CAMP 2015: Highlights

Special activities for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont.

Appy Hour

Join us for Appy Hour, where you can grab a drink at the cash bar and hear from a variety of women sharing their favorite apps. Our apps experts will be on hand to demonstrate how they use the apps to make their lives and work easier and more productive. Wander from table to table to learn about as many apps as you’d like.


Keynote: S. Mitra Kalita

The Women Feminism Left Behind

A talk about minorities, management and miscarriages, the chaos of work and home meeting that of the internet, and being the only one at a table.


One-on-One Tech Time

Sometimes the best way to learn technology is to experience it firsthand. At CAMP, you can sign up for small group personal training to help you with a variety of tech tools and platforms. JAWS members with tech expertise will be on hand to help you out as well as expert trainers from tech companies. Sign up for one of the open spots and bring your device along for personal hands-on training.


Party Like It’s 1985

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, bring your shoulder pads and leggings, fashion your hair into a mullet, and wear your off-shoulder top. Come dance and sing to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Beat It” and more at our Friday night party to end all parties! We’ll have a karaoke machine where you can let loose your inner Cyndi Lauper! There will be a contest for the best 1980s look.


Fran Lewine Memorial Interview

Edith M. Lederer interviewed by Linda Deutsch

Those who attended CAMP last year heard AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch interviewed about her legendary career in the trenches of major trials by her esteemed colleague Edith Lederer. This year, the tables will turn as Linda interviews Edie about her extraordinary exploits in the real trenches as a foreign correspondent reporting on wars, disasters and political upheavals around the world.

Edie was the first woman dispatched by the AP as a full-time correspondent to cover the Vietnam War. She went on to report on the 1973 Israeli war and conflicts in Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Saudi Arabia, where she directed AP’s coverage of the Gulf War. She helped to cover the breakup of the Soviet Union and was based in London for 16 years. She was also posted to Peru, Hong Kong, Kenya and Puerto Rico. Since 1998 she has been the AP’s chief correspondent at the United Nations.

Together, Edie and Linda have spent nearly half a century witnessing history for the AP. They met in 1972 when both were assigned to cover the Angela Davis trial together in California. They were close friends with Fran Lewine, longtime White House correspondent for the AP and later a CNN correspondent in Washington, D.C. This annual interview honors Fran’s trailblazing role as a pioneering woman in journalism.


30th Anniversary Celebration

JAWS@30: Mapping Our Future

We want to engage JAWS members in charting our path forward and guiding the board. Based on ideas solicited via social media before CAMP and in person at Grouse Mountain, we will have an interactive discussion with the goal of reaching consensus on priorities in a clear, collegial process. We intend to identify objectives and answer this question for each: What would success look like in achieving this goal?


Wine & Whine

Wrap up your wonderful CAMP experience by bonding with old and new friends.


Books, Browse, Booze

Meet JAWS authors, chat about their latest books and buy a book.


Silent Auction

It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause. Money raised through the auction from your shopping goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs.

Bring something to CAMP for the auction: jewelry; media swag; scarves; cool tanks, T-shirts and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look; personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise); gift cards; guided tours of favorite spots in big cities.

Not coming to CAMP? No problem. Everybody can participate in the JAWS online auction. From big-ticket items, such a week at a vacation home in Sundance, Utah, to bargains on wearable tech and coaching on pitching stories to digital and print publishers — it’s all online.

The online auction opens two weeks before CAMP and closes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Bidding on most items is open to the public, so your friends and family can join in the fun. To check out the online auction, go to


Film Screening of “Difret”

“Difret” is a new feature film opening in theaters around the United States in October. This special JAWS screening includes a conversation with Tennessee Watson and Kathy Bonk, both of whom have been working on projects related to ending child, early and forced marriage, sexual assault and violence against women.

The LA Times calls the film “compelling and authentic.” Secretary of State John Kerry calls it “a powerful true story of conscience and conviction that ought to inspire everyone.”

Do you remember the award-winning NBC made-for-TVE movie, the Burning Bed with Farrah Fawcett?  It helped spark a domestic violence movement in the United States. “Difret” tells a similar story of Hirut, a 14-year-old girl walking from school in a rural village in Ethiopia when men on horses kidnap her. Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her rapist and would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, a tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza embarks on a collision course between civil authority and customary law, risking the work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life. This feature film is having a major impact around Africa and the world.


Mentoring Program

JAWS prides itself on providing the support and networking that helps women succeed and advance in their careers and mentoring is a big part of that. In fact, CAMP stands for Conference and Mentoring Project. Since 1985, mentors have helped with subjects ranging from learning to pitch a project or story to asking for a raise or transitioning into management. We now have a year-round mentoring program, but the face-to-face interaction provided at CAMP remains a time-honored JAWS tradition.