With our presenting partner, Leadership Skagit, we’re thrilled to announce the Mount Vernon stop of Together Equal: A Gender Equity Tour of Washington. Join us Wednesday, March 28 as we convene Mount Vernon’s women leaders for a conversation about advancing leadership and economic opportunity for all women and girls.
Wednesday, March 28
McIntyre Hall | Performing Arts Conference Center
2501 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Meet Our Powerhouse Panel
Dr. Laura Cailloux
Vice President, Skagit Valley College
Dr. Laura Cailloux has been an entrepreneur in information technology, a nonprofit manager for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and a community college faculty member and administrator. Her career at Skagit Valley College began as business faculty, and progressed to department chair, Director of Business and Community Development, Workforce Dean and most recently to Vice-President for the Whidbey Island Campus, South Whidbey, Anacortes, and San Juan Centers. She has served on multiple boards including Mount Vernon School Board, the Economic Development Association of Skagit County Foundation Board, the Economic Development Council for Island County, and Leadership San Juan Islands. Laura was instrumental in the development of Leadership Skagit as well as the creation of the Latino Business Retention and Expansion program.
Laurie M. Gere
Mayor of Anacortes
Laurie Gere’s passion is community service and our youth. During the 40 years she has lived in Anacortes, Laurie has been deeply involved in the community and served in a number of civic leadership positions, culminating in her election as Mayor in 2013 and 2017. Laurie is a mother and grandmother.
As Mayor she serves on the Skagit Council of Government Board of Directors, Skagit Transit Board of Directors, Skagit County Emergency Management Council, and the 911 Board of Directors.
Laurie is the founder and owner of Gere-A-Deli, a successful restaurant and catering firm.
Burlington Soroptimist Club’s “Dream it Be It” program for girls
Erin was born in San Diego, but raised in the Skagit Valley, attending and graduating from the La Conner High School; continuing her education at Skagit Valley College, graduating in 1990. After a 13 year break in her education, Erin became a proud Washington State University alumna graduating in 2007. She continued her lifelong learning by participating in Leadership Skagit immediately after receiving her BA in Social Sciences, completing the program as a member of the class of 2008. Currently Erin is a member in good standing of the Skagit Valley Speakers Toastmasters Club, a Toastmasters Area Director a member, board member, and Club President of Soroptimist; International of Burlington, a Leadership Skagit Challenge Day Chair,as well as the Lead Mentor for the Latino Leadership Initiative at Skagit Valley College.
General Manager, Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR)
Shirley has been in the Petroleum Refining Supply industry for 25 years, and has held a variety of positions globally across Process Engineering, Refining Supply Chain Management, and Strategy Portfolio management. In her current role as the General Manager for Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR), Shirley is accountable for leading the business to achieve long term commercial success in a safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. She has held a variety of positions globally with Shell, including Technical Engineering, Refining Operations, Supply Chain Management, and Strategy & Portfolio management. As an advocate for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Development, Shirley has been a faculty member of Shell’s Leader of Community Program, and currently serves as a board member for the United Way of Skagit County.