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Credo-Hosted Event | Nov 06 - 08, 2018

Register now for the 2018 Credo Women in Leadership Institute, occurring November 6 -8, 2018!

During the 2017 event, the participants brainstormed and came to a consensus on the theme for 2018:  Leading with the Long View: Developing Institutional Sustainability and Presidential Resilience, a timely and applicable topic for presidents.

In 2013, Forbes dubbed a college presidency “the toughest leadership job of all.” How do you establish presidential habits for resilience, embedded within an institutional culture of sustainability? As the shape of higher education in our society continues to shift, the average tenure of presidents is decreasing. But the strength of an institution and its leadership are so closely tethered, there is no better time than this to examine strategies for creating sustainability and resilience in both. The fourth annual Credo Women in Leadership Institute will examine leadership with the long-term future in mind, with sessions led by peer presidents and rich with conversation and discussion.

Call for Proposals

The Credo Women in Leadership Institute provides an opportunity to hear from fellow presidents. Most sessions are led by attendees, with a balance of presentation and discussion time. This is an intimate gathering ripe with conversation and mutual learning. We welcome your input into these important topics!

Session Information

  • Each session runs for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • We expect roughly 45 minutes for the topic presentation and 45 minutes for conversation and discussion.
  • No formal PowerPoints are necessary, though some do choose to utilize them.
  • Our preference is for 2 – 3 presidents to speak in each session. If you know co-presenters with which you’d like to work, please include them in your submission! If not, please still submit your idea – we may be able to match you with another president who excels at the same topic.
  • 4 – 5 sessions will be selected for the Institute.

Here are some session topics we’d particularly like to entertain. Are any of these in your area of passion, experience, or expertise? Let us know!

  • Leveraging Strategic Finance for Institutional Sustainability
  • Building Readiness for Change Across Campus
  • Managing the Demand for Presidential Visibility & Accessibility
  • Introducing Innovation into the Culture
  • Creating Habits of Resilience in Your Presidency
  • Avoiding the Operational Drain: Running Strategic Meetings
  • Building the Right Cabinet: Its Role in Creating Capacity for the President

Proposal Submissions (Proposals due March 30, 2018)

Please send the following information to Emma Jones, Chief Brand Officer, at

  • Your name and institution.
  • Co-presenter name(s) and institution(s).
  • A brief paragraph description of your topic, and what you expect participants to gain from the presentation and discussion.

When:  November 6 - 8, 2018 

WhereO.Henry Hotel in beautiful Greensboro, NC 

Address: 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.    

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. Will we see you there?


Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, November 6

5:00 pm: Welcome Reception

6:00 pm: Dinner and Keynote Address


Wednesday, November 7

Full breakfast at the O’Henry included in room rate

8:30 – 10:15 am: Session 1 

10:15 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:15 pm: Session 2 

12 – 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 – 3 pm: Session 3

3 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm: Session 4

4:30 pm: Evening Free to enjoy High Tea in the O’Henry lobby. Ask us about dining, shopping, spa, and local history/experience options.


Thursday, November 8

Full breakfast at the O’Henry included in room rate

8:30 – 10:15 am: Session 5

10:15 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:15 pm: Session 6

12:15: Institute Concludes

Box lunch available to stay and eat or take with you to the airport


What presidents have to say about past CWLIs: 

 “The setting with a smaller group of engaged leaders created a space for more transparency and authenticity than I encounter at most conferences.” 

“It is one of the few places I go where I can share honestly about the challenges and successes of my work. I am encouraged and energized after leaving.” 

      — CWLI Participants, 2017


 “This was an exceptional opportunity to constructively engage critical topics of the presidency with strong female leaders at colleges and universities across America. I appreciated the diversity of experience and the different perspectives offered. I am taking back ideas that I believe will fundamentally help me become a stronger leader at my institution.”

     — CWLI Participant, 2016


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