PULLMAN, Wash. — A forum aimed at recognizing and discussing women’s leadership will be held March 28 in Compton Union Building to highlight National Women’s History Month. The theme for the month is “Women Sustaining the American Spirit.”

Barbara Roberts, former governor of Oregon, will give the keynote address, “American Women: Blazing the Trails, Laying the Concrete” at 9 a.m. in the CUB Auditorium.

Roberts has served as Oregon’s Secretary of State, majority leader, a county commissioner and a school board member. During her term as governor, Oregon was ranked the seventh best-managed state in the nation in 1993 and had the lowest unemployment in 25 years. She is an active public speaker and the founder of the “Legacy Program” that serves local and state government and nonprofit leaders in Oregon and Washington. Roberts also serves as the associate director of leadership development at the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University. She attended Marylhurst College, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and Portland State University.

The day’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a reception and light refreshments.

Following the keynote address, concurrent sessions are planned until noon. Two sessions, set for 10 – 10:50 a.m., will discuss the influence of culture on women today and the generational differences in idealism and future goals of students. The latter session will feature a student panel.

One of the 11 – 11:50 a.m. sessions discusses the journey to vice presidency for two women at WSU, led by Charlene Jaeger, vice president of Student Affairs, and Mary Doyle, vice president of Information Technology. The other session’s focus is personal wellness and living a balanced life.

An additional session will take place 1:30 – 3 p.m. that continues the dialogue of a strategic planning session begun last year titled “Women at WSU: Strategic Priorities.” Lavon Frazier, assistant director of Information Technology, will moderate the discussion.

The forum is free and open to the public. Interested participants can register online at www.WLA.wsu.edu beginning March 1. For more information, contact Ginny Boyle, chair of the Women and Leadership Forum, at (509) 335-6902.