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

Woman speaking in front of a group of seated women

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 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

Group of women seated at table, listening intently to one individual speaking

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 (paused for 2024) and include lunch, a short program to receive content/tools/resources, facilitated networking with other leaders attending the event, and an introduction to the Murdock Trust’s grants and program opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in future lunch gatherings, please email womeninleadership@murdocktrust.org.

Our Next Conference

Information about the next Women in Leadership program will be shared at a future date. In the meantime, please explore our archive of past conference resources.

For any questions, please reach out to Program Manager, Hannah Pick, at hannahp@murdocktrust.org.

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