PULLMAN, Wash. — Regent Carmen Otero and Donna Shavlik, former director, American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, will discuss women and leadership at Washington State University’s 1998 Women and Leadership Forum, “Leadership in Our Lives,” March 26.
The forum, sponsored by the offices of the President and the Provost, will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Compton Union Building. A 4:30 p.m. reception will finish the daylong event.
The Women and Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for women at WSU to discuss different leadership styles and paradigms, address ways to enhance leadership skills and identify leadership opportunities. Session topics include “Champions of Equality,” “Energy for Leadership,” “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Leaders” and “The Third Wave.” Other WSU and community leaders will be featured as guest speakers.
Otero received her law degree from the University of Colorado in 1971 and is a graduate of the National Judicial College. Otero served as a King County Superior Court judge and retired from the bench after nearly 16 years. She also served as a district court judge, general counsel to the Bellevue School District, schoolteacher and librarian.
Otero was appointed to WSU’s Board of Regents by former governor Mike Lowry in 1994. She is also a member of the Washington State Hispanic Affairs Commission. She was named “Outstanding Judge of 1993” by the King County Bar Association and received the Silver Gavel Award from the Washington State Hispanic Bar Association.
Shavlik served as director of OWHE for 15 years, advising academic institutions on issues such as sexual harassment, employment discrimination and gender equity in sports.
During her tenure, Shavlik developed one of the first mentoring programs in the country, the ACE’s National Identification Program. The program identifies women candidates for senior positions at universities and brings together midlevel women with senior men and women. She also developed the National Council for Research on Women and hosted the council’s first annual meeting in 1981.
Shavlik is now developing the Deep Bay Center in Montana and continues to serve as the chair of the national council’s Board of Directors.
WSU and community leaders speaking at the forum include Sue Armitage, history; Deborah Haynes, women’s studies; Sue Hinz, News and Information Services; Pat Wright, Students Book Corp.; Barbara Hammond, Counseling Services; Nancy McKee, anthropology; Karen DePauw, Graduate School; and Provost Gretchen M. Bataille.
Non-WSU participants will be charged $27 to attend the forum and the Women’s Recognition Luncheon and $15 to attend the forum only. The luncheon will cost $12 for WSU and non-WSU participants. WSU faculty, staff and students can attend the forum free.
Reservation forms for the forum and luncheon are available from the Women’s Resource Center, Wilson Hall, Room 8, 335-6849. Forms must be returned by March 13.
The luncheon, sponsored by WRC, will honor the recipients of the Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction awards that recognize the achievements and contributions of women at WSU. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women will recognize as Women of Distinction four women — an employee, a student, an alumna and a woman from outside the WSU workplace — who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women. At the luncheon, a fifth woman will be named WSU’s Woman of the Year, recognizing exceptional accomplishments and service.

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