Since 2007, our community of non-traditional tradesworkers has come together at Oregon Tradeswomen’s annual Tradesworker Leadership Institute (TLI), formerly known as the Tradeswomen Leadership Institute, with the goal of advancing their careers.

Oregon Tradeswomen staff design this event to highlight growth and leadership opportunities such as success in apprenticeship, getting involved in your Union, public policy and advocacy, and general career advancement.

Saturday, November 18, 2023
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland OR 97230


Event Schedule

9:30 -10:00 – Registration, Coffee, and Networking
Coffee & Tea provided by Gourmet Coffee Brew Master


10:00 -10:30 – Opening Remarks - Zuleyma Figueroa

10:30 -12:00 – Workshop Session 1 - Choose a Session:


The Trades as Stepping Stones for Your Career

Completing an apprenticeship, and having a solid foundation in your trade is a great stepping stone for your career. Are you ready to move on in another capacity? Do you need something that utilizes your trades and leadership skills? Do you need to transition to something less physical? How do you become a contractor, project manager, an estimator, or an inspector?  Learn from tradesworkers about how they moved into a job they love that is relevant to their career goals.

Parliamentary Procedure- Rules for Union Meetings, and How to Use Them

Have you wanted to understand how Union Meetings work?  How and when do you make a motion in a meeting?  Come to this workshop to understand the nuts and bolts so you can confidently participate in your meetings and advocate for your cause.


Lunch provided by Lily Market


12:00 - 12:30 – Get Lunch and Get Settled

12:30 -1:30 – Presentation from Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI)


Resources from the Bureau of Labor and Industries:

Leadership from BOLI will talk about assistance available to help tradeswomen navigate apprenticeship requirements, harassment on the job, wage claims and other issues.  They will take the mystery out of what they do, and how they can support you in the trades.



1:30 - 3:00 – Workshop Session 2 - Choose a Session:

How to Run for Office- Oregon Needs You and Your Valuable Experience

Have you ever wanted to make changes in your community? Come learn about the many opportunities that are available when running for public office.  Understand the importance of choosing the right race at the right time. Learn about the resources available to help you gain the knowledge and foundation to run a successful campaign and more. Take these skills and become a leader in the area that matters to you!

Leadership in Your Union

Learn from tradeswomen how they advanced into leadership positions in their union or apprenticeship program. Learn about some of the opportunities for leadership and what the path is to get you there.


3:00 - 4:00 – Closing Remarks


Scholarships and Childcare Stipends

Oregon Tradeswomen wants every tradesworker who wants to attend TLI to be there on November 18th.  

Thanks to generous support from our community, Oregon Tradeswomen has a limited number of scholarships and childcare stipends to help offset the cost of attending.

If you are interested in either of these financial support options, please contact Kim Neel, Retention Services Coordinator. (Email and phone listed below).

Accomodation Requests

Oregon Tradeswomen is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Kim Neel Retention Services Coordinator (Email and phone listed below).

Please submit your request before November 3, 2023. We will attempt to implement requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Requests for Financial Support or Accommodations

Please send email or call Kim Neel, Retention Services Coordinator:
503.335.8200 x 123

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $500 – $5,000.

Please contact:

Nami Bigos, Project Manager