BOISE Some highly acclaimed women are in Boise for the next several days to talk about women in leadership. Boise State s Andrus Center for Public Policy is hosting the event that's expecting upwards of 1,000 people in attendance.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be the keynote speaker at the event that begins Wednesday night with her being presented with the Andrus Leadership Award.

The topics that will be discussed in the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University are important and sensitive.

The program was designed to provide highly acclaimed women in this country with the opportunity to discuss the challenges and hurdles that women have faced and overcome in the workplace, and the work that remains so that they can enjoy genuine equality and erase the inequities that affect the workplace, said Dr. David Adler, Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy.

Adler set his focus on the first female appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court - Sandra Day O'Connor and former Ambassador to Finland Bonnie McElveen-Hunter as marquee women for his conference.

Once those two agreed, it was simply a matter of reaching out to extraordinary women in different fields throughout America, said Adler.

In all, 18 women, including Idaho's own Barbara Morgan, will talk about what it takes to rise above what Adler says are years of inequality for women.

Here's an opportunity to place Idaho on the map when it comes to promoting those virtues of tolerance and diversity, said Adler.

They'll hear success stories, along with mishaps and missteps from other women.

I think that this is going to be a conference in which women will feel empowered because they'll be hearing directly from other women who have scaled the heights in their respective industries, said Adler.

Thursday and Friday there will be several speakers and presentations.

Tickets are sold out, but there will be an overflow that is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on the schedule of events click here.

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