Event | Nov 08, 2016   Leadership | Strategic-enrollment | Women

Credo Women in Leadership Institute (CWLI) 2016

Join us for this year's Credo Women in Leadership Institute, where the featured theme will be "Courageous Leadership: Managing Your Board."

One of the most critical relationships in a presidency is the one with your Board of Trusees. Come together with women presidents from around the country to tackle some common – and some unusual – board challenges and opportunities in a collaborative, solutions-oriented setting. Topics for discussion are likely to include, among others, responding to your board about current tenure questions; new methods for changing demands on and of faculty; board governance; the role of the executive committee as trusted advisors and in contract negotiation; and building a relevant, engaged, appropriate and strong board.

Join us for the 2016 CWLI for learning, networking, and replenishment. 


Session Topics for Discussion & Presidential Speakers

Tuesday, November 8

  • Keynote Address & Dinner presented by Eileen Hulme, Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University (5:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 9

  • Session 1 - Ten Dysfunctions of a Board presented by Joanne Soliday, CoFounding Partner / Owner, Credo (8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

    Joanne Soliday, Owner and Founding Partner of Credo, will consolidate her experiences in over 200 board meetings and facilitate a session on the 10 dysfunctions she sees as board of trustee members attempt to find relevance in their role. She will address board chair/president relationships and meeting organization as two of the issues that influence board progress.

  • Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Session 2 - Building an Engaged Board presented by Tiffany Franks, Ed.D.President, Averett University (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

    Tiffany Franks, President of Averett University, will facilitate a session on board engagement.  She will describe a steady increase in engagement over the last 10 years and share the intentional strategy she used to make it happen.  The right level of board engagement has been a continuous conversation of presidents nationwide.

  • Lunch (12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
  • Session 3 - Addressing Faculty Issues with the Board presented by Joretta Nelson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President/Owner, Credo (1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Credo’s Senior Vice President Dr. Joretta Nelson will examine the board’s role in effectively helping the president manage the faculty. How can the board be educated and structured to support the president through issues of faculty governance, tenure, and program prioritization? Dr. Nelson will facilitate a conversation around these timely questions
  • Break (3:00 - 3:15)


  • Session 4 - Board Response in a Crisis presented by Barbara Farley, Ph.D., President, Illinois College (3:15 - 4:15)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Barbara Farley, president of Illinois College, will facilitate a session about mobilizing your board during a season of crisis.  The unusual events leading to state budget cuts compelled the college to act immediately on a dramatic loss of student aid.  The board response or organization around the issue, was and continues to be crucial to the college and supportive to administrative action.

Thursday, November 10

  • Session 5 - Effective & Efficient Committees presented by Amy Novak, Ed.D.President, Dakota Wesleyan University (8:30 - 10:15)

  • Break (10:15 - 10:30)
  • Session 6 - Pulling it All Together presented by Mary-Beth Cooper, Ph.D., D.M., President, Springfield College & Deanna Porterfield, Ed.D., President, Roberts Wesleyan College (10:30 - 12:00) 

    Deana Porterfield, President of Roberts Wesleyan and Mary Beth Cooper, President of Springfield College will facilitate our closing session by encouraging participants to bring board situations to the floor that have been troubling or stuck.  They will also encourage best practice strategies to be shared.  This summary session will be an opportunity to pull together the most important learnings from the Institute and go a bit deeper by understanding how to act on them.

  • Closing Remarks (12:00 - 1:00)

 When:  November 8 - 10, 2016 

WhereO.Henry Hotel in beautiful Greensboro ,NC 

624 Green Valley Road | Greensboro, NC 27408  

Telephone: 336.854.2000    

To reserve your room: Click HERE to reserve your hotel room under the CWLI group rate.    

Want to know more about the O.Henry? The O.Henry Hotel is locally owned and passionately run. Convenient to Friendly Center and downtown Greensboro, the O.Henry is known for southern hospitality and elegant charm. Your stay includes a complimentary full breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, and countless amenities.

WhoSitting Presidents  

We look forward to a collaborative, energetic, strategic series of presentations and conversations!

Register here! 

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