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2021 CWLI Presidents Institute 

The Road Ahead for Leaders: Calling, Thriving, and Legacy

Please join us for our 7th annual Credo Women in Leadership Institute for topical conversations and connection, designed for women Presidents of colleges and universities. Through the lenses of Courageous Leadership, Vision, Planning and Risk-Taking—or the "How of Thriving"—we will identify themes and common narratives of thriving for ourselves and for our students, and build echoing communities to empower clarity of calling and personal and institutional risk-taking.

We look forward to this time of conversations and community for women leaders in higher education to come together. We can't wait to see you there!

2021 Credo Women In Leadership

Presidents Institute

Who: Women College & University Presidents

What: Women in Leadership Presidents In-Person Event

When: Wednesday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m. ET - Friday, December 10, 1:00 pm ET

Where: The Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, North Carolina. Click HERE to reserve your hotel room under the CWLI group rate. The deadline for booking hotel reservations under the CWLI group rate is Nov. 16th.  

Cost: $350 registration fee includes Dinner on 8th, Breakfast & Lunch on the 9th, and Breakfast & Lunch on the 10th

Register Here

Schedule of Events & Session Descriptions

Wednesday, December 8th

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Opening Reception - White Oak Room

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Courageous Leadership Dinner

Join us in celebrating and learning from Credo's 9th Courageous Leadership Award Winner. Credo CoFounder Joanne Soliday will interview our award recipient (soon to be announced!) and explore her own sense of calling and legacy. 

Thursday, December 9th 

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast available at the Print Works Bistro

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Thriving Students: What Research & Practice Tell Us

(All sessions in the Revolution Room)

Session Description:

What does it take for students to truly thrive in college, and what role does institutional leadership play? Hear from two national experts and engage in rich conversation about thriving for today's learners. 

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.| Mid-Morning Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.| Bringing Yourself To Work: Passion, Inclusion & Belonging

Session Description: 

Two presidents talk about living into their own stories and passion for inclusion and belonging within their institutions. What creates belonging? How is it created within a university and within society? How do we do we do this across social fractures and divides? Creating space for belonging has been a significant theme for both presidents. President Schumacher turned an initiative around diversity, equity and inclusion into a commitment embedded deep within the fabric of her institution. President Humphreys worked with her institution to bring healing and reconciliation to a painful history of discrimination and now provides leadership at a national level around issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch, Conversation & Catchup - White Oak Room

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Nurturing Your Leadership: Getting The Coaching You Need

  • Dr. Joretta Nelson, Vice Chairman & Founder of MTN, Credo - Presidential Advisor
  • Sara King, Principal & Founder, Optimum Insights - Executive Coach
  • Joanne Soliday, CoFounder, Credo - Presidential Advisor
Session Description: 

Engage with a panel of coaches and advisors to consider the range of coaching and what might best benefit your own leadership and presidency. 

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.| Mid-Afternoon Break

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Nurturing Your Cabinet Leadership


Kevin Twomey, Principal Consultant, The Table Group 

Session Description: 

With a focus on high performing team dynamics, the role of leadership in creating and reinforcing clarity, and evaluation of executive team members' performance and potential, join The Table Group's Kevin Twomey for a conversation about the health and development of your leadership team in service to the institution. 

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Presidential Forum

Bring your challenges and questions to the table for this confidential open forum.  

6:30 p.m. | Optional Group Dinner

If you are interested, join us for a group dinner at the Proximity Hotel's outstanding Print Works Bistro

Friday, December 10th

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast available at the Print Works Bistro

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Morning Strategy Sessions

We invite you to schedule time for a confidential one-hour strategy session with Credo's Joanne Soliday, CoFounder, or Dr. Joretta Nelson, Vice Chairman, during this time.

Schedule a CWLI Strategy SessionBoxed lunches will be available at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy at the hotel or take with you to the airport.

Register Here

Proximity Hotel

proximity hotel online search result image 2021Click HERE to reserve your hotel room under the CWLI group rate at the Proximity Hotel. The deadline for booking hotel reservations under the CWLI group rate is Nov. 16th.

Stay in sustainable style at the employee-owned Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Discover custom-designed furnishings, commissioned art and innovative design in every corner of our AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel. Savor fresh European flavors at Print Works Bistro with creekside dining and an energetic bar with craft cocktails. Unwind in modern loft-like guest rooms and many gathering spaces. 

Credo is committed to continuity of partnerships and events with our client campuses during this time of ongoing response to COVID-19. We will follow any relevant CDC guidance and take into account the necessary safety precautions in regard to hosting in-person events.

For any questions, please reach out to Catherine Rumley, Marketing & Events Manager at or 336.603.6015.

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