2011 Fall Conference

Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future

25 Years of Professional Development for Women in Community Colleges

Conference Details

For an overview of the day, see the Conference at a Glance and read more about the Keynote Speakers below.

November 17th & 18th, 2011
$175 ($200 after 11/1/11). Two easy ways to pay: online or by check.
Registration is now closed. Payment Information.
Embassy Suites (near Washington Square in Tigard).
Overnight Accommodations:
Call Embassy Suites at 1-800-586-5455.
Breakfast is a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast from 6:30am to 8:30am. If you are staying at the Embassy Suites Hotel, breakfast is included with your stay. For commuters to the conference, stop by the front desk at the Embassy Suites and ask for your "AAWCC breakfast ticket" on Thursday and Friday mornings. You must show your AAWCC name tag that you will receive at the registration desk. You will receive a breakfast ticket that will be good to use at the open buffet located in the lobby of the hotel.

Call for Workshop Proposals and Award Nominations

Nominations for Annual Awards
Now is the time to nominate some deserving colleague for the annual Community College Excellence Award and/or the Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award. Deadline November 5, 2011.

Keynote Speakers

Shelley MoonShelley Moon

Shelley Moon is a poet, playwright and proud instigator of social change. She is a seasoned performer who allows the creative arts to inspire shifts in social consciousness and spiritual evolution. Her new one-woman show, "Born to Walk Between Worlds", creates a safe space to explore and experience healing from racism, sexual abuse, gender issues, peer-conflict and many other relevant social and emotional issues. It invites the audience on an authentic and impactful journey of resilience and restoration, leaving the audience feeling empowered, encouraged and triumphant! Shelley Moon helps people find their voice and how to use it. She supports participants in her workshops through the process of telling the stories they need to tell and letting go of the ones they no longer need. Through her Artist-In-Residency programs for school children and through her therapeutic Personal Narratives Workshops for all facets of communities, Shelley Moon encourages opening and transformation for all who participate.

Dr. Mary SpildeDr. Mary Spilde

President of Lane Community College, national AAWCC & AACC Leader. Mary Spilde’s Biography
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, August 2001 to present.

Mary joined Lane in 1995 as Vice President for Instructional Services. In 1997, she became Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. Prior to that, she served 15 years at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, in a variety of positions including dean of business, health, and training. Mary served on the Oregon Workforce Quality Council for six years and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board for three years as well as serving on numerous local boards. 

Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in business and social systems and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She completed a master’s in adult education and a doctorate in post-secondary education at Oregon State University.

Presently, Mary is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and serves on their Sustainability Task Force.  Lane Community College is a League for Innovation in the Community College board college, and Mary currently serves as a board member and was co-editor of the League publication The Sustainable Community College:  Holistic Approaches to Sustainability.  She is also a board member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and recently served on the steering committee for the American Presidents’ Commitment to Climate Control.  

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.