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Gonzaga to Present ‘Women Lead Spokane’ Conference

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In March Gonzaga University will present Women Lead Spokane, a leadership conference designed to educate and empower women personally and professionally.

Sara Jordan-Bloch, director of leadership research and programs at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, will present a keynote presentation titled, “Untying Double-Binds.” Also featured will be a panel discussion with Spokane’s Sister Madonna Buder, dubbed the “Iron Nun” for competing in grueling Ironman competitions and who was featured in a Nike commercial; Kay LeClaire, the oldest woman to climb the “Seven Summits,” the highest mountains of each of the seven continents; and Sandra Williams, activist, filmmaker and publisher of The Black Lens, a monthly newspaper focusing on Spokane’s African-American community.

“The Spokane community is uniquely poised to engage in a thoughtful dialogue regarding issues related to gender and leadership opportunities,” said Liz Morris, a speech pathologist for Inland Northwest Health Services in Spokane and chair of the Advisory Council for Gonzaga’s College of Arts & Sciences in a press release. “Women need the support and information that this outstanding workshop will provide.”

Stephanie Vigil, news anchor for KHQ-TV in Spokane, will serve as master of  ceremonies for the conference, which will also include skill-building workshops.

This is the first conference of its kind to be offered by Gonzaga in Spokane.

The conference will take place March 15 from 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center. Cost is $149 (which includes two continuing education credits and meals). Registration deadline is March 8.  To register visit: www.gonzaga.edu/womeninleadership.

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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