About the Women in Leadership Conference

The Winning Edge: Women and Competition in Sports and Beyond.

The 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at the University of New Haven, will bring together students, faculty, professionals and members of the community. This day-long event will explore competition and the role that athletics, sports and outdoor adventure play in helping women and girls challenge stereotypes and master skills that encourage lifelong success.

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, the participation of women in sports has increased tremendously. This wave of women continues to test the limits of athletic performance; we are all inspired to hear about women running competitively or body-building in their 80’s and 90’s, or a 66-year-old woman swimming across the English Channel. How does competition in sports translate into competition into other areas such as business, academia or politics? In what ways has the sports industry created opportunities for women as athletes, entertainers, professionals, and entrepreneurs? Are competition and collaboration mutually exclusive? In what ways does competition drive self-improvement?


About the Audience

Conference topics will be designed to involve students, faculty, staff, alumni and women in the state who are interested in exploring competition and the role athletics, sports and outdoor adventure play in helping women and girls challenge stereotypes and master useful, transferable skills that encourage lifelong success.


Registration Fees
University of New Haven students: $10 ( $30 with lunch included)
University of New Haven faculty and staff: $55 (Before March 25th: $45)
General Registration: $95 (Early Bird Registration – Before March 25th: $85)


New or Gently Used Equipment Drive

This year, we will be holding an equipment drive in support of a local non-profit organization: Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). LEAP works in high poverty neighborhoods assisting children who face some of America’s toughest challenges. We ask that you consider donating new or gently used equipment including: basketballs, tennis balls, tennis raquets, volleyball, wiffle balls/bats, soccer balls, or lacrosse sticks/balls.



Getting Here

Bartels Hall, the Campus Center

The conference is being held on the campus of the University of New Haven.

To view the Campus Map, Click Here.

300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516

For questions,
please email womensleaders@
or call (203) 932-7256.