Institute for Administrative Advancement

2017 IAA West: May 31-June 3, Inverness Hotel & Conference Center (Denver area)

2017 IAA East: June 15-18, 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 Objectives

  • Provide education and information on the History of Women's Athletics and Title IX
  • Prepare female athletics administrators to manage issues currently facing intercollegiate athletics administrators
  • Improve leadership and management skills
  • Enhance self-awareness and personal brand development

Application & Selection Process

Applications for the 2017 programs closed on February 17, 2017. 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 24, 2017. 


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


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 closed February 17, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 10, 2017.  

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations must be received in writing by April 10, 2017 for IAA - West, and May 25, 2017 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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