Fall Women In Camp Webinar Series

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (CST)
  • Online


  • Includes ALL three (3) webinars in the fall series.


Gather in community for our Fall Women In Camp Webinar Series! This series includes a different monthly webinar on trending topics for every camp pro.

The WIC Webinar Series is designed to amplify women's voices, however, all people are welcome to attend and participate. 

Click on the link to learn more about each session:

September: How To Talk About the Hard Parts of Your Camp’s History

Chloe Holmquist, Camp Ouareau & Anne-Sophie Normand, Camp Ouareau

October: Cultural Appropriation and the 5 Fs

Leilani Nussman, The Northwest School

November: Productive Transitions: Navigating At-Will Employment Changes

Colette Marquardt, American Camp Association, Illinois

Fall Women In Camp Webinar Series

September: How To Talk About the Hard Parts of Your Camp’s History

Chloe Holmquist, Camp Ouareau and Anne-Sophie Normand, Camp Ouareau

Camp is about traditions, yet many are rooted in the appropriation of Indigenous cultures. Change is both necessary & complex. How can we be transparent about our harmful mistakes? How do we explain shifts in cherished traditions to resistant community members? We’ll discuss our Camp’s experience of change as a humbling process of trial and error.

Chloe Holmquist

Chloe recently graduated from McGill with a degree in English Literature. In her final year she led the Peer Support Centre, a student-run mental health organization, where she focused on increasing accessibility and inclusion. She is passionate about gender studies, youth development, & making spaces feel safer for others.

Anne-Sophie Normand

Anne-Sophie is currently studying special education at the University of Sherbrooke. She is passionate about helping and working with people that are often left on the side. She wishes to use her camp experience to create a safe and inclusive environment for all her future students.

Why Attend?

Career Advancement: Having the ability to navigate hard conversations about past experiences, traditions, and systems within any institution is a challenging but needed skill if you seek to make change. This essential executive skill is a must have for aspiring and current executive leaders.

Camp Advancement: It's not uncommon for camps to be challenged by their community when they seek to change traditions that have deep roots in the camp’s history. It’s essential for camps to be ready to talk about these needed changes honestly - the good and the bad - to bring the community together towards positive change. 

October: Cultural Appropriation and the 5 Fs

Leilani Nussman, The Northwest School

What is Cultural Appropriation really? What is the difference between appropriation and appreciation? Through a concrete example of my her identity, Leilani will share a variety of ways to understand other cultures and why some of them are problematic. We will also discuss your own examples, think about how your own identity shapes your worldview.

Leilani Nussman

I am a mixed-race Kanaka maoli (Hawai’i) and white summer camp director. I use she/her pronouns. I live on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish people, past and present. I speak for myself and from my own lived experience. I still have work to do.

Why Attend?

Career Advancement: Being prepared to lead change requires understanding and the ability to work through the difference between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation, especially if you seek to lead others through policy and operational changes in your future. 

Camp Advancement: Having a deeper understanding of Cultural Appropriation will help your camp make community-driven decisions, respond well to feedback, and enhance your work towards Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. 

November: Productive Transitions: Navigating At-Will Employment Changes

Colette Marquardt, American Camp Association, Illinois

As At-Will employers who want the ability to let go/terminate employees, our employees get the right to leave on their time as well - and they will! Let’s change the culture of how we can and should respond as managers when our staff resign with concrete, HR-friendly steps. Let’s also spend time exploring how you can reframe the way you navigate resigning from your own job in productive ways that benefit you. Together we can explore how to move through these transitions with less trauma and stress on everyone and more productive practices that benefit everyone and the mission - leading us to better staff retention rates overall. 

Colette Marquardt

Colette Marquardt is the Executive Director of ACA Illinois. Colette has a background in nonprofit management and organizational design in summer camps. Colette has a passion for leveraging Associations to model healthy, change-making, and inclusive workplaces for our industries, thus creating the world as we hope to see it.

Why Attend?

Career Advancement: If you are a manager this is a must have executive skill. Knowing how to lead your teams through personnel changes in a productive way are required leadership skills to current and future employers. Meanwhile, knowing how to exit your current position without damaging your reputation with your manager and your peers will help you transition to your new roles in more productive, self-celebratory ways. 

Camp Advancement: It’s not if your employees resign - it’s when. Camps that are At-Will employers must be prepared to lead strategically and with a human approach in order to move the rest of the team through the transition. If you’re not prepared to think differently about At-Will employment, these changes will further frustrations and mistrust by your employees, which could lead to more resignations. 


Location/Style of Event: This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.  

The Fine Print: You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 

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