Women and Leadership Conference 2017

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Cecil D. Andrus AUGUST 25, 1931 − AUGUST 24, 2017

One month ago, the Andrus Center lost our founder, our chairman, and our friend– Cecil D. Andrus. As we mourn his loss, it is important to also celebrate those things Gov. Andrus championed, including his long-standing commitment to gender equity. In 1990, Gov. Andrus named the first woman to Idaho’s State Court of Appeals. Two years later, he named the first woman to Idaho’s Supreme Court. He also named the second woman to each court before he left office in 1995. Of the importance of having gender balance in our society, he said, “If we had more women in our elected bodies, judicial systems, and boardrooms, I honestly believe we’d be a more hospitable society and have fewer foreign wars.” The Andrus Center is going to miss the wisdom and leadership of our beloved Cece Andrus. It is up to those of us left behind to continue his work toward equality for all.

Welcome to our 5th annual Women and Leadership! It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the 5th year of this remarkable gathering of women – and men – who represent our leaders of today and tomorrow. 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 the motivational forces and empowering lessons that have led them to achieve success in their chosen fields.  The Andrus Center is committed to gender equity in leadership positions throughout our state and our country. Your participation in this year’s conference, coupled with your desire and commitment to working toward equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender, are key ingredients toward achieving that goal. We encourage you over the next two days to take the time to introduce yourself to our speakers, networking leaders, skill building presenters, and fellow attendees. Every person you interact with holds a lesson in leadership that is yours for the taking! Tracy Andrus, President & John Freemuth, Executive Director Andrus Center for Public Policy WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2016 | 1

Celebrating leaders who inspire and empower young women and girls to be fearless in reaching for their dreams and achieving their fullest potential.


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7:00 – 9:00

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

Speed Networking

9:00 – 9:15

Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15

Susan Sygall

Joyful Leadership

10:30 – 11:45 Skill Builder I 11:45 – 12:30


12:30 – 1:30

Captain Gail Harris

Take Command and Win

1:45 – 3:00

Skill Builder II

3:15 – 4:15

Meredith Walker

A Richer Life through Authenticity:

The Art of Being Ourselves

4:30 – 6:30

Food, Drink, and Conversation

Networking with Idaho Leaders &

Professional Development

Organization Reception

8:30 – 9:30

Tara Russell

Leadership + Life hacking to

Find Your Sweet Spot

9:45 – 10:45

Natasha Lamb

Renegotiating the Terms of Respect:

Why Pay Equity is a Win-Win

11:00 – 12:15

Skill Builder III

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch 1:00 – 2:00

Janice Schneider

The Gender Confidence Gap

2:15 – 3:15

Hattie Kauffman

Leading with a Little Bit More

3:45 – 4:45

Anne Doyle

Powering Up’ to Leadership

4:45 – 5:00

Closing Remarks


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Hatch Ballroom

Student Involvement & Leadership Center

Art Gallery

International Student Services

Barnwell Room

Jordan Ballroom

Bergquist Lounge

Multicultural Student Services

Boyington Room

Shipman Room

Brink Room

Simplot Ballroom

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Student Diversity Center

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Farnsworth Room

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WEDNESDAY 10:30 – 11:45 A.M.

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Campus Tour for the Curious

Clarifying Purpose & Strengthen Support Networks,

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Engaging Millennials in the Workplace,

Company Culture Camp,

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How to Have Your Best Day at Work

Confidence, Work, and Life,

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Design your Life of Impact

Introduction to Human Centered Design

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Navigation of the Caregiver Experience

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Practicing Mindfulness & Finding Balance,

Life by Design


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Running for Office 101,

Shift Into Thrive

Bishop Barnwell

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Selecting the Best: Myths & Magic of Interviewing

Speaking with Strength,

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The Language of Leadership

What are you Famous For?

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2017 SKILL BUILDERS CAMPUS TOUR FOR THE CURIOUS Gerti Arnold, Boise State University Boise State University has a reputation for tenacious leadership, distinctive programs, and strong community relationships. Put on your walking shoes for a campus tour that will include the green roof, the Bee Team, and the Blue! We will be indoors and out, so dress for the weather of the day. A lifetime advocate of public higher education, Gerti generates resources to expand opportunity and advance campus initiatives at Boise State University. Her first career was in student recruitment and she left Idaho to pursue a doctorate in higher education at the University of Michigan. She returned to her alma mater three years ago after ten years in San Francisco. Gerti looks forward to introducing you to the Boise State University campus.

CLARIFY PURPOSE & STRENGTHEN SUPPORT NETWORKS (A FOLLOW UP FOR SHIFT INTO THRIVE) Dr. Lynn Schmidt, Micron This session will take a more in-depth look at two of the six resiliency strategies introduced in the session, Shift Into Thrive. Clarifying your purpose and strengthening your networks are powerful resiliency strategies that will enable you to create career satisfaction. Attend this session to clarify the passions and interests that motivate you and explore the gaps between your current and desired state. You’ll identify the networks you need to build to better incorporate those passions and interests into your life. You will leave with at least two actions you can take, one to clarify your purpose and one to strengthen your networks. This session will be useful to both those who have, and have not, attended the Shift Into Thrive session. 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 soughtafter key-note speaker and the author of four books. Her most recent book is the award-winning Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.

COMPANY CULTURE CAMP! 5 WAYS TO BUILD A SOLID CULTURE THAT CREATES A FUN COMPANY PERSONALITY Rhea Allen, President, Peppershock Media Teams that play together stay together right? Why is game play so key to creativity and innovation? Why is good “churn-over” okay and bad turnover not okay? What do you do when not everyone wants to play along? How does technology play a role in our company cultures? How do you balance being flexible and allowing staff to work from home? Why did longevity and loyalty traits become less important? Is it a generational thing? . Everyone wants to love their job and the people they work with, now you can find inspiration to help make it so for everyone you WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2016 | 7

2017 SKILL BUILDERS influence in your workplace. In this interactive “Culture Camp” we will “game-storm,” learn and share what your ideal company culture looks like! Since Peppershock’s inception in 2003, Rhea Allen, President/CEO and co-founder, has managed and expanded Peppershock and has gained local notoriety in her persistent passion for causes. She is involved with the communities of Idaho and surrounding areas and has a vast working knowledge of how to generate awareness for a number of brands and causes. She is extremely diligent in obtaining effective media campaign results by planning and crafting relevant and compelling messaging for the target audience. Rhea oversees development of Peppershock projects, from project conception through distribution and follow-up. She is an integrative marketing consultant, a producer and a Chief Marketing Officer for hire to organizations looking to enhance their brand and build their bottom line

CONFIDENCE, WORK, AND LIFE: A DISCUSSION ABOUT CHOICE AND CREATING OPPORTUNITY Janice Schneider, Latham & Watkins LLP, Jenna Whitlock, US Department of Interior, & Carrie Spradlin, USDA Forest Service PANEL DISCUSSION: Join us for a conversation about how our internal choices, and our attitudes around those choices, can create the opportunities we want in our lives. Connection to personal vision and confidence in and outside of the workplace influence our options at work, and in the other facets of our lives. How do women at various life phases, career paths, and levels of leadership successfully approach internal and external pressures and expectations, work-life, confidence gaps, and choices about career moves? Come join the discussion to explore the answers!

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2017 SKILL BUILDERS ENGAGING MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKPLACE Rachael Fullinwider, Boise Young Professionals Did you know that more Millennials have a college degree than any other generation of young adults? Or that they make up the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. population? We’re talking about a motivated, aspirational, and tenacious generation that is working their way up the career ladder to follow their dreams. Are you ready for them? This session will explore the best ways to attract, engage, lead and motivate this bright young generation to succeed in the workplace. Rachael has always believed that strong communication is a catalyst for both personal and business success. She leads the communication efforts for Micron Technology’s Global Supply Chain and Sales organizations as a part of the Global Communication & Marketing team, and has been building her career there since 2008. Rachael has a passion for empowering and engaging people to identify their strengths and to use those strengths to find and seize career opportunities. She is the founding chairwoman of Micron Young Professionals, is on the steering committee for the Micron Women’s Leadership Network and is the marketing chair for Boise Young Professionals. Rachael holds a BA in communication from Boise State University and an MBA from Florida International University.

HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST DAY AT WORK –AND, IN YOUR CAREER Human Resources Team, City of Boise Most of us spend more time at work than we spend doing anything else in our lives. In fact, some days you probably have longer conversations with co-workers than you do with loved ones. In the midst of that large commitment of time, and physical and emotional energy, have you ever asked yourself if you enjoy what you are doing, does it have meaning to you, do you feel like you are making a difference, is it all worth it? If you don’t like some of those answers, please come join our team so we can share our collective experience as we have all asked those questions. Because we didn’t like all of our responses, we have been on a three-year mission to shape our internal culture with the gratifying residual effect on each of us personally. In our session we will share what has worked, where we have had challenges, what strategies you can use personally and organizationally, and (bonus for us) hear what is working for you! The HR Team at the City of the Boise – Over the past few years the City of Boise has been assembling a strike team of organizational culture gurus. We are as different as can be, but laser focused on engaging our employees, making a difference, and having fun in the process.


2017 SKILL BUILDERS INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN Carrie Spradlin, U.S. Forest Service, Jamie Strelnik & Tiffany Fralie, Bureau of Land Management Does your organization face dilemmas and challenges that are complex? Are you struggling to find new ways to solve problems in human resources, customer service, collaboration or leadership? Have top down solutions been tried and failed in the past? Human Centered Design (HCD) may be an approach for you. Our team will introduce you to HCD concepts and resources, and show how this mindset and methods of qualitative research and insight generation can help make sense of inherently complex dilemmas. HCD can be adapted and applied to efforts ranging from product development to addressing workplace sexual harassment. Carrie Spradlin is a Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Umatilla National Forest, in Walla Walla, Washington. She currently develops and facilitates workshops and dialogue related to work-life fit, gender balance, and leadership and organizational approaches to both. Tiffany Fralie is an Assistant Center Manager at an Interagency Dispatch Center located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Working in emergency dispatch, Tiffany has learned the value of communication and trust. Tiffany also works to provide quality training for wildland firefighters and is a member of multiple cadres and is a long time committee member of the Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy. Jamie Strelnik is a career wildland firefighter working in Initial Attack Modules, Helitack, Rappel Models, Engine Crews, Hotshots, and Interagency Coordination. She leans on hard earned wisdom and pushes on cultural walls creating positive changes in her organization.

LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP Amber Nelson, Take the Lead Being an effective leader doesn’t require an executive title, a plush office, or a staff of direct reports but it does require learning and leveraging the language of

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2017 SKILL BUILDERS LEADING AN EFFECTIVE MEETING John McClellan, Boise State University Make your next meeting purposeful, productive, and more collaborative. Learn to structure, staff, and facilitate conversations so that meetings better meet needs, stay on track, and encourage useful participation among participants. John McClellan is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boise State University where he teaches courses in organizational communication, group interaction, communication theory, and gender in the workplace. As a former organizational change strategy consultant, his research promotes collaborative practices (such as meetings) to inspire healthy relationships and create collaborative workplaces.

LEADING WITH YES: AN INTERACTIVE IMPROVISED EXPERIENCE Megan Bryant, Zip Zap Zop Effective leaders recognize that success comes through steady, persistent forward movement towards a task or goal. Learn how to harness the power of a “yes, and” mindset to grow your company and unlock the potential of your teams (and YOURSELF!) Activating your inner improv skills can be a catalyst for moving forward with ambitions, and maintaining a positive and productive outlook when trials rear their ugly heads. This workshop will showcase and celebrate different leadership styles, while reminding us all that having a little humor in the workplace is crucial for building trust and camaraderie while reducing turnover. Megan is the co-founder of Zip Zap Zop – a team training company based on a curriculum of improvisation, the creator of Idaho Laugh Fest, Idaho’s premier comedy experience and an award-winning author of an autobiography, Not My Plan. She spent 15 years working in corporate environments as a retail bank manager and a grant manager for FEMA while doing comedy as a “hobby.” Now she works full time as an improv instructor, variety comedian, speaker, and mother to 4 young kids. She has received such honors as the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 and the Women of the Year Recognition.

LIFE BY DESIGN: HOW TO GET MORE OF WHAT YOU REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE! Natasha Hazlett, Fast Forward Marketing LLC In this talk, Natasha will share the exact steps you can take to live a life by design…a life you love, a life filled with abundance, and a life filled with purpose! It’s time to stop living life by default, and start living your life by DESIGN! Natasha Nassar Hazlett is known as a Life Designer & Personal Brand Strategist. She empowers solopreneurs around the world with the clarity, confidence and strategy they need to boost their income and influence

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in the marketplace, while working less, by monetizing their message online. In addition to being a mentor, coach and life designer, she’s an award winning internet marketer, practicing attorney, mom to an adorable 2 year-old and the co-founder of Fast Forward Marketing, LLC with her husband Rich Hazlett. She is also the creator of the Savvy Business Blueprint and the author of the soon-to-be released book: Unstoppable Influence. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2016 | 11

2017 SKILL BUILDERS The Idaho Business Review honored Natasha with their 2013 Idaho Women of the Year award and she has been honored multiple times with the Rising Star Award by Super Lawyer Magazine. Natasha is a former board member and active member of the Junior League of Boise.

NAVIGATION OF THE CAREGIVER EXPERIENCE Sarah Toevs, Boise State University As expressed by Roalynn Carter, “There are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” A care giving role may last a few months or a lifetime, and although these responsibilities are taken on willingly and with love, they come at a cost to individuals, families, employers, and society. Attend this session to discover strategies to assist you or those you know in caregiving roles to thrive (and survive). You will be guided through a mapping activity that helps clarify decision points and serves as a communication tool throughout the caregiver journey. Sarah Toevs, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University. She works closely with members of the Idaho Lifespan Caregiver Alliance and was instrumental in the development and passage of the Idaho Action Plan for Family Caregivers in the 2017 legislative session. Sarah has over 30 years of experience in education and has served as associate dean and department chair in the College of Health Sciences. She enjoys an extensive network of community partners and strives to engage students in community-based projects as a means of maximizing outcomes and extending limited resources.

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS AND FINDING BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE Katie Dow, Fathom Breathe in, out, and find meaning in the moment. Did you know people who practice mindfulness are often happier people? A two-step process, learn skills to practice mindfulness in the morning, at night, or even in your car. Then, work through a diagram built to visually show you the opportunities to create more balance in your life. Katie Dow currently works for Fathom, Carnival Corporations 10th and newest cruise brand. She is the lead for Global Onboard Programming and Community Engagement, responsible for implementing new, unique and meaningful experiences onboard 9 of Carnival Corporations cruise lines. Over the last year and a half, Katie, with her husband Colin, spent a total of 9 months onboard the good ship, Adonia. There, she helped to take Americans to Cuba for the first time in over 50 years and helped launch a new type of travel, social impact travel, to cruise travelers in the Dominican Republic. Now that she’s back on land full time, she enjoys golfing at Crane Creek, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and all the great places to eat in downtown Boise

RUNNING FOR OFFICE 101 Lori Otter & Debbie Field, Idaho Women In Leadership (I-WIL) Are you thinking about getting involved politically? This session introduces you to the process of developing a campaign and running for office. You’ll learn basic strategies and how to harness your talents and build on your strengths to become a successful candidate. Lori earned an A.A. from the College of Southern Idaho, and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boise State University. She won the Miss Idaho title in 1991 and represented Idaho in the Miss USA pageant that same year. After earning a Master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership, Lori spent two years as a school administrator. Lori was instrumental in creating the Idaho Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, education, and community outreach. Lori recently started Idaho Women In Leadership (I-WIL), a non-profit bi-partisan initiative offering leadership training series that will inspire women to Step Up, Step Out and Lead. She has been appointed to the Idaho Military Advocacy Commission and the Idaho Rural Partnership. 12 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

2017 SKILL BUILDERS Combining her love of Idaho and passion for education and literacy, the First Lady has written a series of 5 children’s books. The Ida Jones series features a young, barnstorming pilot, who seeks adventure and teaches Idaho history to readers as she flies her airplane through the great State of Idaho. Debbie currently serves as Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership and as Chairwoman of the Idaho State Board of Correction. Debbie served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 12 years and was Chair of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee where she worked to ensure improvements in Idaho’s drug and mental health courts. Debbie was a board member for the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for 10 years and Chair of the Interagency Committee on Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment. She served in Governor Otter’s cabinet as director of the Office of Drug Policy where she worked with other state agencies to coordinate substance abuse treatment strategies. She is a veteran political strategist and successfully ran three statewide campaigns for Governor Otter

SELECTING THE BEST: THE MYTHS AND MAGIC OF INTERVIEWING David Knipping, Boise State University This workshop will teach participants about the key differences between recruiting, interviewing, and selection. The objective is to teach managers and leaders how to interview in a way that will hone in on what they really need from a new employee. This is an interactive session and you will walk away with tools that you can use immediately. We will also talk about how these same skills are useful when the roles are reversed and you are the interviewee. David Knipping is the Director of Executive Education in the College of Business and Economics. Prior to joining Boise State University, he held leadership roles in both consulting and large corporations where he provided expertise in leadership development, organizational change, employee selection and international human resource development. In his corporate career, David initially worked as an organizational and human resource consultant for Crowe Horvath. He then held successive HR leadership roles at Amoco/BP, Kaiser Aluminum, Capital One, and ConAgra Foods. As a senior HR leader, David built and led large human resource teams across multiple, global locations. He also partnered with senior leaders to design and lead initiatives in strategic planning, leadership development, team building, and international expansion. His international experience includes projects in Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore. David teaches leadership and management in the Executive and Professional Boise State MBA programs and serves as an executive coach in the Executive MBA Program. He also consults with companies throughout southern Idaho on leadership and team development. David holds a BA in Communications and Education from Western Colorado University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He completed the Leading Change Program at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, the HR Development Program at the University of Michigan, and the Coaching Program at New Ventures West.

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2017 SKILL BUILDERS SHIFT INTO THRIVE Dr. Lynn Schmidt, 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 strategies you need to strengthen to increase your career satisfaction. You will 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 key-note speaker and the author of four books. Her most recent book is the award-winning Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.

SPEAKING WITH STRENGTH Jess Flynn, Red Sky Your vision, your voice and your ability to communicate both at a moment’s notice are key to success in business and leadership. While technology has enabled you to connect with anyone, anywhere and at any time – your message and your delivery matter more than ever. Jess Flynn will share tips and techniques to sharpen your public speaking skills whether one-on-one or with a group of 100-plus. Jess Flynn prides herself on being a seed sower, narrator and connector. As CEO of the strategic communication agency Red Sky, she leads a team in creating and sharing stories that matter. Jess founded Red Sky in 2008 after a career in journalism and a stint leading global communications for Tamarack Resort. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a news producer in Boise, Austin, and Pittsburgh, where she was honored with an Emmy. At Red Sky, Jess provides strategy and ideation across the client portfolio and leads the agency’s executive training programs. She’s passionate about supporting women in leadership, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and telling the stories of Idaho.

WHAT ARE YOU FAMOUS FOR? HOW TO REINVENT YOUR PERSONAL BRAND. Melinda O’Malley Keckler, Boise State University The biggest brands in the world all have one thing in common – they adhere to a unique brand promise and aim to deliver on it every day. As individuals, are we taking the same care with our own brand and personal connections? This session unveils the tangible tools to some of the best branding techniques available for individuals or for organizations. Go ahead, reinvent yourself. This session can help make it happen. Melinda manages the strategy, planning, development and implementation of top-level marketing initiatives to support and promote the Boise State University brand. She also serves on the university’s brand committee which oversees brand alignment for all campus partners and academic units. Prior to arriving at Boise State in 2008, Melinda held multiple positions in the communications and marketing realms including as strategic communications manager in a Boise public relations agency, and as a spokesperson and public information officer for the Idaho Department of Correction. Prior to that, for 15 years she was an anchor, reporter and executive producer at televisions stations in Boise and Spokane, WA and she has worked extensively as a media training consultant. She has a BA in communications from Washington State University. Melinda also is a mom to two kids and celebrating 25 years of marriage this year.


2017 SKILL BUILDERS WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN THROUGH LIFE STAGES Jerri Mizrahi, Boise State University There has been increased awareness around biases. In many of the sessions that I lead, we find that women also carry bias against other females by questioning their ability, legitimacy and worth. The concept of inclusive excellence is the recognition that a community or organization’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the richness of its’ members in the community. This interactive session is designed to provide a forum and opportunity for women to identify the different needs at various ages and stages within their lives and careers and ways women can help other women to: Get past insecurity • Find their voice • Serve as a one-minute mentor • Balance work and life needs • Support one another in meetings • Navigate career and life challenges and opportunities: early career, work/life, finding voice, growing into your own style, taking ownership, mid-life, leadership, creating and leaving legacy, co-mentoring, co-creating and co-learning Jerri is the Learning & Organizational Development Manager at Boise State University, since 2004. She provides coaching, counseling, and organizational development, consultation, and design services. She also serves as a transformational coach and organizational consultant, mediator and facilitator in a priva te practice with over 25 years’ experience. She has developed and facilitated multiple programs, specializing in communication, strategic planning, organizational development, change management, team effectiveness, work group consultation and team-intervention.

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2017 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 is something for everyone at this event: Furthering Education, Volunteering, Civic Engagement, Small Business Development 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 at Home enables Boise’s senior citizens to “age in place”. This nonprofit ‘village’ weaves a safety net of volunteers, vendors and information. 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 Young Professionals vision is to develop and retain a talented workforce in the Boise Valley by connecting, empowering and engaging young professionals. Create Common Good goal is to empower adults with barriers to employment through foodservice training and job placement assistance. Fathom exists to connect, unite and inspire in a world that is far too divided. We deepen human connections by delivering deep travel experiences on Carnival Corporation ships, onshore, and in our travelers’ communities. Idaho Women in Leadership (I-WIL) provides training in leadership skills, media relations, and convey the positive impact female leaders have on economic development, vitality, and the overall health and wellness of our state. Idaho Women Lawyers is an organization with a diverse membership of varied individual opinions and backgrounds working to advance diversity in Idaho through the promotion of equal rights and opportunities for all women in the legal profession Junior League of Boise is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Leadership Boise actively contributes to the betterment of the Boise Valley through its diverse network of educated, socially responsible, and engaged civic leaders National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. Small Business Development Center providing guidance to anyone interested in in developing and growing a private small business in Idaho. Soroptomists is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.


Boise Cascade is a proud sponsor of the Women and Leadership Conference

As a leading nationwide manufacturer of quality wood products and trusted distributor of building materials, our business is built on relationships. It’s our people who make the difference, so we invest in the professional development of our employees as an investment in our mutual success. In today’s rapidly changing environment, progress depends upon our ability to solve new and more complex challenges. As we celebrate 60 years at Boise Cascade, we know that developing leadership throughout all levels of our organization is essential to remaining a company that is built to last.

“I believe any woman who succeeds eases the way for the women who follow.” – Alice Hennessey, local community leader and former SVP at Boise Cascade

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2017 SPEAKERS ANNE DOYLE Global Speaker, Author & Change Agent Anne Doyle is a global speaker, author, journalist, business executive, former elected official, mother and change agent who has been on the front lines of women’s progress for over four decades. Her book, POWERING UP! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders, is a field guide for women who have already “leaned in” and are ready for leadership roles. She began her career as a trailblazing TV News and Sports journalist in the 70’s and 80’s. For her leadership role in opening sports locker rooms to female reporters, she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. She then moved to the business world, helping to raise the auto industry’s “steel ceiling,” at Ford Motor Company. As Director of Ford North America Public Affairs, Anne was named by Automotive News one of the “100 Leading Women in the Auto Industry.” A respected, global voice for the empowerment of women and girls, Anne has spoken at many of the world’s leading companies, as well as for the U.S. State Department in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Trinidad & Tobago and Spain. As a member of the President’s Council of the prestigious International Women’s Forum, she has participated in 14 IWF conferences on five continents. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has done advanced studies at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Harvard and Duke’s Business Schools and the University of Madrid. She is the President of the Michigan chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the single mother of a 24-year-old son, Kevin.

MEREDITH WALKER Co-Founder & Executive Director, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Meredith Walker began her television career under the mentorship of legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee at Nick News . As a producer of that show, Walker traveled the U.S. interviewing kids for the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series. This experience became the foundation of Walker’s deepening interest in the lives of young people. Walker went on to serve as the head of the Talent Department for Saturday Night Live ,where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler. The pair decided to combine talents to create their shared vision of an organization encouraging and celebrating everyday girls experiencing adolescence. Now living in Austin, Texas, Meredith is leading the charge of what that shared vision became: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls . What started as an online “clubhouse” primarily for girls has evolved to become an inclusive, positive online community for anyone who identifies with its mission of positive self-identification and advocacy. In 2016, Meredith was a WIlliam J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer at the Clinton School for Public Service. She was a guest of the White House both to host the Champions of Change for Computer Science Education summit and to serve as an expert panelist for The White House Summit: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media. She returned to Washington, D.C. for the first summit of The United State of Women , where she and Amy Poehler served as co-panelists on the subject of “Revolutionizing Gender Norms.” Meredith’s appointments include the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Advisory Council , Common Sense Advisory Board for Gender Equality, The UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) and the ONE Girls and Women Advisory Board . WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2016 | 19

2017 SPEAKERS CAPTAIN GAIL HARRIS United States Navy (Retired), GailForce Communications Raised in the ghettoes of Newark, New Jersey, at the age of 5, Gail Harris saw a WWII themed movie called Wing and a Prayer starring Don Ameche. Mesmerized by a scene of the actor briefing Navy pilots before the climatic Battle of Midway scene, she decided that was what she’d do when she grew up. Unaware of the existence of a federal law which prohibited women from going into combat, one that would not be changed until 1994 she forged ahead with her dream. In 1973 she became the first woman in Naval History to serve as an Intelligence Officer in an operational Navy aviation squadron and at her retirement in December 2001 she was the highest ranking African American female in the Navy. Her career included hands-on leadership during every major conflict from the Cold War to El Salvador to Desert Storm to Kosovo and at the forefront of one of the Department of Defense’s newest challenges, Cyber Warfare. She was the first female or first African American for every job assignment and frequently hand selected for challenging jobs based on her outstanding performance. Her personal military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards). Her memoir A Woman’s War was published by Scarecrow Press in January 2010 and was an Editor’s Pick by the Foreign Policy Association. She’s Senior Fellow George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security and a frequent blogger for the Foreign Policy Association and Lima Charlie News. Eleven years ago she moved to Durango, Colorado where she’s living happily ever after.

JANICE SCHNEIDER Partner, Global Vice-Chair, Environment, Land and Resources Department, Latham & Watkins LLP Janice Schneider is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and global Vice Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She has over 30 years of experience in environmental and natural resource issues. Prior to rejoining Latham, Ms. Schneider served as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for the US Department of the Interior where she oversaw four Interior Department agencies: the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, including more than 12,000 employees and a combined budget of US$1.5 billion. As Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the Department’s management and use of federal lands, and waters and mineral and non-mineral resources on about 245 million acres of federal surface lands, 700 million acres of federal mineral interests and the 1.7 billion acre Outer Continental Shelf. She was confirmed by the US Senate in May 2014. Ms. Schneider was previously a partner in Latham’s Environment, Land & Resources Department, served as Chair of the department in Washington, D.C. and served as global Co-chair of the firm’s Project Siting & Approvals Practice where she handled a broad range of matters in federal court and before federal agencies, members of Congress and its staff. Before that she served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Interior, a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice in the Wildlife Section, and in Interior’s Office of the Solicitor in the Division of Indian Affairs and the Honors Program. Before entering the legal field, Ms. Schneider worked for six years as a biologist and consultant with the National Park Service, University of Miami, Florida Department of Transportation and a private firm. 20 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

2017 SPEAKERS TARA RUSSELL President of Fathom & Global Impact Lead, of Carnival Corporation & plc Tara Russell generated the idea for Fathom in 2013, and led research, design and development of the brand, business model and experience from January 2014 to launch in June 2015. She now leads Fathom Travel globally as it offers unique travel deep experiences to travelers hungry for meaningful opportunities to connect deeply to those around them, grow themselves, and to become part of a bigger story Prior to Carnival Corporation, Russell was Founder and CEO of Create Common Good (CCG), a non-profit social enterprise that provides training and employment to refugees and a wide variety of other populations with barriers to employment. Russell continues to be involved as Chairman of the Board for CCG. In 2007, Russell was part of the founding team of Jitasa, a for-profit social venture that provides affordable financial services to the non-profit industry and has become a profitable, global enterprise serving hundreds of global social sector enterprises, including Boy Scouts of America. Russell spent four years in Thailand, where she offered pro bono small business development training to nongovernmental organizations. Russell also co-founded NightLight, an international organization that addresses the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by offering alternative employment, vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Russell started her career with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including roles in product development with Nike; technical sales and marketing at Intel; and engineering and manufacturing with General Motors. Fast Company magazine named Russell as one of 107 new members to its Most Creative People in Business 1000. This exclusive group of influencers was selected for their vision and fearlessness in today’s business landscape. Russell sits on a number of community and advisory boards. She is married with two children.

NATASHA LAMB Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital Natasha integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into Arjuna’s investment process while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder advocacy. Previously, Natasha was Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement, and an Equity Analyst at Trillium Asset Management. Natasha has been profiled in Forbes and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN. In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chairman of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, host to the Intentionally Designed Endowments Network. She teaches sustainable investing at Pinchot University and holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Pinchot. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.


2017 SPEAKERS SUSAN SYGALL CEO/ Co-Founder, Mobility International USA Ms. Susan Sygall, who is a MacArthur Fellow, is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of international development, educational exchange and leadership programs for persons with disabilities. She is the CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. Since its founding in 1981, MIUSA has built an extensive network of over 2,300 alumni from over 135 countries. Her life-long passion has been creating programs that empower women and girls with disabilities. Ms. Sygall is widely recognized for her work on issues related to the rights and advancement of women with disabilities. She spearheaded the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program which is known as MIUSA’s signature program and brings together new and emerging grassroots women leaders with disabilities from around the world to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, create new visions and strengthen international networks of support. 220 women from 83 countries have participated in the WILD program, and the program now includes a seed grant competition, a training-of-trainers component, and a facilitator’s manual in English and Spanish. Using her own experience as one of the first persons with disabilities to receive a Rotary Scholarship to study abroad in Australia, Ms. Sygall has expanded opportunities for people with disabilities through MIUSA’s short-term exchanges as well as the inclusion of people with disabilities in all types of exchange. Since 1983, Ms. Sygall has also developed programs with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international volunteer, study, work and research programs, thereby building the pipeline of people with disabilities as citizen diplomats and globally-competent leaders. Most recently, she published a memoir, No Ordinary Days: A journey of activism, globe-trotting and unexpected pleasures, which highlights her personal story, the creation of Mobility International USA, and her role in empower disabled women globally.

HATTIE KAUFFMAN Correspondent, CBS News After a long career in television news, Hattie Kauffman is a writer and speaker motivating audiences across the country to do a little bit more in their lives. Born in Grangeville, ID and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Hattie made history in 1989 as the first Native American to report for network evening news broadcast. Hattie spent 22 years with CBS News as a national correspondent and substitute anchor, and prior to that she was a special correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. In her many years on air, she has interviewed countless leaders in business, government and entertainment, and has won 4 Emmy Awards for her Journalism.



Linda Clark, Board Member, Idaho State Board of Education

Mike Mooney, President, Bank of the Cascades Foundation


Archie Clemins, Retired Admiral, Owner Caribou Technology

Tracy Andrus PRESIDENT

Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, Founder, Family of Woman Film Festival

Mark Nye, Past Chairman, Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey, State Representative - District 29

A.L. “Butch” Alford, President, Tribune Publishing

Toni Hardesty, Idaho State Director, The Nature Conservancy

David H. Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise

Jim Hawkins, Retired Director, Idaho Dept of Commerce

Bruce Bistline, Lawyer, Gordon Law

Randy Hill, Corporate Lawyer, Stoel Rives, LLP

Cherie Buckner-Webb, Senator Idaho State Legislature

Wendy Jaquet, Retired State Legislator, 1994-2012

Aimée Christenson, Founder and Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience

Rick Johnson, Executive Director, Idaho Conservation League

Doug Oppenheimer, President, Oppenheimer Companies John Sande, Attorney, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas Cathy Silak, Of Counsel, Hawley Troxell Dennis Wheeler, Former Chairman and President, Coeur d’Alene Mines Jenna Whitlock, Retired, Bureau of Land Management

Lauren McLean, City Council Member, City of Boise

The mission of the Andrus Center is to foster the development of pragmatic, common sense solutions to challenges facing the environment, public lands, and education through citizen engagement, civil dialog, and nonpartisan leadership.




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