EACUBO 2024 Women's Leadership Forum

Welcome to the Inaugural Women's Leadership Forum:
Charting Your Leadership Future!

Monday March 4, 2024, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Baltimore Hilton - Inner Harbor

5:30 - 7:30 PM, Reception at Camden Yards

Full WLF Schedule
  • Ignite Your Leadership Journey with Insightful Conversations and Empowering Connections
  • Unleash Your Potential, Shape Your Destiny
  • Join us at the forefront of leadership excellence for a groundbreaking event tailored exclusively for women leaders like you. The Inaugural Women's Leadership Forum is not just a conference; it's a transformative experience designed to chart the course for your leadership future!

The Women’s Leadership Forum is a dynamic, quality one-day program that allows women to immerse themselves (beyond a single session) more deeply in being vulnerable in addressing the challenges they are facing, learn from peers, being inspired by other women leaders sharing their stories, and learning about key topics that will improve their effectiveness and well-being. This program will provide a strong balance of enriching content, learning from peers, networking, and relationship building in informal settings.

Why Attend?

  • Tailored Curriculum: Our program is crafted specifically for women at all career levels in higher education, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities you face.
  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers: Be inspired by influential leaders who have blazed trails in their respective fields, sharing their insights, challenges, and triumphs.
  • Interactive & Inspirational Workshops: Dive into hands-on sessions that equip you with practical skills, strategies, and tools to elevate your leadership capabilities. Learn how to overcome obstacles and advance your career.
  • Networking Extravaganza: Connect with a diverse community of accomplished women leaders, fostering meaningful relationships and expanding your professional network.
  • Panel Discussions: Gain valuable perspectives from expert panels discussing key topics such as resilience, diversity, innovation, and navigating the leadership landscape.

Forum Highlights:

  • Leadership Resilience: Learn to navigate challenges with grace, build resilience, and emerge stronger as a leader.
  • Strategic Visioning: Gain insights into crafting a visionary leadership approach that paves the way for your success.
  • Innovative Sessions: Explore groundbreaking ideas and innovations shaping the future of leadership in higher education.
  • Empower Yourself: Network with our session presenters and attendees for opportunities and resources.

Ready to chart your leadership future? Seize this opportunity to be part of a historic event that celebrates and elevates women leaders!

Registration Information

Schedule: March 4, 2024

10:00 AM - 7:30 PM Women's Leadership Forum
10:00 - 10:15 AM Opening, Welcome Remarks
10:15 - 11:15 AM General Session
Empower, Elevate, Evolve: The Journey of Women in Leadership

Lisa Ryerson, Incoming President, Southern New Hampshire University

Lisa Marsh Ryerson currently serves as Provost at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and will assume the role of President of SNHU as of July 1, 2024. Under her leadership, SNHU is continuing to expand access to higher education to learners around the world. Before joining SNHU, Ms. Ryerson was president of AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, and she has decades of expertise in education —beginning in student affairs and extending through 18 years of service as the president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. She has served on the boards of numerous higher education and nonprofit organizations, and she is a passionate educator to her core. In this session, you’ll hear personal stories and highlights from Ms. Ryerson’s leadership journey, including insights on the power of connections and mentoring to shape your career; strategies to cultivate a strategic mindset and leadership qualities; and the necessity of embracing lifelong learning and a growth mindset in all you do.

Learning Objectives
  1. Gain insights on the power of connections and mentoring to shape your career.
  2. Develop strategies to cultivate a strategic mindset and leadership qualities, no matter where you sit in an organization.
  3. Explore the benefits of lifelong learning and growth mindset in leadership development.
CPE Available
  • 1 credit: Personal Development
11:15 - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Panel Discussion: Key Women's Topics
Audra Kahr, Executive Vice President - Finance & Administration at Lafayette College
Nico Washington, Vice President for Finance & Administration, Treasurer at Haverford College
Lynne Schaefer, Emerita Vice President Finance & Administration at UMBC

This engaging higher education panel discussion will offer insights from the business officer seat including discussing the pathways taken to leadership as well as the challenges, setbacks and opportunities that arose during their leadership journey. The panelists will share how they champion/mentor/sponsor others, how they “manage up”, as well as how they prioritize when they have competing priorities. This interactive question and answer session will delve into the values that these leaders engage in, their authentic story and the inspiration they use to guide the way.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize traits of successful women leaders.
  2. Learn strategies to effectively set priorities, mentor others and live by values in the workplace.
  3. Recognize your authentic story and the inspiration you can utilize to chart your own future.
CPE Available
  • 1.5 credits: Personal Development
12:45 - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 - 3:15 PM Interactive Workshop: Leadership “on Purpose”
Christian Recknagel, TAIT

It is hard to lead “on purpose” if you do not have a purpose to be on. So much has been written and documented on the importance of being clear about your purpose and values, whether for a leader or a company. We often do not find the time or commit to doing the work to document these things. If you don’t document them, operationalizing them is unlikely. This conversation is designed to help leaders begin to articulate their leadership purpose and values that, whether they realize it or not, are the foundation of their leadership approach. Having this documented will encourage a more purposeful expression of their leadership and create more consistency in how they engage and influence their teams, colleagues and other constituents.

Learning Objectives
  1. Deepen your understanding of purpose and values and how they support high performance leadership.
  2. Clarify your personal leadership purpose and values and begin to document them.
  3. Consider practices to help you operationalize your leadership purpose.
CPE Available
  • 1.5 credits: Personal Development
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM What I Wish I Knew Before That I Know Now
Sue Maloney, Baker Tilly
Adrienne Larmett, Baker Tilly
Andrea Caladie, Baker Tilly

Join us for the closing session of the Women’s Leadership Forum, where we will reflect on the insights gained throughout the day and share some tools to put change into motion. We will share some lessons learned by both our facilitator panel and through breakout sessions with our peers. We will also introduce some basic principles around negotiating for meaningful change and growth.

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand the importance of negotiation and why women have historically missed opportunities to ask for what we want
  2. Learn through sharing experiences with peers, how both success and failure lead to growth.
  3. Explore the most valuable insights of the forum and how they can put what they’ve learned into action.
CPE Available
  • 1 credit: Personal Development
4:30 - 5:15 PM Break
5:30 - 7:30 PM Reception at Camden Yards - Home of the Baltimore Orioles (Floor 7, Camden Club)

Even though baseball season has not officially started, the Women’s Leadership Forum will be headed there for our reception. Camden Yards is the iconic heart of Baltimore, Maryland, where sports and history converge in a spectacular urban setting. Nestled in the vibrant downtown, Camden Yards is more than just a ballpark – it's an experience. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, this legendary stadium seamlessly blends modern amenities with the charm of traditional baseball.

As a WLF attendee, you can join us in Camden Yards, where the magic of Baltimore comes alive. See history of Camden Yards here.


2024 Women’s Leadership Forum CPE Information

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: 1–2 years of experience as a professional in higher education or a related private industry.
Audience: Mid-level personnel within the college/university business office.
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Mode: Group Live
Fields of Study: Personal Development
Length: 4 sessions at 60–75 minutes each
Total Estimated CPE Credits: 5