Summer Conference 2024

Dream Work!

Join us for an inspiring one-day conference hosted by the AAWCC Oregon Chapter. Our conference empowers and celebrates women in community colleges, offering a platform for networking, professional development, and community building. Through engaging workshops, thought-provoking discussions, and keynote speakers, we’ll explore topics ranging from leadership and career advancement to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Save the date

  • When: Thursday, July 25
  • Where: Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton
  • Rooms: See hotel and registration FAQ for room block details (room block deadline was June 28)
  • Price: $150

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, administrator, or community partner, this conference is designed to inspire, educate, and connect you with like-minded individuals dedicated to promoting women’s success in higher education. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative experience that celebrates the achievements and contributions of women in community colleges. Register now and join us for a day of inspiration, learning, and empowerment!

Schedule: Thursday, July 25


Breakfast and Registration


Keynote: How To Create the Dream Team

Speaker: Marissa Cade

A catalyst for growth and consensus: with a knack for blending artistry with strategy, she crafts custom solutions for projects from start to finish. Trusted for her insights and energy, she’s your go-to advisor for navigating complexities and achieving goals. Marissa’s experience ensures success. She has worked in a variety of roles from Legislative Aide and Policy Advisor, to Facilitator, Coach, Business Strategist, Executive Director, Fundraiser, Project Manager, and Entrepreneur.



Check out from hotel, if needed.


Keynote: Communicating the Dream

Speaker: Mandy Ellertson

Workshop prep: take the communication style test.

For the past 35 years, Mandy Ellertson worked as an educator. Her primary role at Portland Community College connected with Student Life and Leadership where she supported students to develop leadership skills. One of her mentors, Dr. Linda Reisser, stressed the importance of communication as a tool to not only lead but find success in your work life. Mandy strongly agrees with Dr. Reisser and continues to share the tools she acquired with others.


Lunch and Oregon Garden Walk


Flower framed sign of Oregon Garden lodge

Living the Dream

Team Building Workshop




Let’s Talk! Updates, News, and Wrap up

Campus Chapter Updates, Ambassador News, OILD Updates, Board Positions, and Awards


Door Prizes

Campus Chapter Updates, Ambassador News, OILD Updates, Board Positions, and Awards

Previous summer conferences

See what we’ve learned at past conferences: previous summer conferences.

Inspire. Champion. Celebrate.