• Women's Leadership Forum: Breaking Boundaries
Attallah College of Educational Studies

» 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Argyros Forum 209

2018 Women's Leadership Forum AttendeesSponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the Annual Women's Leadership Forum brings together dynamic leaders from different fields to share their personal passions, the importance of collaboration and mentorship in the workplace, and career advancement advice.

The Annual Women's Leadership Forum includes keynote speakers, a panel discussion with Q&A, and breakout sessions with field leaders. The event also includes a special session for members of CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators).

People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are invited to attend. Networking opportunities are available and encouraged!


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+ - 2019 Video Recap

+ - 2018 Video Recap


+ - 2019 Breakout Session Topics

"Opening Doors for Women in Educational Leadership"
Dr. Trudy Arriaga

"Pursuing the Ethics of Care at Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Good Enough"
Alison Edwards

"Five Steps to Create and Clarify Your Path using the  Knowledge You Have Now"
Dr. Linda Rose

"3 Surprising Strengths of a Breakthrough Leader"
Kamin Samuel

"Reclaiming Our Place in Leadership: The Transformational Power of Hope"
Beatriz (Betty) Valencia

2020 Keynote Speakers

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Tracy Walder

CIA Operative, FBI Special Agent Turned Teacher and Author
Tracy Walder earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern California (USC) and her master’s degree in teaching from Chapman University. From 2000–2004, Tracy worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations as Staff Operations Officer (SOO) in the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center. At the agency, she worked in the Counterterrorism Center’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Group. Tracy spent time in various war zones, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In late 2004, Tracy left the CIA to become a Special Agent at the FBI. She was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, Orange County Resident Agency, specializing in Chinese Counterintelligence Operations. Tracy now teaches history and a self-created course on espionage and foreign affairs at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. Her book, The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists, will be in February 2020.
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Nicole Washington

Director of Innovation and Growth
Nicole Washington is the Director of Innovation and Growth at OCTANe. She has nearly 20 years of systems integration and management consulting experience. She is the founder and owner of Micro Biz Coach, a firm that focuses on educating the micro and small business owner to leverage various aspects of internet technology in their business operations. Nicole is a member of the Angel Capital Association through her fund Ohio Tech Angels, and she is Trustee of the Board of Education for the Samueli Academy.