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The next NCAA/NACWAA Executive Institute will be on July 17-21, 2017 in Kansas City, MO. 

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

Program Mission
To provide an inspiring learning experience that teaches executive leadership solutions with the intention of advancing high-level women athletic administrators to executive positions including directors of athletics, conference commissioners, or executive directors/CEOs within the next two to four years.

Application Process
Attendees are chosen through a comprehensive selection process and those who qualify are invited to apply. Candidates are selected based on recommendations from the NACWAA Board of Directors, NACWAA Education & Professional Development Committee, and graduates of past NCAA/NACWAA Executive Institutes, as well as strength of application materials. Class size is limited to 15 participants. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current NACWAA 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. NCAA/NACWAA IAA/LEI, 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)
    • Staff supervision experience
    • Service on senior leadership team

Graduate Success
NCAA/NACWAA Executive Institute graduates have experienced very high advancement rates within intercollegiate athletics. Of the 12 2011 Executive Institute graduates, nine have either advanced or been promoted to senior-level positions. Five have become athletic directors (three of which are at the Division I level), and one has become a senior-level administrator at the NCAA. 

View the full list of NCAA/NACWAA Executive Institute graduates.