Programs and Workshops
2015 Programs & Workshops
Full schedule of conference workshops and presentations
Conference Theme: "Yes, And... The Power of We"
The University of Idaho's Women's Center, the Athena Association of Professional Women, and Professional Development & Learning, partnered to sponsor the 5th biennial Women's Leadership Conference with the conceptual theme Yes, and...The Power of We.
The day-long conference was held at the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus, and offered all students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to celebrate our differences and create an empowered community that is inclusive and supportive of women, irrespective of gender identification or expression, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic background, or institutional role.
The theme of this year’s conference was Yes, And...The Power of We. “Yes, and…” is a concept derived from improvisational comedy. In order to collaboratively build a scene, one person presents an opportunity for interaction and invites others to expand upon their idea. The basic rule of improv is that you must be willing to say, “Yes, and…” Extending this idea to other domains allows for people to build synergistic collaborations and move projects forward in new ways. This theme aimed to explore how women and all members of the campus community approach life and work. Our goal was to encourage participants to explore different ways of working collaboratively and subscribing to a model that can help to make processes and results more meaningful and productive. Conference sessions focused on women in leadership, transitions between professional and personal roles, professional development skills, and exploration of current research on women and gender.