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Women's Leadership Conference

Inviting all women in higher education – students, staff and faculty - to celebrate our differences and create an empowered campus community.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
at the Best Western Plus University Inn

"Leaned On While Leaning In: Valuing Women’s Invisible Labor"

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This year's conference theme, "Leaned On While Leaning In: Valuing Women’s Invisible Labor" will examine how women professionals often experience and deliver disproportionate levels of invisible labor in the workplace, including tasks and responsibilities not detailed in their job descriptions, emotional care work with constituents and colleagues, and other unquantifiable tasks that are vital to their organizations’ success, and yet are rarely recognized or rewarded.

The conference will explore ways in which we can shift our thinking and systems of value to place greater emphasis on the importance of this invisible work and address alternatives to “leaning in” that value all of the contributions of women professionals.

Present at the Conference

The  University of Idaho 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference planning committee invites proposal submissions for presentations and workshops that address topics such as work-life balance, “leaning out” as a radical re-framing of organizational norms, issues of self-care, women’s leadership, the glass ceiling/glass cliff effect, and effective communication strategies. We welcome presentations on any topics, but would like to encourage presenters to consider how their topic may intersect with the themes listed above.

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal has passed.  Accepted workshops will be determined and presenters notified by mid-February, 2017. 

Poster submissions are still being accepted.  Poster must conform to the poster specifications listed on this form online at A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students to assist in offsetting the cost of production of poster presentation materials 

Poster submissions deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Please submit your proposal by completing the Qualtrics submission form, providing a brief abstract/description and other information. You can download the questions asked in the Qualtrics submission form by selecting the link provided. Please use these questions to prepare your submission, and submit your proposal information through the online form.

Attendance is free, but all conference attendees (including presenters) will need to register online for the conference.

About the Conference

A University of Idaho collaboration between Athena, the Women's Center and Professional Development and Learning, this conference convenes annually to celebrate our differences and create an empowered campus community more inclusive of women as a group, irrespective of social identity, status or institutional role.

The event includes learning events, networking socials and more, including a reception for the Woman of the Year Award, honoring women on campus who contribute to our mission of promoting an inclusive and equitable UI climate.


Athena is an association of UI staff and faculty committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable climate for women.

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Women's Center

A campus advocate for equality, racial and gender equity, women’s reproductive health, and ending violence against women and LGBT/gender discrimination. Located in Memorial Gym Room 109.

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