Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™
Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 3:00pm to Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 3:00pm


Due to COVID-19, the annual Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute has been rescheduled for next year, 15-17 July 2021. Registration is open now and we hope you'll make plans to join us!




15-17 July 2020
Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, VA

Approximately 30% of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals with 1-3 years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute (previously the New Professionals Institute) to support the development of emerging leaders as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. This Institute includes several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with several of today’s leaders in higher education and student affairs as resident faculty and small group facilitators.

This institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected educator and leader in student affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University (Virginia), and Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA President from 1979-80.


  • Curriculum focused on identifying and addressing the complexities facing emerging leaders in higher education and student affairs

  • Highly interactive learning environment including presentations, case studies, discussions, and small group activities

  • Sessions dedicated to personal and professional development in the following areas:

    • Understanding campus and organizational culture 

    • Navigating role as an emerging leader in the campus context

    • Building coalitions and creating sustainable and transformative change

    • Having difficult conversations

    • Being a supervisee and supervisor

    • Identifying areas for continued growth and skill building

    • Giving and receiving effective feedback 

    • Considering future career possibilities

    • Action planning for future personal and professional growth