The SUNY Institute for Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) is grounded on the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. The SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education, and we are calling on you to nominate the people that are/will be charged with these critical leadership roles. 

The SUNY SAIL Institute is pleased to host the 2021 Winter Leadership Academy. The intensive experience, designed specifically for higher education leaders, will provide an opportunity to focus on higher education leadership skills and competencies needed for Leading Culturally Intelligent & Inclusive Campuses. 

The Winter Leadership Academy is a virtual learning experience comprised of live online growth sessions (six sessions totaling 20 hours). The Academy will take place this winter (via Zoom) from January 5 through February 24, 2021. Participants will advance through this winter intensive as a cohort. Networking and social learning opportunities are included throughout the experience! 

Learning Objectives

Spend time expanding on your ability to:

  • Understand Yourself as a Leader
  • Lead in the Current and Future Higher Education Context
  • Mindfully Lead Others on Campus
  • Engage in Courageous Conversations with Confidence
  • Shift your Mindset to Lead High-Performing Teams and Students to Success
  • Make Meaningful Institutional Change Leading a Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Campus

Who Should Attend? This program is designed for faculty and administrative staff at a higher education institution looking to expand their leadership skills. Are you preparing to move into a new role or boost your ability to perform in your current position? This program is open to both SUNY and other institutions.

Time commitment: This virtual academy is designed as a flipped classroom, therefore participants will be expected to engage in learning outside of the live classroom sessions. Recommended work includes reading articles and one book, completing a brief writing assignment, viewing video, collaborating with colleagues, and completing an online assessment. This will require about 1-2 hours in between each session. 


Nominations will be accepted through November 6 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status by 11/15. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. Registration (for accepted nominees) will remain open through 11/30. The program is scheduled for January 5 - February 24 and will take place live online (via Zoom). Actual program dates include: January 5 (afternoon), 7 (morning), February 2 (morning), February 4 (afternoon), February 23 (morning) and February 24 (afternoon).  Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the Winter Leadership Retreat, including associated costs. 

Note: CPD points are accepted for all SAIL programs. 

SUNY SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership