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16th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Plan now to attend the 16th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference scheduled to be held virtually on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Join us for a day of captivating sessions providing information, insight, inspiration, and more! The conference is for emerging, experienced, creative, and bold leaders who are motivated and positioned to maximize their potential through educational and empowering sessions.

Questions? Feel free to contact The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at

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Our Conference Sponsors

To be revealed soon!  

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you or your organization would like to participate in this year’s event as a Sponsor, visit the page for more information.

Keynote Luncheon Sponsor ($10,000)
Opening Plenary Sponsor ($7,500)
Breakfast Sponsor ($5,000)
Supporting Sponsor ($3,500)
Full Table Sponsor ($3,000)
Half Table Sponsor ($1,750)
Door Prize Sponsor ($300+ value)
Conference Program (Advertising Only)

Join us for HIGHER Ground 2023!

The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is will soon be recruiting for its HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program. HIGHER Ground is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. HIGHER Ground is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit and entrepreneurial positions. This highly rated leadership development experience offers opportunities for professional growth through experiential learning, personal assessment, leadership coaching, and networking. By engaging in intellectual and experiential workshops, participants learn key principles aimed at enhancing their leadership styles to help them successfully leverage opportunities for advancement. Learn more about .

Make a Gift to GEHLI

Monetary gifts from Friends of GEHLI support the promotion and development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions, as well as other public, private and nonprofit organizations and communities. We ask you to help the Institute continue its mission of excellence. Your gift can help us further enrich the Institute experiences for all future participants. To make a donation, please visit this link.