USD’s Conscious Leadership Academy is helping to level the playing field for women working in colleges and universities across the country.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Women leaders in higher education face an array of challenges including navigating gender bias and finding ways to lead with their authentic self, as well as continued budget cuts, motivating and connecting with today's generation of students, balancing the demands of work life and home life, and finding time for continued personal and professional development.

In fact, according to a report by the American Council on Education, women only held 27% of presidencies across all institutions of higher education. Women presidents are also less likely than male presidents to be married or have children and are more likely to have altered their careers for their family.


What:              The Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit (WHELS)

Where:            Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

University of san Diego

                        5998 Alacalá Park

When:             Aug. 5th-8th, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit (WHELS), seeks to address these issues and raise the leadership capacity of those in attendance. The four-day, intensive leadership summit, consist of a variety of activities, including connecting participants with their core values, completing an in-depth leadership 360 assessment, address ethical dilemmas, and finding ways to use their full-powered voice.



Founded in 2001, the mission of the Conscious Leadership Academy (CLA) is to improve the understanding and practice of leadership by integrating advanced leadership theory with applied leadership practice. With a strong commitment to leadership that promotes social change for the common good, the CLA strives to develop conscious leaders who are prepared to meet the complex challenges they face in their communities, their social circles, and in today's global organizations. The Conscious Leadership Academy helps people create and activate new possibilities for effective action. Our programs develop self-awareness, personal clarity, and the ability to understand and integrate individual, group and community perspectives. We develop effective leaders who can create innovative solutions to social and organizational challenges.

For more information, contact Lorri Sulpizio, Director of the CLA:

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Lissette Martinez
(619) 260-4659