We are inviting your institution to the annual Academic Management Institute (AMI) in higher education this fall. Organizations are eligible to recommend up to four colleagues from your campus to participate in this one-of-a-kind leadership program. AMI is a leadership program tailored to women's leadership; however, the criteria, qualifications, and participation are not based on gender identity, but on a willingness to commit to advancing women's leadership.  We suggest you choose candidates who show potential to assume or advance their leadership positions at your institution and who can commit to attending each session. Each session this year will be designed to prepare participants to navigate higher education during increasing uncertainty in higher education.

AMI 2023-2024 will be in-person featuring presentations and workshops delivered by higher education leaders and subject experts from Colorado and Wyoming. The year-long institute will also include the option to attend the AMI Reunion in April 2024. AMI sessions include breakouts for in-depth discussions as well as unparalleled networking opportunities. Topics for this year’s institute include leading in ever-changing higher education, developing effective leadership and management skills, engaging issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and enhancing campus-wide strategic planning. In addition, each participant will apply their knowledge by completing a project at their home institution.

The fee of $1500 per person covers six days of programs, including overnight accommodation in Vail for our initial two-day session, along with an additional day of training and development at the optional reunion. This high-quality professional development opportunity allows your campus to invest in its future.

Schedule for 2023 - 24

Seminar One - Vail, Colorado


October 12 -13, 2022: Vail, Colorado

Leading in ever-changing higher education

  • Networking with AMI participants
  • Core Strengths Assessment
  • Passion Project Introduction

Seminar Two - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY


November 10, 2022:  University of Wyoming

Developing your Leadership Strengths

Seminar Three - Sturm Collaboration Campus, Castle Rock, CO


January 26, 2023 -  Sturm Collaboration Campus 

Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Seminar Four - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

March 7-8, 2023:

Future of higher education

  • Presidential Panel facilitated by Dr. Kim Kuster Dale, President, Western Wyoming Community College
  • Passion Project presentations
  • Graduation Celebration!

AMI Participant 2018-19 Projects


Each year, AMI participants select a project to pursue over the year that will contribute to their growth as leaders in higher education or to their institution, or both. In years past, AMI has encouraged participants to conduct interviews with key leaders on their campus to facilitate their career advancement. In recent years, AMI has broadened the project to include the diverse ways that women leaders may wish to contribute to their colleges. A sampling of the 2018-19 cohort's projects include:


Dr. Rose Beane
Lisa & Colleen
Deb Houser
Kinda Carpenter
Erica Shafer
Rhonda Priest 
Jennifer Husum
Kolby Knupp
Judith Klein


Community College of Denver

Colorado Northern CC

Red Rocks Community College

Colorado State University-Ft. Collins

Colorado College

Laramie Community College

Arapahoe Community College

Front Range Community College

Colorado School of Mines


"Career/Transfer Center Playbook"

"Enhancing Professional Development"

"Transforming the Workplace"

"HR/CVMBS: Working Together"

"Self-Confidence Survey"

"Life-Long Learning"

"Veteran Services Project"

"AMI Testimonials & Networking"