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Whitworth Introduces Women’s Leadership Network

January 24, 2019
The women of Whitworth elevate the university’s excellence in countless ways. In response, Whitworth has created the Whitworth Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) to unite today’s leaders with those of tomorrow, empower women to be catalysts of change in their businesses and communities, and promote professional and personal growth.

“As a Whitworth alum and leader in government and community development, I feel so fortunate to be a part of Whitworth’s Women’s Leadership Network,” says Shelly O’Quinn ’97, chief executive officer of Innovia Foundation. “This network will provide an opportunity for women to come together and share their vast knowledge and expertise with one another. We will be able to professionally support each other and provide mentorship to America’s emerging female leaders.”

O’Quinn will be a featured speaker for Leadership 360, the network’s sold-out four-part lecture series in Spokane. The other featured speakers will be Erin Lydon, investor, corporate director, speaker and coach; Ev Hopkins ‘06, chief administrative officer for STCU; Marty Dickinson, executive vice president of culture/community affairs for Umpqua Bank; and Carolyn Kadyk ’03, executive director for MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation.

Following the lectures, attendees will gather in small groups to discuss ideas for implementing successful strategies into their professional and daily lives.

The Women’s Leadership Network strives to provide younger women with tools for success through its mentorship program. Student mentees will be matched with business leaders who inspire them for conversations about professional development.

Additionally, a student women’s leadership executive board leads the WLN’s on-campus programming for female students in partnership with Whitworth alumni and members of the Spokane community.

This summer, the network plans to expand programming and opportunities for connection and mentorship to Seattle.

For more information about the Women’s Leadership Network and its events, click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Stacey Smith, associate vice president, institutional advancement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4388 or

Danika Hatcher, assistant director of development, alumni & parent relations, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4761 or