Learn About Our Upcoming Women’s Leadership Center Workshops!

January 31, 2018

YWCA Clark County is always seeking to empower women in every facet of life. This year we launched a new program, the Women’s Leadership Center (WLC), with the goal of enabling women of all ages with the skills necessary to realize and harness their innate leadership abilities.

One of the ways we plan do this is through different workshops led by expert facilitators that help women and girls develop life skills essential for success, self-confidence and self-worth, and be guided by a values-based philosophy that embraces equity, inclusion, and service.

First up is “Image to Income: Creating an Authentic,Profitable and Confident Image Workshop” hosted February 20th, and facilitated by certified image consultant, best-selling author, and new YWCA Clark County board member Dr. Carol Parker Walsh. The hour-long workshop is open to women of all ages, with the goal of supporting them to speak with confidence, dress for success, and navigate common challenges in the workplace.

In addition to being a best-selling author, Dr. Walsh has a PhD in human and social systems and a JD in employment, labor and contract law, as well as over 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions. She also writes a monthly column for the Vancouver Business Journal entitled “Dress Code” and is the local image/style expert for The Oregonian. You can check out her many other accolades and accomplishments on her website, where she states that, “What I do best is position forward thinking, high-achieving women for success by advancing their image, influence, and impact for increased credibility and confidence.”

We can’t wait for Dr. Walsh to join us and share her wisdom and experience with our community!

Our second workshop is an eight-week series beginning on February 28th, available to women 50 years and older. Entitled “Finding Our Gold: A Connection Circle for Women Over 50”, participants in this series will explore topics such as authenticity, relationships, courage, safety, purpose, and creativity. Margo Priebe and Annette McLean will be facilitating the series.

“This is new and there is nothing being offered like this in Vancouver,” said Priebe. “A group for women over 50 who face ageism, feelings of being invisible in our culture, and the uneasiness of growing older. I am 53, and I experience all those things! We will be exploring what it feels like to be an aging woman, and how we want to look at the rest of our life. ‘Finding our Gold’ is a metaphor for digging deep within ourselves to find what is precious and priceless.”

Priebe said that their main goal for the series is that, “each participant will walk away knowing themselves more, and connecting with other women who have similar experiences in growing older.”

We’re so excited for both these workshops, and the future of the Women’s Leadership Center. We believe it’s going to be a valuable resource to women in our community, and urge you to join us in this journey!

To register for one of the upcoming seminars, or to learn more about other offerings from the WLC visit

Registration deadlines:

“Image to Income: Creating an Authentic,Profitable and Confident Image Workshop”: Feb 16th

“Finding Our Gold: A Connection Circle for Women Over 50 “: Feb 21st, Feb 12th for discounted price.

Women’s March 2018: Keep Demanding to be Heard

January 22, 2018

This weekend marked the one year anniversary of the Women’s March that brought out millions of women and men in various cities to stand for gender equity, and to protect and support the rights and voices of all women. The turnout was phenomenal, and it was the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.

In honor of that historic day huge numbers of people once again took to the streets on Saturday from Washington D.C. to Seattle and everywhere in between for #WomensMarch2018.

While the sentiment was largely the same, the 2018 marches did have a few new messages with many marching in support of the #MeToo movement as well as the new Time’s Up initiative set up to address systemic inequality, harassment, and injustice in the workplace. There was also a heavy emphasis on getting people registered to vote and get involved in their local politics ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

YWCA Clark County stands in solidarity will all those who participated in this year’s Women’s March, and hope all those who support equality never stop demanding that their voices be heard. For our part we will continue to fight for racial and social justice, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

If you’re not registered to vote, click here and get signed up today!


Janine’s Empowering Journey

January 4, 2018

By Janine

YWCA Clark County has impacted and changed my family’s lives in ways I never knew possible. I considered myself a confident, educated woman with a bright future. After a whirlwind romance, at 21 years old, I married a ‘charmer,’ life-of-the-party, jovial, humorous and handsome man. Married life had extreme highs and devastating lows. It didn’t make sense. Fourteen years, seven investment homes, and three beautiful little kiddos deep, our married relationship was as volatile as ever. I could see the effects in my kids eyes. We were all hurting. We were all confused.