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The Tradeswomen Leadership Institute facilitates the leadership development, advocacy skills, and unity among all women (union, open shop, self-employed and otherwise) working in the building, construction, mechanical and utility trades.

2015 will mark the 9th annual Tradeswomen Leadership Institute, planned by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), the University of Oregon’s Labor Education Research Center (LERC), and a dedicated committee of tradeswomen volunteers. We are very excited to have a new partnership this year with Back Fence PDX! On Friday night, five tradeswomen will get on stage and tell their own stories: live and uncensored. After a night of fun, we will reconvene on Saturday for the institute featuring eight different workshops and a plenary session. Look forward to gaining vital support from a community of women who share similar experiences working in the trades and having a great time!


Friday September 25, 2015
Doors at 6:30 pm
Show at 7:00 pm
18+ Only

8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217


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Tradeswomen who register for the Tradeswomen Leadership Institute receive one complimentary ticket. Pre-event networking starts at 500pm and we will walk to Disjecta together.

Five tradeswomen are coming together to tell their true and unique stories – live and onstage!

Purchase Additional Tickets to the Tradeswomen Storytelling Event to the storytelling event.


Saturday, September 26
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Benson High School
546 NE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232


$10 discount for all OTI members!
$40 per person *if received before August 7, 2015
$55 per person *if received before September 17, 2015

Cost includes one complimentary ticket to Tradeswomen’s’ Stories, instruction, materials, refreshments, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.


Stipends to cover childcare are available to cover $40 per child. Limited funds available.


Staying in and Staying Strong

Getting that first job won’t be the end of challenges in your career. As you start your career in the trades, it is important to think about how you will cope and take care of yourself in a male dominated industry. Learn with other tradeswomen about strategies to stay strong for the long run.

Social Justice: When Diversity Isn’t Enough

Who has the power to decide who makes it and who doesn’t? How do systems create barriers? How does worksite culture make it harder for diverse women? Connect with other tradeswomen to have an authentic conversation about how to recognize oppression and bring social justice the trades.

Coming Full Circle: Tradeswomen Mentorship

How do you support the next wave of tradeswomen coming in? How do you find your own mentor to grow your career? In this workshop, we will explore ideas of leadership. Learn about passing on the gifts you were given and help others mitigate the bumps.


Seeking the Center: Balancing Work and Family

Working caregivers and parents struggle in any industry. However, work in the trades has odd hours, random overtime, and a sometimes stressful environment that add an extra layer of complexity.

Feast and Famine: Finances for Survival

Financial planning is critical to personal and career success. You will learn about making an accurate, practical budget, surviving layoffs, and how to make a savings plan for retirement.

Coming Full Circle: Tradeswomen Mentorship

* This is a two part workshop. Participants in this workshop must be registered for Session 1 and 2.


Your Story, Our Story

Tradeswomen have unique and important experiences. Sharing your individual story is a powerful tool for education, inspiration, and creating societal change. Learn about crafting your own story and sharing it in public.

You’re not Alone: Visions for a Better Worksite

You’ve heard horror stories, you have lived some of your own, and you have seen the damage that hazing, harassment, and bullying can have on workplace culture. So how do we move beyond the negative into creating real and lasting change? Together, if we intervene in these negative situations we can shift the culture. Tradeswomen in this workshop will explore how to handle a variety of situations from learning to realistically handle it yourself to when it should go up the chain.

She Should Run

Women are underrepresented in leadership roles across the U.S. and definitely within the trades. Even if you are ready to run for office now, you will learn valuable information to increase your leadership and plan for the future.

Questions about the Tradeswomen Leadership Institute?

Please contact Tiffany Thompson.

3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #101  |  Portland, Oregon 97212  |   phone: 503.335.8200  |  fax: 503.249.0445

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