Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Strategies for Leaning In: Advancing Women in College and University Leadership Roles

  • Sunday, July 22
  • 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Long Beach Conv Center
  • Level 1, 101AB
  • SK


Melody Bianchetto

Vice President for Finance

The University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Liz Connelly


Head of Healthcare, Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Banking, J.P. Morgan

Chicago, Illinois

Mary Ek

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller

The California State University

Long Beach, California

Amy Kweskin

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Washington University in St. Louis

St Louis, Missouri

Nicole Trufant

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine


Increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles on campus is an important goal and mirrors the drive in corporate America to help women executives “lean in.” From a practical perspective, how can colleges and universities make this aspiration a reality? Drawing from their experiences in both higher education and the private sector, this panel of diverse women chief business officers will share personal strategies for overcoming professional challenges, as well as for recruiting, developing, and retaining the next generation of talented women in higher education.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess trends and the outlook for women progressing to senior chief business officer and administrative roles.
  • Explore strategies employed by peers to support the leadership progression.
  • Consider ideas to pilot at your institution to help women achieve increased levels of responsibility.