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.
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