2009 Fall Conference

[View photos, video and listen to audio recordings from this past conference.]

The annual conference is held in the fall to provide a high-quality professional development experience for Oregon community college women. It is a time for networking, sharing, learning, and fun. It is a well-balanced program of keynote speakers, breakout sessions that include professional and personal growth, and a time of celebrating each other. See the Conference at a Glance for more details on this year's Fall Conference.

2009 Fall Conference: Maintaining our Vision, Sustaining our Spirit

November 19th & 20th, 2009
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Contact Victoria Flagg, Registration Coordinator, by email or telephone 503-491-7533.
Keynote Speakers
Dr. Nancy WilgenbuschDr. Nancy Wilgenbusch
Topic: Dr Wilgenbusch will share her perspective on leadership and how her personal life influenced her career path. She will also share 5 things that she believes to be true about leadership.
Read more about Dr. Nancy Wilgenbusch.

Nancy Wilgenbusch, Ph.D., served as President of Marylhurst University from 1984 to 2008. She was succeeded by Judith Johansen, J.D., on July 1, 2008.

She led the University through a period of unprecedented financial stability and curriculum development.

In addition to serving the University for almost a quarter century, she also served the community through membership on many not for profit and corporate boards. The commmunity organizations she was involved with included Goodwill Industries, Clackamas Women's Services, Richmond Health Clinic, Marysville School, Caldera and Medical Teams International. Her corporate board experience is considerable as well, having served on the boards of Mutual of Omaha Fund Management, PacificCorp, Cascade Corporation, West Coast Bank, Oregon Tax Free Trust Fund, ScottishPower and Powercor. Additionally, she served on the Ethics Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a former chairperson of the Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. She also served 10 years on the Port of Portland board.

Dr. Wilgenbusch, in her retirement from Marylhurst University, remains active in many of these organizations.

Dr. Wilgenbusch holds a Ph.D. in education, specializing in community and human resources, from the University of Nebraska. She received her master's degree from Texas Women's University and her baccalaureate degree, magna cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. W. Joye HardimanDr. W. Joye Hardiman, Lifelong, Storyteller, administrator, global educator
Topic: Strategies for Indigestible while in the Belly of the Beast: Maintaining our Persons, Sustaining our Spirit. Listen to the mp3 of Dr. Hardiman's speech. See a video of the Egyptian story Dr. Hardiman told, "The Blinding of Truth by Falsehood"

Starting with a story from classical Africa, this lessons learned, wisdom earned presentation based on over two decades in higher educational administration, will explore 10 rules that, despite historical mis-education, constructivist media and dichotomous world views, will assist conference participants in their personal and professional development, leadership roles, and networking. Participants will leave inspired, motivated and equipped.

Read more about Dr. W. Joye Hardiman.

Dr. Joye Hardiman is a lifelong learner, scholar, educator and untold story teller. She has over 30 years of experience as an engaged practitioner of Learning Community Excellence and Educational Reform and has been an active leader in local, regional, national and international curriculum and pedagogical student success efforts. Most recently, she was the co-subject of an Oregon State University College of Education doctoral dissertation by Dr. Kim Washington entitled The Legacy of two African- American Administrators: Dr. Maxine Mimms and Dr. Joye Hardiman: A Look Back to Go Forward.

Dr. Hardiman was a founding faculty member of the Washington Center for the Improvement in the Quality of Higher Education, a core facilitator for the Ford Foundation Cultural Pluralism Summer Institutes and the FIPSE National Learning Community Dissemination Institutes; a PEW Foundation National Learning Community Fellow; a featured presenter at Lumina's Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count Strategic Planning Institutes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (HBCU) Faculty Development Institutes.

She have worked internationally as a learning community specialist with the Social and Healthcare College -Copenhagen, Denmark and in fall 2007 co-authored an article – “Connecting with Local Communities” in Learning Communities and Student Affairs; Partnering for Powerful Learning published by Learning Communities & Educational Reform.

She was the Executive Director of The Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus, from 1991 to 2007. During her tenure, the campus had a retention and graduation rate of over 89%. She is currently a founding faculty in the Institute for Cultural Reconnection; an international site based learning collaboratorium, dedicated to capacity building and technical assistance for people of African descent and a free-lance learning community workshop designer and facilitator and key note speaker.

Dr. Ding-Jo H. CurrieDr. Ding- Jo Currie, Acting Chancellor, Coast Community College District
Topic: A Tale of Six Sisters. Listen to the mp3 of Dr. Currie's speech.
Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie will take you on her personal leadership journey that started at the end of the foot binding era in China. The lessons of two traditional sisters of Kunming, two ghetto trail blazing immigrant sisters of Taiwan, to two new age bi-cultural sisters of California, will be shared as pearls from the sea of women leadership.
Read more about Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie.

Ding-Jo H. Currie is President of Coastline Community College. Before joining Coastline, she held chief administrative positions at various community colleges in Southern California and oversaw the development of the Virtual College, Economic Development Centers and the Small Business Development Center. In July 2007, she will serve as chairwoman for the Association of American Community Colleges, which comprised more than 1,200 member institutions. She is also an active board member for many national organizations and commissions, such as the American Council on Education, the Center for Global Integrated Education, Women On the Move Network, the College Board and Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute. She has won many awards, such as the Women Helping Women Award, Who's Who in International Executives, and the Outstanding Chinese Educator Award, for her leadership roles in various capacities to bring about positive changes for higher education, women, businesses and communities. Currie earned a Ph.D. in international and intercultural education from the University of Southern California and also holds degrees in mathematics, psychology and counseling.

Thursday Evening Entertainment
Thursday Evening Activity:
Jewley Making: $5

For other evening activities going on in Portland Thursday evening, check out the Portland Event Calendar.

Past Fall Conferences

Read some of the participants' comments from last year and see websites from many years past on the Past Fall Conferences web page.