Institute for Administrative Advancement

2018 IAA West: May 30-June 2, Hilton Inverness Hotel (Denver area)

2018 IAA East: June 18-21, Lansdowne Resort (Washington D.C. area)

The NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) is the premier "level one" leadership development program for women in intercollegiate athletics administration. An engaging faculty—including leaders representing all NCAA divisions and pioneers in women's athletics—prepare, empower and inspire participants to become successful administrators and advance within the profession.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Current Women Leaders in College Sports member
  • At least three years of full time intercollegiate athletics administration experience
  • Currently working in athletics or desires to move into athletics administration
  • Able to attend the entire week of the Institute

Program Objectives

  • Provide education and information on the History of Women's Athletics and Title IX
  • Prepare female athletics administrators to manage issues currently facing intercollegiate athletics administrators
  • Improve leadership and management skills
  • Enhance self-awareness and personal brand development

Application & Selection Process

Applications for the 2018 programs open January 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the Women Leaders in College Sports Education & Professional Development Committee and selections are made based on ensuring diversity in age, administrative duties, division and ethnicity. About 45 participants are selected to attend each NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports IAA location for a total of 90 annually. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than March 23, 2018. 


Tuition fees are $500 per participant and cover all registration fees, four nights of lodging and meal expenses. Travel is not included.


Thanks to the generous support of the NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Foundation Fund, multiple IAA scholarships will be awarded. IAA scholarship applications open January 2018. Recipients will be notified by March 23, 2018.  

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations must be received in writing by April 9, 2018 for IAA - West, and May 24, 2017 for IAA - East. Refunds will be processed within 30 days following the event. Refunds will not be granted after those dates nor will they be given for no-shows, no exceptions.

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