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Women's Conference

Women's Conference

Call for Workshops!

Are you interested in offering a workshop at the 2017 DU Women's Conference? Submit a proposal!

Each workshop is 75 minutes and will be scheduled for either 9:30-10:45am or 11:00am-12:15pm.

Deadline for priority review is Sunday, December 11th. Proposals submitted after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis to fill any available workshop slots. Presenters will be notified of the review decision within 3-5 business days after the deadline.

Questions? Contact Michele Tyson at or 303-871-6807.

Submit a Proposal


Additional information on this page:

Workshops Overview

The Women's Conference Workshops are designed to provide continuing education opportunities to the University of Denver community. As a potential presenter you have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences by encouraging conversation, inspiring creativity, making connections, and so much more! We want YOU to present at our Women's Conference Workshops in 2017.

WHY?? Because you know or have done things that are super cool in your area or maybe a field that you have worked with in the past. The Women's Conference Workshops are YOUR time to shine, to share, to INSPIRE.

What we are looking for... YOU. We want YOU to present about what you know best. Maybe you have done a project, research that you are excited about, we want to know! We are looking for content that is shareable and scalable (see more about our audience below). Each year we are dedicated to providing content that is diverse and appeals to a wide variety of DU community members.

What We're Looking For

The theme of this year's conference is "Creating Our Stories: Challenges, Resilience, and Victories." Every person has stories that include challenges, resilience, and victories that impacted their own life as well as their community, however that may be defined. These stories may have already captured the attention of an audience, while others have gone untold.

We are seeking workshop proposals that highlight aspects of storytelling and truth, focus on issues of gender and gender equity, and engage a diverse audience. Whether it is a story to be shared, a challenge to be resolved, or a victory to be celebrated, we invite presenters to join us in enhancing participant knowledge and skills development.

We invite conference participants to engage in the conversations and stories surrounding gender and other social justice issues. We encourage them to realize and embrace the reality that stories and storytelling impact individuals of all gender identities.

We hope the conference fosters dialogue on questions such as:

  • How are these stories manifesting culturally, socially, and politically in ways that affect everyone?
  • What can be learned from telling our own story?

Help us reframe these stories as a community to better understand the nature of their impact and move towards inclusive and transformative change.

This year, we will offer three topic-related tracks embedded into the conference:

  • Women and Leadership
  • Honoring Black Women, Black History
  • Sexual Assault Awareness

Please do not feel limited by these, as all workshop proposals will be considered.

Attendee Profile

 The majority of attendees are DU students, staff, and faculty. We want you to be a part of it!

Benefits of Presenting

  • Professional development
  • Presenting not only looks good on your resume, it's great for personal growth
  • Sharing your story with others requires a little effort and you'll learn more about yourself and the topic you are presenting on
  • Presenters also gain visibility within the DU community
  • You could soon be seen as an expert on a particular topic, which is pretty cool

Note: There is no compensation or reimbursement for presenting at the workshops.

Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

8:00 - 8:30: Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15: Welcome and Featured Speaker

9:30 - 10:45: Workshop Session I

11:00 - 12:15: Workshop Session II

12:30 - 2:00: Luncheon, Awards & Chancellor's Message

2:15 - 3:45: Featured Speakers

4:00 - 5:00: Reception

Submitting Your Proposal

There are a lot of things to consider about your workshop before you submit your proposal. Here is an outline of what you'll be asked to include in your submission:

  • Name, affiliation w/DU, organization, contact information for yourself and all additional presenters
  • Workshop Title
  • Workshop Description (about 150 words)
    • The workshop description should outline what attendees will learn in your session. Think about outcomes, what attendees should understand and be able to apply after your session. This is your chance to "sell" your session, be descriptive, engaging and clear.
    • Descriptions will be posted online with other workshop information and included on printed programs. Descriptions may also be used in advertising for the Women's Conference.
  • Topic for Presentation
    • See "What the Women's Conference Committee is Looking For" further up in this packet for more information
  • Target Audience
    • Please note if your session is specific to an audience type, e.g. students, staff, faculty, etc. If the content is applicable to a variety of folks that's great too!
  • Experience Level
    • Please indicate if the content of your session relates to folks with a certain level of experience (i.e., beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all levels).
  • Time Preference
    • Workshops are 75 minutes. We will have two sessions of workshops – 9:30 – 10:45 AM & 11:00 – 12:15 PM. Please select a specific time or no preference.
  • Media Requirements
    • All rooms come with internet access, screen, digital projector, and dry erase board (or one can be provided). There are NO computers in the rooms. Presenters must bring a personal laptop computer and, if a Mac, also a dongle/connector in order to use the media resources available in the room.
    • Please indicate any/all media needs for your presentation (e.g. audio) on the proposal submission form. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
  • Room Requirements
    • Most rooms are setup theatre style with chairs facing front. Classroom style set up (chairs with tables) may be available depending on workshop location.
    • Please indicate any/all room setup needs on the proposal submission form. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
  • Biography (about 75 words each)
    • Share your story! Provide a brief biography for each presenter.
    • These statements will be added to the conference website and printed materials.
  • Photograph
    • If you are comfortable, please upload a photograph of each presenter to be used on the conference website and printed materials.
    • These images will be added to the conference website and printed materials.
  • Questions or Comments?
    • Anything else we need to know about your session?

Before you Submitting Your Proposal:
Check the spelling, grammar, and readability! It is important that all submissions are carefully reviewed before they are submitted. If your presentation is selected for the 2017 Women's Conference Workshops, information will be posted online and printed on workshop materials as you entered it in the submission.

Deadline for Proposal Submission:
Deadline for priority review is Sunday, December 11, 2016. Proposals will then be reviewed on a rolling basis to fill any available workshop slots.

Notification of Submission Acceptance:
Presenters will be notified of the review decision within 3 – 5 business days after the deadline.

Contact Information

We hope you will join us in 2017! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us and let us know. Contact Michele Tyson at or call 303-871-6807.