Institute for Administrative Advancement

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2019 IAA West:
May 29-June 1, Hilton Inverness Hotel (Denver area)

2019 IAA East: June 17-20, Lansdowne Resort (Washington D.C. area)

The NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) is the premier "level one" leadership development program for women in intercollegiate athletics administration. An engaging faculty—including leaders representing all NCAA divisions and pioneers in women's athletics—prepare, empower and inspire participants to become successful administrators and advance within the profession.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Current Women Leaders in College Sports member
  • At least three years of full time intercollegiate athletics administration experience
  • Currently working in athletics or desires to move into athletics administration
  • Able to attend the entire week of the Institute

Program Goals

  • Improve work skills specific to athletic administration (fundraising, sports supervision, crisis management).
  • Develop strategies to determine your path toward career advancement. 
  • Create a new accountability network of women who will support you in your career path.
  • Self exploration to discover the best version of professional- and personal-self.

Application & Selection Process

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Applications for the 2019 programs are now open until February 11. Applications will be reviewed by the Women Leaders in College Sports Education & Professional Development Committee and selections are made based on ensuring diversity in age, administrative duties, division and ethnicity. About 45 participants are selected to attend each NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports IAA location for a total of 90 annually.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than March 23, 2019. 


Tuition fees are $500 per participant and cover all registration fees, four nights of lodging and meal expenses. Travel is not included.


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Thanks to the generous support of the NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Foundation Fund, multiple IAA scholarships will be awarded. IAA scholarship applications are now open. Recipients will be notified by March 23, 2019.  

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations must be received in writing by April 9, 2019 for IAA - West, and May 23, 2019 for IAA - East. Refunds will be processed within 30 days following the event. Refunds will not be granted after those dates nor will they be given for no-shows, no exceptions.

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