2020 CWLG Reaching the Summit Schedule

*All programming is in the MDT Time Zone.

Monday, August 31, 2020

9 a.m.


9:10-10:10 a.m.

Keynote Session 1: Understanding Intersectionality: The Social Identity Wheel with Kimberly Ford and Valerie Herrera

Intersectionality is more than just a buzzword, it’s key to moving the conversation forward on equity, diversity and inclusion. In this interactive session, you’ll learn to use a tool called the Social Identity Wheel to learn about some variations of identities each person holds and how those relate to positions of power or marginalization. This self-reflective work is important in understanding different aspects that create the lens each person views the world through. When we understand our personal lens, we can start to understand both areas of strength and blind spots in incorporating equity into our government programs, policies, and within communities.

10:10-10:30 a.m. 

Tina Talk 1 Know Your Worth: We Value Who and What We Believe In with Patrice Hawkins

10:30-10:40  a.m.


10:40-11:40 a.m.

Keynote Session 2: Creating A Path Forward with Kimberly Ford and Valerie Herrera

For some, racial and social equity is uncomfortable to talk about and for others it is survival. As leaders in your organization we ask that whatever the term brings up for you, lean into that emotion with the goal of better life outcomes for all. In this session, we’ll help you identify where your organization is on a social equity roadmap and develop a plan forward on ways you can improve equity in your daily work as a public servant, and for your entire organization. Each individual and organization has unique challenges and through some guidelines, best practices and brainstorming, you will leave with actionable steps to move forward. We’ll also give you some resources for social equity improvements in the government sector to continue your path forward.

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tina Talk 2 “Leadership Advice: Don’t Try this at Home” with Crystal Egli


Tuesday, September 1st

9-10 a.m.

Own Your Potential with Nina Vetter and Alisha Janes

10:00-10:20 a.m.

Tina Talk 3  Passion & Perseverance with Maria Morales

10:20-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions
  • Breakout Session 1: “It’s Not You, It’s American Motherhood” with Melissa Wiley

In this session, we will explore the modern American workplace and larger nationwide system infrastructures (such as childcare and maternity care) that keep working mothers from advancing and flourishing in both career and home life. We will explore what women can do to turn what feels like a personal challenge into much needed systemic change. If you find yourself struggling to balance it all while holding onto your life and career growth, this session will change everything. The perfect mother is gone. The empowered mother is here. It’s time to change this country for the next generation.

  • Breakout Session 2: “More than Numbers” with Kayla Barber-Perrotta

In this session Kayla Barber-Perrotta, Budget Manager for the City of Brighton, will discuss why experience in budgeting is such a powerful foundation for those entering local government, how it can open doors and act as a catalyst for change, and debunk the perception that it is only for people who love numbers and dream about spreadsheets. Key highlights will include how to build enthusiasm for the budgeting process, how to use budgets to propel innovation, how to incorporate storytelling, and practical ideas for boosting your budget experience no matter what you sit in an organization.  

  • Breakout Session 3: CAO & Assistants: Specific Strategies for Navigating the Double Bind

A break-out specifically for women serving in the CAO or Assistant role. We will discuss 4 balancing acts of being a woman in leadership including: balancing being demanding and caring, being authoritative yet participative, advocating for yourself while serving others, and maintaining distance while being approachable along with specific strategies for managing the tensions of the double bind. The goal of the session is to allow for an open-group discussion and safe space to build a supportive community while exploring and naming specific strategies. Ultimately, the more adept we become at naming and sharing strategies the more we can help normalize the acceptance of a large array of women’s leadership styles and provide clear strategies and pathways for the future of female leadership.

11:30-11:40 a.m.

National updates

11:40 a.m.-12:00p.m.

Tina Talk 4 “Bridging the Divide” with Adrina Gibson
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