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Northwest Women's Leadership Academy

The NW Women’s Leadership Academy (NWWLA) is a program to advance women from a variety of backgrounds in local government into leadership roles. The Academy is a nine-month professional development cohort for emerging local government leaders in Oregon and Washington that provides opportunities to enhance skills and competencies, build confidence, network, and expand professional connections through career mentoring and moral support to women in local government.

The NWWLA completed a successful inaugural program in November of 2018. Now in its second year, the Academy will build upon the successes of 2018 in order to continue offering a quality learning experience as well as more opportunities to network and expand professional connections with the addition of an overnight retreat to kick-off the program.

Learning Sessions

The selected cohort will begin their learning experience with an overnight retreat in Bend at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes, September 23rd-24th. All remaining sessions for the duration of the academy will be one day learning experiences held on Fridays, with specific dates still to be determined, in different jurisdictions throughout Oregon. Meals, speakers and materials will be included in the tuition cost and partial scholarships for lodging and tuition will be available.

2019-2020 Schedule





Bend, OR


Welcome, Introductions and Purpose

2-day Session to explore individual and collective purpose for engaging in the academy.

Leadership Development

Understand your leadership strengths and develop a personal leadership curriculum for the academy.



Process Improvement

Drawing on lessons learned from the PEAK Academy from Denver, CO, learn a few simple tools for unleashing performance and innovation in your organization.


Land use in Oregon

You’ve heard that land use in Oregon is unique. Learn what you need to know as a leader in local government.



HR / Labor Relations 101

Navigating the HR landscape can seem scary and overwhelming. Learn how to spot the trickiest issues and when to escalate them.


Employee Engagement

How do you connect with employees to motivate them to fulfill their highest potential?




Learn the basics of Oregon Budget Law and how to develop a municipal budget in this context.


Relationship with the Governing Board

Hear from two City Managers about how they organize the work of the organization and their approach to establishing effective relationships with their governing board.



Interviewing & Negotiation

Ready to move to the next level? Learn more about working with an executive search firm and practice your interview skills.


Resume/Coaching Workshop


DEI Session


Strategic Planning Session



Women in Leadership

A panel of working women for an informal discussion about challenges and tools of integrating work and life.


Leadership wrap up/Graduation

Revisit your leadership journey and set goals for the future. Celebrate your academy experience.


Graduation Guest speaker

If you have any questions, please email the 2019-2020 NWWLA Leadership Team at admin@nwwla.com

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