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Welcome to Women and Leadership! It is with great pleasure and honor that we once again host this tremendous gathering of nationally renowned and accomplished women. The talented speakers joining us this year have made substantive contributions to the world in which we live, along the way breaking barriers and paving the way for those yet to come. Over the next two days, they will share their knowledge and the motivational forces that have empowered them to achieve success in their chosen fields. The Andrus Center is committed to gender equity in our boardrooms, our corporate suites, our professions, our elected offices, and other leadership positions throughout our country. Your participation in this year’s conference, your desire to reach your full potential, and your commitment to working toward equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender are key ingredients toward achieving that goal. I encourage you to take full advantage of the incredible talent assembled here. Introduce yourself to our speakers, networking leaders, session leaders, and fellow attendees. Knowledge empowers us all. Over the next two days, it’s yours for the taking! CECIL D. ANDRUS


Idaho Governor Founder & Chairman of the Board Andrus Center for Public Policy


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Lisa Maatz, VP of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Asssociation of University Women

Betty Anne Waters, Innocence Project

Magdalena Boulet, Endurance Athlete VP Innovation, Research & Development, GU Energy Labs

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Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows, United States EEOC

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2016 SKILL BUILDERS ANDRUS BOOK CLUB Carrie Spradlin, US Forest Service Some books just demand discussion! Unfinished Business and Seven Steps to Leading a Gender-Balanced Business are two such gems. In the first, Anne-Marie Slaughter recounts her decision to leave her dream job in order to return to parenting and why valuing caregiving in organizations and society is one of the keys to empowering both men and women. Her story was named one of the best books of the year in 2015 by the Washington Post, NPR, and The Economist. The second choice provides a clear framework for how to create sustainable gender and cultural balance in your organization. Does your organization have a twentieth or twenty-first century leadership framework? Read one or both books prior to the conference and join fellow attendees in using the material to create your own action plan. Carrie Spradlin, in addition to her duties as a Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, leads a grassroots group within her organization called Lean In Together. This group, founded in 2013, was inspired to discuss Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Over the past three years, the group has created an inclusive environment to facilitate leadership training, gender issue awareness, and a forum for cultivating ideas focused on work-life fit and family. Carrie and the Lean In Together team have worked to facilitate discussions around family and career issues, revitalization of the Federal Women’s Program, body language, perceived power, sexual misconduct, qualities of successful teams, organizational gender statistics and their implications, and organizational culture and change.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS Erin Sorensen, Trailhead Dreamers and doers. Hackers and hustlers. Creators and collaborators. You can find all of the above at Trailhead, founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. In this session, learn the art of launching a business while on family leave, how to invest in your business skills, and how to become geographically strategic in everything you do— so that you can accomplish more in your day.

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strives to create an environment that fosters health. Recently, she received her master’s in public health

2016 SKILL BUILDERS from the University of North Carolina. With these new skills and her passion for nutrition, she hopes to implement changes that encourage all Idahoans to live long, happy, healthy lives.

BUILDING AN AUTHENTIC WORKPLACE CULTURE Shawn Miller, City of Boise Do you feel that you are making a positive difference in your job? Are you satisfied with your work life? Are you part of an organization where the development of culture is deliberate? Does your workplace culture foster employee development and engagement? What percentage of your employees or co-workers are passionate about what they do? If you have thought about any of these questions, please join us as we share our organization’s wake up call to culture, the steps we took, and lessons learned. Ultimately we will share how deliberately focusing on your culture increases personal job satisfaction and makes good organizations great. Warning—we would like to say that the infrastructure of this journey was built on research, and deliberate, pre-planned actions. Rather, our journey was initially built on disenchantment, and has been fueled by emotion with some critical elements of “science.” Shawn Miller is the product of four extremely influential women in his life—his grandmother, mother, sister, and wife. Shawn comments that, “who he is, is a result of their efforts.” He currently serves as the Human Resources Director for the City of Boise. Before he found his calling in life, he practiced employment law representing employers of all sizes. Shawn is a huge believer that workplace culture has the ability to transform organizations for good, and to impact the happiness of individual employees. He will be joined in his presentation by four additional influential women in his life—Olivia Aulbach, Yvette Earl, Sarah Martin, and Kelcey Stewart, all part of the CIty of Boise team.

COMMUNITY ACTION TRAINING CAMP Emily Walton, Everytown for Gun Safety Bicycle lanes, street closures, tree removal, and gender equity are just a few of the issues Idahoans have been exposed to recently. Regardless of where you live or which side of an issue you are on, there are myriad ways to become involved that don’t involve running for public office. Community activism can be as simple as

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testifying at a city hearing or writing a blog. Becoming involved in your community is also an excellent way to develop and apply leadership skills. Emily Walton got her start in politics when she was elected to lobby on behalf of over 20,000 students at Boise State University. She has a strong background in electoral campaigns, issue advocacy, and civic engagement and has managed several campaigns at the municipal and legislative level. In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Trustees at the College of Western Idaho, beating the incumbent and a seven-term legislator with 58 percent of the vote. Emily attended a reception at the White House in May 2016 for her role

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2016 SKILL BUILDERS CREATE AN AWESOME PERSONAL BRAND Whitney Hansen, Whitney Hansen Consulting Golden arches, swoosh, bulls-eye. Did you think McDonald’s, Nike, and Target? That’s branding and companies have been doing it for years. Now, in the age of the internet, individuals are branding themselves. Like it or not, every time you post, tweet, share, or like, you are sending a message about your identity. Whitney Hansen has made a career out of personal branding. Join her as she shares her tips for success—some fun, some technical, but all worthwhile. This session will address Facebook and LinkedIn particularly, and is an excellent complement to WordPress Bootcamp. Whitney Hansen is a personal finance coach and entrepreneur. She teaches overwhelmed millennials how to pay off debt and be financially independent. Whitney’s money coaching business began when she learned the power of personal branding and telling your story in an online world. She is passionate about helping others share their message, interests, and positioning yourself as an expert.

DEVELOP A WOMEN’S NETWORK Colleen Sollars, HP Inc. Believe it or not….it still really is all about WHO you know. Building a strong professional network is essential for women to grow their careers and whether you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert, we can all use some tips on how to get started. While some of us are natural networkers, others can find the prospect of reaching out to strangers to be rather daunting. In this session we will explore some ideas that we have implemented at HP with big success. We will actually build our own women’s network right on the spot! Bring your business cards if you have them and if you don’t, we will have some index cards available for you to write down your contact information. You will walk away with lots of new names to add to your network and some ideas for how to continue expanding it throughout your career and beyond. Colleen Sollars has worked at HP in Boise for 20+ years in various Program/Project/People management roles. She holds an MBA in telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and a BS in Business management from SUNY Buffalo, New York. She also maintains the PMP and PMI-ACP certifications. Colleen became passionate about the LeanIn.org program in 2014 after reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. She now volunteers as the Global Program Manager for the LeanIn@HPI Program where she helps many people set up their own small peer mentoring circles. She is an active member of Toastmasters and she was recently elected as VP of Finance for the Project Management Institute Western Idaho Chapter (PMIWIC) where she volunteers her time on the Board of Directors. Colleen is deeply passionate about creating and maintaining real relationships with real people because after all, there can be no business without people.


2016 SKILL BUILDERS GENERATIONS IN THE WORKFORCE Jerri Mizrahi, Boise State University Talking about my generation, depending on your age, you’re either singing in your head or wondering why we’d write such a non-descriptive opener. The reality is, there are now up to five generations in one workforce. What are the characteristics and demographics that shape each of them and influence their workplace culture? Discuss emerging issues and strategies to ease inter-generational tension and communication to meet mixed everyone’s needs. Jerri Mizrahi is passionate about working with organizations to paint a vision for the organization, create cultural change and strategic alignment, recognize and celebrate diversity, implement tools to attract, develop and retain talent, and create possibilities for employees and organizations to succeed. She has been the Learning and Organizational Development Manager at Boise State University since 2004.

GET ON BOARD Sophie Sestero, Fahlgren Mortine; Beth Beechie, DaviesMoore: Boise Young Professionals Board Service is often discussed as a way to advance your career, satisfy outside passions, use dormant skills, or simply to fulfill a civic duty. However, breaking into the world of board service can be complicated. This session will address where and how to invest your time, feed your passion, and seek out organizations that need your support. It also addresses navigating the commitments, financial obligations, and skills needed to sustain service. Sophie Sestero and Beth Beechie are public relations and marketing professionals who are part of Boise Young Professionals, a group that pioneered b|On Board, a program specifically designed to demystify board service, provide necessary training, and connect young professionals with community organizations. They will walk through the program’s success and share tips from local leaders who participated in this program along with their personal experiences breaking into the world of board service. Sophie Sestero is a senior account executive with Fahlgren Mortine, a public relations and marketing agency. Sestero is a chair-elect of Boise Young Professionals, an Idaho Statesman editorial board member, Zoo Boise board member, and part of the CATCH Inc. advisory board. Beth Beechie is the marketing manager of DaviesMoore. She was program chair of Boise Young Professionals’ b|On Board Series, an active member of United Way Next, and is part of the Boise Ad Federation advisory board.

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2016 SKILL BUILDERS HIGH PERFORMANCE COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION Tena Lokken, True North Consultants Personal effectiveness and professional success are largely driven by accurate and authentic conversations. Team cohesiveness, accelerated value delivery, and fewer wasteful meetings are a few of the benefits. In this skill builder, you will learn the “10 Laws of High-Performance Communication and Collaboration,” and you will walk away with a host of valuable communication skills that you can begin to apply immediately. Tena Lokken held marketing, communications, and education roles at three different technology companies. During her tenure at Hewlett Packard, Tena led high-performing teams across a variety of marketing functions, including marketing, communications, messaging strategy, customer advocacy, sales training, and competitive response. She also has provided strategic advice to the leaders of numerous nonprofits. Tena is the co-founder of True North Consultants—a coaching and education company based in Boise, Idaho.

LANGUAGE AND LEADERSHIP Nancy Buffington, Boise SpeakWell Like it or not, the way you speak influences how people view you as a leader. This applies to all speakers, but women and men are often perceived differently in terms of how they use their voice (think vocal fry and upspeak) and body (posture and gestures) when they’re speaking in public. Find your leadership voice without sacrificing your personality. We’ll hold this highly interactive session in the Special Events Center, adjacent to the Student Union, to give participants the chance to stand onstage, handle a microphone, and enjoy the spotlight—all in a safe, fun, no-stakes environment. Nancy Buffington combines her past role as an English professor with her current persona as a public speaking coach to help people find their voices and tell their stories. In addition to coaching private clients and leading corporate trainings, she’s the official speaking coach

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LEADING WITH INTEGRITY Angie Shea How can I be a successful leader and stay true to my gifts and personality? Can an introvert be an effective leader? Is respect mandated or earned? Is leadership about control or influence? Leadership varies at work, home, and in social settings. Many people, especially women, think they are not qualified to be leaders. Explore concepts and styles of leadership and learn why anyone can be an effective leader. Angie is a Boundaries coach, an author, and a speaker who is passionate about helping people create lives and relationships that work by setting healthy limits. She

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uses her own story, experiences, and breakthroughs to offer hope to people who are overwhelmed and exhausted. She is the author of the upcoming book Fences Not Walls: Setting Healthy Boundaries Every Day.

2016 SKILL BUILDERS OFFICE ERGONOMICS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Dawn Brooks, BS, CEAS II, St. Lukes Americans spend millions of dollars on gym memberships, yoga, massage, and general fitness. But when was the last time you overhauled your desk, chair, or phone? All contribute to your fitness and well-being. Don’t underestimate the impact your working space has on your quality of life. Dawn Brooks graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science; fitness evaluation (kinesiology) and received her Personal Training certification from American College of Sports Medicine in 2012. Dawn started working at St. Luke’s in 2013 as an Employee Safety Technician. Her role has since developed into St. Luke’s System Ergonomic Specialist after receiving her first level of certification from The Back School of Atlanta as a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (2014). In this role, Dawn has helped develop a thriving ergonomic program for St. Luke’s.

ON THE BLUE Brad Larrondo, Associate Athletic Director, Football – Boise State University Whether you bleed blue or don’t know the difference between a safety and the extra point, there’s something for you in this rare opportunity to visit Albertson’s Field and stand on the Blue! This Skill Builder begins in the Albert Noble Football Hall of Fame Gallery and will take participants through the basics of the game, position breakdowns, and some football trivia. Brad Larrondo is the assistant athletic director for football at Boise State University, and has been a member of the Bronco athletic department since 1993. Larrondo handles the external duties of the Boise State football program. Among his responsibilities, he serves as the director of the high school and youth football camps, booster relations, and community service projects for student-athletes and coaches like the Beat Coach Pete Run and Women’s Clinic.

SHIFT INTO THRIVE Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D., Micron Women around the world are using resilience-building strategies to thrive in the face of career challenges. These six powerful strategies combined with practical action steps will enable you to create a career accompanied by growth, success, and satisfaction. Attend this session to find out which resiliency strategy you need to strengthen in order to increase your career satisfaction. Take a brief assessment to determine your resiliency needs and leave with at least one action that you can take immediately to increase your resiliency. Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience as a global talent management and organization development leader in large organizations across multiple industries including telecommunications, technology, finance, aerospace and defense, and healthcare. She has more than 15 years of experience as an executive coach and has coached executive, mid-level, and frontline leaders. Lynn is currently the Director of Global Executive and Leadership Development for Micron. She is a sought-after presenter for both national and international conferences and is the author of four books. Her most recent book is Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.


2016 SKILL BUILDERS SUSTAINABILITY AT WORK AND HOME Aimée Christensen, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience Sustainability is a risk as well as an opportunity in our corporations, our communities, our investments, and our lives. According to a 2010 report by Global Footprint Network, humanity uses about 40% more resources in one year than nature can regenerate in that same time. With new technologies, business models, and strategies, there are more and more ways that environmental protection benefits economies and the bottom line and improves local quality of life. Learn how you can tap into this opportunity within your company, your community, and your own investments, as well as your life. Aimée Christensen is the founder and Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience, which aims to protect local quality of life and serve as a model and resource to communities everywhere. She is also CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, which she founded in 2005, advising clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Microsoft, the United Nations, and Virgin. She has over two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including work with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and Google where she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives. Aimée was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.

WORDPRESS: THE NUTS AND BOLTS Aaron Day, Thrive Web Designs; Tevya Washburn, Fiddler Online WordPress (WP) is easily the most popular website platform these days. It’s easy to get started, has a lot of power under the hood, and has a strong online community. As with any website building process, there is a learning curve. Aaron and Tevya will demystify WordPress as they cover the WP management flow, resources, plugins, themes, image editing, and other tools useful to managing a WP site strategically and on a day-to-day basis. Aaron is the lead developer and project manager at Thrive Web Designs, with over 15 years experience building online solutions for clients, often leveraging WordPress with impressive results. Aaron has degrees from Boise State, Idaho State, and University of Washington. He is the organizer for the Boise Graphic Design Group and the annual Creative Good benefit auction. Tevya is the lead website wrangler at Fiddler Online. He’s been building WordPress websites for over seven years,

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and has been a professional graphic designer for over two decades. Tevya is an active blogger, entrepreneur, and instigator of the first official WordPress Meetups in the Treasure Valley. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and is largely self-taught in web design, WordPress, and lean startup methodology.

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2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION FAIR KEEP GROWING AND LEADING! The organizations featured here are invited to participate based on their commitment to personal and professional development. There’s something for everyone at this event; public speaking, furthering education, coding, volunteering, and more. The knowledge is here for the takin­g­—use it to empower your future. American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Boise Public Library improves community members’ quality of life by supporting their efforts to enhance knowledge, realize creative potential, and share ideas and stories.

Boise State Executive MBA Program is designed to give successful, motivated people the ability to become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators of business and public policy.

Boise State Veteran Services assists with information and procedures relevant to all education benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Boise Young Professionals’ vision is to develop and retain a talented workforce in the Boise valley by connecting, empowering, and engaging young professionals.

Concordia University School of Law states that this is an excellent time to become a lawyer. Fewer law school students plus a rapidly retiring Baby Boomer workforce equals more career opportunities than there are lawyers to fill them.

Girl Develop It Boise exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.

Leadership Boise actively contributes to the betterment of the Boise Valley through its diverse network of educated, socially responsible, and engaged civic leaders.

Soroptomists is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS) is a nonprofit organization in which volunteer management professionals in Southwest Idaho work together to become great leaders and effective employees.

Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams, and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere.

TransForm Idaho advocates, educates, and supports Idaho voters on social issues that have direct bearing on the daily lives of Idahoans.

US Forest Service manages over 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands with an organization of over 30,000 employees. It is also the largest natural resource research organization in the world. Come join us and learn more about a career, volunteering, and engaging with your treasured public lands.



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2016 SPEAKERS NICOLE BOXER Producer/ Director Fuchsia Film A native of Marin County, California, Nicole Boxer is an award-winning documentary Producer and Director. She won two Emmys and a Peabody Award for the 2013 Academy Award nominated documentary film, The Invisible War, which investigates the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. In 2015, Boxer reteamed with the filmmakers to investigate college campus sexual assault in The Hunting Ground. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, premiered on CNN and was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2016. Both films Directed by Kirby Dick have been hailed as effective “social impact cinema” leading to vast cultural and legislative change. Boxer has seen the power film asserts as an advocacy tool to create change. That belief is the central focus of her directorial debut, How I Got Over, exploring the transformative, healing power of the arts. Boxer was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Humanitis Award for the film in 2014. Boxer’s first film was an insider portrait of the women of the U.S. Senate, 14 Women. Her other film credits include: The Party’s Not Over, Mojados, Playground, and Climate Refugees, addressing key social and cultural issues; participatory democracy, immigration, sex trafficking, and climate change. Boxer advocated for those films with Congressional Lawmakers, leading to public hearings and policy change.

MAGDALENA BOULET Endurance Athlete VP of Innovation, Research & Development GU Energy Labs Magdalena Lewy Boulet earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. She also won two team Bronze medals as the captain of the US Cross Country team at the World Cross Country Championships in 2010 and 2011. After a ten-year career running marathons on the road, she transitioned to running trail and ultra distance events in 2013. In 2015, Magda won her 100 mile debut at the prestigious Western States Endurance Run, and was named North American Ultra Runner of the Year. Boulet grew up in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1991. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on the morning of September 11, 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human biodynamics from U.C. Berkley in 1997 and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Cal State Hayward. In 2007, she returned to her alma mater as a coach for the Golden Bear cross country program, where she coached cross country and distance events for 2 years. Magda is coached by Jack Daniels, Ph.D., a world-renowned authority on distance running. Magda has been under the guidance of coach Daniels since 2001. Magda leads Innovation & Product Development at GU Energy Labs and enjoys training and competing in ultra endurance trail races.


2016 SPEAKERS CHARLOTTE BURROWS Commissioner United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Charlotte A. Burrows was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Obama on Sept. 12, 2014, and was confirmed on Dec. 3, 2014 by a Senate vote of 93-2 to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring July 1, 2019. Prior to her appointment at the EEOC, Burrows served as associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she worked on a broad range of legal and policy issues, including employment litigation, tribal justice, voting rights, and implementation of the Violence Against Women Act, among others. Burrows previously served as general counsel for Civil and Constitutional Rights to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2009, and on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2007 to 2008, after having served as legal counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2003 to 2007. Before working on Capitol Hill, Burrows served in the Civil Rights Division’s Employment Litigation Section at DOJ first as a trial attorney, and later as special litigation counsel, and then as deputy chief. She served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. Burrows received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

LINDA DAVIS Senior Executive Coach Linda Davis Leadership Development Linda Davis coaches aspiring executives, new leaders, and high-potential women across technology, healthcare, education, non-profit, and faith based organizations. She brings 30+ years of leadership experience and over 12 years of full-time executive and leadership coaching to her clients. Linda’s background includes exceptional sales results as Hewlett-Packard’s General Manager for the Midwest region for personal computer and printing products. She managed Hewlett-Packard’s Executive Summit with past CEO, Carly Fiorina, and top business leaders in Chicago. Linda also has led women’s ministry at an Aspen Colorado church. As an executive coach, Linda focuses on multiplying results for leaders who want to maximize business outcomes, prepare for promotion, expand employee engagement, manage challenging organizations, or determine a next career step. Clients learn to take risks, be vulnerable, and feel empowered. They take steps to build confidence, advocate for themselves, and find the courage to walk-out what they are called to do. Linda is personally committed to purpose clarification, self-awareness, influence, and executive presence. These focus areas and balancing work with life allow for richer engagements with clients who have similar opportunities. Her dream is that ALL women (and men) would be confident in their identity, value, and worth and courageous in pursuing their highest calling and their best career path.


2016 SPEAKERS ANNIE KERRICK Director of Title IX/ADA/504 Compliance Boise State University Annie Kerrick received her law degree from Gonzaga University in 2007, served as an attorney for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence in Boise, and in 2013 was appointed to her position at Boise State University. She coordinates university compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding sex and gender-based discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition to compliance activities, Kerrick facilitates student, faculty, and staff training to advance the university’s commitment to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Kerrick has designed and implemented interpersonal violence prevention activities and strategies for middle and high school students; provided training and technical assistance and relevant guidance for Idaho schools on the implementation of Title IX; worked closely with the Idaho Department of Education to present and promulgate an Idaho Board of Education rule change requiring all public schools in Idaho to have a policy on adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault prevention, intervention and response; testified in front of the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Taskforce on the importance of prevention and intervention of teen dating violence and sexual assault; and assisted domestic violence programs nationwide to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

JENNIFER LANDHUIS Director of Social Change Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence Jennifer Landhuis has been an advocate and educator on the issues of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault for the last 19 years. She is currently the Director of Social Change at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence where she designs and facilitates research-based local, state, and national trainings on domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault to build the capacity of criminal justice, social justice, and healthcare systems to ensure safety and social and emotional well-being of victims and accountability for offenders. Landhuis oversees state-level multi-disciplinary collaboratives seeking broader system outcomes and improving interagency response, including the Idaho Coordinated Response to Sexual & Domestic Violence and The Idaho Victims Assistance Academy. She also is a consultant with the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime where she provides training and technical assistance to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. Jennifer is a Domestic Violence instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Boise State, and has her Master’s in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.


2016 SPEAKERS LAURIE LESHIN, Ph.D. President Worcester Polytechnic Institute Laurie Leshin is the President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she is committed to elevating WPI’s impact in communities worldwide. Leshin brings to WPI over 20 years of experience as a leader in academia and government service, and an accomplished record as a space scientist. She combines a lifelong love of learning and exploration with a strong track record of igniting action to advance critical institutions and programs. Before joining WPI, Leshin served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. While at Rensselaer, Leshin continued her work as a scientist for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission. Before joining Rensselaer, Leshin served as the deputy director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Leshin previously served as a professor of geological sciences at Arizona State University. Leshin received a B.S. in chemistry from ASU in 1987 and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994.

LISA MAATZ Photo Courtesy Cronkite News

Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy American Association of University Women Lisa M. Maatz is a nationally sought-after speaker, writer, and political analyst. As Vice President of Government Relations at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), she is a frequent speaker at Capitol Hill events and has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy at all levels. Maatz works to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill and in state capitals nationwide. Since 1881, AAUW has been the nation’s leading grassroots voice promoting equity and education for all women and girls. Maatz leads several coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls, including the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education and the Equal Pay Coalition. Her grassroots advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a battered women’s program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court. Featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women, Maatz also has a devoted following on Twitter (@LisaMaatz). Most recently, she is a contributor to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an anthology released in November 2015 as an Amazon #1 Hot New Release. Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University and has two master’s degrees from Ohio State. Honors include the National Committee on Pay Equity’s Winn Newman Advocacy Award (2013), National Association of Partnerships in Equity’s first-ever Public Policy Advocate for Equity Award (2012), and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s 10th anniversary Trailblazer Award (2011). Lisa also has received the Women’s Information Network’s Karen Mulhauser Award (2010) for mentoring and service, and WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award (2001).


2016 SPEAKERS SUSAN SOKOL BLOSSER Founder, Sokol Blosser Wines Susan Sokol Blosser, wine industry pioneer, community activist, environmental advocate, and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. Known for her leadership of Sokol Blosser Winery, she was a forerunner in instituting environmentally friendly business practices and practicing the triple bottom line concept of people, planet, profit. With its certified organic vineyard, the first LEED (U.S. Green Building Council’s certification) certified winery building in the U.S., and business practices based on the Natural Step model of sustainability, Sokol Blosser Winery made social responsibility and its environmental ethic priorities, while pursuing its vision of making fabulous wines. For its leadership, Sokol Blosser Winery has received multiple honors, including Sunset Magazine’s 2007 Green Winery of the Year, the State of Oregon’s 2008 Governor’s Award for Sustainability in the Small Business category, and Oregon Business Magazine’s 2009 100 Best Companies to Work For and 100 Best Green Companies to Work For awards. Susan holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. Other awards include Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women for WineSense and the Oregon Wine Board. Her memoir, At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life, was published by the University of California Press in 2006, and her business philosophy, Gracious & Ruthless: Surprising Strategies for Business Success, appeared in 2008. In 2008, she turned the presidency of Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee, Oregon, over to her children, stepping back with the title of Founder.

BETTY ANNE WATERS The Innocence Project Betty Anne Waters grew up in a rural Massachusetts town, one of nine children, including a brother, Kenny, whom she was particularly close to. In 1980, Kenny was working as a chef in a local diner and Betty Anne was a high school dropout working as a waitress. When Kenny’s neighbor was found robbed and murdered, Kenny became a suspect. After Kenny’s conviction, Betty Anne sought to prove his innocence. She put herself through college and law school, all with the goal of exonerating her brother. In 1999, she located the blood evidence collected from the scene of the crime and obtained a court order to preserve the evidence for possible DNA testing. In 2000, she began working with the Innocence Project on the case. Together, she and the Innocence Project reached an agreement with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office to allow a private lab to conduct DNA testing on the evidence. The results excluded Waters, proving that Waters was not the perpetrator; Waters’ conviction was vacated soon after. After nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Waters was freed, and on March 15, 2001, the District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against Waters and his exoneration became official. Betty Anne now volunteers for the Innocence Project, lobbies for legislation on criminal-justice reform and evidence preservation, and meets with prisoners who have been freed.


2016 SPEAKERS AMY ZIERING EMMY AWARD–WINNING PRODUCER CHAIN CAMERA PICTURES Amy Ziering is a two-time Emmy Award–winning and Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker. Her most recent film, The Hunting Ground—a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on college campuses—premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The Weinstein Company and CNN, is the 2016 recipient of the Producer Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her previous film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, won two 2014 Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, and was nominated for an Oscar. The film spurred Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to announce significant policy changes and catalyzed the passing of 35 pieces of reform legislation. Ziering is also the Producer of Outrage—an indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the institutions that protect them, which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. She also co-directed and produced Derrida, a documentary about the world–renowned French philosopher. Other awards include being a 2012 recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking, the 2013 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer-News/Non-Fiction, and the 2013 Peabody Award. Ziering has worked with musical artists such as Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Grammy award winner Mary J. Blige, eight time Academy Award–nominated songwriter Diane Warren, and global superstar Lady Gaga.

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