Join us for a 1.5-day gathering focused on creating a better future for all Alaskan women.

We're calling on Alaska's brightest women to come together to work on finding answers to the toughest questions facing Alaskan women and families. This year's summit will be focused on developing careers, building communities of change, and the power of mentorship, collaboration, and negotiation in changing the landscape for women.

Come for the full-day summit, the half-day workshop, or both! (Space is limited, please register here.)

2015 Featured Speakers

Gail Evans
Former CNN Executive and Best-Selling Author

Gail Evans is the best-selling author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn. The book was listed for several months on the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has appeared on The Today Show and Larry King Live, and in USA Today and The New York Times.

Evans' career is vast, beginning in government and culminating in her role as the Executive Vice President of CNN. Evans began working with CNN at its inception in 1980 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1996. In September 2000, she was named to Executive Vice President of Domestic Networks for the CNN Newsgroup, where she was responsible for program and talent development of all domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year. She served as an appointed member of the CNN Executive Committee and is past chairperson of the CNN programming task force.

In addition, Evans developed three of CNN's most popular programs: TalkBack Live, television's first interactive live talk show; Burden of Proof, the first daily legal talk show on network television; and CNN & Company, the news talk show featuring a panel of female experts debating the top stories of the day. Evans retired from CNN in the summer of 2001 and remains a consultant to the company.

Sara Lawson
Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach

Sara Lawson, MPA, CFRE, CPCC, brings 20+ years' leadership experience to support individuals with big dreams and ambitious goals. Sara is passionate about the role that mission-inspired companies and organizations have in strengthening communities. She also knows that leadership can be fulfilling AND frustrating, even for dedicated, skilled, and creative people. Sara is a consultant, coach, facilitator, speaker, and the creator of Gauge Leadership Lab and Moxie: A Leadership Salon Series for Women. These leadership development programs bring together small groups of leaders to uncover new insights, develop courageous visions, share big laughs, and champion each other’s progress along the way. Sara’s guidance offers her clients the tools and inspiration to address big challenges, do their best work, make a meaningful difference, and have fun doing it.

Sara has served as an executive director, interim executive director, front-line volunteer, program director, committee chair, board member, and mentor. She draws upon experience in the arts, higher education, health care, and public radio, and has honed her expertise through her work with clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She is also a proud advocate for Arts Corps—the largest, nonprofit arts education organization in the greater Seattle area—where she currently serves as board president.

A dedicated advocate of life-long learning, Sara teaches graduate-level courses on nonprofit leadership at Seattle University. A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), she obtained her MPA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College. She received her executive coach training and certification through the ICF-accredited Coaches Training Institute.

Originally from New England, with long stretches in Quebec and Alaska, Sara landed in Seattle in 2007. In her free time, she can be found biking, reading, dabbling in textiles, practicing yoga, binge-watching TV dramas, and delighting in the company of her family and friends. More info


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Hear from some of Alaska’s most recognized and valued women leaders as they address the challenges and successes faced relating to business, policymaking, corporate and workforce culture, ethnicity and regional difference, community and non-profit service, health and childcare, housing and other relevant subjects.
Learn from and earn the respect of remarkable woman innovators and managers in fields ranging from resource and natural development to housing, journalism, public policy, social media, non-profits and much more. Embrace the lessons and wisdom of salient issues facing Alaskans today.

Engage in work sessions and panels that inspire creativity and progress while addressing the challenges, advantages and benefits of positive change for women of Alaska. Participate in thought-provoking exchanges highlighting current and future progress from home to career to community.

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