2024 Women's Leadership Forum
Women Trending Upward
Denver, CO | January 24–26, 2024

Pricing Scholarships Hotel Schedule Session Descriptions Business Partner Opportunities

Earn Up To 12 CPE credits!

Online registration closed at 11:59 PM PT on Monday, January 15, 2024.
Onsite registration will NOT be available.

Join WACUBO in Denver, Colorado 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 Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.


Thank you to our event sponsors!

Women's Leadership Forum Platinum Sponsor
Women's Leadership Forum Gold Sponsors
Women's Leadership Forum Silver Sponsors


Women's Leadership Forum Pre-Conference Sponsor



Registration Member Rate
Early Bird Pricing
On or before 12/21/2023
Member Rate
After 12/21/2023
Non-Member Rate
January 24
Half-Day Pre-Conference
$100 $100 $175
January 25–26
Women's Leadership Forum
$625 $675 $775 


Online registration closed at 11:59 PM PT on Monday, January 15, 2024.
Onsite registration will NOT be available.


The WACUBO Room Block has sold out. Rooms are still available at the hotel but the Women's Leadership Forum group rate is not guaranteed. Alternative hotels are available in the area to reserve your stay. All events for the forum will be held at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
321 17th Street
Denver, CO 90202
(303) 297-3111

*Room Rate: Starting at $189 for single and double occupancy plus tax per night, with a limited number of rooms available from Tuesday, January 23–Friday, January 26, 2024. 

Parking: Self-parking is available for $59 per day, excluding gratuity. 

Reservations: Rooms at the WACUBO group rate have sold out. You can call the hotel to make a reservation via phone today at 1-800-686-2649. Please mention you are with the WACUBO Women's Leadership Forum 2024 event. 

Transportation: For any transportation needs, please contact the concierge to make 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, December 22, 2023 will be refunded, less a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Friday, December 22, 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.).

Business Partner Opportunities



(1 Available)


(2 Available)



Registration for Sponsors Staff




Introduction of Keynote and Day One Opening Speaker




Host of One Breakfast and Lunch




Participation in Two Sessions




Host of Welcome Happy Hour Reception




Rotating Banner on WACUBO Website




Host One Breakfast




Conference Attendee List, Branding/Logos in Marketing Materials and Communications; Event Signage and Printed Materials








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Schedule At A Glance

This event will take place in the Mountain Time Zone. The schedule is subject to change. 

Wednesday, January 24    
Time Session Speakers
 12:30–4:30 PM MT Pre-Conference Workshop
Part 1:
Leadership Moves: Charting Your Career Path 
Part 2:
Negotiating the Job Offer: Due Diligence and the Ask
Ellen Heffernan, Spelman Johnson 
5:00–7:00 PM MT

Welcome Reception


Thursday, January 25    
Time Session Speakers
7:30–8:30 AM MT Breakfast  
 8:30–9:45 AM MT Welcome & Keynote Chancellor Michelle Marks, PhD, University of Colorado Denver
9:45–10:00 AM MT Break  
10:00–11:00 AM MT Session 1A: Things We Do That Drive Our Mentors Crazy
Lizzy Barron, Arizona State University
Sara Reed, Western Governors University
Megan Villasenor, University of California Office of the President 
Session 1B: Empowering Women: Navigating Governance for Inclusive Leadership and Lasting Impact Melissa Harman, Moss Adams 
Annie Rose Favreau
, Moss Adams
11:00–11:15 AM MT Break  
11:15 AM–12:15 PM MT Session 2A: Women in Non-Traditional Fields
Kim Case-Nichols, Nevada Health & Bioscience Corp. 
Session 2B: Using Generative AI to Enhance Data Storytelling Stefani Langehennig, University of Denver 
12:15–1:15 PM MT Lunch  
1:15–2:15 PM MT Session 3A: The Potential of Automation, Integration and AI in Higher Education
Sarah Hintz, CPA, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) 
Erica Shafer, Colorado College 
Enid Ruiz-MatteiCLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) 
Session 3B: Challenges and Opportunities for Women as Higher Education Leaders: Cultures, Structures, and Beliefs  Erin Hutchinson, University of Colorado Boulder
2:15–2:30 PM MT Break  
2:30–3:30 PM MT

Session 4A: Financial Caregiving and Financial Well-Being

Shelly-Ann Eweka, CFP, CHFC, TIAA

Session 4B: How to Support Women Mark McGurk, University of Texas at El Paso
David Jensen
, Colorado College
John Gudvangen
, University of Denver
3:30–4:00 PM MT Break  
4:00–5:00 PM MT Session 5: How Women Can Be the Leaders of the Future Sara Reed, Western Governors University
Friday, January 26    
Time Session Speakers
7:30–8:30 AM MT Breakfast  
 8:30–10:00 AM MT Session 6: One. Only One Life. Teri Bump, American Campus Communities 
10:00–10:15 AM MT Break  
10:15–11:30 AM MT Session 7: Panel - Women Trending Upward Queen King, California State University, Los Angeles
Barbara Cevallos, University of California Office of the President
Stephanie O'Malley, University of Denver 
11:30 AM–12:00 PM MT 2024 Women's Leadership Forum Closeout  



Megan Villasenor, University of California, Office of the President[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.