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: November 11, 2020 Virtual Gathering
    • Dr. Jessica Lynn Taylor shared on how to lead diverse teams through the extreme stress around the pandemic trauma and racial trauma, how to navigate burnout and secondary trauma, and how to help others facing times of low morale and overwhelming needs.
    • Currently, Dr. Taylor serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusive Development at Multnomah University, in addition to her work at the Leadership Training Initiative, as well as being an executive coach concentrating on inclusive development and leadership with a Ph.D. in Counseling.
  • Idaho: Postponed to October 2021

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

Our Next Conference

May 4-6, 2022: Leading Change and Navigating Crucial Conversations

During this conference, we will explore how to be “as wise as a serpent, and as innocent as a dove” as we lead change and navigate crucial conversations. As we pursue Kingdom goals, what strategies can we utilize as we engage with God-given opportunities? How do we discern in order to lead prophetically and effectively? How do we navigate the unique challenges and opportunities as women leaders? Sessions are designed to create a dynamic and creative environment for women to interact with like-minded leaders.

  • Session 1: Overview and Foundations
  • Session 2: “Si Se Puede” – Yes, It Can be Done (Luke 1:37): Approaching powerless situations with different kinds of “serpent power” and “dove power”
  • Session 3: “Your own Power Story – Your Starting Point”: Identifying growth areas and creating positive change from our own experiences
  • Session 4: “Leading Organizational Change”: Building a team for change – utilizing creative power from below, above, or from the side
  • Session 5: “Leading Community Change”: Using what we’ve learned for community transformation

A few more details:

  • Conference cost: $60
  • If you have not participated in the Women in Leadership conference before and would like to be considered to attend, please send your name, organization, website, and role/title to womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org

Meet the Speaker

Alexia Salvatierra is a Lutheran pastor with over 40 years of experience in congregational (English and Spanish) and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing and legislative advocacy.

Currently, an Assistant Professor for the School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary as well as Coordinator of program for Hispanic pastors and church leaders at Fuller’s Centro Latino, she coordinates the Ecumenical Collaboration for Asylum Seekers and serves on the leadership team of Matthew 25/Mateo 25 (a bipartisan Christian network working with families facing deportation in the name and spirit of Jesus.)  She serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. 

Rev. Dr. Salvatierra founded multiple domestic and global programs and organizations, including a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth, a community computer center, an intergenerational community garden, and a collaborative providing emergency services on the streets and in the migrant farmworker camps. She was founding director of the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless, a program that integrated social services, community organizing, pastoral care, and economic development for the homeless that was replicated in six US cities.

The recipient of the Fuller School of Intercultural Studies 2019 David Allan Hubbard Achievement Award, Rev. Dr. Salvatierra has also received the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.  She is also a published author of a book called “Faith—rooted Organizing:  Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World”.

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

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