Connect and Learn

The Connect and Learn Program is an annual event that comprises workshops and an inspirational speaker.  The objective is to help and inspire officers in local units to better serve in their roles.

2023 Connect and Learn – “Charter for Racial Justice”

The materials for entire Connect and Learn Program for 2023 are available on the 2023 Connect and Learn Materials page.

Our keynote speaker for 2023 was Jo Ann Lawson.  Jo Ann is a member of the Western Region, Racial Justice Charter Support Team, United Women in Faith.

She was President of the California-Nevada Conference UMW from October 2012 to December 2016, and has served as Vice President of the conference and the Western Jurisdiction.

Jo Ann holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from San Francisco State University.  She has a long history of work for non-profit organizations.

2022 Connect and Learn – “Joy for the Journey”

Marlene Ward


In 2022, our keynote speaker for the Connect and  Learn event was Marlene Ward. some “gifts and graces” that she wasn’t aware were hers.  She admits that while she is neither a visionary nor an “imaginer,” she is a good organizer, and that is her strong point.  She knows how to move the “pieces” around to make them fit.  On the other hand, she knows that she is not a good proofreader, so she asks others for help in doing that.  If you accept a leadership role, you do not have to be a one-woman band.  If you would like to review Marlene Ward’s Presentation, it is available here.

Other presentations from the 2022 Connect and Learn May be downloaded or viewed from the Google Drive: