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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Women's Leadership Academy Summit?
What can participants expect when they attend the Summit?
How many people attended the first Summit in 2012?
What CLF® course was taught at the 2012 Summit?
How many 2012 Summit attendees have pursued the CLF® designation?
What was the response from participants of the 2012 Summit?
When is the 2013 Women's Leadership Academy Summit?
Where will the 2013 Summit be held?
Why Texas?
Why is the event returning to last year's venue?
What CLF course will be taught at 2013 Summit?
Who should attend?
Are men welcome at the 2013 WLA Summit?
What level of leader is the Summit most suitable for?
What are tuition and other costs?
Why is the cost $1,275?
Why not offer the opportunity to attend the Summit without the CLF® tuition and associated expense?
What are the benefits for the participants?
What is new for the 2013 Summit?
Was the 2012 Summit sponsored?
Why should companies support the Women's Leadership Academy?
How Can You Support the 2013 Women's Leadership Academy Summit?

 

What is the Women's Leadership Academy Summit?

The Women's Leadership Academy (WLA) at The American College is for female leaders in financial services committed to advancing their leadership skills and careers through education. The WLA Summit is a premiere learning opportunity for attendees to receive real-world instruction and skill-development focused on proven best practices.


What can participants expect when they attend the Summit?

Attendees will engage in stimulating dialogue and an exchange of information about the industry from the perspective of women. The Summit also provides a unique opportunity for the participants to strengthen and develop relationships with other female leaders. The two-day conference consists of prominent female industry leaders as keynote speakers, a panel discussion and rigorous curriculum in small classroom group settings.


How many people attended the first Summit in 2012?

Our inaugural Summit was attended by over 130 female leaders from across the financial services industry.


What CLF® course was taught at the 2012 Summit?

The 2012 Summit featured HS382 -- Leadership in a Changing World. The course focused on basic leadership concepts and the essential that every effective leader practices.


How many 2012 Summit attendees have pursued the CLF® designation?

Twenty-three participants signed up for the follow-up webinar (HS383). This cohort group will complete their CLF® Capstone at the 2013 WLA Summit.


What was the response from participants of the 2012 Summit?

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Eighty-four percent of attendees surveyed responded that the Summit was worth the investment and that they are likely to attend the 2013 Summit.


When is the 2013 Women's Leadership Academy Summit?

The 2013 Summit is scheduled for April 17-19, 2013.


Where will the 2013 Summit be held?

The Summit will return to the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.


Why Texas?

Our participants come from every corner of the country (we even had our first Canadian guest last year!). In addition, while relatively brief, the Summit has a rigorous academic agenda. As such, we have sought to minimize travel length, complexity and expense so that participant/company resources are wisely spent.


Why is the event returning to last year's venue?

Seventy-seven percent of attendees surveyed responded positively to the Hilton DFW as a conference venue. In addition to the survey, the staff concluded, after researching two other venues, that the Hilton DFW was the most cost effective location for the Summit.


What CLF® course will be taught at 2013 Summit?

The Summit will present HS383- Interpersonal Relationships in the Workplace. The Summit will present HS383- Interpersonal Relationships in the Workplace. This course focuses on helping managers enhance interactions with others by understanding basic concepts of interpersonal relationships in work organizations. Discusses topics such as understanding informal organization, productivity, quality management, managing conflict and change and dealing with difficult people.


Who should attend?

High potential female leaders responsible for team management, especially those committed to advancement through education.


Are men welcome at the 2013 WLA Summit?

Sure! We affirm diversity in leadership as a means to greater innovation, productivity and results. While Summit curricula, keynotes and activities will have a decidedly female spin, our goal is to create a welcoming, energizing event for all who attend.


What level of leader is the Summit most suitable for?

The CLF® course of study can benefit all levels of leadership. However, the designation is focused on increasing effectiveness of those who lead people and teams to higher levels of performance.


What are tuition and other costs?

Tuition is $1,275 per attendee and includes matriculation (if applicable), HS 383 course registration, course tuition and hotel meals during Summit. Complimentary shuttles are provided by Hilton from/to DFW Airport. Attendee hotel room/lodging and flight/travel expenses are at the participant's (or sponsor company's) responsibility. The negotiated room rate at the Hilton is $159 per night (before taxes and fees), per attendee.


Why is the cost $1,275?

The Women's Leadership Academy Summit provides a unique and intensive educational experience at an ideal hotel and conference facility. Summit costs for the attendees include their HS 383 registration fee of $100 and tuition of $725. The participants will have a rare opportunity to interact with an onsite instructor for this normally self-study course. There is nominal fee of $75 per student for a "live" instructor. The Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center expenses are $325 per person which covers fabulous buffet meals, conference rooms and event services. Processing costs are $50 per person. (Processing costs include creation and managing online registration, shipping of materials, etc.)


Why not offer the opportunity to attend the Summit without the CLF® tuition and associated expense?

The American College and its State Farm® Center for Women and Financial Services are committed to advancing industry professionalism through education. The Women's Leadership Academy is focused on sustainable, comprehensive learning through a proven academic approach.


What are the benefits for the participants?

The participants receive tools based on leadership theories and best practices designed to increase personal and organizational results. The Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF®) designation is a proven path to results. Summit attendees earn three credits toward their CLF® designation upon successful completion of the final exam.


What is new for the 2013 Summit?

  • Western Roundup Dinner. The Austin Ranch, adjacent to the Hilton, will delight participants with world famous barbeque and authentic western entertainment.
  • Recognition Lunch --Together, we celebrate the ongoing journey of education and commitment to leadership excellence.
  • Early-Bird Fitness -- Energizing sessions for all fitness levels (tentatively to include yoga, Zumba and/or certified personal trainer).

Was the 2012 Summit sponsored?

Yes! The inaugural event was sponsored by the following four companies: State Farm, Northwestern Mutual, MetLife, Prudential and PennMutual.


Why should companies support the Women's Leadership Academy?

There is a growing need for exceptional talent in financial services. Organizations who invest in the development of their female leaders realize both increased productivity and market share. According to a Pepperdine University study, companies with the best records in promoting women outperformed their competitors by 41 to 116 percent.


The 2013 Women's Leadership Academy Summit: Leadership Through Learning: The Competitive Edge is an opportunity to directly impact the status of leadership in the financial industry. 2010 Catalyst study stated women account for 57.5% of financial and industry labor force but only represent 19.1% of executive officers, 17.4% of board directors and 1.2% CEOs


How Can You Support the 2013 Women's Leadership Academy Summit?

Consider sending at least five of your best female leaders. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those seeking high-visibility and impact associated with this prestige event.