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Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

The history of Catholic higher education is marked by strong women leaders and the congregations of women religious that founded many of our institutions. Today, Catholic colleges and universities continue to boast a higher percentage of women presidents than any other higher education sector. We are now at a pivotal moment in history, as lay and religious women are being called to carry forth the rich legacy of our colleges and universities as senior leaders and presidents. ACCU seeks to support women to meet current leadership demands and thrive in Catholic higher education executive positions.


Registration now open! ‚Äč 2023 Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education Conference

Pre-Conference Virtual WebinarWomen Executive Leaders Conference Attendees
Friday, January 13, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

We'd love to see you in-person for the February conference; however, we understand that might not be a possibility for some. Therefore, we encourage you to register to participate in this 90-minute webinar if by chance you can't make it to Washington, DC  to stay in touch with your ACCU colleagues, make new connections, and find support from other women executive leaders in Catholic higher education.   The fee to register for ONLY the webinar is $50.  
Note:  If you register for the in-person conference in February in Washington, DC, this webinar is automatically included as part of your registration fee.  
Zoom information and other materials for the webinar will be emailed directly to all registrants. 


Friday, February 3, 2023Women Executive Leaders Conference Attendees
The Capital Hilton Hotel as a part of the 2023 Annual Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Note:  If you register for the in-person conference in February in Washington, DC, the January 13th webinar is automatically included as part of your registration fee.  During the webinar, we will be engaging in conversations and topics that will be carried into our in-person meeting on February 3rd.

Additional details coming soon!

Register Today! 


“Having attended the inaugural ACCU Women Executive Leaders Conference in 2020, I highly recommend this opportunity to women who are in, or aspire to, executive leadership roles in Catholic higher education. Last year's speakers were insightful and inspiring, and the opportunity to dialogue with other women who lead important work on their campuses was a great gift.” 

— Julie Massey, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Norbert College

Check out last year's conference!
2022 Conference Details & Resources


We are grateful to our 2023 Women Executive Leaders Conference Planning Committee for their assistance in planning this year's events! 

DeBrenna Agbenyiga, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stonehill College
Kathryn Jennings, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement, The Catholic University of America
Lauren McCrary, Vice President for Executive Affairs and Chief of Staff, Brescia University
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Vice President for Mission Integration, Seattle University
Anita Thomas, Executive Vice President and Provost, St. Catherine University