The Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of ASEE will be organizing a panel featuring academic leaders who will provide valuable insight on how academics can move into leadership positions. The panelists will address the following questions: • How did you get your leadership position? • What can faculty/staff do to position themselves to move into leadership positions? • What can faculty/staff do to prepare themselves to be successful in this type of position? • Are there special challenges that you faced and how did you handle them? • Are there any skills that were especially helpful for being successful in the position you are in? It is expected that this panel will be informative and insightful and provide a tremendous opportunity to ask our current academic leaders to reflect on their experiences and provide insights to the future leaders of the academic profession. The panel will also highlight women in leadership roles in academia and address the specific concerns that women face. The panelists also discuss the various strategies that they employed in moving up through the academic ladder to leadership positions at their institutions and the challenges they faced. It is hoped that the panel will serve as a suitable catalyst for women in academia to consider leadership opportunities as they become available and broaden participation. The panel will be interactive and the audience will have various opportunities to ask questions to the panelists.