Why You Should Attend the Women Leaders National Convention

The Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, October 13-15, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ, is designed to develop women in their professional journey so they can advance in their career, while connecting them with a community of like-minded women. For three days, over 1,000 attendees from athletics and business will experience best-in-class leadership development and career advancement programming, and will walk away energized, engaged and motivated to explore their full potential!



Our keynotes deliver impactful messages throughout Convention with energy and enthusiasm. Discover new industry trends with recommendations on how to implement them once you return home! Our 2019 keynotes will be announced this summer. For now, take a look at our 2019 keynotes here .

Power Panels

A panel of practitioners share their knowledge, insight, and expertise on selected topics. There's something for everyone and you get to choose which panels to attend!

Women Leaders Tedx

During our Women Leaders Tedx talks, three speakers provide their thoughts on an umbrella topic with opportunities for Q&A at the end. 


You will love these smaller and more intimate sessions! Breakouts have a distinct conversational feel and cover a variety of content. Each time a breakout is announced, attendees will select two sessions to attend - so be sure to check your agenda beforehand!

Networking Opportunities

Leaders Lounge

Presented by Relation and Mutual of Omaha
Sunday, October 13, 9-11 p.m.
Monday, October 14, 10-11 p.m.

Offered on both Sunday and Monday nights after Convention programming has concluded, gather in the Third Street Foyer with fellow attendees for additional networking and conversation.


Join fellow members to tour popular Phoenix attractions! On Tuesday, October 15, we are offering tours of Desert Botanical Garden and the Quartz Ridge Trail, located at Piestewa Peak. Read full details and visit their websites to see which might be perfect for you! 

Desert Botanical Garden 
Tuesday, October 15, 4:15-6:15pm

Enjoy an opportunity to engage with your fellow Women Leaders in College Sports members while experiencing the wonderful Desert Botanical Garden. It is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world spread across 55 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. Explore an exhibit or simply roam to enjoy the Garden's beauty. Transportation will be provided. *Additional registration ($25) is required and is available to add-on to your regular Women Leaders National Convention. 

Quartz Ridge Trail 
Tuesday, October 15, 4:15-6:15pm 

Team up with Women Leaders in College Sports members for a serene hike through Quartz Ridge Trail, which is a breathtaking out and back trail that crosses rocky Quartz Ridge and ends at the intersection of the L.V. Yates Trail. This trail starts with an easy hike between two small hills but quickly climbs to top of Quartz Ridge. The trail then descends through the beautiful Sonoran Desert to meet with the L.V. Yates Trail. The trail offers great views of downtown Phoenix and nearby Camelback Mountain. NO restrooms or drinking fountains at the trailhead. Transportation will be provided. *Additional registration ($15) is required and is available to add-on to your regular Women Leaders National Convention. 

Party for a Purpose

Presented by adidas Monday, October 14, 8 - 10 p.m.

Enjoy connection with fellow attendees, drinks, and a lively DJ in a tailgate themed atmosphere! There will be a variety of games for all and also space for those who would rather enjoy a cocktail with friends! Additionally, there will be a silent auction benefiting the Women Leaders Foundation Fund. Proceeds raised provide scholarships to all Women Leaders' educational programming. Our goal is to raise 100% of funding needed.