2024 Women in Leadership Symposium

May 14-15, 2024

Pierce College Puyallup

1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374

This event is in-person only

May 14, 2024 – Networking Event

(5pm – 9pm)

Pierce College Puyallup – (Arts & Allied Health Building, Lobby)

May 15, 2024 – Main Event

Pierce College Puyallup – College Center Building (Multipurpose Rooms A/B)

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Price: FREE

Want to Sponsor?
  • $150, $300, $500 and $1000 options available

  • What are some benefits for sponsoring?

    • Advertising/Marketing on our website and symposium materials
    • Special exhibitors and demos will be available with attendees and special guests

    If you are interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Jasmine at: JMay@pierce.ctc.edu

View our Agenda PDF

This year’s symposium will center around the importance of fostering robust and dynamic relationships and partnerships with women in Resilience Management and associated fields such as security, safety, emergency/risk management, and disaster preparedness.

Women’s perspectives play a pivotal role in shaping decision-making processes and advocating for considerations that enhance the resilience of communities. The symposium will delve into topics including diverse leadership in decision-making, relationship cultivation, resilience-building, engagement, inclusion, and diversity.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect, explore, and engage, with a focus on empowering women to assume leadership positions, advance their careers, and enhance their overall well-being.

An option for earning .8 Continuing Education Unit(CEU) Credits will be available for this symposium for $20 at the door

Join us for this fantastic symposium celebrating women in leadership!


Need a hotel reservation?

We’ve worked with Fairfield by Marriott Puyallup for them to offer a rate of $159/night!

Attendees are able to make reservations by visiting the following link online: Pierce College Women in Leadership Symposium Guest Rooms | Fairfield by Marriott Puyallup, WA or by calling Fairfield by Marriott Puyallup directly at 253-770-3100.

  • Reservations can be made online/by individual call in no later than April 29th, 2024.
    • Please note: The booking link will only work for the nights of May 14th & 15th, 2024. You will need to input the reservation dates manually because the link will not automatically populate with the stay dates.
    • Should you’d like to make reservations outside of these dates, you will need to call the hotel directly at 253-770-3100

Fairfield by Marriott Puyallup

202 15th Avenue SW

Puyallup, Washington 98371

Women in Leadership Symposium 2024 Agenda

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – (Pierce College Puyallup Campus: 1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374 – Arts & Allied Health Building, Lobby)

Time Agenda Item
5:00pm – 9:00pm Network Event

Sponsors and attendees can connect and exchange ideas and information

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – Located at Pierce College Puyallup Campus (College Center Building, Multipurpose Rooms A/B) – 1601 39th Ave SE Puyallup, WA 98374

Time Agenda Item
8:00am – 9:00am Registration & Networking
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome & Introductions: Dr. Julie White, Chancellor, Pierce College
9:30am – 10:00am Keynote: Monisha Harrell, King County
10:00am – 10:45am Session 1: Women Leading Panel

Leadership in Male-Dominated Industries: Highlight success stories and strategies for women thriving in
traditionally male-dominated fields.

Inclusive Leadership: Explore how diverse perspectives can enhance leadership effectiveness and the
benefits of inclusive leadership.

10:45am – 11:00am Break & Networking Activity
11:00am – 11:15am 20th Anniversary Acknowledgement & Transition to Resilience: Jo Ann Baria, Pierce College
11:15am – 12:00pm Session 2: Leadership Resilience Panel

Leadership Resilience: Explore how leaders in emergency management can develop personal resilience to
cope with the stress and emotional toll of their roles. Discuss strategies for maintaining mental health while
leading during crises. Analyze different leadership styles and their impact on the mental health of both
leaders and their teams. Discuss how leadership approaches can be adapted to prioritize mental well-being.
Highlight the significance of self-care practices and work-life balance for leaders in emergency
management. Share effective self-care strategies and techniques.

Community Resilience: Discuss the importance of cultural competency in emergency management and
the role of Indigenous women in bridging cultural gaps during crises. Explore how Indigenous women
contribute to building resilient communities and the strategies they employ to prepare for and recover
from disasters. Explore the invaluable traditional knowledge and practices that Indigenous women possess
and how it can inform and enhance emergency management strategies.

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch/Keynote: Michele Turner, Resilience Executive
12:45pm – 1:30pm Session 3: Technology Panel

Leadership in the Digital Age: Discuss the impact of technology on leadership and the skills required to
lead in a digital world.

Empowering Women in Cybersecurity: Discuss strategies and initiatives aimed at empowering and
advancing women in the cybersecurity field. Explore the current gender gap in cybersecurity and initiatives
to bridge it, including mentorship and educational programs. Showcase women-led cybersecurity startups
and innovations, highlighting the impact of female entrepreneurs in the industry.

1:30pm – 2:00pm Vision Talks
2:00pm – 2:15pm Break & Networking Activity
2:15pm – 2:45pm Communicating in Crisis: Lyndsey Dudley, Coca Cola Europe
2:45pm – 3:30pm Session 4: Future of Women in Leadership Panel

Empowerment Through Mentorship: Discuss the importance of mentorship and how it helps women
excel in leadership roles.

Workplace Advocacy and Allyship: Discuss the role of allies in promoting gender equality and strategies
for advocating for women’s rights in the workplace.

3:30pm – 4:00pm Wrap – Up/Networking

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Our Networking Sponsor

Our Supporter Sponsors