackets for men are not required at restaurants.
  • The hotel features free wireless Internet throughout the main part of the hotel. In-room wired service is available at a daily charge of $9.95.
Updated Aug. 2, 2013