Women's Leadership Symposium wordmarkThe 2018 Women’s Leadership Symposium is a day-long conference created for women/woman-identified staff and students. Get ready to explore a variety of ways to develop authentic and empowered leadership skills!

2018 Women’s Leadership Symposium
Wednesday, January 31
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
University Memorial Center at CU Boulder

Events at the conference include a keynote presentation, breakout sessions presented by CU students and staff, networking, lunch and a community-based closing activity to keep your leadership momentum going throughout the semester.

Call for Programs

The symposium seeks to explore a variety of ways women/woman-identified individuals build leadership skills and feel empowered to become tomorrow’s leaders. We encourage staff and students to collaborate on proposal submissions that address our key themes:

  • Women’s issues around the world – A global perspective
  • Navigating the working world
  • Exploring and celebrating diverse leadership styles

Submit your program!
For full consideration, please submit your proposal by
December 15, 2017.

Register Now

We are now accepting registrations for the waitlist.

Join us for a day-long conference created for women/woman-identified staff and students. Get ready to explore a variety of ways to develop authentic and empowered leadership skills.

Register now!   Accepting waitlist registrations.

Conference Schedule
9-9:30 a.m.             Opening – coffee and tea provided
9:45-10:45 a.m.      Breakout Session
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Breakout Session
12-1:30 p.m.           Lunch with Keynote
1:45-2:45 p.m.        Networking and Reflection
2:45-3 p.m.             Closing and Evaluation

The Women’s Leadership Symposium will highlight the existing CU Boulder leadership resources and will provide a place for students, staff and faculty to connect and collaborate.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium seeks to explore the variety of ways authentic leadership is present in our communities, empower confidence in leadership styles and practices, and engage the resiliency in tomorrow’s leaders with CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.

Keynote Presentation
Women as Inclusive Leaders: Intersectionality Matters
The keynote presentation will explore how women can enact traits of inclusive leaders by attending not only to gender, but also to other aspects of identity that affect women’s experiences. Dr. Allen will explain the concept of intersectionality and its relevance to an innovative model of inclusive leadership. She will provide examples, strategies and techniques to enlighten and empower participants.

Brenda J. Allen photoBrenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. She was recruited to CU Boulder in 1989 and joined the CU Denver faculty in 2001. During her 25+ years at CU, Dr. Allen has served in numerous leadership roles and has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching and service in the area of diversity and inclusion. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication and identity, with an emphasis on diversity in higher education. Among her publications is the groundbreaking book, Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. In addition to performing her duties at the University, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including implicit bias, inclusive leadership, empowHERment, cultivating organizational culture and diversity hiring practices.

Dr. Allen has received numerous recognitions, including the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication from the National Communication Association, the Women in Leadership and Management Award (named in honor of Wilma J. Webb, former Colorado legislator), as well as the Elizabeth D. Gee Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award from the University of Colorado System.

Thank you to the Division of Students Affairs for their support of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium. Thank you as well to the committee and their departments for supporting the leadership learning, development and engagement of CU Boulder women/woman-identified staff and students: Center for Student Involvement, Housing & Dining Services, Human Resources, University of Colorado Student Government, University Memorial Center, and Women’s Resource Center.