Women's Leadership Conference

Detailed Descriptions of Concurrent Workshops

Session I -9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
  • What Type of Leader/Teacher/Learner are You?

    Presenter: Susan Palmer

    Using an abbreviated self-administered personality-testing tool, participants will learn what type of leadership (or teaching/learning) style they exhibit. Understanding the characteristics and tendencies of various leadership styles enhances our ability to work effectively with others, and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses embodied in each style. Very fun, interactive, and engaging!
  • Stop Killing Your Self-confidence with Inauthentic Behavior!

    Presenter: Carol Baldwin

    One way women create barriers to progress is by not having the confidence they need to take risks and try things. Many times women put barriers around themselves by not putting themselves out there when opportunities arise. When we put barriers around ourselves, others will help us keep them there. This workshop begins with an interactive demonstration of how being everything to everyone does not work, and how it contributes to an increased lack of confidence. We then go on to discuss how to identify this type of inauthentic behavior within ourselves, how to be ourselves by finding our strengths, and then how to develop confidence based on our strengths.
  • If These Walls Could Talk: Gender Equity at the University of Idaho
    Presenters: Jama Sebald and Traci Craig

    The University of Idaho Women’s Center was founded at the height of the second wave of the women's movement, a time when gender discrimination and inequality was rampant across the nation. Join us for the fascinating reminiscences of those who were actively involved in the creation and support of the Women’s Center in its early days. Explore what life was like on campus for women in the 1970s, and learn about the current status and climate for professional women at the University of Idaho.
  • Unpacking our Knapsack: Exploring our Dominant Identities for Change

    Presenter: becky martinez

    Many of us spend time understanding our social identities to dialogue across difference. However, few have fully explored personal identities that bring privilege and dominance and how it shapes her/his effectiveness. This workshop will provide a framework for engagement in dialogue, explore dominant group identities, and gather best practices.
  • Networking and Working Groups

    Space has been set aside for open networking and working groups in the Commons Clearwater room. Join members of the conference planning committee and conference participants in an open discussion and brainstorming session about commons issues and concerns facing women in Higher Education. 

Session II - 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Victim Advocacy: Informed by Feminism

    Presenter: Bekah MillerMacPhee

    This is an interactive workshop and discussion on the experience of practicing victim advocacy informed by feminism and the ways in which feminism contributes to and influences strategies and approaches to effectively serving individuals and the community.
  • Faculty Mentoring: Perceptions, Practices, Barriers & Benefits

    Presenter: Rebecca Craft

    In Spring 2011, approximately 1000 faculty participated in a survey on faculty mentoring. The following questions were addressed: • What types of mentoring are faculty receiving, and how satisfied are they with the mentoring they receive? • What do faculty perceive as benefits and barriers to faculty mentoring? • How important are various topics that could be addressed in a mentoring relationship? • How much time do faculty spend engaged in mentoring (as mentee and mentor)? • What are the characteristics of actual mentors that faculty value? • What other sources of mentoring do faculty use besides local colleagues? Survey results reveal some significant gender differences in faculty perceptions about mentoring. Conclusions and recommendations for improving faculty mentoring based on these results will be presented.
  • Is it about Working for the Woman?

    (30 Minute Session)

    Presenter: Julie A. Kmec

    As women gain management positions at work, we have considered how male and female managers differ in their leadership styles, personality, and support of subordinates. We have paid less attention to the way workplaces change their formal policies in response to women’s presence in management. I will describe women’s rise in management in the U.S. and research investigating how women’s managerial representation affects sexual harassment and equal employment policy adoption in U.S. companies. I will demonstrate that to understand female managers’ effectiveness at shaping gender equity we must consider how their companies respond to diversity mandates and the law.
  • What is Seen and Unseen in the Writing Classroom: Preparing UI for LGBTQ Writing
    (30 Minute Session)

    Presenters: Cara Stoddard and Wendy Silva

    This presentation will examine the "unseen" as a characteristic of queer literature created and read in the classroom and how the challenges facing LGBTQ writers parallel those of women and racial minorities in academia.
  • Maternal Martyrs to Super Moms: Historical Myths About Women Who Work

    Presenters: Amy Canfield, Misty Urban, and Marlowe Daly-Galeano

    Career opportunities from the Middle Ages through the present have demanded different sacrifices from mothers who wish to work. This workshop explores how historical myths that women “can’t have it all” have communicated ideas that still function to limit the desires and ambitions of working women today.

Session III - 1:15-2:15 p.m.

  • Why I Don't Like Working for Some Women (and Some Men). Lessons to Lead Effectively.

    (30 Minute Session)

    Presenter: Sharon Kay Stoll

    This presentation is a lifetime view of the differences in working with men and women and offer suggestions as to attributes and applications of leadership that make a leader successful, whether male or female. The author has worked for leaders in military, government, business, and education.
  • Myths and Realities: Understanding Students' Perceptions of Title IX

    (30 Minute Session)

    Presenters: Amy Cole and Tammy Crawford

    The legacy of Title IX in higher education holds significant importance for women, especially for female athletes. This study examines how college students understand and experience this legacy. Emphasis is placed on students’ assumptions about Title IX that produce unintended barriers to sustaining gender equity in sport and higher education.
  • Gender Considerations in Leadership Formation

    Presenter: Kerry Morsek and Courtney Ehrlichman

    Traditionally, the stereotypical female category of leadership behaviors has not been considered as valuable as the male category. This paradigm is shifting, and numerous programs have sprung up to address the issue. This workshop explores ways to improve leadership development pedagogy by fostering successful women who identify as leaders.
  • Gender Discrimination in Interaction: Micromessaging, Inequalities and Strategies fro Change

    Presenter: Dana Britton

    Participants in this workshop will learn about subtle forms of gender discrimination in the workplace. These occur in the form of micromessages about women and men and in moments of heightened gender salience. We will discuss the research evidence and identify examples from our own experiences. Then we will talk about both personal and structural solutions for dealing with this kind of gender discrimination.
  • The Integration of Work and Family: Perspectives of Early and Mid-Career Academic Women
    (30 Minute Session)

    Presenter: Kelly Ward

    Historically the combination of work and family was an either/or proposition for female faculty working in higher education--women had to work or have a family, not attempt to do both. While opportunities have opened for academic women, there are still many structures in place that preclude the integration of work and family for faculty. The intent of this session to look at the experiences of female faculty with children to see how they manage work and family in the academic context. The session is based on findings from a longitudinal study of early and mid career faculty working in different disciplines and multiple institutional contexts.
  • Legacy Gifts: Philanthropic Women Make Lasting Change▼

    Presenter: Sandi Billings

    Women are being recognized as a major force for charities as women's wealth and philanthropy grows. Women use their philanthropy to create social change and leave a legacy. While "Legacy Giving" usually refers to bequests and other estate gifts, it can also refer to any transformational contribution. This session explores the kinds of legacy gifts women have made, what motivates major charitable giving, and what options are available.
  • Postures of Power: Are High Heels Tools of Feminism

    Presenter: Dinah Zeiger

    Interactive exhibit and paper. Exhibit includes looped video and interactive quiz; manicure meeting space; and shoe "shop." How did shoes come to [re]define the feminist movement? The exhibit confronts the feminist-feminine dichotomy and scrutinizes media's conflation of power with choice through pseudo-feminist language that reproduces rather than challenges gender hierarchies. If high heels are power, why don't men wear them?
  • Roundtable: Women's Advocacy Dialogue

    Facilitator: Gretalyn Leibnitz, ADVANCE at WSU

    This session will introduce participants to various U of I and WSU women’s advocacy groups. Leaders from each group will share successes achieved and challenges faced by the group during the past year. Discussion will focus on identifying priority activities for the 2012-13 year. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration within groups, and across campuses, to maximize advocacy efforts.

Session IV - 2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Building Your Professional Toolbox: Tips from Young Women in the Workforce

    Presenters: Darci M. Graves and Melissa Tribelhorn

    Presented in workshop format this session will feature a panel of successful young women eager to share with students the life lessons they have learned in the workforce. The session will begin with a short presentation focused on building a professional toolbox that emphasizes the needs specific to young women entering the professional atmosphere. Each member of the panel will offer personal advice before opening the session to a question and answer period. Participants will be encouraged to explore issues such as combating sexism in the workplace, seeking out and sustaining mentors, and overcoming obstacles facing young women. The toolbox will include tips on negotiation, getting yourself noticed, and facilitation techniques. This workshop will help women develop a practical skill set as they move from an academic setting into the work force. Heavy emphasis will be placed on helping women feel comfortable in their work environment and creating women-friendly work spaces.
  • Sharing Native Women's Wisdom on Balance in Life and the Workplace

    Presenter: Angelique EagleWoman

    This presentation will be composed of a presentation on the values Native American women strive to uphold in their daily lives. As the presenter, I will share the spiritual regard that women are held in by the teachings of my Tribe and the seven core values we incorporate in our lives. Famous quotations from Native women of different Tribes will also be offered for contemplation and discussion. The overarching themes of living in balance and finding the good in daily tasks will be emphasized.
  • The Adoption Curve - Understanding and Responding to Resistance to Diversity

    Presenter: Ryanne Pilgeram

    In this workshop the “adoption-curve” is applied to valuing diversity in the workplace. Types of adopters— from “change-agents” to “traditionalists”—will be presented and we will discuss ways to encourage participation in diversity initiatives from people from a variety of backgrounds, even those who are resistant to change.
  • Cartoons of Women in Outdoor Magazines, 1960-2010: Shaping and Reinforcing Gender Roles

    Presenter: Colleen Kulesza

    The portrayal of women in "men's" outdoor magazines has changed overtime. Early cartoon images often mocked women who dared venture outdoors to participate in hunting and fishing. In this session we will discuss the role of humor and cartoon portrayals as a way to reinforce or challenge gender stereotypes.
  • Discussion: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions
    Facilitators: Gretalyn Leibnitz and Traci Craig

    This workshop will be a facilitated discussion about women’s experiences in identifying, addressing and overcoming challenges associated with workplace and community climate, as well as barriers to leadership advancement. The discussion will focus on identifying common concrete challenges and generating sustainable solutions to improve organizational climates and ultimately women’s opportunities for success.
  • The Evolution of the Female in the Workplace
    Presenter: Pamela Bathurst

    Have women changed and adapted in order to become viable in the workplace? Are the changes always beneficial to the woman herself? An interactive workshop in which we examine behavior of both genders in the work environment and ways in which women are still becoming a vital part of that environment.

Session V – 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Deconstructing Dominance: What it Really Means to Work in a Traditionally Female Field
    Presenter: Darci M. Graves
    What does it mean to "dominate" a profession? This session will explore the confusion many women feel upon entering a profession presumed to be dominated by women only to find they are always working for, and for less than, their male counterparts. We will explore what can be done to change these dynamics.
  • Navigating Workplace Politics for Positive Results

    Presenter: Elissa Keim
    Workplace politics are unavoidable, it is how you respond to them that matters most. Learn specific tools to reframe your negative perceptions into something positive and constructive for you and your co-workers.
  • Panel with Invited Male Advocates for Women in the Workplace
    Panel Participants: James Gregson, James Wagner, Jeff Bailey, James Petersen, David Leonard

    Join us for a panel discussion exploring barriers to recruitment, retention and advancement of women and strategies to address barriers to women's participation in the workplace.  Further we will explore barriers to men's involvement as advocates for women and ways to encourage male support. 

  • They Kicked neo-Nazi's Out of Town!: Take Home Points for Social Justice Leadership.
    Presenters: Julia Nkanata and Laura Holyoke
    This workshop will provide key findings from research that explores systemic leadership of a human rights task force response to neo-Nazi's attack of a mother and her son in Coeur d' Alene Idaho in 1998; the strategies and practices that contributed to the decline of neo-Nazi activities in the region; and lessons other social justice community leaders can learn from the Task Force's response to racism, intolerance, and bigotry.
  • Roots and Routes: Road Home to America, Middle East and Diaspora

    Presenter:  Ani Derderian

    The session will discuss identity. For the purpose of this study, two samples of Armenian books, “The Knock at the Door” and “The Road from Home,” were chosen. These personal stories represent the Armenian culture and history. They pay particular attention to Armenian women who survived the genocide and reached the USA in the 1915’s and 1920’s either by false passports or as a mail ordered brides (Ajemian-Ahnert, 2007; Kherdian, 1979). The previously mentioned books point out the similarity between Armenian women’s sufferings, their shared experiences and stories during the genocide, the setting and the message. In addition, I interviewed second generation female genocide survivors from the Middle East-Jordan and shared their experiences in the post war era and the national reconstruction stage.
  • Gender Differences and Barriers in the Creative Thinking Process - A Perspective and Dialogue

    Presenter: Rose Graham

    What are the differences in the way men and women are creative? Recent studies have explored this topic and the results of their findings are surprising. We will be exploring how some successful women have contributed to society and the barriers they’ve overcome. We will also compare their strategies to those used by men, in general.
  • Breaking Down Socioeconomic Barriers in Our Workplace and Community
    Presenter: Lisa Young

    The content and purpose of this foundational workshop is as follows: “To introduce a framework (or larger perspective) for understanding women who come from generational poverty including: a mental model of poverty; driving forces, survival mechanisms and hidden rules of economic class; language and other individual issues and resources” (Payne, et al 2001).

  • Film: "Gloria: In Her Own Words"
    Gloria: In Her Own Words chronicles Steinem’s emergence as a driving force in the modern women’s liberation movement.  This HBO documentary blends interviews of Steinem in her Manhattan apartment, archival footage, photographs from throughout her life and clips from press interviews over the years.  

    Gloria: In Her Own Words explores Steinem’s early days through her childhood; influenced by her mother’s decision to give up a career to raise children and her parent’s rocky marriage.  Then, it highlights challenges she experienced during college and Steinem’s political awakening in 1969 when she discovered the horrifying experiences women endured when attempting to exercise their right to reproductive freedom.  Through this documentary, audiences experience Steinem’s social activist career in her quest to find everything she could on the burgeoning women’s movement, leading the Women’s Strike for Equality march on August 26th, 1970, and co-founding Ms. Magazine.   The documentary not only leads audiences into Steinem’s life as the face of the feminist movement but also reveals her battle with breast cancer, hitting bottom 1990s, and her marriage to David Bale.  

    Gloria: In Her Own Words is produced by Peter Kunhardt and Shila Nevins; directed by Peter Kunardt; editing and graphics design by Phillip Schopper; original music is by Michael Bacon.  For Kunhardt McGee Productions: executive producer, Dyllan McGee and for HBO, supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover.