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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. MARLENE TROMP Dr. Marlene Tromp is the 7th president of Boise State University. She is committed to supporting students and faculty, serving and advancing the state of Idaho, and helping the university foster research excellence to increase discovery for its students and the world. Before joining Boise State in July 2019, Dr. Tromp was the campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 26th best public university in the country. Before joining the University of California system – broadly recognized as the premier public university system in the country – Dr. Tromp was the dean of Arizona State University’s New Interdisciplinary College of Arts and Sciences and the vice provost of the university’s West Campus. Tromp was praised at Arizona State for overseeing new academic programs, including a new interdisciplinary forensics major and a cybersecurity initiative, and for creating mentoring programs for first-generation students. She also co-chaired a university-wide task force aimed at combating sexual assault. At the University of California Santa Cruz, she launched faculty development initiatives, new support programs for staff, and led the community in the creation of a new Strategic Academic Plan. She grew up in Green River, Wyoming, a trona mining town along Interstate 80 that saw its population jump three-fold in the 1970s when nearby mines led an economic boom. Her father worked at one of the mines. Neither of her parents were college graduates, but they supported their two daughters’ college aspirations – especially when Tromp decided she was going to become a doctor. She earned scholarships to Creighton University, nearly 800 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska, but the financial challenges remained tangible. Though bound for medical school, she fell in love with Robert Browning’s poetry. Instead, she would go on to earn her bachelor’s degree in English, come home to Wyoming to complete a master’s degree and then study for her doctorate at the University of Florida. There, she wrote a dissertation on Victorian novels and the new laws being written then on domestic violence. Her revised dissertation became the first of several books and dozens of articles exploring gender, social justice and cultural issues in 19th century life and literature – a time close enough that contemporary society can understand the people who lived it and their motivations, but far enough away to have “critical distance,” as she noted in an interview she gave during her time as president of the North American Victorian Studies Association. “If we can look critically at something that’s happening in the 19th century, it may help us read our own cultural moment a bit better,” she said, “and that is one very important reason to study history.” 2 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

Welcome to the 7th Annual Women and Leadership Conference It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the 7th year of this remarkable gathering of individuals who represent our leaders of today and tomorrow. Over the next two days, our distinguished speakers will discuss the motivating forces and unresolved issues that have stirred womxn to seek their rightful spots in leadership – be it elected office, corporate c-suites, small business launches, or grassroots movements that are transforming the world we live in. The Andrus Center, in continuing the work of the late Governor Cecil Andrus, is committed to creating opportunities for womxn to fully participate, on an equal playing field, in business and civic leadership by removing roadblocks borne of outdated ideologies. Gender equity and equal pay for equal work are Andrus Center fundamentals. Your participation in this year’s conference, coupled with your desire and commitment to work 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, skill builder presenters, fellow attendees, and to us! Every person you interact with broadens your perspective and opportunity for impact and harnesses the collective power of those who will shape the forces of leadership toward inclusion and equity for all. Tracy Andrus President & Chair Andrus Center for Public Policy

Katie Roberts Executive Director Andrus Center for Public Policy




Wednesday, September 25

Thursday, September 26

7:00 – 8:30 Registration, Breakfast, and Morning Networking

8:00 – 8:35 Breakfast 8:35 – 8:45 Welcome

8:30 – 8:45 Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 Nancy Hughes

8:45 – 9:45 Jennifer Palmieri

9:45 – 10:00 Break

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:30 Skill Builder III

10:00 – 11:30 Skill Builder I

11:30 – 12:15 Lunch

11:30 – 12:15 Lunch

12:15 – 1:15 Lesley Slaton Brown

12:15 – 1:15 Sally Jewell

1:20 – 2:50 Skill Builder IV

1:15 – 1:30 Break

2:50 – 3:30 Break

1:30 – 3:00 Skill Builder II

3:30 – 4:30 Song Sessions

3:00 – 3:15 Break 3:15 – 4:15 Beth Oppenheimer

4:30 – 4:45 Closing Remarks

4:15 – 4:30 Closing 4:30 – 6:30 Food, Drink, & Conversation 4 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

Professional Development Organization Reception & Networking

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Elaine French

Endowed Chair for Environment and Public Lands, Andrus Center for Public Policy Distinguished Professor, Boise State University

Conservationist, Board Member, League of Conservation Voters

Jim Hawkins

Retired Director, Idaho Dept of Commerce

Katie Roberts

Executive Director, Andrus Center for Public Policy

Randy Hill

Corporate Lawyer, Stoel Rives, LLP

A.L. “Butch” Alford

Wendy Jaquet

President, Tribune Publishing

Idaho State Legislator, 1994-2012; Retired, Adjunct Professor Boise State University

David Bieter

Mayor, City of Boise

Rick Johnson

Consultant, Rick Johnson Consulting

Bruce Bistline

Lawyer, Johnson & Monteleone

Tracy Andrus

Bob Kustra

Cherie Buckner–Webb

PRESIDENT & CHAIR, Andrus Center for Public Policy

President Emeritus. Boise State University

Senator, Idaho Legislature

Lauren McLean

Aimée Christensen

City Council President, City of Boise

Founder & Executive Director, The Sun Valley Institute for Resilience

Mike Mooney

President, Bank of the Cascades Foundation

Monica Church

Social Studies Department Chair, AP Government Teacher

Marcus Nye

Senator, Idaho Legislature

Dr. Linda Clark

Retired State Educator

Archie Clemins

Retired Admiral Owner, Caribou Technology

Beth Oppenheimer

Executive Director, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children

Doug Oppenheimer

President, Oppenheimer Companies

John Sande

Debbie Cleverley

Sr. Private Client Relationship Officer, Idaho Central Credit Union

Attorney, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas

Cathy Silak

Of Counsel, Hawley Troxell

Peggy Elliott Goldwyn

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer; Family of Woman Film Festival

Jenna Whitlock

Retired, Bureau of Land Management WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2019

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2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS LESLEY SLATON BROWN VP AND CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, HP INC. Lesley Slaton Brown has over 20 year of experience in the technology industry. Lesley has a unique ability to inspire and drive senior leaders to embed diversity and inclusion strategies across organizations and demonstrate impact from the boardroom to the business. Lesley strongly believes “the time for talk is over, the time for action is now”. She operates with a growth mindset, is a problem solver and builder and disarms leaders to have the difficult conversations around diversity and inclusion. She has led key efforts to address the digital divide and build sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa and is passionate about social impact and humanity. Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Computing Project and is Co-founder of Curated Pathways to Innovation (CPI), a collective impact solution focused on broadening participation and access for minorities and women in STEM education and careers. Lesley was recently named to the Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity list by Black Enterprise and has earned numerous industry accolades from Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Black Enterprise Top Executives in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine’s Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and has served as the 2017 Commencement speaker for University of California – Merced’s School of Engineering and Sciences.

NANCY HUGHES PRESIDENT OF STOVETEAM INTERNATIONAL Nancy Hughes transformed a small Rotary club project into an effective international charity to help develop sustainable local factories in the developing world that produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient stoves. Smoke from indoor cooking fires kills more people than AIDS and eight times as many as malaria. It is the one of the leading causes of death of children under age five. This killer is virtually unknown as its victims are women and children. Cooking shouldn’t kill! The Ecocina stoves they produce reduce deforestation and carbon emissions while eliminating both burns and respiratory illnesses. In the nearly ten years since StoveTeam International’s inception, over 72,000 stoves have improved the lives of more than half a million individuals in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. For her work, Nancy has been honored as a White House Champion of Change and has been featured on the PBS Newshour and in a recent National Geographic. She is a CNN Hero, an American Mother of Achievement and the recipient of the prestigious International Purpose Prize.



SALLY JEWELL INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE NATURE CONSERVANCY Previously, Jewell was U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management. Her work included championing the importance of science and sharing data to better understand the earth’s systems, encouraging investments for more sustainable use of water in the West, deepening relationships with indigenous communities and long-term conservation of the nation’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic treasures. She demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, with efforts to encourage tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands. Jewell was previously President and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures. Earlier in her career, she served for 19 years in commercial banking across a wide range of industries and began her career as an engineer in the energy sector. She has been active in governance and board leadership for corporations and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington where she is currently a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.

SONG SESSIONS SONGWRITERS AND MUSICAL ARTISTS Monty Powell is a highly decorated songwriter having been named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year (2009), a recipient of the CMA Triple Play Award (2010) and two decades worth of other songwriting honors. However, in the midst of this award-winning songwriting career, perhaps his most treasured accomplishment is a song he co-wrote with Keith Urban called “For You” that pays tribute to the United States Special Operations Forces, and is the end track in the movie “Act of Valor.” It topped the country chart in 2012, achieving Gold record sales status, and earned him Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Wilson is a critically acclaimed artist with a voice that Jazz Times likens to “crème de cocoa.” Her latest CD Jazzbird/Songbird (Transfer Records) was released to rave reviews when the album broke into the top ten and reached #9 on iTunes. In addition, she has been hailed as the queen of the country-jazz duet with her critically acclaimed Countrypolitan Duets album that is a collaborative project featuring jazz renditions of classic country songs. She is joined on the project by Grammy award-winning and legendary artists Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Larry Carlton, Ray Price, Connie Smith and more, and celebrated the album’s debut single “You Don’t Know Me,” with American Idol’s Matt Giraud, reaching No. 1. Additionally, alongside all of her many artist pursuits and accolades, Wilson is an award-winning ASCAP songwriter, penning tunes for Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus, among others and she penned the international theme song for Habitat For Humanity. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2019


BETH OPPENHEIMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IDAHO ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN Beth Oppenheimer has spent many years advocating for the needs of young children and is committed to advancing opportunities for all Idaho families. As a working mother of two children, she understands the challenges facing working families and their abilities to support their children’s care and learning. Beth has served as the Executive Director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) since 2010. In her role at Idaho AEYC, she works tirelessly to ensure that all children have access to healthy, safe and quality child care and early childhood programs. She has led many initiatives which include strengthening child care licensing at both the city and state level, Let’s Move Child Care and is currently the lead advocate for state investments for preschool in Idaho. Previously, Beth served as the Associate Director for the Student Union Building at Boise State University where she gained valuable experiences in business while at the same time provided on-the-job training opportunities for college students. As a member of the Department of Student Affairs, she enjoyed working with student employees and realized the challenges many Idaho college students face trying to balance work, family and schooling. Beth and her husband Jonathan reside in Boise and have two young daughters, Maddie and Annabelle.



We Salute Our Amazing Educators


The Learning Ecosystem



Working Together to Support Idaho’s Learning Ecosystem Joan Cartan-Hansen is a Producer & Host of Science Trek

Samantha Hill Community Education Specialist

Kari Wardle Teacher Ambassador

Cindy Lunte NOTES Education IdahoPTV’s Specialist



JENNIFER PALMIERI POLITICAL AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST Jennifer Palmieri is one of the most accomplished political and communications strategists in America today. Palmieri served as head of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and White House communications director under President Barack Obama. Previously, she served as White House deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton, National Press Secretary for the 2004 John Edwards presidential campaign and national press secretary for the Democratic Party. Palmieri is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other national print outlets, and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC news shows.

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2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS Advocacy and Action: What are an employer and an employed caregiver to do? Approximately half of the workforce in the US are women with most employed in full-time positions. These responsibilities are often coupled with significant family caregiving tasks, be it caring for a child, an adult with a disability, or an aging spouse or parent. In Idaho, there are over 300,000 unpaid family caregivers and the majority are employed outside the home. Caregiving has a significant impact on the employee and employer with lost productivity due to absent caregivers estimated to be $25-28 billion annually. Creating a culture of awareness and caring within the workplace is imperative. In this Advocacy and Action session, we will explore strategies designed to address these needs.

Audacious Leadership: Accelerate Your Impact by Being An Inclusive Leader Participants will gain more awareness of Diversity & Inclusion concepts that, when put into action, will help them (individually & collectively) lead with more certainty, inclusivity, impact, agility, and audacity. This session will foster an open dialogue which will serve as a catalyst for participants to explore personal brand clarification & commitment, awareness of systemic obstacles to creating an inclusive environment, and efforts to connect to diverse team & community members.

Be On Board! Let’s Get 20% of Women On Boards by 2020! A corporation, whether for-profit or nonprofit, is required to have a governing board of directors. A board of directors is made up of a group of senior advisors who oversee the activities of a company or nonprofit and represent its stakeholders. Every public company must have a board of directors. Private companies are not required to have boards, although many of them do. Learn what it means to be on a board, bylaws, how to get on a board and why it matters to have women on boards! Learn board etiquette, Robert’s Rules of Order, responsibilities and commitments you make when you agree to be on a board. Rhea Allen, President/CEO of Peppershock Media will help you identify the crucial role you can play in helping to get at least 20% of women on boards by 2020!

Choice Architecture—How To Create & Stick With Good Habits Even When Our Willpower Is Gone Many people think that building better habits or changing their actions is all about willpower or motivation. But the number one driver of better habits and behavior change is the choice architecture of our environment. Our environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior. Despite our unique personalities, certain behaviors tend to arise for everyone under certain conditions. In church, for instance, we tend to speak in whispers. On a dark street, we’re wary and guarded. In this way, the most common form of change is not internal, but external—we are changed by the world around us. Every habit is contextdependent


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2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS Creating Staff Cultural Values Your organization/company may have a vision and mission, but what are the cultural values of the staff team and how do they support the mission? Creating strong, measurable, and inspiring staff cultural values and then using them as the filter through which all work and performances are evaluated can create a significant shift in staff connection and commitment.

Create a Homelife that Takes Less and Gives More Back Working moms are busy. There is no group of people who have more responsibilities, less free time, or more people wanting something from them from morning until night. In our home lives we take short cuts that we intend to make our lives easier but instead, they make them more complicated, more time consuming, and more emotionally draining. Think: We can’t find the glue stick in that bottomless junk drawer, so we just go buy a dozen more. What if instead, you could create a home life that took less and gave more back. What if your evenings and weekends could feel less like constant errand running, thinly controlled chaos and more like how you imagined family life would be? What if you had the time and the energy to teach your kids about the things that matter to you, to read a book together, to cook a meal in peace? Through her experience working with hundreds of families across the United States, Cary Fortin will give you simple, straightforward, actionable tips to creating a home that requires less time and money to manage and upkeep while helping you and your kids feel calmer, more at ease, and freeing you up to be the best worker, mother, and leader you can be.

WE LIVE OUR VALUES EVERY DAY At Boise Cascade, we truly care about relationships with our teammates, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. We approach the way we do business with four core values. These values are behaviors that we expect of each other and that are present in every business decision we make.


2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS Diversity and Innovation – Don’t Forget the Essential Ingredient: Inclusion Diversity and inclusion are business imperatives that drive innovation and growth. If you miss out on diversity, you miss out on business growth and opportunity. To benefit from diverse perspectives, inclusion is essential, and fostering an inclusive work environment and community is everyone’s responsibility. This session will help you learn ways to drive successful programs and influence greater inclusion, attract and retain top diverse talent and empower all employees to meet their fullest innovative potential.

Exploring Public Service Leadership in Historically Male Dominated Natural Resource Careers Are you currently in a natural resource position that is local, state or federal service? Do you aspire for a position in these areas? Many natural resource careers have been male dominated over the years. Organizations acknowledge benefit from diversifying their workforces. How does that play out? What are the challenges unique to a career field where women have been the leaders only in recent years? Are you curious about women’s issues in these public service fields? Join us to explore these and other questions, learn from others and share your experiences.

Financial Empowerment: 5 Steps to Getting Your Finances Together Does the thought of managing money give you anxiety? This jargon-free workshop will break down exactly how you can feel confident with managing your money, saving, investing, paying down debt, and increasing your income in five easy steps. You’ll walk away with a personalized financial plan that works for your life and helps you use money as a tool for achieving your goals.

How to Run for Office & Why More Women Should When women run for political office, we all win. If you aren’t at the table where decisions impacting jobs, healthcare, and education are being made, chances are, you are on the menu. Caitlin Copple Masingill has worked on countless issue advocacy campaigns for LGBTQ rights, universal pre-K, and to protect public lands. At age 28, she became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Missoula, Montana City Council. This session will cover the basic steps to take before you decide to run for public office, as well as how to put together a winning campaign for the first time on a lean budget.

How to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Curiosity, Grace, And as Little Pain as Possible We all have times when we need to have “a talk” with someone, but we’re not sure how to go about it. We often avoid it altogether, figuring things will just get better—but they don’t. There’s a high emotional cost to unresolved conversations, and often more concrete consequences too. This session will help you get real about hard conversations: we’ll explore best approaches for a positive outcome, then put the skills into practice.

Leading with Authenticity & Purpose: How You Show Up Matters In our world of corporate social responsibility and culture change talk, there is a call to help leaders know how to have a meaningful impact. This starts with understanding and articulating our individual purpose such that we create powerful change in our own lives first. How do you bring your whole self to your leadership? How might you increase your personal power to live with intention and purpose? How can you be more authentic and inspire others to lead with purpose? In this session, we’ll explore an actionable process to get more in touch with how it feels when we are leading authentically. Together we’ll set realistic goals around bringing these feelings to life and provide a framework to articulate and express the qualities your soul wants more of. These tools will allow you to align purpose with your daily life as a leader. This session is for women and men who seek to develop a greater blend of intention and authenticity in their 16 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS careers; for seasoned leaders who crave a more meaningful way to “show up” as well as people early in their career who want to ensure that they are aligned with their purpose. Whether you’re just getting started, in the prime of your career, or even considering a radical shift in your professional journey, taking time to get in touch with your soul’s purpose is essential.

Microaggressions in the Workplace: What Are They and What Can I Do About Them? Whether an observer, the target, or the unintentional perpetrator of microaggressions, people often don’t know how to respond to them in the moment. This interactive workshop will offer participants an understanding of microaggressions and their impact on others, what needs to be considered in responding to a microaggression, and strategies to take when they occur. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, you should be able to: ·Describe microaggressions and their impact (MA) ·Weigh key considerations when faced with a MA ·Apply concrete strategies in response to microaggressions

Networking: Build Relationships, Not Just Contacts You’re always hearing how important networking is to your career and success, but sometimes actually stepping out and doing it can be hard. Maybe you’re too busy, or maybe you’re unsure about where to go, or how to communicate with others effectively. Or, maybe the idea of showing up to an event and exchanging contact information with complete strangers is your worst nightmare. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t. This skill builder will equip and empower you with a new mindset about networking. (It’s about relationships, not contacts, and it’s about authentic connections, not going to an event and “promoting” yourself.) You’ll walk away with new insights about finding networking opportunities that are a fit for you, and you’ll learn key skills and “social hacks” that will help you more effectively and confidently interact with others, build authentic relationships, and stand out in a way that adds value (and propels your own success). In today’s constantly changing, information-packed environment, people and relationships matter more than ever. This session will inspire you with information and practical tips to develop and maximize those relationships for the greatest positive impact.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Have you ever: - Had a little voice in your head asking you, “Who do you think you are?” - Felt that everyone around you is smarter than you? - Not asked a question because you thought others would think you were dumb? - Felt that others had too much confidence in you? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then you may be experiencing imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is defined as a feeling of doubt and insecurity about one’s accomplishments and success, and a fear of being exposed as a fraud. Anyone can experience Imposter syndrome, but it’s particularly prevalent among high achievers. Participants will learn how to: – Balance the art and science of overcoming the impostor syndrome. – Understand change and manage it in a successful, comfortable and less stressful manner. – Manage the fears of moving into leadership opportunities. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2019

2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS – Be their authentic self. – Have the confidence to say “I don’t know” and to ask for help.

Personal Branding: Enhancing Your Online Impact The average human has an attention span of 8 seconds—less than a goldfish. And that rate is decreasing every year thanks to the constant access, variety, and evolution of online content. In this day and age of digital overload, how will your personal brand cut through the clutter and communicate a message that will not only catch your audience’s attention but resonate on an emotional level? During this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of a personal brand, how to audit your online presence, content marketing basics, and tips for developing a strong personal brand.

Purpose, Passion, and Motivation. It’s Not What You Think It Is You won’t find it on Instagram and girl, you don’t need to wash your face. Ronda’s going to walk you through how she found her purpose, passion and motivation and how you can too. Ronda Conger, Vice President of CBH Homes, business owner, author and the ultimate full tank of gas is ready to share all of her secrets. This high energy, jam-packed session will leave you passionate and ready to work on you. Buckle up. Let’s go. You’re delicious.

Roundtables Led by an expert facilitator (YOU), roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a very focused theme and specific topic within the small business and entrepreneurial space. Roundtables are discussion-based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Roundtables are limited to seven (7) people per topic and are first-come-firstserved. Please come early to guarantee your spot. We will offer each roundtable topic a total of 3 times within the schedule 90 minute skill builder block to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics and ensure that participants have another opportunity to join should a table fill up fast. Each session will be 25 minutes long, with a 5 minute transition time.

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2019 SKILLBUILDER DESCRIPTIONS Social Service: Volunteering to Further Your Career Volunteerism, while categorized as altruistic, doesn’t mean it can’t be without rewards. This session is for those who want to develop as leaders through volunteerism, but don’t know where to start. This session will walk you through how to break into the volunteer sector, approach organizations and discuss unique and creative volunteer opportunities. Participants will walk away with an action plan that aligns their passions and talents with outreach strategies and techniques to overcome the fear of getting started.

Speaking with Strength: Leveling Up Beyond the basics, what does it take to own your personal brand, your perspective and communicate both with strength and impact? From owning your opening to nailing your close, channeling confidence to maintaining your composure, Jess Flynn shares real-world perspectives and techniques to help you level up.

You’ve Been (Or Want to Be) Promoted, So Now What… Are you sure the first 100-day strategy is the right one for the business objectives? Did you inherit a team, where some individuals are no longer the right people for their current roles? Maybe you have moved from being a peer to ‘the boss’ and navigating that transition has been confusing and frustrating? This session is great for those preparing for a promotion, as well as the newly promoted. You’ll learn pragmatic approaches to successfully start your new role.


2019 SKILL BUILDER Speakers RHEA ALLEN | Be On Board! Let’s Get 20% of Women On Boards by 2020! Rhea Allen, President/CEO of Peppershock Media (est. 2003), is known for her story-telling passion and extreme diligence in obtaining effective media campaign results by planning and crafting relevant and compelling messaging. Also an in-demand integrative marketing consultant, national presenter and keynote speaker, Rhea emphasizes team building and creating a culture where she and her team can carry out superb work for their loyal Peppershock clients.

RENEE BADE | Social Service: Volunteering to further your career Renee is the Executive Director for Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. She is passionate about volunteerism, formerly serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games where she recruited and trained more than 3000 volunteers. Outside of work, she is the chair of the community service committee for Boise Centennial Rotary Club and on the advisory committee for One Stone.

NANCY BUFFINGTON | How to Navigate Difficult Conversations With Curiosity, Grace, and As Little Pain As Possible Nancy Buffington is a former English professor and a trained public speaking coach and trainer. She uses psychological, physical and practical approaches she developed at Stanford to help clients find their voices and share their stories. Her trainings include presenting to executives, leadership presence for women, and storytelling for business.

RONDA CONGER | Purpose, Passion and Motivation. It’s Not What You Think It Is. Some say she was raised by wolves, others claim truckers. No matter her upbringing, this superwoman has flourished in a male dominated industry for 27 years. As Vice President of CBH Homes, Idaho’s largest homebuilder, Ronda leads the CBH troops daily. Named 2018 Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review, this businesswoman, professional speaker, and author is on a mission to spread a movement.

CAITLIN COPPLE MASINGILL | How to Run for Office & Why More Women Should Caitlin Copple Masingill brings more than 15 years of experience in journalism and strategic communications for corporations, CEOs, authors, political campaigns, and nonprofits. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana. In 2011, she became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Missoula City Council. Caitlin was named among Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 in 2019.

SARAH CORTEZ | A Winning Sales Strategy Sarah has spent 18 years in sales and sales management. She started her career with 11 years in Media sales at radio and television stations, then taught it as a sales manager. She recently started a new job in sales at Alliance Title & Escrow where she is working to find her new formula in yet another industry. This is fun work for Sarah and she developed her sales training platform, The F* Word Makes all the Difference | Finding your FORMULA and FUDGING Through, to help sales people find their formula for success and have fun along the way. 20 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY


MELISSA DELUCA | You’ve Been (Or Want to Be) Promoted, So Now What... Melissa DeLuca is the founder and CEO of DeLuca & Willow, an integrated coaching and leadership facilitation business. Melissa leverages her 25 years of technology industry business experience with companies like Google and Cisco where she built and led successful global HR teams and was a Top 10 business sales person. She designed, planned and executed over 50 large-scale organizational changes with quantified $MM business results.

JESS FLYNN | Speaking With Strength: Leveling Up Jess Flynn is a storyteller, connector and seed sower who leads a team in creating and sharing stories that matter. Jess founded PR and marketing agency Red Sky in 2008 after an Emmy-award winning journalism career and a stint leading global communications for Tamarack Resort. Jess is passionate about supporting women in leadership, and serves on the National Women’s Business Council which advises Congress, the President and the SBA.

CARY FORTIN | Create a Homelife that Takes Less and Gives More Back Cary Fortin is the award-winning author of New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living and co-founder of New Minimalism, a Bay Area based decluttering and interior design company focused on creating mindful, eco-friendly, inspirational spaces. Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, Design*Sponge, mindbodygreen, Oprah.com, and more.

WHITNEY HANSEN | Financial Empowerment: 5 Steps to Getting Your Finances Together Whitney Hansen is a millennial finance expert, financial coach, speaker, and host of the award winning podcast, The Money Nerds. She has been featured on GoBanking Rates, CNBC, ESPN, Yahoo! Finance, Ally and frequents local news channels. After paying off $30,000 in 10 months, hacking her way to a $472 MBA, and buying her first home at 19, she discovered her love for helping Millennials take control of their financial life. In her free time she travels frequently, teaches college students about personal finance as an Adjunct Professor, and tests side hustles for fun.

BECKI HEATH | Exploring Public Service Leadership After nearly 40 years with the Forest Service, Becki finished her career in a long-term detail to the National Office of the Forest Service. There she served as Acting Associate Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry. During these 2 years, her work focused on risk management, testing and improving risk informed decision making in wildfire situations, and further connecting line and fire leadership. Becki enjoys long walks, golf, yoga and my family and friends.

GENNY HEIKKA | Networking: Build Relationships, Not Just Contacts & Rountable Session Genny Heikka, MBA, is an author, speaker, and personal branding coach and consultant. She began her career at Hewlett-Packard then stepped into her dream of becoming an author, writing several books. She’s served in a variety of leadership roles within corporate, non-profit, community and ministry organizations, has appeared on radio and TV, and has been published in multiple publications. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2019


TRACY HITCHCOCK | Leading with Authenticity & Purpose: How You Show Up Matters Tracy is a global executive committed to living and working with purpose. As an accomplished business and people leader, Tracy’s consultancy is focused on serving individuals and organizations who are interested in creating compassionate leaders and empowered cultures while driving strategic business results. Tracy has always had a passion for volunteerism and purpose-driven community engagement. She lives in Boise with her 18-year old son and loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors.

KATE HOLGATE | Personal Branding: Enhancing your Online Impact A seasoned creative director with over 18 years of experience, Kate successfully leads teams by executing smart ideas while staying true to results-driven strategy. She’s been recognized by Communication Arts and has led campaigns earning both regional and national awards for clients like Blue Cross of Idaho, The University of Idaho, College of Idaho, Primary Health, Idaho Fish & Game, Idaho Housing, and Finance Association, PetsBest Pet Insurance and Valley Regional Transit.

SALLY JEWELL | Exploring Public Service Leadership Sally Jewell is the Interim Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy. Previously, Jewell was U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management. She demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, with efforts to encourage tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands.


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KATHERINE JOHNSON | Personal Branding: Enhancing your Online Impact Graduating from the University of Idaho, Katherine started her career at a PR agency in Denver, crediting that experience for her PR super skills. From there, she landed at an agency whose clientele included major movie studios like Warner Bros. Armed with her foundation in PR, Katherine broadened her marketing career by jumping into the non-profit world in Boise. Now at Stoltz, Katherine taps into her specialties to provide powerful insights and brand guidance as the Director of Brand Strategy.

SARA LAWALL | Creating Staff Cultural Values Sara LaWall proudly serves as the Minister for the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a spiritually diverse, justice-seeking congregation. She is active in the community, hoping to make a small difference in the world. She gathers her inspiration from many powerful women in her life, most especially her mother, who was the first woman elected as District Attorney in Pima County Arizona. She moved to Boise in 2015 with her husband and two sons and they have loved diving into the outdoor life.

KIRSTIN MANN | Social Service: Volunteering to Further Your Career Kirstin Mann is the Project Coordinator at Serve Idaho: The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Kirstin has worked in the nonprofit and government sector for the past 5 years, is a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Boise State University. When she’s not volunteering, you can find her hiking the Boise foothills, MMA fighting, and hunting down the perfect chocolate croissant.

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DR. DONNA O’KELLY | Overcoing Imposter Syndrome Dr. Donna O’Kelly has over 25 years of experience in nuclear and analytical chemistry at academic and federal government laboratories. She is currently the Director of the Analytical Research Laboratories at the Idaho National Laboratory Materials and Fuels Complex. She also serves as the co-president of Idaho National Laboratory’s Women in Leadership. O’Kelly began her career as a Research Scientist in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. She is married and has two adult children.

TRINA PONCE | Diversity and Innovation – Don’t Forget the Essential Ingredient: Inclusion Trina Finley Ponce is a champion for diversity and inclusion. She is passionate about building bridges between people with different narratives to promote mutual understanding, compassion, and respect. She is a relationship builder, leader, and advocate in the work to foster inclusive work environments where everyone has a seat at the table and the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

STEPHANIE RENK | Resume Tips Stephanie founded Idaho Next Steps Life & Career Coaching in 2018, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving individuals and local organizations by providing writing services, coaching sessions, and workshops for those searching for new job roles and/or taking the next step to improve their personal and professional skills. As a Career Coach and Resume Writer, she is passionate about helping students transition into their careers after school, assisting mothers who are returning to the workforce, and providing guidance to professionals transitioning industries.

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TIFFANY ROBB | Advocacy and Action: What Are An Employer And An Employed Caregiver To Do? Tiffany Robb is a research associate within the Center for the Study of Aging and the Idaho Caregiver Alliance. She recently received her MHS degree in health policy, a graduate certificate in Health Services Leadership, and the honor of being published. Tiffany is quite involved within her community and has served on her local neighborhood association and PTA boards. One thing that she has learned over her lifetime is that if she is sensing a need for change, then so are others.

SHANNON RUSH-CALL | Leading with Authenticity & Purpose: How You Show Up Matters Shannon is a purposeful and collaborative leader, adept at working across organizational lines and with all levels of leadership and employees. As Director of Global Organizational Effectiveness for Micron Technology, Inc, from 2015 to 2019, Rush-Call was a leader of Micron’s multi-year culture transformation, that included the introduction of Micron’s vision and core values, implementation of an innovative approach to employee engagement, and redesign of performance management.

WYATT SCHROEDER | Creating Staff Cultural Values Wyatt serves as the Director of Community Partnership for the City of Boise, working to stand up and sustain public-private collaborations that improve the health, housing stability, and inclusion of our city’s most vulnerable populations. The son of a mushroom farmer, Wyatt was born near Philadelphia, imbuing him with a love of urban and rural life. After earning Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, Wyatt committed to a life of service as vocation.

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TASHA SOUZA | Microaggressions in the Workplace: What Are They and What Can I do About Them? Dr. Tasha Souza is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication at Boise State University. She is a consultant on communication and pedagogy and has published in such areas as difficult dialogues in the classroom, addressing microaggressions with micro resistance, responding to hot moments, and intercultural conflict. She has provided workshops and presentations at dozens of universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

MARILYN SWORD | Advocacy and Action: What Are An Employer And An Employed Caregiver To Do? Marilyn Borup Sword has been a consultant on disability and aging issues for more than 40 years. In October 2013 she retired after 15 years as Director of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, but the lure of advocacy drew her back to consulting work. She is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Marilyn and her husband Ralph are both Idaho natives and have two sons, two daughters-in-law, 3 delightful grandchildren, and an array of step-relatives.

ANGELA TAYLOR | Audacious Leadership: Accelerate Your Impact by Being An Inclusive Leader Angela Taylor is a creative strategist whose mission is to create opportunities for others to reach their full potential in their professional & personal lives. Taylor is a Partner & Co-Founder of The DIGNITAS Agency. A native of Mountain Home, Idaho, Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and earned her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

SARAH TOEVS | Advocacy and Action: What Are An Employer And An Employed Caregiver To Do? Dr. Sarah Toevs is a faculty member in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences at Boise State University and directs the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Aging. She is actively engaged in supporting community-based efforts to maximize quality of life for individuals of all ages and creating positive learning experiences for students interested in aging related issues.

JOLENE ANDERSON | How to Seek Alternative Funding Jolene Anderson is a seasoned business executive working with a global client list seeking to invest in commercial real estate and providing business facilitation for emerging companies, both public and private. Ms. Anderson has facilitated the sales and financing of hotels, resorts, and multifamily properties in WA, OR, ID, CA, FL, and HI since 1989. She is a problem solver committed to providing consulting for companies through introducing strategic partnerships and mentorship.

LAURIE BUCHANAN | Choice Architecture—How To Create & Stick With Good Habits Even When Our Willpower Is Gone Board-Certified holistic health practitioner, life coach, and award-winning author, Laurie Buchanan, PhD, helps you turn intention into action. A cross between Dr. Dolittle, Nanny McPhee, and a type-A Buddhist, Laurie is a voracious reader, awardwinning author, kindness enthusiast, and an unabashed optimist. Learn more at TuesdaysWithLaurie.com. 26 | ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY

2019 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS’ 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 STATE CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT provides businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and individual professionals with hands-on, immediately applicable learning opportunities. Our courses are available on campus, on-site and online. BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY’S PASSPORT TO EDUCATION has developed a subscriptionbased tuition model that reduces the overall cost of your degree and potential student debt while offering the same high-quality, reputable education that all students enjoy at Boise State. GOLEAD IDAHO is a nonprofit organization that motivates women to lead and demonstrates why it matters. We envision is a state where contributions of women are valued and respected, and more women are influential and visible leaders. IDAHO CAREGIVER ALLIANCE has the mission to advance the well-being of caregivers by promoting collaboration that improves access to quality, responsive support services across the state. JUSTICE ALLIANCE FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS (JAVA) is a coalition of professionals (medical, law, social workers, home health, hospice, bankers, etc...) and our focus is on educating about elder abuse and exploitation.

SKILL BUILDER INFORMATION TABLE lets you dig deeper into the skill builder presenters who have taken the time to host informational, engaging and inspiring workshops over the past two days SOROPTOMISTS is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world TRAILHEAD is driven to provide a growing community of creators, thinkers, and entrepreneurs. This is a place for anyone to become part of the community and to experience the excitement of starting something you believe in and to get the needed support along the way. We are the hub of the startup ecosystem, where business starts in Boise. WEROC: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS REALIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAPITAL Are you a women-owned business having trouble raising funds? Learn from successful women investors, business owners, and influencers the secrets behind fundraising and overcoming issues and perceptions that you may not even know about IDAHO WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER serves all women, cultures, and communities in achieving their educational, professional and entrepreneurial goals. We believe in the potential of women, minorities, immigrants, and families and choose to educate, train and help them obtain successful business ownership and employment.

ROTARY​​is a volunteer organization of 1.2million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP 2019

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