The early bird deadline for the  2019 Women’s Leadership Institute is quickly approaching—register by Friday, September 20 for the best rate! This professional development event will take place December 9–12 at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida.

Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, you’ll 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 its most challenging period in 50 years.

Pre-institute opportunities

New this year, participants have the opportunity to register for a pre-institute workshop. The workshops offered are “The Modern Job Search and Resume Review,” “Personal Finance,” and “Public Speaking.”


Sarita E. Brown is president and co-founder of Excelencia in Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than three decades at prominent educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students.

She started her career at The University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. Later, she served as executive director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under U.S. President Bill Clinton.

An advocate for educational equity, her efforts have been recognized by many, including the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example” and she has received honorary doctorates from North Carolina State University, Carlos Albizu University, and the University of Saint Joseph.

Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins is former president of Bennett College. her Dawkins’ leadership, the college gained national prominence because of her efforts to lead a successful $9.5 million fundraising campaign, her lead role in a bipartisan legislative effort, and her presidential appointment to a White House Advisory Board. The legislation that Dr. Dawkins’ spearheaded enabled Historically Black Colleges and Universities to defer payments to the HBCU Capital Finance Loan Program, which over a six-year period will result in $8.9 million that Bennett will use to stabilize financially, invest in capital improvements, and continue growing enrollment.

Before arriving at Bennett, Dr. Dawkins worked at Cheyney University, Dillard University, and Johnson C. Smith University. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University.

To Register

NIRSA is a partner association for this event, and NIRSA members receive the posted “member” pricing for this institute. To access registration information and more detailed event information, NIRSA members will need to create an ACUI profile. Registrants will be prompted to do so on the registration page. This event reaches capacity quickly so don’t delay in securing your spot! Early bird pricing will end Friday, September 20.

The schedule for this event is still in development, so stay tuned to the NIRSA News for the latest updates!


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator Nick Zumbrun.
Director of Professional Development at | NIRSA Profile

Kristen Gleason is currently the Director of Professional Development at NIRSA