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35th Annual OWHE Conference - Navigate Your Adventure

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2015 OWHE Conference
Navigate Your Adventure
January 22-23
The Riverhouse, Bend, OR

OWHE is excited to welcome our keynote speaker: Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet. Past President of Antioch University Seattle, first American Indian woman to be appointed president of a university outside of the tribal college system, and named by diverseeducation.com as one of America’s Top 25 Women in Higher Education.


The 2015 OWHE Conference theme is 'Navigate Your Adventure' and attendees will be able to network with colleagues from around the state, reflect upon their own professional and personal adventures, and attend sessions linked to the four conference tracks:

  • Personal and Professional Wellbeing
  • Career Development
  • Research in Action: Programs and Best Practices
  • Leading in an Era of Change

Conference Schedule

This year the conference will take place over 2 days. Thursday evening will include a welcome reception, mentoring and sponsorship session and buffet dinner. Friday will include a keynote speaker, sessions, luncheon, and the always popular Wise Women Panel.

  • Thursday, January 22nd | 5pm-9:30pm
  • Friday January 23rd | 8:30am-4pm

The full conference program is available online: 2015 Conference Schedule 

This year OWHE welcomes the following Wise Women Panelists:

  • Carla Gary – Consulting by Design II
  • Dr. Sue Stein – Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions at Pacific University
  • Laurie Woodward – Director of Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon
  • Alexis Shawnee Palacios Cabrera – Graduate Student in the Post-Secondary Adult & Continuing Education Program at Portland State University

Register Here!

We are excited to see you this year in Bend for the Oregon Women in Higher Education conference. Register online now! Deadline to register is January 12th, 2015.

 Registration fees:

  • Early Bird
    Professional = $150
    Student = $65
  • After December 5th
    Professional $175
    Student = $65

Conference Payment

You can process your payment for the conference now! We are using SquareUp as our credit card provider.

Still need to pay for your conference registration? Visit this link to make credit card payments online. For payments via check, please submit payment to Jana Faro, 1243 SW Spring Garden St, Portland, OR 92719. Please make checks payable to OWHE. Credit cards are encouraged for ease of processing. You can email owheconf@gmail.com with questions or concerns. Professionals = $150, Students = $65

Conference Scholarships

OWHE offers two attendee scholarships that cover the majority of registration costs, 1 for a new professional and 1 for a student, and recipients are selected by the Board based on responses to the Scholarship Application. Applications are due December 5th and all applicants will be notified no later than December 12 at 5pm. It is recommended that you make payment for the conference after the December 12, 2014 notification to applicants. You can still register for the conference by completing step one of the on-line registration process. Step 2 is the payment process. You can skip this step until after December 12. If you are not awarded the scholarship, your registration fee will be at the early bird rate (professional = $150, student = $65).

Conference Hotel Accommodations

The 2015 conference will take place at the beautiful Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center in Bend, OR.

Rates are as follows: Thursday, January 22nd and Friday, January 23rd

  • Single Room: $89
  • Double Room: $99

To book a room:

  1. Call 800-547-3928
  2. Let them know you are with the Women in Higher Education Conference in January to lock in the special rates
  3. You must book your room by 12/23/2014 in order to receive the discounted rate


Check out this PDF for ideas to do around Bend.

Questions about the conference can be directed to owheconf@gmail.com