2020 Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar

Tue, Feb 18, 2020 to Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove
General Info

General Info

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.

The seminar is an intensive four-day experience that focuses on the issues facing women who have made a commitment to community college administration, either in their current position or as a future goal. Its purpose is to provide information, strategies, contacts, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. The expected outcome is that participants will be able to acquire and successfully accept expanded leadership responsibilities within their own or other California community colleges.

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Registration for the 2020 Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar is SOLD OUT. To be added to a waitlist, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

Over the past 36 years, over 2,480 competitively selected women have completed the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar. The seminar focuses on administrative leadership issues. However, enrollment is open to those in any leadership position including classified managers, program directors, trustees, and leaders of senates and unions. Applications are especially welcome from persons of color and from colleges not previously represented at a seminar.

Class of 2019

Seminar Location

Seminar Location

The setting for the seminar is the Asilomar State Conference Center, located in Pacific Grove, between Monterey and Carmel. The Center is in a beautiful wooded area adjoining a state beach. Attire should be casual and appropriate for pleasant, but cool weather. All lodging and meals are provided on-site and are included in the seminar fee. Accommodations are rustic and rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. Guests may not accompany participants as the schedule is intense and space is very limited. For additional information on Asilomar, visit www.visitasilomar.com.


Seminar Topics

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

~ Emotional Intelligence
~ Budgeting & Finance
~ Cultural Proficiency
~ Leading Change
~ Leadership and Ethics
~ Finding Balance
~ Campus Politics
~ Career Choices
~ Governance
~ Applications & Interviews


Seminar activities begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and end at 1:00 p.m. Friday, including evenings. Please plan travel arrangements to accommodate these times.




Dr. Pamila Fisher, founder and director of the seminar since its beginning, will serve as 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.

Over the years, more than 50 community college leaders have served as presenters. The presenters and participants together have created an Asilomar network that provides ongoing support for effective leadership in California's community colleges.

Application and Fees

Application and Fees

Registration for the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar is SOLD OUT. To be added to a waitlist, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020, or until space fills

Application Process: Applicants are selected competitively. Before you begin your application, please be sure to have the following items completed. Application materials are linked below:

Seminar Fee: $1,645
Includes all costs of the seminar (tuition, materials, meals, refreshments, 
and lodging). 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.

Optional Fee for Single Room Occupancy: $350
If you prefer to have your own room, please select this option during your registration. This additional fee will provide participants with a single room occupancy for their lodging. 

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made in writing and will incur a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Friday, January 15, 2020. For cancellations, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.

2020 Class

Meet the 2020 Asilomar Class