In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Azusa Pacific University joins Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University, in collaboration with the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), to host the second annual Advancing Women in Leadership in Christian Higher Education Conference. This one-day event takes place on Fri., March 24 on the campus of Biola, located at 13800 Biola Ave., in La Mirada.

The conference is designed for women of all stages of life and professional development. Men are also encouraged to attend. Faculty, staff, and student participants will learn from top women leaders in higher education.

Keynote speakers include Shirley V. Hoogstra, JD, the CCCU’s first female president, and Karen Longman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University, and a long-time proponent and pioneer of women in leadership in higher education. Longman, a recipient of 2016 John R. Dellenback Global Leadership Award, launched a series of books sponsored by the International Leadership Association titled, Women in Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice. In addition, Eugene Cho, founder and lead pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church, in Seattle, Washington, and Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, will speak on the plight of women around the world. Hoogstra will also moderate a panel discussion among college presidents from Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, and Houghton College.

Breakout session topics include, “2016 Research and Review of Women in Leadership: Have Our Campuses Made Progress?” and “Advancing Your Professional Development: Learn the Art of Negotiation, Proposals Preparation, and Personal Vision Casting.”

Attendance for the conference is at an all-time high. Space is limited. Register online. General tickets are $125. Student tickets are available for $25 with valid student ID.

For more information, call Biola University Events at (562) 903-4855 or email

Next year's conference will take place on Azusa Pacific University's campus on March 5, 2018.

Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
(626) 815-4502 |