Colorado & Wyoming Women Leaders in Higher Education

Regional Expertise. Diversity of Experience. Individual Projects.

About AMI

Mission, Vision, & Values


The Academic Management Institute (AMI) is the yearly training event for women leaders who are building careers and contributing to the colleges and universities of Colorado and Wyoming. AMI is organized by the Colorado Wyoming Network of Women Leaders, which started in 1986 as part of a charge from the American Council on Education (ACE) to increase the number of women who served as college and university presidents or who held advanced leadership positions in institutions of higher education in the United States.

Since 1985, more than 1,200 women leaders from more than 30 institutions of higher education across Colorado and Wyoming have participated in the Academic Management Institute.



CWNWL Champions the continued development and advancement of women leaders in higher education.


CWNWL Transforms the culture of higher education.



  • Professionalism
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Impact
  • Leadership
  • Training
AMI Vail 2018 Session 1a

AMI Yearly Institute

4 Conference-Style Events Per Academic Year


The yearly institute is comprised of 4 conference-style sessions scheduled to suit the ebbs and flows of an academic calendar: October, November, January, March.

Each session includes 3-5 guest presenters who speak to a session's theme and from their expertise. Often presenters are local to the region or from the sponsoring college.

Each session is organized around a broad topic of information and skill building for women professionals in higher education in the twenty-first century.


Institute participants must be nominated and sponsored by their home institutions. Participants must be able to attend all 4 conference-style sessions of the institute

Each year's cohort is comprised of 40-50 participants.

Over the year, participants complete a project of their own design that contributes to their home college or university.

AMI by Design

AMI's conference-style training session are designed to integrate into attendees' work schedules.

AMI is regional (Colorado & Wyoming) with national connections (ACE).


AMI brings together the region's diverse leaders in higher education.

Each year's AMI cohort represents approximately 30 institutions from Colorado & Wyoming.