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2024 Women's Leadership Institute

Division/Group Events Career and Workforce Development Supporting the Profession Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Womxn in Student Affairs AVP or "Number Two" Mid-Level Senior Level VP for Student Affairs

The Women’s Leadership Institute is the premier professional development program for women who aspire to be senior leaders in higher education.


The Women’s Leadership Institute provides an experience that offers strategies for women to succeed in the higher education profession. Participants include women from facilities and operations, administration, auxiliary services, student affairs, recreation, and libraries who share a passion for the profession and plan to lead with lasting impact.

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Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders in higher education administration and student affair.

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.


Registration is Now Open!

To complete registration, please visit ACUI's website using the link below. If you need registration assistance, please contact acui@acui.org or 812.245.2284.



Early Registration

Through 09/13/2024

Regular Registration

After 9/14/2024

$899 $999
$1099 $1199


Member Fee Details 
The member fee listed above is extended to all members ACUI, NASPA, and marketing partner associations. At the time of registration, all delegates will view the member fees. Confirmation of membership by your association will occur, and the additional $200 nonmember fee will be assessed and invoiced to you if necessary. 

Call for Programs - Now Closed

ACUI - Association of College Unions International, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, are partnering to bring you a curated experience focused on women leaders in higher education. This Institute offers strategies for women who share a passion for the profession and plan to lead with lasting impact. ACUI and NASPA are seeking programs that will inspire participants to become an inspirational and effective leader. The program is designed by women, for women.

All presenters must register to attend the 2024 Women's Leadership Institute in-person. 

There will not be any virtual presentation opportunities. 

Deadline to Submit CFP - Now Closed


Examples of WLI CFP Leadership Cycle Topics 

  • Supervision and Performance Management
  • Strategic Planning; Financial Well-being
  • Upskill, Re-skill - the Bridge to the Future
  • Delegating and Giving Away - Picking Up New Skills/ Put Things Down



The schedule will be designed to provide attendees with interactive and engaging programming, and opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

All times are Pacific Time (GMT-8) and are subject to change

Institute Schedule
December 10
December 11
December 12
December 13
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration and Help Desk

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshop A

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshop B

1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Opening Session and Keynote Address

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Session Block 1: General Interest Sessions

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM

Session Block 2: General Interest Sessions

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Opening Reception

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Wellness Activity

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration and Help Desk

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Morning Session and Keynote Address

10:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Session Block 3: Deep Dive Sessions

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Session Block 4: Learning Lab Sessions

12:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Conference Lunch and Break

2:00 PM - 2:50 AM

Session Block 5: General Interest Sessions

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Session Block 6: General Interest Sessions

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Daily Wrap Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner on your own

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Wellness Activity

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration and Help Desk

8:00 AM - 9:20 AM


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Session Block 7: Round Tables Sessions

9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Keynote Address

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Session Block 8: General Interest Sessions

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

MC Session

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Conference Lunch and Break

2:00 PM - 2:50 AM

Session Block 9: General Interest Sessions

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Block 10: Learning Lab Sessions

3:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Keynote Address

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner on your own

8:00 AM - 9:20 AM


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Session Block 11: Round Table Sessions

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Keynote Address

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Session


The Women’s Leadership Institute will be at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina! 


NASPA has arranged special room rates for institute attendees at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Rooms in the institute block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within the NASPA block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you, it also helps to support the Institute. When you book within our block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.


Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101


Reserve a Room Today!

Additional Venue Information

Travel From Airport

The weather in San Diego, CA in December has an average high of 70° and average low of 41°.  For more information on the weather averages in San Diego, CA, please visit weather.com or visit here.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policies may vary depending on the rate or dates of your reservation. Please refer to your reservation confirmation to verify your cancellation policy. If you need further assistance, call the hotel directly at +1 760-341-2211. Alternatively, you can manage your reservation online.


To learn about sponsorship opportunities for the 2024 NASPA Women's Leadership Institute, please contact Fred Comparato at (202) 719-1179 or by clicking the button below.

NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility

In keeping with the Association's duty to care and responsibility as host, NASPA leadership strongly encourages all participants at NASPA events whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor to be fully vaccinated. Please see the NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy.

NASPA Conduct Policy

NASPA provides a welcoming environment and strives to address the interests of its members and the student affairs profession on issues related to social justice, equity, and inclusion. We seek to foster a positive environment built upon a foundation of trust, respect, open communications, and ethical behavior. To view NASPA's Conduct Policy, follow this link.