Women’s Leadership Center

To advance women’s empowerment, YWCA Clark County is focused on a new initiative for the next century of service: a Women’s Leadership Center. Modeled after successful leadership centers around the world, the WLC empowers women of all ages to realize and harness their innate leadership abilities.


The Women’s Leadership Center relies on YWCA Clark County’s decades of experience leading the way in every social justice movement, protecting and serving women and children who have been victims of violence, advocating for youth and expanding the community conversation to include innovative solutions to our most complex social challenges. YWCA Clark County will lead seminars, workshops and program series that focus on leadership themes including:

    • Effective Negotiation Strategies
    • Career Mentoring/Finding a Dream Career
    • Public Speaking
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Balancing Personal and Business Life
    • Leveraging Talent & Experience
    • Effective Leadership Techniques
    • Community Involvement
    • Economic Literacy

Workshops and Classes

Taking Action: Creating a Culture of Consent

Raise your voice, develop skills to take action and recognize your contributions to creating a culture of consent. In this 4 session series we will define, explore, and develop an action plan for the following themes: Consent, Safety, Boundaries, and Technology. You will take away an in depth understanding of the role each theme plays in your life, relationships, and society. In addition, you will have expanded knowledge and skills to lead conversations around creating a culture of consent.
Facilitated by: Laurie Schacht and Jessie Spinney
Date: TBD, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $80, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.

Strengthening Women’s Voices in the Workplace: Giving Voice to Values

Strengthening Women’s Voices in the Workplace is tailored to the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) core principles on common workplace dilemmas faced by women. Giving Voice to Values, is an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development. GVV is not about persuading people to be more ethical. Rather GVV starts with the premise that most of us already want to act on our values, but that we also want to feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively and successfully.
Facilitated by: Dr. Jane Cote and Dr. Claire Latham
Date: Friday, September 14, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Price: $50, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.

Finding Our Gold: A Connection Circle for Women Over 50

In this 8 week connecting circle we will focus on what it means to FIND OUR GOLD; that preciousness we all have deep inside which we want to explore and rediscover as we age. Each week through discussions, writing prompts and creative projects we will begin the journey of digging deep into what makes each of us valuable, visible and vibrant.
Facilitated by: Margo Priebe
Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 – November 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $120, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.

Demystifying the Process

How to craft your story. Lead by Oregon Grassroots Manager, Audrey Miller will clarify the process of living in a representative democracy including contacting your reps., crafting your story, and conveying your message. Learn about the role of Local, State, and Federal Government and how to effectively engage at each level.
Facilitated by: Audrey Miller
Dates: Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Price: $25, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.

Financial Empowerment: A Pathway to Informed Decisions and Financial Independence

An interactive and empowering dialogue on finances and personal futures, Jennifer Rhoads will lead attendees as they increase awareness on how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing.

You will gain increased knowledge in finance, money management, and better understand insurance and taxes. Attendees will ultimately work towards an increased foundational understanding for making informed decisions leading to financial independence.
Facilitated by: Jennifer Rhoads
Date: Mondays, October 22- November 5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: $80, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.

Building Resilience

Building Resilience is an hour long conversation of shared experience, facilitated by Chief Criminal Deputy, Camara Banfield. Camara will share her experience of working in a white male dominated profession. Sharing insights and strategies to build resilience and succeed in such an environment. We hope that you will join us with your stories, thoughts, and questions as we tackle strategies to remain resilient and discuss ways to support one another in the workplace.
Facilitated by: Camara Banfield
Date: Tuesday, November 13th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: $20, Pre-registration required 2 days prior. Register now.


Sign up below to receive an email notification regarding these and more offerings from the WLC. Contact Cheyanne Llanos Bare at 360-906-9157 or cllanosbare@ywcaclarkcounty.org for more information.

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Women’s Leadership Center Sponsors
When the Shoe Fits - Sponsor of the Women's Leadership Center

Thank you to When the Shoe Fits for your sponsorship of the Women’s Leadership Center