Oregon Institute of Leadership Development

OILD 2017 Brochure

OILD 2017 Brochure

At OILD, women from Oregon community colleges gather to grow their leadership skills.

Participants gain insight on work styles, community college issues, and professional ethics. Participants hear from women community college leaders: college presidents, deans, faculty, support staff. These leaders share stories of personal and professional growth. OILD is a time for learning, reflecting, and growing. It’s a time for meeting women from other community colleges and for expanding networks. It is also a time for fun.

26th Annual OILD

The Twenty-six Annual OILD will be held at the Silver Falls Conference Center from June 19 to 22, 2017.

Many attendees have gone on to have assumed leadership roles in their institutions. Investing in this development opportunity benefits the college as well as the individual.  We ask each college to select a participant using local criteria. We send selection process information to AAWCC chapters and college presidents in January.

Interested in attending OILD?

To attend OILD, you must be nominated. And yes, you are 100% allowed to nominate yourself! Most chapters have a process for nominating applicants – check with your local chapter. If there is no established process (or no local chapter), use this generic application form.  Turn in to your local chapter or president’s office.

If you’re not sure you “belong in a leadership group”, don’t worry.   If you’re a woman working in the Oregon community college system, that means OILD is for you.

The selection process takes place annually from February to April.  The due date for nominations is April 14.  Nominees will be contacted in May.

OILD Directors

Mary F.T. Spilde

(541) 463-5315
Lane Community College

Jan Woodcock

(541) 440-4706
Umpqua Community College
Social Science Faculty

Julie Kopet

(971) 722-6263
Portland Community College
Division Dean

Lynn Irvin

(503) 399-5012
Chemeketa Community College
Administrative Coordinator


Many community college women who attended the National Institute for Leadership Development wanted to create a process for Oregon women who did not have a Master’s Degree and were therefore ineligible for NILD. A committee was formed by the OAAWCC Chapter to see what a similar workshop could look like should we offer one. Lily O’Rielly chaired it. Stephanie Sussman was on it as was Alice Jacobson and several other women. They came up with a plan.

The major hump was how to get the college presidents to support it. Stephanie Sussman went around to several of them and spoke to them about the workshop and their need to support and cover costs. At the time PCC had three college Campus Deans who sat on the President’s Council who were women, Alice Jacobson, Betty Duva ll and Pamela Transue and Darlene was President of Clatsop CC. They brought the issue to the President’s Council and I believe there was a unanimous approval to support it. The first one was held at Silver Falls. NILD supported it from the beginning. The founders always thought of OILD as a way to provide support for women to go back to school and increase their skills. So in a way it was a feeder for future NILD participants.

In 1995, Stephanie Sussman wrote her dissertation on OILD identifying the key elements needed in a leadership training program for women in CC’s. She did a  survey of the participants, their supervisors when they went to OILD and their supervisors at the time of the survey, The results were overwhelmingly positive.

In 2006, the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development received the Model Award at the AACC convention.

Past OILD Agendas