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Volume 81 | Issue 2
March 2013

Women’s Leadership Institute Exceeds Attendees’ Expectations

The 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute provided a place to network, explore personal and professional challenges, and share knowledge for 196 women. ACUI, along with partnering associations, hosted two consecutive sessions of the institute in Dana Point, Calif., and Amelia Island, Fla. The majority—94%—of attendees reported the program met or exceeded expectations, and 95% would recommend it to a friend or colleague.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is a four-day program, featuring educational sessions, keynote speeches, and plenary sessions that provide women the opportunity to learn more about topics such as gender communication, conducting quality searches, negotiating salaries, and career mapping. In 2012, personal development sessions covered financial wellness, social media, and individual career counseling, and round-table discussions with higher education association executives were offered.

Nearly 90% of evaluation respondents believed topics covered by the institute faculty were excellent. Overall, 85% reported the learning objectives were met, and 95% thought the value of the program was excellent.

“One of the things that distinguished this professional development event from others in which I’ve participated was the level of engagement on the part of the institute faculty. You can tell that they are invested in the success of fellow women and enjoy being a part of the institute,” said one attendee.

The Women’s Leadership Institute also provides the opportunity to network and build connections with women of various ages, experience levels, and functional areas within the field of student affairs. Participants described the experience as “invaluable,” “one-of-a-kind,” and “life-changing.”

“Overall, the [Women’s Leadership Institute] continues to be a valuable experience. In a male-dominated area, it is important for me to connect with female colleagues. I will continue to participate and support the program. I will also encourage others to participate,” said another attendee.

The 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute will be in Amelia Island, Fla., Dec. 3–6. A West Coast location is being sought for December 2014.

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