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Like many organizations, the Andrus Center has chosen to embrace the new dynamic created by COVID-19 and is moving our 2020 conference to a virtual platform. As part of that move, we’ve put a lot of thought into designing this year’s program to boost meaningful connections. This year’s Women and Leadership conference will echo the same great content and energy of the past seven years, but with exciting new possibilities as a 100% virtually hosted conference. Attendees can expect a different kind of virtual stage experience from other webinar centric options utilized recently for online meetings. Our virtual platform will allow for more flexibility at your fingertips without having to jump in and out of the digital space. Attendees can easily network with each other, speakers, and sponsors and engage in as many, or as few, of the available resources throughout the conference schedule. By continuing to provide key elements like keynote presentations, Skill Builder breakouts, and various opportunities for networking, we are confident we’ll not only meet attendee expectations, but increase opportunities for a valuable virtual experience. Our goal is to cultivate the exciting possibilities that are now available to the Andrus Center in developing this year’s conference virtually, while still maintaining the quality experience attendees of past Women and Leadership conferences have come to expect.

In many ways a virtual conference can and should mirror what happens at a face-to-face conference. This year’s virtual Women and Leadership conference will provide even more; six keynote presentations, 24 Skill Builder workshops in six breakout sessions, multiple discussion areas, an array of fun elective attendee activities, social networking opportunities, an exhibit area for sponsor engagement, and more! In addition we are excited to announce that nearly all of the conference content will be recorded and accessible for a full year following the event. This will allow for registrants to engage in as many of the Skill Builder session recordings as they chose and continue to revisit presentations and discussions on demand.

An additional day has been added to the conference program to accommodate new supplementary content and also to navigate the nuances of a digital environment. The conference will be hosted Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, September 17th, 2020 starting at 9 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. daily. Participants can count on the same quality speakers, content, and experience as previous years, but will also have more engaging activity options and learning opportunities available to them during, and even following, the conference.

New optional attendee activities:

  • Coffee Talk
  • Money Matters – talk sessions
  • Resume building session – with Q and A
  • Virtual tours of select museums
  • Family of Woman Film Festival showcase – end of day film screening throughout the three days with pre-recorded Q&A’s with Film creator
  • Story court sessions– Cecil Andrus & Women and Leadership conference
  • Co-worker/pet photo contest – winner announced the last day of the conference
  • … and more!

Keynote speaker lineup:

  • Shari Graydon, Informed Opinions Founder and Award Winning Author
  • Kelly Martin, Fire Chief, Yosemite National Park, National Park Service (retired)
  • Pat Mitchell, Former CEO PBS, Editorial Director of TEDWomen
  • Major General Linda Singh, Former Maryland Adjutant General, Major General Maryland Army National Guard (retired)
  • Heather Dawn Thompson, Tribal Economic Development and Advocacy Lawyer
  • Marlene Tromp, Boise State University President

Skill Builder sessions and final schedule to be announced.

View the 2020 conference schedule

Ticket Pricing

2020 Women and Leadership Conference Ticket Pricing

Individual Tickets

  • $215 regular admission
  • $100 student discount
  • $150 cost sharing scholarship donation – donate a scholarship ticket that will in turn greatly minimize financial barriers for a fellow attendee
  • $30 cost sharing scholarship

Group Tickets

  • $195 Corporate Discount (15 or more registrants attending)
  • $100 small business discount (less than 10 employees, not based on registrant count)

Register for the conference!


Attendees will receive periodic email communications regarding the conference. For example, Skill Builder information, agendas, elective attendee events, film information, etc. Because of this, we need emails for all attendees.

Cost sharing scholarship
Donate a scholarship ticket that will in turn greatly minimize financial barriers for a fellow attendee.

Along with standard ticket pricing, discounted volume, student, and small business pricing will be available. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, a Cost-sharing Scholarship program will be accessible to qualifying registrants.
Donate a Cost-sharing Scholarship!

Cost Sharing Scholarships

Generous patrons may purchase scholarships at a reduced price of $150. The Andrus Center will make purchased scholarships available to qualifying registrants for a nominal $30 entrance fee.

Select sponsors and individuals have generously provided resources to the cost-sharing scholarship program to minimize any barriers for attendee engagement and in support of the Women and Leadership conference vision. Thank you for your generous support!

If you would like to be considered for a Cost-sharing Scholarship, please complete the following form and an Andrus Center representative will be in touch with you.
Apply for a Cost-sharing Scholarship

2020 Conference Resources

Interested in sponsoring this year’s conference, please email