The 2024 Women in Leadership Annual Conference: The Tapestry of Leadership: Weaving Inclusivity, Empowerment, and Connection will take place at Campbell’s Resort in beautiful Lake Chelan! This year, we are honored to welcome two extraordinary keynote speakers:

1. Libra Forde, Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Oregon. Known for her dynamic leadership and athletic spirit, Libra ignites leadership skills in others while creating an energizing and welcoming atmosphere. Her expertise in Systems Thinking and her inspirational words are sure to empower and motivate.

2. Kate Eberle Walker, the esteemed author of "The Good Boss: Nine Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work." As a CEO and working mom with two decades in the education industry, Kate brings invaluable insights into fostering inclusive workplaces and supporting those historically underrepresented.

This conference is not just an event but a journey into the heart of transformative leadership. We will explore diverse facets of leadership, share strategies for inclusive and empowering environments, and connect with like-minded professionals.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a community that uplifts and celebrates women in leadership roles. Register now and weave your thread into our unique tapestry of leadership.

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Women Leaders: superintendents, central office, school, and educational agency administrators and aspiring administrators.


Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan

104 W Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816

Call 800.572.0943 or 509.682.4051 and mention your affiliation with the Superintendents Conference to receive the discounted room block rate at Campbell’s Resort.
Group Block Name – Women In Leadership
Group Block Number – 734577
Reservation Line – 800.572.0943 or 509.682.4051
Book Early – Housing Sold Out Last Year


The WIL conference will be held on May 4, 2024 from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Campbell’s Resort in Lake Chelan, WA. Breakfast and lunch provided.

7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens
7:45–8:30 a.m.  Breakfast
8:30–9:00 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
9:00–10:15 a.m.  Keynote
10:15–10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30–11:00 a.m.  Whole group processing
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
 Concurrent Session I
 12:00–12:45 p.m.  Lunch
 12:45–1:00 p.m.  Whole Group
 1:00–1:50 p.m.  Concurrent Session II
 1:50–2:10 p.m.  Transition & Break
 2:10–3:10 p.m.  Keynote
 3:10–3:30 p.m.


WASA Active Member—$275
Student/Life Member—$199
Non-member Conference Attendee—$325


Up to six (6) clock hours will be available to attendees on May 4, 2024. The clock hours form will be available at the end of the day.

A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by April 15, 2024. No refunds after April 15, 2024. No Show = No Refund.

Please bring a laptop or other device with Wi-Fi capability for use during the conference activities.


Contact Ryan Hickerson at 360.489.3640 or rhickerson@wasa-oly.org with conference registration questions.
Contact Kim Fry at kfry@wasa-oly.org with questions about the program.


Libra Forde
Award Winning Speaker
Thought Partner/Justice heart/Motivist

As a former athlete and business owner, Libra champions elite personal behavior. She uses her education and elite athletic experiences to cultivate thought partnerships that are actionable, manageable, and sustainable. In addition, over 25 years corporate, racial/social justice and orator experiences enable her to relate to diverse communities, professional groups, and individuals. Libra is currently the Executive Director for Women’s Foundation of Oregon, a philanthropist non-profit organization that focuses on the dismantlement of systems that impede gender and racial justice. Libra has also served as the interim Executive Director of Western States Center (WSC) and was the Chief Operating Officer for one of the largest culturally specific non-profits in Oregon.  

Libra led North Clackamas School District in being the first to name a high school in Oregon after a person of color. She served as an elected member of the North Clackamas School board for which she also chaired during the pandemic. Libra has over 25 years of education advocacy experience in Hawaii and Oregon. She has led innovative education reform and structure developments to include the first active-duty military child scholarship program for transitions and hybrid charter schools in Hawaii.   

In addition, Libra’s volunteer work includes Executive Board member for the Maurice Lucas Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council and Oregon State Commission for Women. Libra is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Libra holds awards in racial/social justice, innovation, and international speech. 
She is the proud solo parent of a recent college math major graduate, a current college biology student, and high school student-athlete. Libra calls her children her superpowers because they (and all children) are the impetus to her drive and success. Libra has a justice heart and systems mind ready to get the work done so we can have a place we can all be proud of beyond our existence. Someone did this for us, Libra believes we are now that “someone.”

Kate Eberle Walker
Author of The Good Boss: Nine Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work

Kate is an education industry leader with 20 years of experience running, managing, advising, acquiring, and investing in education companies. She supports companies that innovate and educate, with a particular passion for leading companies that use technology to expand student access to the experts they need to support their education and development. She believes that leaders are responsible for creating opportunities for, and elevating the voices of, all the people they work with, and she is passionate about creating structures to support those who have been historically underrepresented in the workplace.

Kate was named in Top 25 Women in PE-Backed Software Companies, was a featured speaker at EdTech Week and was spotlighted by her alma mater – Harvard Business School for her work in bringing about gender diversity in the workplace.

Good luck talking to Kate for more than five minutes without her mentioning her daughters, Marion and Audrey! They are a central part of her identity not only in her personal life, but as a professional. Her daughters are her motivation for working and writing, and they are her best idea-generators and decision makers. Kate’s companies get two bonus co-CEOs, who care as much about her work as she does.

Kate met her husband Chris at business school. From the start, they’ve prioritized their careers equally, and it has been essential to her success.

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