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Gender and Leadership Conference Attendance

Raised toward our $13,000 Goal
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Project ended on May 15, at 10:07 AM CDT
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Gender and Leadership Conference Attendance


The interconnection between gender and leadership is a topic with growing interest. To meet this interest, the Washburn University Leadership Institute recently added a gender and leadership course and has been sending students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders – three in 2017 and three in 2016. These students interacted with female leaders then returned to campus to share what they learned. The Leadership Institute is raising money to send 10 individuals – eight students and two faculty mentors – to the 2018 conference.


The conference provides a summit for college women as it works to close the gender gap found in leadership roles on all levels. The three-day conference features 900 students and campus professionals from around the world, more than 50 leadership skill-building sessions, a graduate school and career fair, presentations by inspiring role models and additional activities.

Marissa Dake, ba '17, seen in the video above, attended the conference last spring. Through interactions there, she applied for and received an internship with the United States Senate!

The Washburn students who attend the 2018 conference will:

  • Develop and strengthen their leadership and professional aptitude through voice, skill set and mind-set.
  • Gain a better understanding of issues and policies affecting women.
  • Own their personal identity and learn new ways to increase and support diverse voices.
  • Return to campus, share what they learned with the Washburn community and use the experience as they continue their education and careers.


Leadership and gender studies are so important to Kris Rinne, ba '76, and Cynthia Heath, ba '71, that they made lead gifts to this project totaling $6,000. With your support, inspired by their generous gifts, we can raise the additional $7,000 to send 10 individuals to NCCWSL this year. You will help students interact with women in various fields and empower them with the confidence to pursue leadership roles on all levels. You will give them an extra-curricular, student travel experience and transform the Leadership Institute’s gender and leadership curriculum. Earlybird registration deadline is in early 2018, so let's fund this project by January 15!


  • Lodging - $120 ($1200 for 10)
  • Ground transportation - $130 ($1300 for 10)
  • Meals - $150 ($1500 for 10)
  • Flights - $425 ($4250 for 10)
  • Registration - $475 ($4750 for 10)
  • Total Price - $1,300 ($13,000 for 10)
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