The Need for Women in Leadership Roles: Support and Obstacles

Event Date/Time

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017
    8:30 am - 11:30 am


800 NE Oregon St
United States

Intended Audience

This session is designed for both men and women, in considering obstacles and successes, which support women in their leadership journeys.


Attention to women’s unique leadership style is increasingly important for men and women: women now comprise almost half of the working population-a substantial growth from 15% in the 1970’s, garner more undergraduate degrees then men (25-34 age group: 37.5 % of women with undergraduate degrees, compared to only 29.5% of men) and have the innate brain differences that promote collaborative, inductive thinking; increasingly necessary in today’s complex world. Do men and women understand and recognize the strengths each gender brings to organizations?

And, do both men and women share a common understanding of the failure of not fully utilizing women in organizations? Out of 3,000 US business men and women--as reported in 2016:
• 56% of men think women have made considerable progress over the past ten years
• Only 39% of women agree

In this workshop, we will review studies regarding women’s leadership style, consider today’s environment and look at women’s strengths and areas to develop; often through taking courageous action, “leaning in” and moving beyond risk aversion. We will have time to explore some of the obstacles women face (relevant for both men and women to consider) and methods you have learned, and used to shine as your brilliant self-- either male or female!


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Assess male and female difference in brain anatomy and impact on leadership.
  • Identify your own gender difference experience.
  • Experiment with steps you can take to combat obstacles to your career success.
  • Create steps that you can take in your organization to increase gender parity in opportunities.


Dr. Terry Rodriguez, President
TR & Associates
Seattle, WA

Dr. Terry Rodriguez is an HR/Organizational Change and Development professional. She has a broad, global business background, with over 20 years of international and national learning development and change management expertise. Terry has worked with small to Fortune 50 companies, as a consultant with her firm TR & Associates, and as a Director of Training. Her work has encompassed creating, leading and implementing learning and organizational development programs, diversity and inclusion, management coaching, communication strategies, and employee/career development programs. She is an Assistant Professor and has taught global Leadership graduate classes. Her leadership dissertation was “The Need for Authenticity in Female Business Leaders.” Currently, she is leading Learning and Development, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, at the City of Vancouver, Vancouver, WA.

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Program Details

  • Check in at 8 am.
  • Workshop is in Room 1B.
  • View transportation options.
  • Limited to 40 participants.

Registration Details

  • Registration is available for our partner organizations.
  • To receive a refund, a written request must be received in the Chapter office at least one week before the event.
  • No refunds or credits for future events given after that time.
  • Prices go up at the door.
  • Have a full stamp card? To redeem your stamp card, please use the Contact The Chapter email form to request an online registration code.

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CPLP Recertification Credit

CPLPs earn one recertification point/credit for each physical hour of continuing education within one’s current role/job or involving a new experience or content. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork. Visit the CPLP webpage for complete information.

The Chapter estimates 3 recertification hours for this workshop.

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HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credit

This program may be eligible for self-certification for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork. Visit the HRCI recertification webpage or the SHRM recertification webpage for more information.

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Alignment with ATD's Competency Model
Areas of Expertise
Areas in BOLD will be addressed in this presentation.

  1. Performance Improvement
  2. Instructional Design
  3. Training Delivery
  4. Learning Technologies
  5. Evaluating Learning Impact
  6. Managing Learning Programs
  7. Integrated Talent Management
  8. Coaching
  9. Knowledge Management
  10. Change Management


800 NE Oregon St, Portland, Oregon, 97232, United States