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Women and Leadership 2014: What is Success?

Women and Leadership LogoThe second annual Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership featured nearly two dozen amazing female leaders. From Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to Paralympian Barbara Buchan, the range of speakers was inspiring both professionally and personally. Return visits by Karen Crouse and Caroline Heldman were met once again with cries for “more!”



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The 2014 Conference Program provides Speaker Biographies. Presentations are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (available at
  • Breakfast of Champions – Barbara Buchan, 2008 US Paralympic Team, Kathy Heddy-Drum, 1976 US Olympic Swim Team, Melanie Simboli, 1988 Olympic Ski Team Admiral
  • Pioneering Success – Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of US Naval Operations
    Pioneering Success (.ppt)
  • Crossing Worlds – Judith Freeman, Author
  • Expect to Win – Carla Harris, Managing Partner and Vice Chair of Morgan Stanley
  • Getting to the Martini Shot – Christine Kunewa Walker, Award Winning Producer
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Reach for the Stars – Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center Director and former NASA Astronaut
    Film Clip begins 23 minutes into presentation
  • The Civil Rights Act at 50 – Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Victoria Lipnic
  • The Corner Office – Teresa Carlson, Amazon VP Global Public Sector, Zelda Geyer-Sylvia, Blue Cross of Idaho President & CEO, Tami Longaberger, Longaberger Inc. CEO
  • The Impostor Syndrome – Dr. Caroline Heldman, Chair, Department of Politics, Occidental College
    The Impostor Syndrome (.ppt)
  • Nurture Your Nature – Karen Crouse, NY Times Sports Journalist
  • Women and Risk – NASA Astronauts Ellen Ochoa and Barbara Morgan, Smokejumper Deanne Shulman and Colonel Sherrie McCandless of the 124th Fighter Wing

Speaker biographies and program details can be found in the 2014 Program.

“Politics for Lunch”

PoliticsforLunch_logoThis lecture series features Idaho politicians and constituents discussing current issues from a personal perspective. Each session includes prepared remarks followed by questions from the audience. Downloads are available from iTunes U through Boise State.


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2016 Speakers

  • David Longanecker, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
    The Advent of a New Millennium in Higher Education (.pdf)
  • Representative Gary Collins, Senator Jeff Siddoway, Idaho Tax Commissioner Ken Roberts
    Idaho Tax Policy
  • Lisa Maatz, VP Government Relations, American Association of University Women
    National Issues Facing Women and Children

2015 Speakers

  • Governor Cecil D. Andrus and Rick Johnson, Director of the Idaho Conservation League
    Boulder-White Clouds
  • John Pepper, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, former Chair of the Walt Disney Company
    The Business Case for Early Learning
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, Politics Chair at Occidental College
    Race and Gender in American Politics
  • Senator Chuck Winder, Assistant Minority Leader
    Public Lands Report
  • Kathy O’Neil, Community Engagement Director of JUMP
    PowerPoint Presentation (.pdf)
    Video for first slide of PowerPoint Presentation (sound included in podcast)
  • Director Brian Ness, Idaho Transportation Department
    Due to a technical error, this podcast is unavailable
    Presentation Slides (.pdf)
    Presentation Text
  • Mayor David Bieter, Making Boise the Most Livable City in the Country
    Vista Early Childhood Project (video)
    Hackfort (video)

2014 Speakers

  • Michelle Stennett, Idaho Senate Minority Leader
  • John Rusche, Idaho House Minority Leader
  • Mike Ferguson, Director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
    Powerpoint Presentation
    Executive Budget
    Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
  • Tom Luna, Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Curt McKenzie, Idaho Senate Affairs Chair
  • Lawrence Wasden, Idaho Attorney General
  • Mike Simpson, U.S. Congressman, 2nd District
  • U.S. Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, Chair of Politics at Occidental College (Sexual Assault on Campus)