The Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium is an action packed, half-day event for women higher education professionals at all levels. This opportunity will help women explore, dialogue, and learn from other women in executive leadership positions on topics related to successfully navigating the higher education work environment, building a strategic network, and becoming better prepared to assume executive roles in education or any other career field.  

The symposium will focus on women’s intersecting identities, unique challenges, and the need to build supportive structures within the professional working environment. 

Participants will engage with seasoned education administrators and expert practitioners to facilitate a well-rounded and life changing experience.

Each presentation will include time for a hands-on engagement activity and participants will leave with resources they can utilize as they move forward in their career.    

Program Agenda 

October 27, 2023

(Subject to Change)

11:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.

Onsite Registration

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Lunch

Host: Dr. Lisa Alcorta, Senior Vice President for Programs and Operations, HACU

Co-Host: Dr. Oralia De Los Reyes, Assistant Vice President for Programs and Services, HACU

Moderator:  Dr. Liz Aquino, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Sponsorship Presentation

Celebrating Our Unique Experiences

Dr. Irma Becerra, President, Marymount University

Dr. Emma Grace Hernández Flores, President, Universidad de Iberoamérica

12:45 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00-1:30 p.m.

Group Activity-Facilitator

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Valiente: Building Strength and Authenticity

Dr. Adela de la Torre, President, San Diego State University

Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President, Union College

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Navigation: Climate, Communication and Culture

Presenter TBD

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Connexions: The Importance of Relationships, Mentorships, and Networking

Dr. Juliana Barnes, Chancellor, South Orange California Community College District

Dr. Garnett Stokes, President, New Mexico State University

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Consejos: Wisdom and Advice from Women Leaders

Work and Life Balance--Group activity

Presenter TBD










































To register for this pre-conference event, click here.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Paul A. Machen II Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership
Phone: (210) 576-3229