The second day of the conference is all about learning new skills. Choose from more than 50 dynamic, leadership-building workshops.

NCCWSL 2013 Workshop

Not sure where to start? This guide to designing your own NCCWSL experience can help.


First session: 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Creating a Social Justice Leadership Model

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Being culturally competent is a skill that makes you a better leader, but in order to achieve the high level of excellence most people aspire to, you must go beyond that skill. As leaders and change-agents, what is our responsibility in creating inclusive environments and advocating for social justice? This session will focus on taking your leadership to the next level by increasing your ability to effect change in businesses, organizations, and communities.

Joan Maze is a student affairs professional, diversity consultant, facilitator, and trainer with 16 years of experience working in higher education. She is currently the director of African American student development at Towson University. E-mail

Creating Change and Sustaining Sanity: Essential Project and Personal Management Skills in Sustainability

Margaret Brent A

Sustainability is a thriving field and movement, and while many students want to make a difference, it can be difficult deciding where to start. The urgency for change can be stifling, and quickly, passion can dwindle: Progress is a process. This workshop will instill and inspire a sense of power and purpose to create lasting, meaningful change in the field of sustainability. Students will explore their unique roles in the vast field, learn concepts about social change theory and skills for taking an idea to implementation, as well as learn life skills for overcoming obstacles and remaining focused and fervent in the face of frustration. Through a review of research, personal insights, and team-building activities, the session will make attendees leave feeling refreshed and ready to make their mark.

Ashley Pennington is the senior program coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability. Pennington helps oversee implementation of the Climate Action Plan, coordinates annual reviews of progress with various campuses and divisions, facilitates stakeholder engagement to increase campus sustainability operationally and culturally, and provides direction to Office of Sustainability staff. She serves as an adviser to various student programs, teaches a course introducing freshmen to sustainability, and oversees the Sustainability Network Student Leadership Program. E-mail

Elect Her: Empowering College Women to Run

Prince George’s

If not you, then who? With so few women in political office, we want you to see your potential to be a future public servant. Participants will explore the status of women in political office today—including research on young women’s political ambition—and why we need more women to run for office. Participants will also learn about Elect Her, an AAUW and Running Start program that trains college women to run for office. Participants will interact with students who hosted the Elect Her program at their schools in 2014.

Jessica Kelly is a program manager in AAUW’s Campus Leadership Programs Department, where she manages Elect Her–Campus Women Win, the only national program to encourage and train college women to run for student government, and $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops. With master’s degrees in both women’s studies and higher education administration, Kelly is committed to working with women leaders on college campuses. E-mail

Melissa Richmond is the programs and outreach director at Running Start, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that teaches young women to run for public office. Richmond oversees Running Start’s five programs, which serve young women in high school, college, and beyond. Richmond worked for Gov. Mitt Romney in various roles for 10 years and attended Brigham Young University and the George Washington University Law School.

Susannah Wellford is the president and founder of Running Start, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging young women to run for public office. Prior to founding Running Start, Wellford founded the Women under Forty Political Action Committee, which supports young women candidates for federal office. Wellford has spoken extensively throughout the United States and around the world about the need for more young women in public office and is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Getting Noticed For All the Right Reasons

Thurgood Marshall

In professional settings, what makes others take note of you? During this workshop, you will learn about 10 critical components of conscious and conscientious female leadership. How you address each of these elements can affect your image, reputation, and make or break your relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and even strangers. Come complete a self-assessment, laugh through noteworthy mistakes, set personalized goals, and meet a partner who will help ensure you are continuing to make progress on those goals throughout the year.

Lisa Reagle is the director of new student programs at Towson University and enjoys mentoring students who are interested in exploring careers in education, event management, and other professions. Two of the most rewarding professional development experiences for Reagle have been working on six National Orientation Directors Association regional conferences and serving as a chapter adviser for Alpha Gamma Delta. Outside of work, you can find Reagle volunteering, traveling, reading, running, and practicing yoga. E-mail

Joyce Herold is the coordinator of Off-Campus Student Services at Towson University, where she enthusiastically oversees the educational and programming operations that benefit the commuter student population. Among Herold’s favorite initiatives are Good Neighbors CARE, Positive Homecoming, and the Off-Campus Living Series. Outside of work, Herold enjoys singing, Body Jam exercise classes, and spending quality time with family.

Global Leadership Opportunities of the U.S. Department of State

Margaret Brent B

An effective international presence and discerning diplomatic leadership are what make the United States a force for peace. This workshop will discuss international career opportunities and student programs of the U.S. Department of State. A career in the Department of State presents unique, challenging, and rewarding avenues for developing your leadership abilities. Workshop participants will be exposed to professional and student goal-planning ideas for careers in diplomacy.

Ramona Harper is a recruiting officer with the U.S. Department of State. E-mail

Marcia Bernicat is a deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources. Prior to this, she served as ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. A career foreign service officer with 32 years of experience in five of the State Department’s six geographic regions, Bernicat served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassies in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Lilongwe, Malawi and principal officer at the consulate general in Casablanca, Morocco. She was deputy political counselor at the embassy in New Delhi; consular officer at the consulate general in Marseille, France, and political/consular officer at the embassy in Bamako, Mali.

Lean Over: Women’s Leadership Across Identities

Charles Carroll B

Due to the success of Sheryl Sandberg’s recent book, Lean In, we’ve all heard the call to be proactive about our careers. Yet, there is no one monolithic experience for women, and our capacity to lean in is affected by the complexities of our various identities (race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability, and more). How do our identities enable or limit access to leadership positions, space, and resources? How do our various identities inspire microaggressions that may affect leadership experiences? Through small- and large-group discussions and consciousness-raising, participants will be encouraged to not just lean in but also lean over to understand and support women leaders across different identities, paying close attention to race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Jess Myers is the director of the Women’s Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and graduated from Colorado State University’s student affairs in higher education program. She has been working in higher education for the past eight years in areas such as residence life, service learning, student activities, and women and gender services. E-mail

Megan Adams is the coordinator of the Women’s Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has degrees in gender studies from Indiana University and American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. Her focus is in holistic anti-violence programming and intersectional feminism.

Lisa Gray serves as the assistant director of student life and cultural and spiritual diversity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Richmond. Gray has worked in college student development, multicultural affairs, diversity education, training, and organizational development for more than 15 years.

Joakina Stone is from Portland, Oregon, and earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Oregon State University. She completed her master’s work in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park. Stone currently serves as a community director at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she works on several leadership and diversity initiatives campuswide.

Reaching Your Goals through the Six Pillars of Leadership

Benjamin Banneker B

Over the past nearly 25 years, Teach for America has intensely studied our best teachers, those who are truly changing the trajectory of their students’ lives. These leaders work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. We believe that all kids—no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or what their skin color is—deserve access to a great education, and we train and develop our leaders so that they have an immediate positive effect on their students. In this session, we will share what we’ve learned about how great leaders operate, and participants will find out how they can build upon the skills they already possess to increase their effectiveness as leaders in any sector. Participants will also learn more about the opportunities Teach for America offers students from all majors and backgrounds.

Jennifer Monson works at Teach for America supporting the national science and technology, early childhood education, and special education initiatives. She taught in Chicago at a Head Start center, serving kids ages 3–5. She studied public policy at Princeton University. E-mail

Speaking Up! Direct Communication and Self-Advocacy for Women in the Workplace

Benjamin Banneker A

This interactive session will engage participants in reflection on and selection of appropriate communication strategies for a variety of professional scenarios. You will determine when a direct or diplomatic communication style is warranted and learn some techniques for achieving congruence with words, tone, and body language to convey a clear and confident message. Participants will analyze their default style of communicating and will identify strategies to manage anxiety during courageous conversations.

Stephanie Jarrett-Thorpe is a passionate leader who works persistently to increase social capital through education and advocacy. She currently serves as a resident principal with the New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program at Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School. She has more than 10 years of experience in education, nonprofit development, and special-needs advocacy, where she uses strategic coaching methods to serve as an agent of change. E-mail

Take Charge of Your Financial Future


While in college and as you start your career, you will make many important financial decisions. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get off to a good financial start by making the best decisions for you. We’ll talk about budgeting for today’s needs, minimizing debt, and maximizing financial aid dollars. We’ll also discuss important issues you’ll face as you enter the workforce, including repaying your loans, managing credit, saving and investing for short and long-term goals, and making the most of employer-sponsored retirement and health benefits. By starting to plan today, you can take charge of your financial future.

Patricia Humphlett is the coordinator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Retirement Savings Education Campaign. She oversees the department’s nationwide effort to help workers and employers plan for a secure retirement. She previously worked at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement and the Congressional Research Service. Humphlett earned her law degree from George Washington University and her bachelor’s from Duke University. E-mail

Cindy Hounsell is the president of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, a nonprofit that seeks to improve opportunities for women to secure retirement income and to educate the public about the inequities that disadvantage women in retirement. An attorney and retirement expert, Hounsell has testified before Congress and has served as a delegate for a number of White House summits and conferences. Hounsell provides technical assistance to several national organizations as well as training to leaders and grassroots advocates around the country as part of her role as director of the National Resource Center for Women and Retirement Planning. Hounsell was appointed in 2011 to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act Advisory Council and in 2008 to the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, representing the field of retirement and financial planning. Women’s eNews named Hounsell one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. In 2012, Money magazine named her one of its 40 Money Heroes.

Elizabeth Coogan is a senior adviser with the Office of Federal Student Aid. Her role is to develop strategies, innovative tactics, and effective practices to improve and advance the financial literacy acumen of students and families to promote well-informed financial decision making for higher education programs. Coogan serves on the Postsecondary Subcommittee of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Prior to joining FSA, Coogan worked for more than 25 years in the financial services industry. Additionally, she started a small business that provided enrichment education programs to supplement traditional school instruction. Coogan spent seven years teaching personal finance to students at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. She earned a bachelor of science in quantitative methods from Fordham University and a master’s in finance from Adelphi University.

U of Rights or U of Wrongs: Effective Campus Policies and Programs that Promote Survivors’ Rights

Pyon Su

This interactive session will educate students on their rights as survivors of campus crimes, specifically sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The session will review best practices for college campuses for dealing with these violations. Participants will learn about student-driven advocacy efforts to build accountability on campus, as well as develop skills to create sustainable partnership with community partners. This know-your-rights workshop will empower students and activists to return to their campuses with the knowledge to successfully organize and engage students in the movement to end sexual and intimate-partner violence.

Andrea Gleaves is the training and outreach specialist with the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence. She assists in the creation of curricula, training facilitation, and outreach to various victim-service providers, government agencies, and community-based organizations. As a past campus organizer, Gleaves led the coalition’s efforts to create the DC University Leadership Initiative to bring together student activists and university staff to address intimate-partner violence on college campuses across Washington, D.C. E-mail

Bridgette Harwood directs the criminal and civil services programs at the Network for Victim Recovery of Washington, D.C. She is one of the few legal experts in the country for criminal victims’ rights. As a certified police instructor, Harwood volunteers as a trainer for specialized victimization topics on trauma and victims’ rights at entry-level academies and in-service trainings.

Daniel Rappaport is the sexual assault prevention coordinator for American University’s Wellness Center. Rappaport also acts as a confidential victim advocate, wherein he serves students, staff, and faculty members, providing resources for victims of sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking. Rappaport also supervises two student groups on campus that educate American University on important issues surrounding sexual violence and abuse. These groups are the Peer Educators for the Elimination of Relationship and Sexual Violence and the Men of Strength groups.

The Value of Mentoring: Helping Women Excel in STEM


During college, women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors face myriad challenges within the classroom, among peers, and even in within themselves. Unfortunately, there is also a disparity of women role models in the STEM fields. For this reason, it is crucial that women in STEM majors have mentors along the way not only to encourage and support them but also to be examples of successful women in the classroom and industry. This session will offer some examples of mentoring programs for women in STEM, as well as recommendations for women who wish to take action on their own campuses.

Crystal Diaz currently serves as the assistant director in the Center for Women in Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she serves as the coordinator for the CWIT Living Learning Community. She runs the CWIT Scholars Program, a merit-based, four-year scholarship program dedicated to increasing the representation of women in the engineering and information technology fields. E-mail

What Does Faith Have to Do with It?

Charles Carroll A

Faith, religion, and spiritual pursuits are an important part of many people’s lives. But faith is often pushed aside and questioned while in college. This session will create the space to discuss faith and spirituality and help women see its importance and impact on personal leadership. It will also give room to express the truth that faith is ever evolving. This workshop will help participants think through how their personal journeys of faith affect their leadership on campus and beyond. This workshop will help build awareness of faith and values as they relate to developing leadership and a career.

Brenda Bertrand’s 20-year career includes journalism, a political appointment in the executive branch, interfaith chaplaincy at Georgetown University, and consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and Franklin Covey. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational communication and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on the intersection between one’s spirituality, ethics, and values and the day-to-day rhythms of career and life. E-mail

Supporting Transfer Students: Campus Teams Take Action

St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room (across the street from Stamp Student Union’s main entrance)

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. The Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success research report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges. Workshop attendees will hear from students who took action at the University of Cincinnati, Vance-Granville Community College, and Washington State University to better support women transfering from community colleges to four-year schools. E-mail:

Kaylee Berry is a student at Washington State University and served as a mentor on a Campus Action Project program this spring.

Nicole Laile is a student at the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Prior to that, she graduated from University of Cincinnati, Clermont, with an associate degree in chemistry.

Jesica Rivera is a second-year student studying early childhood education at Vance-Granville Community College. She will be graduating with her associate degree in the fall of 2014.

Andresse St. Rose is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she studies a wide range of gender equity issues in higher education and the workplace, including the recruitment and retention of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the educational pathway. She is a co-author of AAUW’s Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College, and a doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.

Second session: 1:45–3 p.m.

A New Brand You: Developing, Communicating, and Leading with a Well-Defined Professional Brand

Grand Ballroom Lounge

Professional branding is a career basic and an essential element in effective leadership. A correctly defined professional brand makes certain the individual has identified, understands, and can clearly communicate exactly who she is, what she does, and why anyone should care to remember her.  Attendees will learn how to uncover their unique values and understand how to own and communicate those values by providing unique examples. The accumulation of brand values results in a defining professional brand. Fortified by this knowledge and its competitive advantages, attendees will be better equipped to confidently achieve their professional goals.

Gail Johnson teaches professional branding at the University of Texas, Tyler. She co-authored A New Brand You, Professionally Brandicapped, and !WONTUOTEG. She is the Texas field manager for $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops and past president of the AAUW Tyler (TX) Branch. E-mail

Kelley Gerwig is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in both the corporate and small-business environments. She is the owner of Devine Organic Growers.

Beyond the Bubble: Building Meaningful Relationships as Global Citizens

Benjamin Banneker A

We all have a responsibility to serve others and to build a community based on love and respect among our friends, family, and those we are meeting for the first time. How can you start building this global community? How can we connect with one another? How do you engage as a global citizen? This presentation will provide you the opportunity to map out your current relationships and to examine how you can grow and expand these relationships to build a greater global community. You will leave this workshop with tools for going deeper with your relationships and creating a community that respects the dignity of all people.

Kelli McErlean is a program coordinator at Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a full-time domestic and international service program that offers young women and men an opportunity to commit to living out the values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice for one or two years in one of six countries and 34 cities in the United States. McErlean was a Jesuit Volunteer from 2007 to 2008 in Los Angeles, where she worked at an all-boys high school. After that, she earned her master’s in education, higher education, and student affairs at the University of South Carolina. She then worked at a university in Philadelphia in residence life before joining the JVC staff in August 2012. E-mail

Civic Engagement on Your Campus: Build It, and They Will Come

Charles Carroll B

This session will focus on why it is important to have a civic-engagement, service-learning, or community service program on your campus. We will discuss how community is part of the ethos at your institution. Whether you have a program or want to start one, join us for an interactive discussion of how to build a strong, effective civic-engagement program on your campus for community partners, students, faculty, and university leadership.

Hunter Goodman is combining her interest in higher education and nonprofit administration through doctoral studies in leadership at the University of Central Arkansas. She is interested in connecting education and nonprofit development and harnessing the collective power of nonprofits. For six years, Goodman served as executive director of Arkansas Coalition for Excellence. She served on the National Council of Nonprofits board and the Arkansas Discovery Network Advisory Board. Goodman remains active in the national student service movement as chair of the IMPACT National Student Conference on Service, Action, and Advocacy board of directors. She has taught nonprofit management and leadership courses at the University of Central Arkansas; Louisiana State University, Shreveport; and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Goodman is a proud alumna of the Bonner Scholars Program, the University of Southern Mississippi master’s in education program, and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. E-mail

Engaging Your Community: How to Be an Advocate for Change


Have you ever wondered how you can have the biggest effect on policy change without running for office? Students can have an important voice in policy debates by raising awareness and engaging others to take action on campus and in communities. This workshop will focus on identifying key constituency groups, building a coalition of like-minded supporters on your campus, and leveraging support to create political will and make policy change.

Ashley Wilson is the communications manager at Global Campaign for Education U.S. Chapter, a coalition of more than 60 organizations working toward universal quality education. Before joining the GCE team in August 2012, Wilson was an elementary school teacher and a Capitol Hill staffer in legislative and communication capacities. She earned her bachelor’s in mass communication from Dillard University in New Orleans and her master’s in public relations from Boston University. E-mail

Brian Callahan is the outreach and advocacy manager at the Global Campaign for Education U.S. Chapter, a coalition of more than 60 organizations working toward universal quality education. Prior to his role at the Global Campaign for Education, Callahan worked for the American Federation of Teachers, where he coordinated the Education for All campaign and worked with the Child Labor Coalition to eradicate child labor around the world, including in the Uzbekistan cotton sector and in the cocoa fields of West Africa. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in political science and economics.

Gender Equality and Cultural Change

Margaret Brent B

Gender discrimination issues affect you, whether you can see it or not. This session will begin to explore the connections between the women’s movement and the civil rights movement during the 1960s, as well as gender equality struggles in 2014. Participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences and perspectives on the topic, and we will discuss ideas for creating cultural change and gender equality.

Michele Lenhart is the director of student leadership and involvement in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs at Ithaca College. Lenhart oversees the unit responsible for student leadership programs, student organizations, and community service programs. Prior to joining Ithaca College in 2008, she worked at a variety of colleges and universities in Maryland, California, and New York. Lenhart has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s in education from the State University of New York, Geneseo, and a master’s in creative studies from Buffalo State College. E-mail

Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors

Charles Carroll A

Learn how to ask for money—even if you hate to—in this energetic and interactive workshop. We will demystify fundraising so you’ll develop skills to raise money for your favorite charity or for a future political candidacy. Just as different fish require different bait and equipment, different people need different approaches. This presentation explains relationship fundraising and how to help each donor move from concern to passion to cash. You’ll discover how to build a functioning fundraising operation, ask for money, use storytelling to build personal relationships, build a powerful finance team, and plan events that actually raise money.

Nancy Bocskor teaches people in the United States and internationally how to communicate with passion to effect change in their communities. Bocskor is the president and founder of the Nancy Bocskor Company, which she started in 1990. She has raised money for more than 100 members of Congress and candidates and has trained activists and leaders in all 50 states and more than 20 countries. E-mail

How to Talk Your Way out of Any Sticky Situation

Prince George’s

Leaders, it’s time to consider a new approach to team dynamics. With some helpful tools found in the world of think-on-your-feet improv comedy and a firm grounding in conflict resolution, leaders can learn to work their way out of sticky situations, adapting and responding to social cues. This workshop will help you learn to think quickly, creatively, and effectively to motivate, resolve disputes, and adapt to change.

Karen Lynn Click is the director of the Southern Methodist University Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives. Her work in higher education has also included multicultural student affairs, international student programs, and residence life. E-mail

Rosie McSweeney is the director of American University’s Department of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services. She feels privileged to have worked with students in many fields of higher education, including housing, academic advising, service learning, and student conduct. McSweeney met fellow presenter Karen Lynn Click while working at Southern Methodist University, and they worked together to co-found and create the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Committee. Both women have additional certifications in conflict resolution, as well as a love for theater and improv.

Lead and Be Led: The Benefits of Both Sides of Mentorship

Thurgood Marshall

Many times the notion of mentoring is discussed from the aspect of the mentee. However, there is an equal opportunity for learning on behalf of the mentor as well—at every level of her or his career. Through discussion, experiential examples, and research, this session will teach the benefits of participating in healthy and long-lasting mentorships and the impact it can have on career success.

Kijaffa Butler is a growing professional in higher education who focuses on career development opportunities and their effects on service operations. She works with both students and staff to strengthen functional and professional skill sets through training sessions, development activities, and individual coaching and mentoring. She is the associate director of operations and staff development at Pace University. E-mail

Managing Stress, Thinking Mindfully, and Making Conscious Choices


Identify the number one stressor in your life and how to beat it. Learn how to tackle stress, build social and emotional skills, decrease anxiety, increase your happiness, boost optimism, and increase your health, concentration, and productivity. Stress is created in the mind. It’s how we look at and interpret the world around us. Come join us for 75 minutes of mind-blowing techniques, including “three-minute brain break” practice, proven to change the way you think. Master the art of shifting perspectives and making conscious choices, and kick the stress out of your life—school, leadership responsibilities, relationships, and work—for good!

Meghan L. Hargrave is a leadership development professional, trainer and facilitator, and career coach. She has been a top-rated consultant to a wide range of organizations, including Harvard Business Publishing, Capital One Bank, Hewlett-Packard, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, and American Red Cross. Hargrave is passionate about working with individuals–from emerging leaders to executives—to help reshape career tracks and engage and retain talent. She has expertise in for-profit human resource consulting, higher education, sports management, federal, and nonprofit markets. Hargrave’s professional background is diverse, ranging from sales and marketing to coaching Division I women’s athletics at Georgetown University. Her insights and advice have appeared on the widely circulated She is currently penning her first book, The Antidote to a Career on Autopilot, expected to publish in late 2014. E-mail

This I Believe: Using Stories to Lead

Pyon Su

We live in a culture that absorbs and dwells on stories, from movies to books to clips on YouTube. But can storytelling help us become better leaders? This workshop will explore the power that stories have to express values, share experiences of growth or challenges, and remind us of what matters when we lead. Using the format of NPR’s This I Believe activity as a tool for how to share our stories, we will discover the power that learning about others has on our ability to connect, build community, and ultimately create change.

Lori Durako earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Purdue University and a master’s in leadership and student affairs from the University of St. Thomas. She is the assistant director for student leadership at Santa Clara University and previously served as the director for the Lieben Center for Women at Creighton University, where she loved co-teaching a women and leadership workshop series. Her current work focuses on experiential and high-impact leadership development practices, ranging from teaching an emerging leaders course to utilizing storytelling to create community and growth through the Magis Leadership Retreat. E-mail

Libby Furrow is a junior at Santa Clara University, studying sociology and women’s and gender studies. As an assistant for student leadership, she has played a key role in Magis Leadership Retreat, which focuses on the importance of personal stories in leadership development. Furrow is passionate about working with students to develop a sense of community around leadership.

Turning Your Passion into a Career: The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Mentoring Program

Margaret Brent A

Have you ever thought about making your work on your college campus into a career? Or have you wondered how your advisers got into their current roles? If you want to turn your passion for helping college students into a profession, attend this session to find out how. The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, a semi-structured mentoring program for college students, diversifies and broadens the pipeline of student affairs by mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations. This session will go over what student affairs is and the benefits of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Come hear from current fellows about why they joined, and hear how you can get involved.

Nathan Victoria is the director of member engagement and student initiatives for NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He works with volunteers of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, a mentoring program for students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, with regional leaders, and on new initiatives for engaging members of NASPA, a professional association for college and university administrators. E-mail

Matt McCabe recently graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor of science in psychology. As an undergraduate student, McCabe was a member of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) for two years. During his time as a NUFP, McCabe developed his passion for student affairs by working as a resident assistant, working on special projects and social media within the Division of Student Affairs, serving as a student worker in the Service and Leadership Center, interning with the Dean of Students at the University of Alabama, and serving as a NUFP intern at NASPA. In the fall, McCabe will be attending George Washington University to pursue a master’s in higher education. He will also be working as a residence coordinator with the George Washington University Center for Student Engagement.

We Are What Feminists Look Like: The Importance of Feminist Friendship When Patriarchy Attacks

Juan Ramon Jimenez

In August 2013, a photograph of Kelly Martin Broderick holding a sign that read “This is what a feminist looks like” was stolen from a personal social media account and turned into a nasty meme that went viral. Other women may have cowered from embarrassment, but Broderick turned it around by creating a Tumblr, inspiring other feminists to stand proud in spite of attempts to silence them. This workshop will highlight Broderick’s experience and emphasize the importance of online and offline feminist networks to help young women lead and organize around important issues when patriarchy attacks.

Kelly Martin Broderick is a feminist activist and a graduating senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in gender and women’s studies. She is a co-leader of Women Involved in Learning and Leadership and a student staff member at the Women’s Center at UMBC. She created and maintains the blog E-mail

Jeffrey Lunnen is a public health professional and feminist activist working at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His recent work focuses on the intersections between women’s health and road safety in low- and middle-income countries. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree in women’s and gender studies at Towson University. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and history from Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Katherine Mullen is a political and communications consultant and feminist activist. She has experience in print and online journalism, nonprofit advocacy, and progressive Democratic campaigns in Maryland. She earned a master of science in women’s and gender studies from Towson University and bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French from the State University of New York, New Paltz. Mullen is currently the treasurer of the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus.

Rachel Piazza is a feminist scholar and activist. She earned her master’s degree in women’s and gender studies at Towson University and currently teaches as an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University. As an officer of the National Organization for Women’s first virtual chapter, Young Feminists and Allies, she is working to amplify the voices of young feminists through online organizing.

Women and Sex in 2014: C’mon Already!

Benjamin Banneker B

In 2014, can we get what we want from sex (fun, pleasure, emotional connection) without getting what we don’t want (infections, disease, unwanted pregnancy)? This presentation will examine the backlash from men (and women!) every time there is an advance in technology that helps women have sex with less worry. We will examine and discuss the consistent cultural attitude that sex for women shouldn’t be “too easy” and that the only thing that stops women from having indiscriminate sex is worry about disease and pregnancy—that without that worry, women and their sexuality would be out of control.

Lenore Meyers has been a sexual health educator at Towson University for 30 years. She works with individuals and groups and is a popular guest speaker in a variety of academic courses. She is fascinated by issues in women’s health and how they have changed—or not—since she was in college. E-mail

Your True Colors: Leadership Styles Explored

St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room (across the street from Stamp Student Union’s main entrance)

What is your leadership style? How do you work with others? True Colors is a leadership education tool that will help to improve communication, team-building, leadership, morale, and conflict-resolution skills in your student organizations and in your relationships. Participants will complete the leadership skill inventory and then explore what their True Color says about their leadership style and how they work with others.

Beth Steiner earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Maryland and her master of science in higher education from Indiana University. She has worked in higher education since 2002 in Greek life, leadership development, Jewish student life, and graduate student enrollment. At Towson University, Steiner’s area includes student activities, strategic development, and student leadership programming. She currently lives in Baltimore County with her husband, Alex; son, Eli; and spoiled dog, Tizzy. E-mail

Third session: 3:15–4:30 p.m.

Be Your Best Interviewee: The Ins and Outs of Getting the Job

Benjamin Banneker A

You have secured your interview, and the job description reads like a rundown of your exact skill set. Now how can you ensure you do everything you possibly can to end up with an offer letter in hand? Come ready to learn all the tools and tricks of the trade to deliver your best possible interview. This workshop will address everything from refining your personal presentation to navigating the toughest interview questions and will enable you to walk into your interview with the poise and confidence to hit it out of the park.

Lucy Fort is the assistant director of educational programs and the NASPA Foundation at NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Her responsibilities include creating professional development opportunties and women’s programming for members and managing relations with the NASPA Foundation. Fort earned her bachelor’s in business management from the University of Florida and her master’s in higher education adminstration from the University of South Carolina. E-mail

Tiki Ayiku is the director of educational programs at NASPA. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with her master’s degree in college student personnel and her undergraduate degree in Spanish and secondary education from Morgan State University in 1999. Prior to her tenure at NASPA, Ayiku served as the associate dean of students at St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Maryland; program and advising coordinator in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Maryland; and assistant director of student programs at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts.

Building Safer Public Spaces with Collective Action

Charles Carroll B

Sexual harassment and sexual violence happen in public places like streets, buses, and bars in every community. Learn more about this issue—both nationally and globally—and the strategies you can use on and around your campus to create safer spaces, including through online campaigns, art activism, and bystander intervention.

Holly Kearl is an expert on the topic of gender-based violence, including street harassment, sexual harassment in schools, and military sexual assault. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, a published author, and a consultant for organizations like the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. She also works for the Op-Ed Project. E-mail

Julia Strange has been a part of the anti-violence movement for more than 10 years, working in direct service, community organizing, and policy advocacy. She is currently the director of programs and policy for Collective Action for Safe Spaces.

Zosia Sztykowski has been an organizer in her community in Washington, D.C., for three years with Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Her work to prevent public sexual harassment and assault through community education, policy advocacy, and art activism has been covered by the Washington Post and other print and broadcast media in the D.C. area.

Finding Careers in STEM Starts Here: Women in Community Colleges

St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room (across the street from Stamp Student Union’s main entrance)

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. The Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success research report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges. Workshop attendees will hear how student-led campus teams took action to encourage and support more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). E-mail

Zaynab “Ze” Bayati is in an engineering science pathway program at Gateway Community College. Her goal is to be a biomedical engineer.

Doria Faye Canino studies liberal arts at Suffolk County Community College. She was bullied during most of her younger education, and it wasn’t until college that she really flourished academically. She now wants to assure that all women are given the opportunity to thrive.

Casey Mee majors in electronics engineering technology at the County College of Morris. Before that, she graduated from Sussex County Community College with an associate degree in liberal arts. At County College of Morris, Mee helped charter the club Women in STEM, of which she is vice president.

Kayla Montgomery is studying biology and chemistry at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and plans to go into the medical field once she graduates. She plays for the soccer team at New Mexico Tech and works at Energetic Materials Research Testing Center.

Andresse St. Rose is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she studies a wide range of gender equity issues in higher education and the workplace, including the recruitment and retention of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the educational pathway. She is a co-author of AAUW’s Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College, and a doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.

Scarlett Toro majors in biomedical engineering at the County College of Morris. She was born in Queens, New York, but grew up in Cali, Colombia.

Getting into Graduate School

Benjamin Banneker B

Society is propelled forward when its citizens engage in higher and higher levels of education. The women leaders of today and tomorrow benefit from earning graduate degrees, because the experience deepens their understanding of important areas of expertise, including medicine, law, arts and sciences, or business. This panel will be composed of admissions experts from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University’s school of medicine, and American University’s law school. These representatives will discuss the application and review processes for gaining admission to their schools and answer pertinent questions from the audience.

Briggs Rolfsrud is the admissions manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs. In this role, she is responsible for recruitment of prospective graduate students as well as processing applications. With eight years of experience in admissions and a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard University, Rolfsrud has a solid understanding of the selection processes at graduate schools throughout the United States. E-mail

Job Seeker 2.0: Use Technology to Stand Above the Rest

Margaret Brent B

Tired of being herded like cattle at huge, cumbersome job fairs? Always hearing about awesome career opportunities after they are filled? Seeker 2.0 is the session for you! We will focus on the new tricks of the trade—with the help of mobile apps and websites. Why not elevate your personal brand above the competition? Use of smartphones and tablets is highly encouraged for this session.

Bianca Jackson is a technology project manager at Metropolitan Regional Information Systems and a freelance digital strategy consultant. She is also an executive board member and leadership development mentor for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority. Jackson earned a bachelor’s of science in information systems from Drexel University, a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a project management professional certificate from the globally recognized Project Management Institute. E-mail:

Cynthia Santiago-Pagan is a test engineer for Leidos, formerly Science Applications International Corporation. She serves as a chapter adviser for Chi Upsilon Sigma’s Beta Mu chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has presented several workshops on job preparedness and personal branding. Santiago-Pagan earned a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from Drexel University.

Lean In to the Classroom: Exploring Leadership in a Traditionally Female Field

Margaret Brent A

Classroom educators have traditionally been absent from the policy discussions that seek to improve student achievement. Because teaching is a predominantly women’s field, the combination of internalized expectations for women and institutional barriers that discount teacher voices discourage teachers from leadership. Students and schools benefit when teachers are at the table, sharing their experiences and advocating for students. This workshop will outline ways that women who are interested in educational policy can become powerful advocates for school change, both inside and outside the classroom.

Cristina Duncan Evans has been working as a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools for the past eight years. She joined the school system with Teach for America in 2006 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College. Beginning in 2009, she began to explore the possibilities of teacher leadership. Since then, she has taken on work for Baltimore schools as a professional developer and curriculum writer, as well as serving on several policy advisory panels. Evans has also worked as a policy fellow at several local and national organizations, including the Baltimore mayor’s office and America Achieves, a national organization dedicated to leveraging policy, practice, and leadership to build strong educational systems. E-mail

Mastering Student Organization Conflict Management

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Often college women leaders are given many spaces to reflect on the challenges of being a leader but rarely get the opportunity to practice sensitive interpersonal conflict management. Through hands-on activities, discussions, and role-plays, participants will strengthen their communication skills so that they become more confident leaders.

Virginia Byrne is the student life coordinator for leadership development and education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Byrne earned a master’s in higher education from Florida State University and a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. E-mail

Jason Palumbo is a digital communications associate in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He was the president of the Student Events Board, UMBC’s premier student programming committee.

Morgan Simonds is the program specialist for student life at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2012, Simonds graduated from UMBC with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. During her time at UMBC, she held multiple positions with the Student Events Board and her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon.

Overcoming the Perfect-Girl Myth: How to Overcome Pressures to Conform and Define Success on Your Own Terms

Grand Ballroom Lounge

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that some of the goals and expectations you’ve set for yourself aren’t really your own? Today, many young women are achieving new levels of success, yet so many are also left feeling stuck and fearful when the road most traveled doesn’t bring them the contentment and happiness they expected. This workshop offers ways women can start building their own wellness toolboxes, focusing on self-awareness, self-reflection, smart communication strategies, and creative coping methods to combat stress. Topics covered include promoting purpose within the college community and beyond; managing stress; cultivating physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness; and building meaningful relationships.

Ana Homayoun is the author of The Myth of the Perfect Girl and the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting. She frequently consults with and speaks at college campuses and with young adults about how to promote organization, time management, personal purpose, and overall wellness in our digital world. She is a graduate of Duke University and also holds a master’s in counseling and a pupil-personnel services credential from the University of San Francisco. E-mail

Practical Leadership Ethics

Thurgood Marshall

This workshop will enable you to understand ethics and leadership ethics and how they relate to your personal and professional lives to help you learn to make ethical decisions and become an ethical leader. Topics include ethical dilemmas encountered by students and leaders, prominent moral theories, values, character traits, and leadership strategies. Students will discuss the resolution to a specific ethical dilemma in small teams then discuss the issue as a larger group. You will receive handouts for further introspection on developing ethical leadership skills.

Kathleen McIntyre is the University of Maine special assistant to the senior vice president for administration and finance, providing administrative, executive, and advisory support on numerous administrative matters. In addition to her position at UMaine, McIntyre works as a part-time selling floor leader at Macy’s department store. She recently assisted with the incorporation and establishment of the Golden Key Senior Center, where she volunteers and serves as treasurer of its board of directors. McIntyre also taught the practical leadership ethics course at UMaine this past spring and serves as co-adviser to the University of Maine chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society. E-mail

Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice and Presenting with Power

Charles Carroll A

Most people hate public speaking. This high-energy, interactive session will give you strategies to find your voice, manage your speech anxiety, and deliver powerful presentations. You’ll leave with your confidence boosted and ready to tackle your next speaking engagement.

Kelly Callahan is the director of community engagement at the University of Tampa. She is in her eighth year of teaching speech-communication courses. E-mail

She’s Not My Friend; She’s My Colleague

Prince George’s

Networking is about leveraging your relationships for professional gain. In a culture where women are expected to be liked by everyone, networking can make you feel like you’re being fake. In this workshop, you’ll go to the source of why women struggle to network (it’s not your fault!), learn a new way to look at your relationships, and practice mapping them to assess your networking potential. You’ll leave ready to take advantage of the social capital in your world.

Kate Farrar is the vice president of campus leadership programs for AAUW and manages programs (including NCCWSL!) that ensure college women assume leadership roles and acquire the skills they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives. She’s proudly spent her post-college career as an expat in London, a lobbyist “for good,” a national park employee, an intense graduate student, a giddy presidential campaign organizer, and a women’s organization nonprofiteer. Find her on Twitter at @kcfarrar. E-mail

Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl. Co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, she has developed leadership programs for girls and young women for 15 years. Simmons currently works with Lean In, the nonprofit co-founded by Sheryl Sandberg, and Smith College’s Wurtele Center for Work and Life. Simmons was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NCCWSL. Her Twitter handle is @racheljsimmons.

Women and Entrepreneurship: Moving beyond the Glass Ceiling


In this workshop, participants will learn why women entrepreneurs are crucial to economic growth around the world. Aspiring entrepreneurs will get tips for starting their own businesses or nonprofits while understanding the value women bring by having a different perspective and tremendous buying power. The session will explore why women tend to view entrepreneurship differently than men and how women can maximize their opportunities for great success.

Andrena Sawyer graduated from Howard University with a degree in sociology and a concentration on community development. She is the founder and president of P.E.R.K. Consulting, a nonprofit and small-business consulting firm in Hyattsville, Maryland. As a Sierra Leonean American who is passionate about women’s issues, she facilitates several workshops on personal and professional development for women each year. E-mail

Women Go Abroad: How to Afford and Fit an International Experience into College

Pyon Su

Ever dreamed of traveling while in college? In this session, Hilary Corna will run through the steps necessary to analyze where you want to go, how it relates to your story and life, and how it can help your career. She’ll discuss funding options to make it happen (she went for free) and how to manage your college schedule to fit it all in (she double majored and had a minor in Japanese!). Lastly, Corna will help you strategize on how to strengthen women abroad.

Hilary Corna once bought a one-way ticket to Singapore in hopes of pursuing a job abroad after college, and she did. For three years, she worked in a senior position with Toyota traveling around Asia and then wrote a book about it called One White Face. Corna has been speaking for more than two years around the country; founded a pretzel company in Austin, Texas; and now her book is being adapted into a screenplay. E-mail

Yoga, Body Image, and Eating Disorders


Millions of women in this country suffer from eating disorders and body image issues. It’s a national epidemic. Often once a girl graduates high school she is thought to have “grown out of” these behaviors. As residents of college campuses nationwide, we know this is not the case. Come learn about eating disorders issues for college and adult women, behaviors specific to this population, and how to use yoga and other holistic methods to foster positive body image, awareness, and acceptance, as well as compliment therapy and treatment for eating disorders. Basic yoga postures and breathing will be taught. No experience necessary.

Nikkie Hockenberry is the coordinator for student leadership at Alfred State College. She has spent about 14 years in student affairs and recently earned her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women’s and gender studies. She is passionate about teaching, learning, and civic engagement. She is also a certified yoga instructor, Autism advocate, mother of two, online blogger, and coffee enthusiast. E-mail

Fourth session: 4:45–6 p.m.

Authentically You: The Intersection of Identity and Its Influence on Leadership

Charles Carroll A

Do people ever tell you to stop being so sensitive? Do you feel like you always have to represent your identity or perspective on campus? Are you able to authentically represent who you are and all of your identities while leading? The purpose of this workshop is to create a space for discussion about leading authentically and how socially constructed identities influence leadership.

Christa J. Porter is an assistant professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University and is coordinator of the master’s program in student affairs administration. She was recently selected as a core faculty member for the Center for Gender in a Global Context at MSU. Her academic research focuses on the identity development of black undergraduate women, qualitative research design and methodology, and assessment in student affairs and higher education. E-mail

Nadeeka Karunaratne is a first-year student in Michigan State University’s master’s of student affairs administration program. She works in the Undergraduate Research Office at MSU and volunteers as a crisis line advocate for the Sexual Assault Program.

Lauren Koppel is a first-year student in the master’s of student affairs administration program at Michigan State University. She is a graduate assistant for MSU’s University Activities Board.

Chee Ia Yang is a first-year graduate student studying student affairs administration at Michigan State University. She is a career adviser and volunteers with the Office for International Student Services Volunteer English Training Program and GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

Becoming an EntrepreneuHer: Combining Your Passions and Purpose with Profit

Benjamin Banneker B

The EntrepreneuHer workshop will discuss ways to prepare you to become agents of social change by launching sustainable enterprises or social causes. The interactive presentation will feature real-life examples of young women making a positive difference in society and firsthand experiences related to becoming an entrepreneuer. Participants will be provided with concrete ways to make change in their communities and learn how to combine what they are passionate about with financial profit. The purpose of the workshop is to expose you to the field of social entrepreneurship and spark a desire to positively affect society.

Brittany King is a social-change catalyst, women’s and girls’ advocate, and motivational speaker. As founder of Foundation for the Future, a nonprofit organization focused on serving young women, she seeks to create a network of women who are powerful, purposeful, and passionate. King has created a bold reputation for herself as a speaker and community activist, due not only to her triumphant life journey but also to her commitment to helping young women overcome trials and realize their dreams. King has been featured in CosmoGirl and Glamour and has been honored by President Bill Clinton for her work with women and girls. E-mail

Don’t Dump Your Drink: Social Etiquette for Fearless Networking

Juan Ramon Jimenez

From handshakes to small talk and from your personal pitch to juggling a plate of snacks and a drink, this workshop will answer questions about managing the etiquette rules of professional networking settings. Guaranteed, you’ll leave feeling more confident and ready to face any professional-social event.

Julia Overton-Healy is the director of the Women’s Leadership Center at Alfred University. A mentor, guide, facilitator, coach and teacher, Overton-Healy has been working with college women for two decades. Her career is focused on advancing women’s skills and confidence toward effective and inspiring leadership. A frequent speaker, occasional blogger, and haphazard tweeter, Overton-Healy is a steadfast proponent of women’s leadership education and empowerment. E-mail

Gap and Gown: Advancing the Gender Pay Gap Conversation

Pyon Su

After college, how much money do you plan to make? Did you know that the answer to that question might depend on your gender or the field you’ve chosen? The gender pay gap has lasting consequences for your student loan debt, your retirement savings, your ability to pay for health care, and your family’s economic security. Come to this interactive workshop to discuss the factors that affect the pay gap, learn what you can do to help close the gap at the state and federal level, and develop your own action plan to implement these strategies on your campus.

Deborah Swerdlow is the AAUW grassroots advocacy coordinator. Her work focuses on educating and mobilizing AAUW’s members and supporters to take action on AAUW’s federal advocacy priorities. She also supports member advocacy activities in 21 different states. E-mail

Katie Benson is the AAUW research assistant. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in social work, specializing in community empowerment and program development, and she also earned a certificate in nonprofit management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Shepherd University in West Virginia, the state she is proud to call home.



Are you allowing yourself to BE, or are you simply doing? Are you ready to take ownership and responsibility for yourself in a position of leadership? How do you wear it? How does it feel? We will begin with meditation. You will see, feel, and imagine yourself in all your power. Through movement and belly dance, we will release blockages that stop you from embracing your authentic you. Shimmy out self-doubt. Dance the power of your core. Thrust yourself forward with your hips and so much more. This session will end with affirmations, chanting, drumming, and dance. Set yourself free! You are a leader! BE!

Karin Wilkinson is a poet, meditation and empowerment facilitator, belly dance instructor, and spiritual life and movement coach. She has partnered with Simmons College, George Washington University, the DC Rape Crisis Center, Buena Forma/YMCA Youth and Family Services, the National Medical Association, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Sidwell Friends School, and Iyanla Vanzant’s Inner Visions Worldwide. E-mail

Personal Accountability for Success

Prince George’s

Have you ever said “that’s not my job,” “I thought I did that,” or even “I’m just waiting for someone to tell me what to do”? These and other attitudes are keeping you from truly owning your situation, leading to a cycle of victimization. This session will change your mind-set and help make you aware of the moments in your life when you should choose personal accountability over “it’s not my fault.”

Jennifer Keegin is the associate director for campus activities at Binghamton University. Before her tenure at Binghamton, Keegin worked in student activities at Loyola University, New Orleans, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She earned her master’s in education with a specialization in student personnel administration at Western Washington University. A blogger for Women Talk Tech and the creator of Tech Lady Tuesdays, Keegin has an interest in all things related to women and their place in the future of technology. E-mail

Serving As a Change Agent On Your Campus


Want to be a change agent? Want to learn what a change agent is? This workshop will dive into the fundamentals of creating lasting change in your organization, on your campus, and in this world.

Darcy Accardi is the assistant director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network. Her previous work experience includes developing a new civic engagement department at her undergraduate alma mater, Towson University, and working as a strategy consultant. Accardi has a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Baltimore. E-mail

Kristen Guy is the program manager at Baltimore Collegetown Network. Some of her responsibilities include the oversight and management of the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape program, the student outreach initiative, and managing the organization’s social media strategy. She is currently working on her master’s degree in human resource development at Towson University and lives in Baltimore.

So You Want to Work in Politics?

Benjamin Banneker A

So you want to work in politics? Fabulous! We’re here to help you get started. We’ll go over all the different volunteer and career opportunities available in the political world—from organizing to policy, from your local community to Capitol Hill. We’ll let you know the how and where of finding your unique political ladder and climbing it. From social advocacy as a volunteer on the weekend to activism as a full-time career, we’ll show you how to make an impact in the community and beyond. Hear from four women at different levels of their careers and how they made it happen.

Melissa Jackowski is the AAUW grassroots advocacy manager. Prior to joining AAUW, she spent more than a decade developing her advocacy skills with a diverse group of clients—unions, political parties, and nonprofit corporations—organizing for candidate, issue, and ballot-initiative campaigns. Her experience ranges from community-level organizing up through presidential campaign field direction. Jackowski has supported women in politics and the advancement of women’s issues as a graduate of the Emerge program and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. E-mail

Erin Prangley is the associate director of government relations at AAUW. She has also worked for senior members of Congress and the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. She practiced law for several years, concentrating on immigration, employment law, business consulting, and veterans benefits. Prangley is a contributing author to the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education report Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Are You Career-Ready? The Value of Internships and Fellowships as You Prepare for the Next Step

Charles Carroll B

You don’t have to wait until your senior year to begin asking yourself this existential question. This workshop will help students consider the value of finding and applying to local and national internships and fellowships. It will also include a tutorial of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s NextOpp, the groundbreaking tool for students and recent graduates who want to discover the next opportunity.

Marie Hughes Chough is director of College Access and Readiness Programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and oversees all of CHCI’s scholarship initiatives, as well as resources and programming for high school students. The resources include the Ready to Lead and R2L NextGen programs and CHCI’s newest resource, NextOpp, a website designed to assist Latino students in finding opportunities from high school through career. Prior to joining CHCI, Chough was associate director of K–16 initiatives at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, where she worked closely with corporate and private foundations, states, and school districts to promote access to higher education for underserved students. Specifically, she oversaw NCCEP’s college access curriculum development efforts and managed youth services programming. E-mail

Evelyn Garcia-Morales is the manager of Educational Enrichment Programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and manages the day-to-day operations of the R2L NextGen program and NextOpp. Prior to joining the CHCI, Garcia-Morales managed the day-to-day operations for the National Hispana Leadership Institute programs. At NHLI she helped increase the number of programs offered to Latina professionals and college students and developed strategic relationships with academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations.

Speak Up, and Stand Up: How to Be an Active Bystander

Margaret Brent B

The bystander model gives all community members a specific role, which they can identify with and adopt in prevention of sexual violence. This role includes interrupting situations that could lead to assault, speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence, and having the skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors. This workshop will help leaders identify what holds people back from intervening and how to overcome these obstacles.

Ivonne Ramirez is the AAUW program associate of college and university relationships. She assists with managing the AAUW Student Advisory Council, AAUW student organizations, and Campus Action Projects. E-mail

A Balancing Act: Supporting Student Parents

St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room (across the street from Stamp Student Union’s main entrance)

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. We know that child care is a critical issue for student mothers. Learn how campus teams addressed the needs of student parents through a workshop series, mentoring programs, and building partnerships with child-care centers. E-mail

Shannon Conner studies art at Seminole State College. She is the founder and president of the nontraditional students club as well as an honor student.

Starr Donnell studies liberal arts and pyschology at Norwalk Community College. Working on her Campus Action Project has given her great satisfaction because she is helping other struggling single parents continue their education while still maintaining their commitment to family life and the real world.

Taylor Harrigan studies pyschology at Northampton Community College. She is president of Northampton Community College’s Pan African Caucus Togetherness club.

Andresse St. Rose is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she studies a wide range of gender equity issues in higher education and the workplace, including the recruitment and retention of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the educational pathway. She is a co-author of AAUW’s Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College, and a doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.

Francine Vierra is the student-parent representative for Windward Community College’s daycare center. Her goal is to work in a neonatal intensive-care unit as a respiratory technician.

Transformational Leadership—the Leadership Style of the Future

Grand Ballroom Lounge

If you have a passion to be one of the world’s next top leaders, this is the session for you. Joshua Fredenburg will not only be talking about generational differences within our culture, society, and workplace settings, but he will also talk about how generations are formed and the leadership style of the future.

Emerging and seasoned leaders who attend this session will develop a greater understanding about transformational leadership and will walk away with some practical strategies that will help them become more effective at leading and developing leaders of the 21st century. Prepare yourself for the leadership skills of the future!

Joshua Fredenburg is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and leadership development expert who has presented thousands of programs to student leaders and professionals in more than 43 states. He has a master’s degree in organizational leadership, has authored a couple of books on leadership and the millennial generation, serves as a co-coordinator of the Spotlight Series Award for the NASPA Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in education and organizational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. E-mail

Who Does She Think She Is?

Thurgood Marshall

Have you ever caught yourself thinking or speaking negatively about other women leaders? It’s OK, we have too. In this session, we aim to unlearn the harmful expectations and perceptions we have for ourselves and other women leaders. Through analyzing media clips and sparking meaningful discussion, this session will give participants a greater understanding of themselves as leaders and how they can contribute to positive change in their communities.

Kristin Lang is the assistant director of student activities at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is interested in the intersections of identities and leadership. Her graduate research focused on the experiences of queer women in sororities. E-mail

Mahnoor Ahmed is the assistant director of diversity and intercultural development at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her professional interests include working with marginalized populations and developing support and leadership networks for college students.

Karol Martinez is the director of student activities at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her graduate research investigated differences in leadership self-efficacy among lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations. Her areas of passion are leadership, LGBTQ issues, health and wellness, and living a happy and fulfilling life.

Yes, We Can: Feminists Unite!

Margaret Brent A

This workshop will reveal the complex identities of being a feminist of color by interrogating the Twitter hashtags #notyourasiansidekick and #solidarityisforwhitewomen. This workshop will allow space for students to discuss the intersectionality of feminist identity and race and how campuses can be inclusive yet exclusive to the goals of feminists of color. Participants will learn, through lecture and dialogue, the interconnected struggles of the feminist movement as well as strategies to be inclusive in order to strengthen the feminist atmosphere on campus.

Christine Hernandez is the manager of college and university relationships at AAUW. Her past experience includes working with women’s centers, gender studies programs, and college-access programs. E-mail

Annie Le is a graduate student in higher education at New York University.

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