2018 Women’s Leadership Institute

December 02 – December 05, 2018
Newport Beach, California

In its 13th 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.

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 #WLI18 to engage each other and those who could not attend. Join the Facebook page "Women's Leadership Institute Participants & Friends."


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The 2018 schedule is still being finalized, but in general, please plan for the following:

Sun, Dec 02

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
3:00 p..m. – 6:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Keynote Speaker
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

Mon, Dec 03

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore Open
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Pursuing an Advanced Degree Roundtable
Allyship Roundtable
Financial Wellbeing
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
State of Women in Higher Education
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Difficult Conversations
Navigating Organizational Politics
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Higher Education Leadership in the Digital Age
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Small Group Discussions by Geography
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
General Session: Panel - Harvey Mudd College - President, VP, Provost
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Assessing Mindfulness an Compassion in Education Systems
Working Caretaker Roundtable
LBTQIA Roundtable
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Managing Up, Down, and Laterally
Uncommon Bonds: Reflecting on Race & Friendship
Successful Time Management
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Uncommon Bonds Book Signing
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Night Out at Newport Pier

Tue, Dec 04

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Mindfulness Practice
Conflict Management
Sexism in Higher Education
Women of Color Roundtable
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Women Helping Women
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
General Session: Career Stages
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Small Group Discussion by Functional Area
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Supervision Across Difference
Assertive Communication
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Increasing Kindness and Pro-Social Behavior
Higher Education Leadership & Change
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Executive Presence
How to Negotiate in Your Career
Book Club
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Association Gatherings

Wed, Dec 05

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Closing Session: College President Perspective Linda Oubre
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Community Review


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 19.  Registration is managed through our 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 [email protected]

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
05/01/2018 to 09/19/2018
Regular Registration
09/20/2018 to 11/21/2018
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Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext 1184


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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 September 19,  2018. A $150 processing fee will be assessed for a cancellation requested after Sept. 19.  No refunds will be issued after October 1, 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.


Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Newport Beach, CA

Lodging is provided by the beautiful Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The associations have negotiated a deeply discounted rate of $169 for this conference for either single or double occupancy. The resort offers many amenities, including a full service spa, and is located near downtown Newport and Balboa Peninsula. A fitness center is available 24 hours/7days a week, and the spa also offers a wonderful day pass for $25.

Hotel reservations may be made online or by calling the reservations department at 877.622.3056. Rates are available until capacity using group name "Women's Leadership Institute 2018."  Please make reservations before November 9.

Onsite parking is $29 per day with valet parking available at $36 per day. Parking is either outdoor or in an underground garage with a 6’ 8” clearance.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive,  Newport Beach, CA  92660
$169 - Single or Double
  • Travel

    Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is located 5 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA), 25 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), and 45 miles from both the Los Angeles International (LAX) and LA/Ontario International Airports.

  • Transportation

    The Women's Leadership Institute has secured reduced rates between John Wayne (SNA), Long Beach (LGB), Los Angeles (LAX), or LA/Ontario International (ONT) Airport and the hotel with Super Shuttle although there are several companies that serve each airport. The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service. You may make a reservation by contacting Super Shuttle for either a private car, a private or shared shuttle (LAX or SNA only). For booking Super Shuttle, click here and use discount code SJDLB for a 5% one way or 10% roundtrip discount.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Newport Beach in December are around 65 degrees F during the day and 50 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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