2016 Women’s Leadership Institute

In partnership with the Association of College Unions International

December 6 – December 9, 2016 • Dana Point, California

Learning Outcomes

The 2016 Women’s Leadership Institute will return to the West Coast and be at Dana Point, Calif., Dec. 6–9. Now in its 11th year, the Women’s Leadership Institute continues to provide 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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2016 Women’s Leadership Institute Website

Two Primary Purposes:

  • To give women in higher education information, education, and support in the pursuit of executive leadership positions on campus.
  • To increase the knowledge base of individual participants and partner organizations about topics related to being a woman working on college campuses.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Register Today

Note: All registrations are handled through ACUI.



FeesEarly Bird
October 19, 2016
November 13, 2016
Member* of a partnering association$799$899

*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.

Please see ACUI website for more information on registration fees and policies.

Schedule of Events

Timeline is subject to change.

Key Dates

  • April – Registration Available
  • Oct. 19 – Early Registration Deadline
  • Nov. 7 – Hotel Deadline
  • Nov. 23 – Regular Registration Deadline
  • Dec. 6-9 – WLI, Dana Point, California
4:00pm – 5:30pm – Registration

5:30pm – 7:30pm – Welcome and Keynote Speaker

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking Reception

7:00am – 8:30am – Investing in Yourself

7:15am – 8:15am – Invest in Your Career

7:45am – 8:30am – Continental Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am – Community Review

9:00am – 10:15am – Advancing Your Career Session

10:15am – 10:30am – Break

10:30am – 11:45pm – Advancing Your Career Session

Noon – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45pm – Advancing Your Career Session

3:00pm – 5:15pm – Investing in Yourself Afternoon Activities

6:00pm – 7:30pm – Dinner

7:30pm – 9:30pm – Association Gatherings

7:00am – 8:30am – Investing in Yourself: Yoga

7:15am – 8:15am – Investing in Yourself: Book Club

7:45am – 8:30am – Continental Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am – Community Review

9:00am – 10:15am – Advancing Your Career Session

10:15am – 10:30pm – Break

10:30am – 11:45am – Advancing Your Career Session

Noon – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45pm -Advancing Your Career Session

3:00pm – 5:15pm – Investing in Yourself Afternoon Activities

6:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner on Your Own

8:30pm – 10:00pm – Evening Activity

9:00am – 10:00am – Community Review: Paying It Forward

10:00am – 11:30am – Closing Keynote

11:30am – Brunch and Departures

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Dana Point

Rates & Reservations

Make your hotel reservations online!

To make your reservation by phone please call 877.266.6065 and refer to the 2016 Women’s Leadership Institute prior to Nov. 7.

The group rate is available for the nights of Dec. 6, 7, and 8 with scheduled check-out on Dec. 9 (this follows the schedule of the program). Additional nights if available, may or may not be awarded the group rate. Please make your reservations no later than Nov. 7 to receive the group rate.

Lodging is provided by the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, Calif. The associations have negotiated a deeply discounted rate of $175 for this conference for either single or double occupancy. The resort offers many amenities including spa and golf and complimentary access to the fitness center overlooking the ocean. You are within a stone’s throw of the beach, and the resort offers complimentary coffee and water for morning beach walkers. There is a fitness center available for no charge, but the spa also offers a wonderful experience, which participants get a 10% discount on spa treatment services.

A few of the favorite resort experiences include:

  • Overlooking Salt Creek Beach as surfers ride the waves
  • Having a quiet moment at 180blũ while trying to spot a whale during migration
  • Taking an Eco-Excursion as part of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program


  • Click here for the local weather forecast.
  • For information on area attractions, click on one of these destinations: All of Orange County, Orange County Beaches, Laguna Beach,Dana Point Harbor, and San Clemente.
  • Book a service from Ritz-Carlton (spa, transportation, other)
  • The resort offers a friendly, relaxed ambiance, so casual resort wear is recommended. Jackets for men are not required at restaurants.
  • The hotel features free wireless Internet throughout the main part of the hotel. In-room wired service is available at a daily charge at no charge to our group.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email NIRSA