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Power, Purpose, and Presence: A Leadership Institute for Women

Date: September 24 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon

Join us for an institute designed for women of all ages, backgrounds, and roles who wish to come together to explore leadership as it applies to our lives, our work, and the way we carry ourselves in the world. This institute was developed with the intention of creating a safe and welcoming space allowing for challenging conversation, empathetic listening, individual and collective learning, and growth. Participation includes two retreats in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and four interactive webinars.

The retreats will provide an opportunity for in-depth self-reflection, skill-building, group sharing, and exploration of selected leadership topics. Between retreat sessions, attendees will maintain a dialogue by participating in interactive webinars, assigned readings, and reflection activities. All programming is aligned with Center for Courage & Renewal principles and practices.

We invite you to take this opportunity to reconnect with your true self, recognize your gifts and strengths, and embrace your questions and challenges. We hope participants exit the experience empowered to create the life they aspire to, with a newly developed support network to help along the way.

Our time together will include activities as well as unstructured time, with themes surrounding:

  • Presence, Authenticity and Mindfulness
  • Communication, Courage and Productive Conflict
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Negotiation, Power and Influence
  • Resilience and Well-being
  • Accountability and Peer Coaching

Details & Program Format

Retreat Dates: Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, and December 3-5, 2020, 4:30 p.m. on Thursday to noon on Saturday. Bi-Weekly Webinars: Held the weeks of October 4, 19, and November 2, 16, 2020.

Facilitators: Dawn Montgomery, EdD; Rachel Boechler, PhD; Mary Kaye Siebert, PhD

Location: Menucha Retreat Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR

Cost and Accommodation Options: Includes 38 PDUs, lodging, meals, and snacks for two in person retreats, participation in four online webinars, and all program materials.

 Double-occupancy  $1,795
 Single-occupancy  $2,095

To secure your participation and avoid cancelation of the Institute due to insufficient enrollment, register no later than June 15. To arrange for employer-sponsored billing please contact no later than May 22. 

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  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Facilitators

Rachel Boechler, PhD is a leadership consultant & coach with a focus on developing purpose-driven leaders and organizations. She also serves as a senior facilitator/consultant for Australian NESLI/ASAM leadership programs. Rachel has 25+ years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, administrator and superintendent. She was an assistant professor/chairperson in the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee WI as well as the Chief Operating Officer for CPS Human Resource Services, a nationwide HR consulting firm based in CA. Rachel is a certified Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) facilitator, offering retreats primarily in the area of leadership.

Dawn Montgomery, EdD has served her educational community for the past 40 years as a teacher, principal, director and assistant professor. She continues her work as an executive performance coach, equity facilitator, adjunct professor, and as a certified Courage and Renewal (CCR) facilitator offering Courage to Lead and Leading Together retreats and professional development for schools, districts, and nonprofit businesses. Marge Piercy’s poem To Be of Use illustrates her philosophy to coaching leaders. “I want to be with people who… submerge in the task…who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out…” Her heart and efforts lie in the work necessary to make a difference in this world.

Mary Kaye Siebert, PhD has over 25 years of service in public education serving as both a classroom teacher and district administrator. She has worked with a diverse group of teachers and administrators to help identify potential leaders, aligning strengths of those individuals to tasks at hand, and cultivating leadership capacity in those she works with. Mary Kaye is a certified Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) facilitator. Her work in schools and school districts focuses on strengthening school culture using Leading Together: Building Adult Community in Schools, a program offering of the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR), that focuses on strengthening adult relational trust schools. Mary Kaye offers multi-day retreats focusing on personal and professional renewal for teachers and leaders.