2023 Women's Leadership Forum
San Diego, CA | February 5–7, 2023

Pricing Scholarships Hotel Schedule Session Descriptions

Earn CPE credits!

Online registration closed at 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Onsite registration will NOT be available.

Join WACUBO in San Diego, California for an opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with peers from all over the West coast and Pacific Islands. This workshop series will take place over three days at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event! 

Women's Leadership Forum Lead Platinum Sponsor
Women's Leadership Forum Gold  Sponsor
Women's Leadership Forum Pre-Conference Sponsor


Registration Member Rate
Early Bird Pricing
On or before 1/13/2023
Member Rate
After 1/13/2023
Non-Member Rate
Half-Day Pre-Conference | February 5 
Please email the WACUBO Office is you wish to be added to the waitlist.
Complimentary when registering for the Forum Complimentary when registering for the Forum $50
Forum | February 6–7 $625 $675 $775 


Online registration closed at 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Onsite registration will NOT be available.


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109

*Room Rate: Starting at $209 for single and double occupancy plus tax per night with limited amounts available from Saturday, February 4–Monday, February 6, 2023. 

Parking: Self-parking is available for $30 per night. 

Reservations: Reservations can be made online. If needed, reserve your room via phone today - 1-800-233-1234. Please mention you are with the WACUBO Women's Leadership Forum 2023 event to ensure you receive the group rate.

Reserve Your Room Today!

*Special room rates expire on January 13, 2023 - RATES EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 20, 2023!

Transportation: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina offers rental cars through our on-property partner, Enterprise Rental Car. Please contact the hotel concierge to make rental car arrangements.

Terms, Conditions, and Policies

You must agree to the following policies when you register for this workshop. Please review them before registering.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received by Friday, January 13, 2023 will be refunded, less a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Friday, January 13, 2023. Substitutions can be made at any time. If you have any questions, please contact the office at  [email protected].

Event Code of Conduct:

WACUBO events are community events intended for education, networking, and collaboration. We value the participation of everyone and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout all events hosted in the WACUBO space. To make clear what is expected, all attendees, speakers, Business Partners, organizers, and volunteers at any virtual event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. In registering for and/or participating in this event, you consent to comply with the following Code of Conduct. 

Examples of encouraged behavior that contributes to a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for everyone at the event
  • Showing empathy towards other participants

We do not tolerate the following:

  • Spam (verbally or in chats), including saying or re-posting the same word/content repeatedly in order to disrupt the conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, and intimidation
  • Harassment and bullying are defined as:
    • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories
    • Intimidation or threats, including sharing images or text especially to threaten
    • Unwelcome sexual attention, including sharing images or text especially to sexually harass
    • Threatening or other endangerment of minors or any persons
    • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
    • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
    • Encouraging the above behavior

Health & Safety Policies:

WACUBO will adhere to recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as state/local/venue requirements, whichever is more strict, at the time of the event. WACUBO reserves the right to make safety-related changes as we get closer to the event. WACUBO may require attendees to certify that they are fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC guidelines, or attendees may be asked to produce a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, or attendees may be asked to produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19, in line with CDC guidelines at the time, in order to attend in-person conference.

Additionally, you may be asked to attest to your health status onsite, prior to participating in the event. If you are not willing to complete this health questionnaire or your responses indicate that you may be at risk for spreading the virus, WACUBO reserves the right to determine your eligibility for a refund.

Scholarship Opportunities

WACUBO offers professional development scholarships to employees of WACUBO member institutions. These scholarships will go toward all or a portion of the registration fees of an annual conference, professional development workshop, or other WACUBO sponsored professional development programs.

WACUBO Members: Professional development scholarships available!

Learn More & Apply

Scholarships DO NOT cover other expenses (e.g. travel, incidentals, etc.).

Schedule At A Glance

This event will take place in the Pacific Time Zone. 

Sunday, February 5    
Time Session Speakers
 12:30–4:30 PM PT Pre-Conference Workshop: A Strengths-Based Approach to Building Hybrid Teams  Katy Rees and Jennifer Williams, The Culture People
5:00–7:00 PM PT

Welcome Dinner


Monday, February 6    
Time Session Speakers
7:30–8:30 AM PT Breakfast  
 8:30–9:30 AM PT Keynote: The Room Where It Happens  Erin Gore, University of California, San Francisco 
9:30–9:45 AM PT Break  
9:45–10:45 AM PT Session 1: Meet Your Colleagues! Networking facilitated by The Culture People  Katy Rees and Jennifer Williams, The Culture People
10:45–11:00 AM PT Break  
11:00 AM–12:00 PM PT Session 2: CFO Panel - Journeys and Lessons Learned Leslie Brunelli, University of Denver
Jean Vock, University of Las Vegas
Mary Lou Ortiz, University of California, Irvine
12:00–1:00 PM PT Lunch  
1:00–2:00 PM PT Session 3: Your Executive Presence: Being Seen & Being Significant Teri Bump, American Campus Communities
2:00–2:15 PM PT Break  
2:15–3:15 PM PT Session 4A: Women's Leadership in Non-Traditional Fields Kim Case-Nichols, University of Las Vegas  
2:15–3:15 PM PT Session 4B: Closing the Data Literacy Divide: Communicating what Matters in a World Filled with Data Stefani Langehennig, University of Denver 
3:15–3:30 PM PT Break  
3:30–4:30 PM PT Session 5A: Strategies for Synergy, Success and Succession Planning Moderator: Mela Fezzey, TruEd Consulting  
Panelists: Jean Vock, University of Las Vegas 
Linda Kroll, University of Notre Dame
3:30–4:30 PM PT Session 5B: What If Leadership Janet Burkhardt, University of Denver
4:30–5:30 PM PT Happy Hour  
Tuesday, February 7    
Time Session Speakers
7:30–8:30 AM PT Breakfast  
 8:30–9:30 AM PT Session 6A: Narrating Your Leadership Journey  Sara Reed, Western Governor's University 
8:30–9:30 AM PT Session 6B: Retire Inequality-Financial Wellness for All

Sponsored by TIAA 

Moderator: Nicolette Dixon, TIAA Sr. Director, Strategic Client Engagement

Panelists: Melissa Shaw, TIAA Wealth Management Advisor
Amanda Bierbrauer, Portland State University, Associate VP for Enrollment Management & Student Finances

9:30–9:45 AM PT Break  
9:45–10:45 AM PT Session 7: Real Talk: Successfully Navigating Troubled Waters Myeshia Armstrong, California State University, East Bay
Dilcie Perez, California State University Chancellor's Office 
10:45–11:00 AM PT Break  
11:00 AM–12:00 PM PT 2023 Women's Leadership Forum Closeout  



Ahren Crickard, University of California, San Diego[email protected]

CPE Credits - Group Live

The Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.