Executive Institute

July 15-July 18, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri

**Applications are closed!

The NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Institute (EI) is an advanced professional development program for women in collegiate athletics administration.

Program Goals

  • Understand the process and win the interview
  • Understand and improve your executive presence & brand
  • Build connections with key influencers
  • Prepare for your first 90 days

Application Process

Candidates are selected through a comprehensive two-part process. Attendees are asked to submit an application outlining their qualifications for the program, followed by a recommendation from a Women Leaders Board of Director, a Women Leaders Education & Professional Development Committee member, or graduates of past NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Institutes. Both sections must be completed to be considered. Candidates are reviewed through their strength of application materials and eligibility requirements. EI includes two separate tracks, a DI track and a DII/DIII track. Each of the two classes tracks are limited to 12 participants, making a total of 24 attendees.

Step 1 - Application Form

First, the candidate must complete the application below. Each candidate is asked to meet all eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application. Once an application is submitted, please make sure to complete step two by asking for a recommendation by an eligible administrator. This may be completed by filling out the form to the right.

Step 2 - Recommendation Form

Second, once a candidate has submitted their application form, they must ask for an eligible administrator to complete the “Recommendation Form”. The recommendation may come from a Women Leaders Board of Director, a Women Leaders Education & Professional Development Committee member, or a graduate from past NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Institutes.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current Women Leaders member
  • Experience and intention to become an athletic director or conference commissioner in the next two to four years
  • Current position (with consideration given to varying organizational structures):
    • Campus: Senior Associate AD-level or above
    • Conference: Senior Associate Commissioner-level or above
    • NCAA National Office: Director-level or above
  • Minimum of 10-12 years intercollegiate athletics experience preferred
  • Recognized or demonstrated ability to lead through any or all of the following:
    • Current work role
    • Educational association
    • Successful completion of professional leadership program (i.e. Institute for Administrative Advancement, Leadership Enhancement Institute, NCAA Pathways)
  • Skills and experience that will be considered include:
    • Sport oversight (revenue sport preferred)
    • Development (i.e. Associate AD for Development)
    • Coaching (previous or current)
    • Senior Woman Administrator
    • Internal operations (i.e. oversight of business, compliance, academics, facilities)
    • External operations (i.e. oversight of marketing, fundraising)
    • Staff supervision experience
    • Service on senior leadership team


Tuition fees are $1,000 per participant and cover all registration fees, three nights of lodging, and meal expenses. Travel to Kansas City is not included.

Future Event Information

The Executive Institute is held every other year, in "odd" years, and alternates with the Leadership Enhancement Institute, held in "even" years. The next Executive Institute will be held in July 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Application information will be posted as it becomes available.If you are interested in supporting scholarships for future Executive Institute participants, donate here .

Graduate Success

NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Institute graduates have experienced very high advancement rates within intercollegiate athletics. From the 2015 and 2017 Executive Institute graduates, eleven have become athletic directors.

Questions? Contact Christina, christina@womenleadersincollegesports.org.