19th Annual LEAD1 Institute

Institute Dates & Location

July 16-18, 2018
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas


Institute Curriculum

The Institute curriculum will feature topics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Role of the Athletic Director
  • Strategies for Becoming an Athletic Director
  • Professional Conduct
  • Work – Life Balance
  • Developing Relationships with University Presidents, Regents and Sponsors
  • Operationalizing Your Philosophy and Values
  • The First 90 Days
  • Navigating the Political Landscape and Challenges at a Public Institution
  • Turnaround – Building Public Trust and Organizational Culture as a First Time AD
  • Hiring High Profile Coaches
  • “The Journey”

Participants will also experience countless networking opportunities with the Institute faculty, executive search firms and their colleagues from other LEAD1 Association institutions.

Total enrollment will be limited to 50 nominees. Individuals who have participated in the Institute in previous years are welcome and encouraged to participate in the 2018 Institute.

Criteria for Nominations:

  1. Be a deputy or senior level athletics administrator.
  2. Have sincere interest in pursuing a position as director of athletics.
  3. Be in a position to actively pursue, interview and search for athletic director opportunities.
  4. Have developed expertise in multiple areas of athletics administration.

Institute Program Schedule

The Institute will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16, and will adjourn by Noon on Wednesday, July 18. In addition to the faculty and executive search firm presentations, the Institute will include the following sessions:

  1. Monday evening reception immediately preceding dinner. This will be a time for Institute participants, faculty and executive search firms to become better acquainted in a more relaxed atmosphere;
  2. Tuesday evening following dinner, once again we will feature “The Journey,” a panel of faculty, who will answer questions relating to their jobs. The participants are encouraged to ask the panel any question on any topic on their mind.

Institute Tuition and Costs

The tuition for the 2018 Institute is $2,000 per participant. This fee includes hotel lodging, six meals (beginning with Monday night dinner), all meeting rooms and audio-visual costs, and all Institute materials.

For any questions, please contact:
Hannah Dewey – hannah@lead1a.com