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 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.

Tentative Schedule

All times are converted to Eastern Standard Time
Sun, December 03, 2017
12:00 PM

Preregistration

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Those participating in the preconference workshop can pick up their registration materials at this time.

1:00 PM

Preconference Workshop: Modern Job Search

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

There are many aspects to the job search process; however, a strong resume and compelling cover letter are the cornerstone. This preconference session will do a deep dive into constructing and presenting a well-developed resume and cover letter and will address common misconceptions about how and what information should be included on your resume and why a targeted cover letter is important. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and a question and answer opportunity around assessing and developing leadership qualities to support your career trajectory. Participants are asked to bring a current resume and recent cover letter to this session.

3:00 PM

Registration

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

4:30 PM

Conference Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Deesha Dyer

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Deesha Dyer, former special assistant to the president and White House social secretary during the Obama Administration, will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Institute. In her role at the White House, Dyer oversaw state dinners, celebrity performances, and visits by world leaders. She now serves as an advocate for women and as executive director of beGirl.world, a global empowerment and education travel program for teen girls she co-founded in 2014.

6:30 PM

Networking Reception

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar while getting to know other attendees.

Mon, December 04, 2017
7:00 AM

Registration and Bookstore Open

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

7:15 AM

Book Club

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

LGBTQ Roundtable

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Yoga

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

State of Women in Higher Education

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:15 AM

5 Styles of Negotiation

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Beyond Cultural Competence: Leadership Through the Lens of Cultural Humility

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Conflict Management 101

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Managing Organizational Change

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Developing Your Career Strategy

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Lunch with Small Group Discussions by Geography

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM

Executive Presence

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Finding and Strengthening Your Allies on Campus

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Successful Time Management Tips Roundtable

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Working Caretakers Roundtable

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:15 PM

Being Sponsorable

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Women of Color Roundtable

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

6:00 PM

Dinner

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tue, December 05, 2017
7:30 PM

Association Gatherings

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

7:45 AM

Pursuing an Advanced Degree Roundtable

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Resort Activity

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

8:00 AM

Registration and Bookstore Open

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

9:00 AM

Navigating Organizational Politics

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Have you ever had a good idea shot down unexpectedly? Have you ever wondered how inconsistent performers continue to get promoted? Have you ever been told, “That’s not how things work around here?” Understanding organizational politics is the first step in successfully navigating organizational politics. In this session, we’ll discuss the difference between influence and authority and review a range of strategies you can use to move your ideas and career forward. After completing this workshop, you will be able to: Describe sources of organizational power; Analyze the factors that make people especially influential; Customize persuasion messages based on receivers’ values and preferences; Apply lessons from social movements and political revolutions to drive organizational change; Build the brain trust and coalitions required to move ideas forward.

10:30 AM

WLI Talks

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

12:15 PM

Lunch with Small Group Discussion by Career Stage

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM

Assertive Communication

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Interest-Based Negotiatation

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Managing Up

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

You Can’t Opt Out of Leadership: Becoming an Exceptional Supervisor

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Being a Leader in Managing Crisis

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Financial Wellness

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Wellness/Taking Care of Yourself

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

4:30 PM

Body Image

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Career Change Roundtable

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Spirituality and Mindfulness

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Dinner on Your Own

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed, December 06, 2017
8:30 PM

Evening Activity

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate around a casual beachside bonfire.

8:00 AM

Registration and Bookstore Open

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

8:30 AM

Closing Keynote with Q&A: President Panel

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM

Community Review

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Brunch

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

Registration includes general session and breakout sessions, program materials, an opening reception, dinner, lunches, brunch, and two continental breakfasts.

Early (by September 22)
Regular (September 23–November 25)
Member*$799$999

 

Register

 

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 November 4, 2017. A $150 processing fee will be assessed for a cancellation requested after November 5. No refunds will be issued after November 25, 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.

Lodging

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.

Resort Information

Hotel reservations may be made online or by calling the reservations department at 866.763.2960. Rates are available until capacity using group name "Women's Leadership Institute 2017."

The group rate is available for the nights of December 3, 4, and 5, with scheduled check-out on December 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 November 3.