2021 Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar: Level Two

Tue, Feb 16, 2021 to Fri, Feb 19, 2021
Virtual Professional Development for Experienced Asilomar Alums
General Information
General Information

The Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar began in 1984 and was created by leaders in the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and the Yosemite Community College District. Since 2004 the Community College League of California has sponsored the seminar and provided administrative support. This year's seminar will be held virtually due to COVID-19 and social distancing practices. 

For the past 36 years, the annual Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar has provided an exemplary professional development opportunity for approximately 2,500 diverse women from California’s community colleges. Led by outstanding California women presidents and chancellors, each class has participated in an intensive four-day program focusing on content, skills, and practical applications for being a successful leader in our colleges. Many graduates have gone on to accept leadership roles and/or career positions of increasing responsibility.

The 2021 Seminar is open to Asilomar alumni only. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis by qualified registrants. The 2021 Asilomar program will continue to focus on the unique leadership challenges, opportunities, and value women leaders bring to the table. However, an additional emphasis will be placed on the advanced skills needed for the especially challenging times of 2021. The curriculum will build on the concepts and skills developed in the introductory seminar. Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity for an individualized assessment of their career plan and their resume.

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Who Should Attend
Who Should Attend

The seminar is an advanced workshop for Asilomar alumni only and focuses on administrative leadership issues. Enrollment is open to alumni in any leadership position including classified managers, program directors, trustees, and leaders of senates and unions. Registrations are especially welcome from diverse candidates. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis by qualified registrants.

Seminar Topics

All presentations and discussions cover key leadership issues and skills, and will include:

  • Leadership in Times of Crisis
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Legislative and Financial Expertise
  • Collaboration and Governance
  • Strengthening One's Leadership Skills
  • Personal and Professional Life Planning


The Seminar will be held on February 16-19, 2021. Highly interactive virtual webinars will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Small groups will have activities among themselves from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Select reading and personal inventories will be assigned and completed before the start of the Seminar. Critiques of participants’ current resumes will be provided.




Dr. Pamila Fisher, founder and director of the seminar since its beginning, will serve as 2021. Seminar Director, assisted by community college chief executives and other leaders.

Dr. Fisher is Chancellor Emeritus of the Yosemite Community College District and past-president of AACC, AAWCJC, and CACC. She was Facilitator for AACC’s Future Leadership Institutes for ten years and consults widely for individual colleges, districts, and systems in areas related to leadership, diversity and cultural proficiency, communications and team building. Dr. Fisher also conducts presidential searches and board retreats as an associate of the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Fisher is a consultant for the Association of Community College Trustees and has conducted more than 50 presidential searches and more than 100 retreats for community college governing boards across the country.


Registration and Eligibility
Registration and Eligibility

Seminar Fee: $400
This fee includes the virtual conference format and any digital materials distributed during the seminar.  Full payment must be made by credit card at the time your application is submitted. In the event an application is declined, full payment will be refunded.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Monday, January 25, 2021, or until space fills

Registration Process: Asilomar 2021 is designed for seminar alumni. Class size is limited to 30 and applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis as long as the registrant submits all of the required registration materials. Before submitting a registration form, please be sure to have the following items prepared:

1.   Letter of Interest addressing the following criteria:

  • Identify your class year and your title and college at that time.
  •  List your current title and college, and any others you have held between your first class and now.
  • Describe some of the leadership responsibilities of your current position.  A leadership role can include supervisor, manager, administrator, department chair, an officer in any employee organization, or representative role in any college governance body.
  • Describe why you would like to participate in Asilomar Level Two.
  • Affirm that you have the technology available to participate in this virtual event.

2.   Current Resume using this template
3.   Headshot Photo 
4.  Personal Profile Form

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made in writing and will incur a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Monday, January 25, 2021. For cancellations, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.