We would like to invite your institution to participate in the thirty-fifth annual Academic Management Institute (AMI) for women in higher education this coming fall. You are eligible to recommend up to four women from your campus to participate in this important leadership program.  We suggest you choose women 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 include relevant curriculum to our current COVID-19 realities and will be designed to prepare participants to navigate higher education during an increasingly uncertain time in our history.

AMI, 2020-2021 has been re-imagined to include three virtual seminars featuring presentations and workshops delivered by higher education leaders and subject experts from Colorado and Wyoming. The year-long institute will also include the optional opportunity to attend the AMI Reunion on June 4, 2021, which will be held at the School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The complete program, with 5 sessions, requires no travel. These sessions will be virtual, with special breakouts for in-depth discussions as well as networking and building connections. The bonus program is attendance at the reunion next summer, which is optional. Topics for this year’s institute include responding to equity needs, engaging issues of diversity and inclusion, developing effective leadership and management skills, managing emergencies, navigating campus politics, and enhancing campus-wide strategic planning. Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge by completing a project at her home institution and by interviewing senior level administrators on campus.

The fee of $600 per person covers five days of programs 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.  An invoice will be mailed to your office after you send your nominations.
Please send the name, title, and contact information for each candidate from your school to Lisa Kinzel at by September 15, 2020. Please copy your nominee(s) on that email, as well as share this letter and my contact information.  I am always happy to answer questions. If you cannot make the September 15, 2020 deadline, please contact me with any questions about deadlines, registration, the virtual sessions, fees, or more.
I look forward to having your campus represented this fall and appreciate your continued support of AMI.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or 817.538.1600.

Seminar One

Session Theme: Coming Soon!

  • Thursday, October 15:
    • 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 16:
    • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Seminar Two

Session Theme: Coming Soon!

  • Friday, January 29:
    • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seminar Three

Session Theme: Coming Soon!

  • Thursday, March 4:
    • 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 5:
    • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Golden, Colorado

  • Friday, June 4:
    • More information coming soon



OCTOBER 17-18, 2019 - VAIL

Session Themes: Insights on Higher Education Governance & Participant Skills Assessment

This introductory 2-day session at the Antlers Hotel & Conference Center included on the agenda: 

  • Inta Morris, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Michelle Darveau, Colorado School of Mines
  • Dr. Kris Birnard, Front Range Community College / AMI President
  • Lia Franklin, Colorado School of Mines, AMI Board Member
Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Medical Campus

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 - CU-Anschutz

Session Themes: Understanding Institutional Culture & Leadership

A 1-day session hosted by CU-Anschutz:

  • Jennifer Schneider, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Linda Lujan, Lamar Community College
  • Dr. Emily Monago, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Shanta Zimmer, CU-Anschutz, School of Medicine
ACC Outside Aireal - Castle Rock

JANUARY 24, 2020 - Arapahoe Community College

Session Theme: Leadership in Action

A 1-day session hosted by Arapahoe Community College:

    • Dr. Diane Doyle, Arapahoe Community College
    • Dr. Corinne Lengsfeld, University of Denver
    • Dr. Rebecca Woulfe, Arapahoe Community College
CSU Pueblo

MARCH 5-6, 2020 - CSU-Pueblo

Session Theme: New Directions for Higher Education

The final 2-day session will include participant presentations and panel conversations about future trends in higher education:

  • Linda Lujan, Lamar Community College President
  • Cheryl Lovell, Adams State University, President
  • Chrissy Holiday, CSU-Pueblo Vice President for Enrollment Management, Communications, and Student Affairs

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"