Workshops

2015 AAUW National Convention workshop attendees chat over coffee.

2015 AAUW National Convention workshop attendees chat over coffee.

The AAUW National Convention is all about learning. You’ll connect with people who have new and creative ideas on how to empower women and girls. You’ll explore different ways to continue AAUW’s work. And you’ll do all these things — in addition to developing some valuable skills yourself — through convention’s backbone: our diverse workshops.

Many workshops will focus on leadership development, while others will showcase specific AAUW programs such as salary negotiation and research. Honing leadership skills and staying on top of best practices is the best way to lead AAUW effectively and advance the mission.

Explore our 2017 workshops below.

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Session 1: Thursday, June 15, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

AAUW Campus 101: How to Bring AAUW to Your Local College or University
Presenter: Paige Robnett, AAUW College/University Relations Manager
Meeting Room 8/9
Ready to recruit more students from local colleges and universities to join the AAUW fold? This interactive workshop is designed for members who are looking to empower the next generation of AAUW leaders. National staff will guide participants through AAUW’s campus initiatives and provide tips for you to take back to your community. You will leave with a renewed sense of energy as well as the skills you need to successfully engage local faculty, staff, and students.

Financial Best Practices for AAUW State and Branch Leadership
Presenters: Tom Chappell, AAUW Vice President of Finance; Mike Gellman, AAUW Chief Finance Officer; Janet Bunger, AAUW Finance Vice Chair
Meeting Room 3
Join AAUW’s chief financial officer for this interactive workshop on financial best practices for your AAUW state or branch leadership. You will also get an updated overview of finances at the AAUW national office. Bring your questions and come prepared to share your financial successes and discuss your concerns. All state and branch presidents, finance vice presidents, and state and branch board members are encouraged to attend.

Global Progress and Equality for Women: Get Educated and Take Action!
Presenter: Gloria Blackwell, AAUW Vice President of Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs
Meeting Room 4
In 2017, global gender equality remains elusive, especially in economics, education, and leadership. What have we accomplished, and what challenges remain? AAUW has a long history of tackling global women’s issues, from awarding fellowships for international scholarly work to collaborating with the United Nations. This workshop focuses on global progress, new opportunities, and tools to tackle our unfinished agenda. You’ll leave ready to mobilize and renew AAUW’s commitment to women’s empowerment around the world.

Help Schools Enforce Title IX in Your Community
Presenters: Ebonee C. Avery-Washington, AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Manager, and Kathy Brenniman, Legal Advocacy Fund Committee Chair
Meeting Room 10/11
More than 40 years after Title IX became law, many high school athletic programs still do not comply with Title IX’s requirements. AAUW branches can help improve equity for women athletes through Know the Score: Investigate Title IX Compliance in High School Athletics, a program you can use to help schools in your community comply with the law. You’ll learn the basics, get tips for using Know the Score, and leave ready to work with educators to ensure fairness in your school district.

Learn about the Latest AAUW Research: Women and Student Debt
Presenter: Kevin Miller, AAUW Senior Researcher
Meeting Room 16
AAUW’s latest research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, takes a close look at the connection between gender and student loans. Women not only take on more student debt than do men but also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap. Student debt is an even bigger risk for some women: Low-income students, students with dependent children, and students who drop out of college are all at higher risk of defaulting on student loans. At this workshop, find out more of the facts on women and student loans as well as how to get involved in helping women continue to pursue higher education — without cumbersome debt.

Making the Asks
Presenters: Amber Carroll and Kristin White, AAUW Major Gifts Managers; Diane Patton and Valerie A. Jermusyk, AAUW National Fundraising Committee Chairs
Meeting Room 15
Join the AAUW national development team and national fundraising chairs for a workshop about expanding your donor network and perfecting your fundraising ask. You’ll walk away from this session a proactive fundraiser with the tools and confidence you need to get support for the AAUW programs you love!

Using the Identity Wheel to Build Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces
Presenter: Cordy Galligan, AAUW Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Renaissance East
As a new AAUW member, did you feel welcome in your branch? Did you feel that you were part of the organization? We will use the identity wheel — an activity from the AAUW Diversity and Inclusion Tool Kit — to help AAUW branch members get to know each other better. During this exercise, we will reflect on the identities that are most important or salient to each of us. We will then discuss how those identities relate to our experiences in society, and how familiarity with individual and social identities can help a branch be more inclusive.

What Stories Are under Your Bed? How to Preserve Your Local AAUW Historical Collections
Presenters: Jackie Littleton, Caroline Pickens, and Dian Belanger, AAUW Archives Corps members; and Suzanne Gould, AAUW Archivist and Historian
Meeting Room 5
Your AAUW state or branch history is a valuable resource filled with documents on the achievements and contributions AAUW women have made throughout history. Learn how to preserve your history with this session of practical advice and activities. You’ll discover how to find, organize, and maintain materials, as well as how to identify and approach institutions interested in keeping your archives in their collection. Participants are invited to bring an item or story from their branch or state archives to share.

Session 2: Friday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.–Noon

The AAUW Recruitment Cook-Off: What Are the Ingredients to Success?
Presenter: Christy Jones, AAUW Vice President of Membership and Direct Marketing
Meeting Room 12/13/14
Are your recruitment efforts hitting the spot, or are they a little half-baked? Come learn the recipe for successful recruitment! This session will teach you how to whip up a recruitment plan to attract new members, get your existing members recruiting alongside you, and help your branch grow.

Building Self-Esteem for Girls: An Intergenerational Approach
Presenters: Judy Horan, AAUW Charting the Course Cochair; Pat Dawson, mentor; Nancy Rodenbeucher-Daniel, mentor; Jessica Fuller, teacher; Mary Ybarra, school board member; Lisa Simon, Ed.D.; and students Nancy Cruz, Jessica Terrazaz, Jocelyn Romero, Cecilia Olives, Elizabeth Jimenez, and Serena Rangel
Meeting Room 5
How can we empower the next generation of women leaders? AAUW members in California have an idea: Empower nontraditional students through mentoring! Join us for an in-depth discussion on Girls Excel, a course that builds self-esteem and practical paths to success for high school girls in Corona, California. AAUW members and other volunteers work with high school girls to teach them the skills to mentor girls younger than themselves. Collaborators in this project include the Corona-Norco School District and the Soroptimist International of Corona club. The teacher, students, and AAUW members involved with the program will discuss this approach and how it can be replicated in your community.

Capturing Attention through Storytelling
Presenter: Amy Becker, AAUW Political Media Manager
Meeting Room 8/9
Personal stories are a powerful way to put a face to the injustices women and girls face every day. By using storytelling in your advocacy, you can ensure that your message stays with your audience and further propels them into action. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use this technique effectively as well as receive tips on story collection efforts. Narratives can help you inspire activism in your community, build support for any cause you’re working on, and even recruit new members!

Communication Skills: Presenting and Participating with Confidence
Presenter: Audrey Brown, Independent Consultant
Meeting Room 16
This session will help members learn to express themselves more effectively and to join or lead productive conversations with others. Participants will learn through active participation and role play how to create strong presentations using both structural and technical tools, how to lead group discussions, and useful skills for establishing authority with an audience. We’ll also talk about how members can be better ambassadors for AAUW and for the issues that matter to them.

Community Engagement: Meet Your Neighbors
Presenters: Claudia Richards, AAUW Branch Relations Senior Manager, and Elizabeth Holden, AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Renaissance West B
Ready to meet the neighbors? Collaborating with diverse organizations in your community can help you increase your AAUW impact and recruit new members. This session will teach you how to find, connect to, and work with other local organizations to hold programs and take actions that elevate the voices of diverse communities on issues important to AAUW.

Creating Engaging, Inspiring Programs with AAUW Fellows and Grantees
Presenter: Gloria Blackwell, AAUW Vice President of Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs
Meeting Room 4
Spotlighting AAUW fellowship and grant recipients is a surefire way to engage with your community and local campuses, raise branch funds, and gain visibility for AAUW. Recipients serve as eloquent ambassadors for the value of giving to AAUW and our tremendous effect on women and society. This interactive workshop will provide useful strategies to enrich your local programming by giving a platform to recipients. You’ll take home ideas to improve your upcoming events, fundraising plans, campus interaction, and alumnae engagement.

Digital Communications and Social Media
Presenter: Renee Davidson, AAUW Digital Communications Manager
Meeting Room 10/11
Is your branch on Facebook or Twitter? Is your website up to date? Why do these channels matter, and how can they work together? This workshop will teach you how to manage and coordinate your branch’s online presence in order to increase recruitment, retain members, raise money, and make your advocacy more effective. Attendees will leave with best practices and proven tactics to increase visibility and engage audiences.

Go from Brand “Blah” to Brand Bling!
Presenter: Cordy Galligan, AAUW Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Renaissance West A
Do you know how successfully you are presenting AAUW’s brand recognition and perception in your community? Would you like the answer if you heard it? Come learn how to polish up your branding work and make AAUW stand out in a competitive market.

Grow through Mission-Based Programs? Yes We Can!
Presenters: Mardy Stevens and Pat Ross, AAUW Branch Program Resource Committee Cochairs
Renaissance East
AAUW issues like safe campuses, fair pay, and the lack of women in leadership can provide compelling content that’s bound to engage your community. This workshop will show you how easy it is to grow your branch while working to change the climate for women and girls. Plus, you’ll learn about the new program matrix designed to let you customize a year of programs in no time flat! Make sure this workshop is on your convention to-do list.

The Impact of Your Dollar
Presenters: Amber Carroll and Kristin White, AAUW Major Gifts Managers; Diane Patton and Valerie A. Jermusyk, AAUW National Fundraising Chairs
Meeting Room 15
What is the importance of unrestricted giving? Why should donors give to the AAUW Fund? This interactive workshop, led by members of the AAUW national development team and by two fundraising chairs, will explain unrestricted gifts and equip you with the tools you need to make the case for giving to the AAUW Fund and supporting the organization’s future.

Navigating Difficult Conversations
Jesse B Rauch, Senior Program Manager, AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart
Meeting Room 3
The AAUW Work Smart team has developed a new workshop to help you navigate difficult conversations in the workplace. These conversations are inevitable, but they shouldn’t be avoided or feared. Through the lens of women’s leadership, this workshop will show you how to provide and receive feedback and how to better handle conflict with your supervisor or colleagues. We’ll also cover ways to own and embrace difficult conversations in order to minimize stress, maximize productivity, and improve relationships.

Session 3: Saturday, June 17, 8:45–10:15 a.m.

AAUW Salary Negotiation Program Meetup
Presenter: Sarah Spencer, Program Associate, AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart
Meeting Room 4
Attend a meet-and-greet strategy session for AAUW’s salary negotiation program. If you’re involved with AAUW Start Smart or AAUW Work Smart or just want to hear from people who are already using AAUW’s growing salary negotiation workshops, this is the place to learn what’s happening right now … and what’s around the corner for these successful programs.

Exposing Your Hidden Superpowers: Engagement and Retention
Presenters: Christy Jones, AAUW Vice President of Membership and Direct Marketing, and Claudia Richards, AAUW Branch Relations Senior Manager
Meeting Room 12/13/14
Is renewal season your branch’s kryptonite? Join AAUW staff and the AAUW Membership Committee to learn engagement and retention strategies that will help you save the day and be your branch’s superhero. Unlock tactics and resources to help you slay the terrible turnover monster that lurks in your community.

Financial Fitness and You: Estate Planning 101
Presenter: John Jensen, Planned Giving Expert
Meeting Room 15
Estate planning is a vital part of your overall personal financial strategy. This workshop will make it easy for you to get your ducks in a row when it comes to your estate so that you can incorporate AAUW into your future giving. Come learn the basics of estate and financial planning based on your current life stage and goals. You’ll leave with a to-do list to share with your family and friends as well as other resources to establish your legacy. John Jensen will also be available to answer questions and talk through individual situations as time allows.

Good Governance: You Can Learn to Love Compliance
Presenters: Sandy Camillo, AAUW Compliance Officer, and Elizabeth Haynes, AAUW Governance Committee Chair
Meeting Room 5
Conforming to AAUW regulations and requirements can be confusing. That’s why we’re here to answer your questions. If you’re in a leadership role with an AAUW affiliate, you probably know how important it is to know and understand the rules. We know it’s not an easy job, but don’t give up! This workshop will help you learn the ins and outs of compliance and governance to make your job easier.

Grow through Mission-Based Programs? Yes We Can!
Presenters: Mardy Stevens and Pat Ross, AAUW Branch Program Resource Committee Cochairs, and Cordy Galligan, AAUW Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Renaissance West B
AAUW issues like safe campuses, fair pay, and the lack of women in leadership can provide compelling content that’s bound to engage your community. This workshop will show you how easy it is to grow your branch while working to change the climate for women and girls. Plus, you’ll learn about the new program matrix designed to let you customize a year of programs in no time flat! Make sure this workshop is on your convention to-do list.

How Washington Works: A Policy Update with Your Top Lobbyist
Presenter: Lisa Maatz, AAUW Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy
Renaissance East
Get a primer on political acronyms (ESEA, PFA, HFA, and more) and what goes on behind the scenes in Washington, D.C. Despite the gridlock, many bills and important legislative initiatives are still being considered and voted on in Congress. Get a firsthand view from inside the Beltway of how public policy is made, and learn what active citizens can do to influence the process. We’ll also give a status report on AAUW’s public policy efforts.

Media Training 101: How to Cut through the Static
Presenter: Amy Becker, AAUW Political Media Manager
Meeting Room 8/9
Working with the media provides a rewarding and effective tool for promoting AAUW’s policy priorities and events. Your efforts can lead to recruitment of new members, access to key stakeholders and decision makers, and increased visibility in your community. In this session, attendees will learn tips and best practices for using the media to get your message heard.

The Tools You Need to Build Your Branch’s Online Brand
Kathryn Bibler, AAUW Senior Editor, and Kathryn Montiegel, AAUW Senior Web Designer
Meeting Room 10/11
Your web presence is the most powerful tool to communicate your branch’s work to the world. But that web presence requires regular honing. Are you maintaining consistent branding and language across your website, social media, and e-newsletter? Using an e-newsletter as a model, we’ll walk through the basics of keeping your brand consistent, your language pitched to your audience, and all your web outlets in harmony.