M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Women in Leadership

Providing resources, support and leadership skills to women in nonprofit management

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership is a series of gatherings that supports mid-level/mid-career women nonprofit leaders in the Pacific Northwest to thrive in their leadership by developing skills, deepening character, growing spirituality, enhancing life practices and expanding networks.

The gatherings are intergenerational, so women of all ages can learn from each other’s experience and wisdom. Women network and collaborate, hear from a guest speaker and have time for group interaction. Content is rooted in a Christian worldview, and women are offered a unique opportunity to explore key issues vital to their work and life.

The Conference

The annual conference is a three-day, two-night gathering in Vancouver, Washington, each spring and is a core piece of the Women in Leadership program. The speakers and content are anchored in a Christian worldview, but resources and learnings can be applicable to all mid-level/mid-career women, regardless of faith. The conference is a space to move between concepts and application to real life with the goal of helping women leaders become better equipped for their work.

If you are interested in taking part in the Women in Leadership Conference, please review the past conference resources below and listen to some of the recordings to get a sense of whether the content fits with your interests. If after reviewing the resources, you are interested in being invited to the program, please email womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org.

The Lunch Gathering

In addition to the annual conference, the Women in Leadership program includes regional lunch gatherings in the Murdock Trust’s funding region (currently in Montana and Idaho). The gatherings are held in the fall and include lunch, a short program, facilitated networking with other leaders attending the event and introduction to the Murdock Trust’s grants and enrichment opportunities.

  • Montana: October 2020 (with a decision to be made by August 1, 2020 regarding possibly pivoting to a virtual format)
  • Idaho: Postponed to October 2021

If you are interested in taking part in these gatherings, please email womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org.

Our Next Conference

*Due to the growing concerns around COVID19, the decision has been made to cancel/postpone the May 6-8, 2020 Women in Leadership Conference. This is the most responsible decision we can make right now for both the staff and the nonprofit leaders that we serve in this program.

This has been a difficult decision to make, but we hope that you will understand. For those already registered, your conference registration fees will be refunded to you. We will be postponing the topic and content of the 2020 conference on Leadership Coaching, and moving that forward to the 2021 Conference (May 5-7, 2021). Registration for that conference will open in early February 2021.

For resources to help nonprofits navigate this unprecedented time, as well as updates on how the Murdock Trust is helping respond to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit our website, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Our upcoming Women in Leadership conference is:

May 5-7, 2021: Leadership Coaching with Mind, Heart, Strength

During this conference, you will learn how to utilize a model of coaching that will equip you to think about your leadership as well as the development of others. Sessions are designed to create a dynamic and creative environment for women to interact with like-minded leaders. You’ll learn how to discern where God is calling you and your sphere(s) of influence to focus, engage realities and create plans to move forward while engaging with God’s Spirit.

  • Session 1: Why We Need Mystery & Strategy
  • Session 2: Framing Goals
  • Session 3: Assessing Reality
  • Session 4: Creating & Choosing Options
  • Session 5: Engaging the Will & Next Steps

A few more details:

  • If you would like to be considered for the 2021 Conference, please send your name, organization, website, and role/title to womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org
  • Conference location: Vancouver, Washington
  • Conference cost: $60 (covers lodging, meals, content and materials during the conference)
  • Participants are responsible for travel costs to/from the conference, as well as any parking fees

Meet the Speaker

Tracey Gee is a leadership development coach and trainer who is passionate about working with mission-driven leaders, teams and organizations. She has more than 20 years of ministry experience as a director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she has designed training experiences and resources for a range of leaders from college students taking their first leadership steps to national directors, executive teams and board members.

She is a Gallup-certified Strengths coach whose top five strengths are Strategic, Input, Futuristic, Achiever and Activator. She earned her master’s degree in leadership from Fuller Seminary, where she focused on topics such as leadership development, learning and organizational dynamics.

She is also a published author of a book for Asian American women called More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Woman on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith. Originally from the Bay Area of California, Tracey now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two boys and rescue dog Kona. She loves camping, baseball and black coffee.

Meet the Worship Leader

Erna Kim Hackett is a worship leader, preacher, pastor, activist and writer. She serves as Executive Pastor at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA.  She received her Master’s Degree in Inter-Cultural Studies from the Institute for Indigenous Theology Studies.  Erna is passionate about investing in women leaders and creating a just and liberated world. She founded Liberated Together, a space for women of color engaged in justice and healing work which recently launched their first cohort.  She served as Director of Worship for InterVarsity’s Urbana Missions Conference in 2015. Erna grew up in Seattle, WA, recently lived and worked in Portland, OR for a number of years, and now lives in Richmond, CA with her husband of 12 years, and her dog Ella. 

Have questions? Contact us at womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org or 360.694.8415

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