Women’s Leadership Conference Registration Opens Aug. 17

Wednesday, August 15 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – Helping to chip at the glass ceiling, the University of Idaho Women’s Center and Athena, the university’s women’s professional association will co-host the biennial Women’s Leadership Conference on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Student Union and Idaho Commons Buildings. Registration for the conference is required and opens on Friday, Aug. 17 online at www.womensleadership.uidaho.edu.

“The theme of this year’s conference, “Women’s Legacies, Inspiring Our Future” is directly tied to the many celebrations we have planned this year in honor of the Women’s Center’s 40th anniversary,” said Heather Shea Gasser, director of the University of Idaho’s Women’s Center and co-president of Athena. “Through this theme, we want to celebrate where we have been, to recognize the accomplishments we’ve made towards gender equity and to explore how women and all members of the campus community can ensure progress continues in the future.”

With an exciting theme on tap, organizers expect to draw great interest for the conference, considering the keynote speaker and her accomplishments.

“Our keynote speaker, Gloria Steinem, co-founded “Ms.” magazine in 1972 and since then, has continued to inspire people to work collectively and individually in the name of gender equity,: said Debbie Storrs, associate dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and co-president of Athena. “Her attention to local and global injustices and her ability to see the intersections between race, class, gender and sexual orientation illustrates her legacy of leadership.”

The event will kick off with an opening speaker, becky martinez, a diversity trainer with Infinity Martinez Consulting, and continue with concurrent workshops throughout the day Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Idaho Commons and Student Union Building.

The free conference includes a luncheon and luncheon address by Dana Britton, director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for registered attendees. Britton’s talk is sponsored by Washington State University ADVANCE.

The event will conclude with the keynote talk by Gloria Steinem at 7:30 p.m. at the ASUI Kibbie Dome. The keynote is open to the entire university and regional community. Those attending just the keynote do not need to register for the conference.

Workshop sessions on Oct. 4 will be grouped into four sub-themes: “Microaggressions and Unspoken Biases,” “The Impact of Identity Intersections,” “Creating Women-Friendly Organizations and Communities” and “How Women Unintentionally Create Barriers to Progress.” The variety of workshops will focus on exploring issues of climate and culture that empowers women to be successful leaders.

Registration for the conference begins Friday, Aug. 17, online at www.womensleadership.uidaho.edu. Participants must register in advance by Sept. 19, 2012.

For University of Idaho staff, upon supervisor approval, conference attendance can be considered professional development time as granted by President Nellis.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.

About the Women’s Center
Since 1972, the University of Idaho Women’s Center has been a voice for gender equity on campus, discussing issues of concern to women and other targeted groups, holding informational conferences, organizing educational programs, networking, and engaging the campus and local communities in dialogue in an effort to build an more inclusive and compassionate society. For more information, call (208) 885-6616 or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.