Programs and Workshops

2015 Programs & Workshops

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Program 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, are partnering to sponsor the 5th biennial Women's Leadership Conference with the conceptual theme Yes, and...The Power of We.   

The day-long conference will be held at the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus, and offers 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 is 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 aims to explore how women and all members of the campus community can approach life and work iteratively and collaboratively, and subscribe to a different model for living and working that can help to make processes more meaningful and productive, and the results better. 

This year, we hope the conference will focus on the vast array of issues women encounter in their professional lives, and the intersection with their personal lives as well. We welcome presentations on any topics, but would like to encourage presenters to consider how their topic intersects with the need for increased collaboration with others and moving forward with the power of yes.