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National Women's Leadership Forum

This 3-day leadership program is for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship.


This interactive program, held in June and December, fosters discussions with women presidents and executive search consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies. 

The program focuses on
  • Honing critical leadership skills in areas such as fundraising, risk management, and crisis response
  • Media training
  • Developing an effective search strategy
  • Practical training, including mock video-taped interviews and CV/resume critiques
  • Gaining a better understanding of the search process through candid conversations with search firm executives
  • Contract negotiation
  • Gaining a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of a presidency through exposure to outstanding women leaders who share their experiences and serve as role models
Who is eligible to register?

Senior-level women administrators (typically at the dean’s level or above) planning to seek a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship may participate in the program. 

Limited scholarships are available. To apply, please visit: Emily Taylor Women's Leadership Scholarship.

For information about upcoming forums, please send an email to or call 202-939-9390.​​​​​​​​​​​



  • Connie Gores

    President, Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Beatriz Gonzalez Robinson

    Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Educational Counseling, University of La Verne

Program Staff

Kim Bobby


Gailda Davis

Associate Director

Sook-Yi Yong

Senior Program Manager

Krystle Whitaker

Senior Program Manager

Contact us about National Women's Leadership Forum


December 2-4, 2015
The Westin Arlington Gateway
Arlington, VA



Early Bird Registration:

ACE Member Price: $1,500
Non-ACE Member Price: $1,800

Register by October 13, 2015 to save $50 on your registration fee.

General Registration:

ACE Member Price: $1,550
Non-ACE Member Price: $1,850



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