ASU CSW Professional Development Conference


Inaugurated in 2008, the Arizona State University Commission on the Status of Women Professional Development Conference is developed and hosted by the ASU CSW each October at ASU campuses and online.

Since its inception, the conference has grown in size and attendance. In fall 2022, the conference was hosted in a hybrid format, with nearly 30 workshops, a keynote luncheon, and nearly 1,600 members of the ASU community attending. The ASU CSW Professional Development Conference continues to be the largest university-provided development conference in the nation! The conference is open to all ASU faculty, staff and students and is completely free of charge to attend.

Two-day conference

Hosted over a two-day period, the goal of the conference is to provide readily-accessible information, resources, and strategies to help individuals succeed in their current position and in their long-term career. Additionally, the conference provides workshops on issues and needs that are timely to Arizona State University's evolution as the New American University, with a particular emphasis on leadership development at all levels.

Both conference days features an exciting variety of workshop sessions and special events, covering topics related to career development, workplace skills, leadership training, supervisory training, financial planning and work/life balance, among many others.


The design of nearly all workshops correspond to the “University’s Core Expectations for ASU Staff and Managers,” and all workshops focus on concrete strategies for success, such that an employee can take what they learned and apply it immediately.

Furthermore, given ASU’s new compensation system based on performance and development, the ASU CSW Professional Development Conference provides an important opportunity for staff to access development trainings, directly on campus at no direct cost to them or their unit. With its large variety of workshop offerings, the ASU CSW Professional Development Conference is one of the single largest development events for university staff across public universities nationwide, demonstrating ASU’s value and commitment to the education of not only our students, but our staff as well.


Professional Development Conference