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NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Women’s Leadership Symposium

The NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) is developed for women aspiring to, or just beginning a career, in college athletics. This program, a strategic collaboration between the NCAA and the Women Leaders in College Sports, aims to enrich participants’ skills, expand their professional network and promote the recruitment and retention of women working within intercollegiate athletics administration.

Participants gain knowledge from a variety of workshops and interactive discussion sessions during the three-day program.  A variety of cutting-edge topics are explored and can include: personal branding, leadership, Title IX, diversity education, as well as career advancement and mapping. They will also network with peers, NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports staff and other key individuals in the sports industry.

Key Dates
  • Jan. 18, 2017 (Application opens)
  • Feb. 17, 2017 (Application closes)
  • April 26-28, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri (Program dates and location)


Participants include women aspiring to a career in college athletics. This engaging and energetic group includes graduate students and assistants, athletics interns, entry-level athletics staff members, and coaches transitioning into athletics administration.

Cost of attending

This program will cost $100 to all accepted participants, and includes program materials, meals and two nights at the host hotel. Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from the symposium.


The 2017 NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium will be held April 26-28 in Kansas City, Missouri. Applications for the 2017 program are now open, and will close on Feb. 17. on the Women Leaders in College Sports website. Visit the site for details on how to apply, program history and current committee members.