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NCAA/NACWAA Leadership Education

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NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement is a management training program designed for coaches and administrators in intercollegiate athletics administration. This Level I program is offered twice per year. The programming mission is to retain women and provide tools to enhance graduates’ marketability and professional skills.


The NCAA/NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute provides advanced educational opportunities and professional development for NCAA/NACWAA Institute graduates who are looking for more in-depth training in designated areas of athletics administration. Topics include management/leadership styles, budget/finance/fundraising strategies, career enhancement skills for the future and other contemporary issues. The format includes practical applications, case studies and interactive activities. In addition, there are opportunities for “hot topic” forums with the faculty.

The NCAA/NACWAA Executive Institute offers a concentrated four-day program (by invitation only) designed to enhance the careers of senior ranking women in athletics administration at the NCAA Division I, II and III level. The curriculum focuses on leadership and communication strategies, contract negotiations, legal issues, fundraising, searches and hiring processes and other critical issues surrounding athletics administration.

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators.  We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds.  Diversity and inclusion improves the learning environment for all student-athletes, and enhances excellence within the Association.

The NCAA will provide or enable programming and education which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to age, race, sex, class, creed, educational background, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences.  Programming and education will also strive to support equitable laws and practices, increase opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented groups to participate in intercollegiate athletics at all levels, and enhance hiring practices for all athletics personnel to facilitate more inclusive leadership in intercollegiate athletics.