Credo + AAC&U

Leadership Institutes

For Women and Gender-Diverse Leaders

2024 Leadership Institutes

Senior Leadership: November 19-20

Presidential Leadership: November 20-22

Credo is excited to partner with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for the Leadership Institutes for Women & Gender-Diverse Leaders. The 2024 theme is Leading With Hope.

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Both Credo and AAC&U share a passion for building and supporting an increasingly diverse leadership pipeline across higher education, and with this partnership we are excited to broaden the network of leaders. 

The Credo and AAC&U Leadership Institutes are focused on the development of leaders who identify as women and gender diverse. The Leadership Institutes are open to all regardless of gender identity.

Institutes At a Glance

2024 Dates:

  • Pre-Institute Workshop: Tuesday, November 19
  • Senior Leadership Institute: Tuesday, November 19 — Wednesday, November 20
  • Presidential Leadership Institute: Wednesday, November 20 — Friday, November 22
    • Optional strategy session with Credo on Friday, November 22
  • Schedule-at-a-Glance - view the schedule overview on the AAC&U website (subject to change)

Location: O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro, NC

Theme: Leading With Hope

Fees: The registration fee covers sessions and meals.

  • Institute Fee - $725
  • Institute Fee for AAC&U Members - $625
  • Pre-Institute Workshop - $250

The institute provides opportunities to connect with other women in higher education and to discuss relevant topics to enhance one's leadership.

2023 Senior Leadership Institute Participant

Unpacking The Theme: LEADING WITH Hope

This year's theme Leading with Hope will be a mix of panel discussions, attendee-presented sessions, time with industry experts, and space for leader-to-leader conversation and reflection. These institutes focus on building a community of women & gender-diverse leaders during this time of intense challenges in higher education.

Submit a session proposal

What ideas do you have to bring to this conversation? Participants are invited to submit a session proposal by June 1, 2024.

Keynote address

Dr. Jessica Riddell

Credo & AAC&U are thrilled to welcome Jessica Riddell as the 2024 Leadership Institutes keynote speaker. 

Dr. Jessica Riddell is a Full Professor of Early Modern Literature in the English Department at Bishop’s University (Quebec, Canada). She holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University; in this capacity, she leads conversations about systems-change in higher education that shifts the focus from resilience to human flourishing. In her research, teaching, leadership, and administration, she participates in a wide range of interchanges at the national and international levels about how universities fulfill the social contract to a broader society. 

Dr. Riddell’s book Hope Circuits is a higher-education call-for-action as the sector undergoes an unprecedented paradigm shift. Drawing upon experience in governance, senior administration, and scholarship, the book helps readers develop the conceptual tools that will engender local, embodied, and embedded solutions to some of the academy's most pressing issues.

Read more about Dr. Riddell and Hope Circuits here.


I found the Presidents Institute to be a great opportunity to discuss tough issues, rejuvenate, and take away some great ideas.

2023 Presidential Leadership Institute Participant

Event hosts


Our mission is to help higher education thrive in order to impact the success of students. We're a collaborative, hard-working team of higher education experts and thought leaders with a vision to positively impact one million learners and the leaders who stand in service to them. Learn more about us on our About Page or find out What We Do.


The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education. Through programs and events, publications and research, public advocacy, and campus-based projects, AAC&U serves as a catalyst and facilitator for innovations that improve educational quality and equity and that support the success of all students. Find out more about AAC&U.

Partnering To Empower Leaders

It is with a shared passion for building and supporting an increasingly diverse leadership pipeline across higher education that AAC&U and Credo enter into this collaboration. Learn more about AAC&U and Credo Partnership to Support Women Leaders in Higher Education.

Things to Do in Greensboro, N.C.

If you make it to Greensboro with some time to spare - we invite you to explore the city!

Thank you & See you there!

If you have any questions, please contact us as We look forward to seeing you at this event.