Benjamin Banneker Room B
Affirmations can be powerful in a young woman’s life. So often women speak negatively about themselves and allow others’ negativity to hinder them. Affirmations are powerful statements of acceptance that deter the negativity and help to manifest your destiny. With the power of positive affirmations, you can take failure and turn it into success. Positive thinking will create a positive attitude, which will help catapult you to success.
Kimberly Turner is the associate director of African, Latino, Asian, and Native American Services at Loyola University, Maryland. She previously worked at James Madison University as the assistant director of the Center for Multicultural Student Services for three years. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in college student personnel administration from JMU. She served as the director of the Female Institute for Learning and Development, a pre-collegiate program at JMU, for three years and created a holistic retention program for women of color at Loyola University called Sister to Sister.
Self-defense for women is about more than learning to fight. It is about building confidence, interrogating gender conditioning, and identifying dangerous situations. This presentation will be a mix of a traditional self-defense class and an introduction to feminist theory on women’s self-defense. Participants will learn some basic moves but will also be empowered to look at gender-based violence through a new lens, one that promotes self-empowerment and radical activism. Come as you are, no workout clothes or shoes needed.
Marie Lilly is the associate director of women’s resources at Towson University. She coordinates programming that addresses the needs of female college students, providing a space for students to discuss gender and building the leadership capacity of female and male students. Lilly has bachelor’s degrees in English and religious studies from McDaniel College and a master’s in women’s studies from Towson University.
Margaret Brent Room B
The chair and chair-elect of this year’s NCCWSL are presenting this interactive session about accessible event planning and disability etiquette. The session will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act and the concepts that underlie “universal design.” Through guided discussion, participants will determine how to improve accessibility for campus programs, discuss common issues and challenges, and brainstorm ways to ensure that all individuals have equal access to events and services. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to talk about disability and how to plan events that are inclusive. This workshop is presented with the support of the NASPA Center for Women.
Marianne Huger Thomson is the assistant dean of students and interim director of disability support services at American University. She teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Washington University. Thomson is the 2013 chair of NCCWSL. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University and her master’s and doctorate in education from George Washington University.
Rebecca Z. Kenemuth is the associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. She is the NCCWSL chair-elect, and she will serve as the chair of the 2014 conference. Kenemuth earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in college student personnel and a bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech sciences.
Charles Carroll Room A
Did you know you can easily check your college’s expenditures on men’s and women’s athletics programs online? What type of campus safety policy does your school have, and is it publicly available? How does the new Affordable Care Act apply to your college, and what should your school be doing to help students? These issues of compliance on campus and great ideas for student advocacy will be discussed at this workshop. Learn more about how to organize around federal policies on your college campus.
Samantha Galing is the associate director of field operations for AAUW. She has more than 10 years of experience managing campaigns all across the country, from presidential to ballot initiative to issue advocacy. She has worked for a wide variety of candidates and organizations, including FieldWorks LLC, Center for American Progress, Service Employees International Union, and the Ohio Democratic Party. She is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, where she earned a bachelor’s in political science, and New York University, where she earned a master’s in public administration, specializing in public and nonprofit management and policy.
Anne Hedgepeth is the government relations manager at AAUW. She graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, with a degree in economics and is currently completing a master’s of public policy at George Mason University. Hedgepeth manages the AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps and handles government relations on issues ranging from work-life balance and family-friendly workplaces to higher education, career and technical education, workforce training, and welfare.
Charles Carroll Room B
This workshop will encourage participants to think critically about feminism. By exploring the history of feminism, its successes and failures, and where the feminist movement stands today, participants will be able to see their lives as functioning within these historic struggles. Addressing pressing issues such as the pay gap, sexual assault, violence against women, and reproductive rights, this workshop will highlight the tangible ways that sex and gender discrimination impact the future of today’s women leaders. Participants will be equipped to make informed, empowered decisions for even brighter futures as women leaders.
Katherine Mullen is a feminist writer, communications professional, and activist. She has experience in print and online journalism, nonprofit advocacy, and political campaigns in Maryland. Mullen earned a master’s degree 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. She is currently the treasurer of the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus.
Rachel Piazza earned a bachelor’s in political science from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies, concentrating in leadership and public policy, from Towson University. She has professional experience in outreach and communications in the nonprofit sector as well as extensive experience in political and issue advocacy campaigns. Piazza has been involved in campaigns for former Vice President Al Gore, former Gov. Howard Dean, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, to name a few. Piazza has also worked with the National Organization for Women’s Political Action Committee to identify and endorse feminist candidates nationwide.
Jeffrey C. Lunnen is a young public health professional committed to furthering injury prevention work in low- and middle-income countries. He is interested in improving women’s and children’s health through injury interventions. Lunnen has undergraduate degrees in Spanish and history with a focus on women’s rights in the Americas from Salisbury University. He also holds a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies from Towson University. Lunnen is bilingual and has published in both English and Spanish.
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room
Women veterans enter college with more life experience than their counterparts due to serving in the military and the high expectations that come with it. Many women in the military have been called into leadership positions while on active duty, and when entering a classroom, these same roles are assumed. The panel will be five women veterans from different branches who will speak about their experiences.
Janine Wert is the director of veteran services at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Latashia White is a sophomore studying information technology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She spent four years in the Air Force as a knowledge operations specialist.
Ericka Haddad is a junior studying community health. She spent five years in the Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, serving as a hospital corpsman. She is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Pamela DeHollander is studying business management and marketing. She served eight years on active duty and is currently ranked as a petty officer second class. She is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Katherine Henckler is a senior studying criminal justice focusing on homeland security. She is currently in the Coast Guard reserves, serves as a yeoman second class, and has been enlisted for four years. She is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Keisha Velazquez-Diaz is currently in the Army reserves as a combat medic and licensed practical nurse. She is also a first-year nursing student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Cassie White served in the Air Force from 2008 to 2012 as a knowledge operations manager. She continues her service in the Air Force reserves. White is from Grenada, Mississippi, and is a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, majoring in criminal justice.
Prince George’s Room
Identify the No. 1 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. Come hear 75 minutes of techniques 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, facilitator, and executive coach. She works with executives to hone their leadership skills and sharpen performance on topics ranging from career progression, managing stress, and time management to strategic decision making, peak performance, leadership development, and workforce management. She earned her bachelor’s in biological sciences from Florida State University and her master’s in psychology from Catholic University.
Grand Ballroom Lounge
This workshop will walk participants through the concept of professional branding, identifying the building blocks to develop and communicate who you are, what you do, why anyone should care to remember you, and why communication of professional brand values is essential for a successful career and effective leadership. Students will identify their most unique value and learn how to transition that value into a well-developed elevator speech.
Gail Johnson teaches professional branding at the University of Texas, Tyler. She co-authored the workbook A New Brand You and !WONTUOTEG. She is a $tart $mart facilitator and is involved with the AAUW Tyler (TX) Branch.
Kelley Gerwig is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in both the corporate and small-business environments and is a partner in an agricultural business, Devine Organic Growers. She co-authored !WONTUOTEG, which explains the effect of personalities on your career.
Thurgood Marshall Room
Professional development should be an integral element of your higher education experience as you figure out what to do next. For many minority and female students, professional development is often put on the back burner, but having a plan will unlock doors to many opportunities. There are different phases that make up the journey of professional development: self-discovery and exploration, focus, and making an action plan. This presentation will discuss professional development from a perspective of self-efficacy and will focus on how you can develop your plan of action for your own professional development.
Sonja Montas-Hunter is the assistant dean of the University Graduate School at Florida International University. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. Recently, she received the Council for Graduate School Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion Award. Montas-Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the City University of New York, Hunter College; a master’s in English from Radford University; and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Barry University.
Just one year after graduating from college, a pay gap already exists between men and women college graduates working full time. Among other things, that means it takes women longer to pay off student loans. Workshop attendees will learn creative ways to bring attention to this problem and address it. They will hear from college students and faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Towson University, and the University of Arizona who hosted $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops, organized events on student debt, and held campuswide and social media awareness campaigns.
Deborah Swerdlow is the grassroots advocacy coordinator at AAUW, where her work focuses on educating and mobilizing AAUW’s members and supporters to take action on the organization’s federal advocacy priorities. Before working at AAUW, Swerdlow worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where she planned the organization’s high school advocacy trainings and handled a portfolio of policy issues that included pay equity, reproductive rights, health care, and judicial nominations. Swerdlow holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Florida.
Ramona Nelson is a nontraditional student majoring in business administration and visual arts at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Nelson is a breast cancer survivor and is very active in AAUW, Phi Theta Kappa, and Enactus. She is Kansas Region Northern District vice president of Phi Theta Kappa.
Eva Bett is currently studying liberal arts at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She is a member of AAUW and student groups, including Students for Global Peace (president), Student Organization of Latinos, International Student Organization, Enactus, the Campus Art Committee, and the Critical Issues Board.
Jacqueline Keating is a graduating senior at Towson University majoring in business administration legal studies. She is an active member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Towson Women in the Red. After graduation, she will be working full time for a local law firm.
Leslie Isler is a graduating senior at Towson University. Originally from Prince George’s County, Maryland, she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She will also obtain a minor in public relations. Isler has a passion for philanthropy and the passion to help change all social and economic issues. After graduation, Isler plans to attend graduate school and break barriers for women in the sports industry.
Olukemi Oso is the student director of FORCE (Feminists Organized to Resist, Create, and Empower) at the University of Arizona. With her team, Oso put on SlutWalk Tucson 2012, CHOICE Day, UA’s Feminist Film Series, and a new Sip ‘n’ Bitch program. She hopes to become an OB-GYN someday.
St. Mary’s Room
This interactive public speaking workshop will provide guidance on how to deliver a compelling presentation. Video clip examples will illustrate techniques to help you project like a confident leader to accomplish your goals. Strategies will be provided on developing an effective speaking style and preparing remarks. A few attendees will practice an elevator speech for review, and feedback will be provided on body language, vocal control, and attire.
Christine Jahnke, a Washington, D.C.-based speech coach, is passionate about helping women move into positions of leadership. She was an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and was speech coach for first lady Michelle Obama’s International Olympic Committee speech. A former TV reporter, Jahnke overcame her own fears about public speaking and is determined to help more women find and use their voices. She is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best (www.wellspokenwoman.com).
Pyon Su Room
Faith, religion, and spiritual pursuits are an important part of many people’s lives. This workshop will help participants think through how faith impacts leadership on campus and beyond, with particular attention on the role of faith, values, and spirituality in ethical and professional decision making. This workshop will help build awareness of faith and values as they relate to developing leadership and a career.
Elizabeth Knox has worked in the defense sector for nine years as an intelligence analyst, management consultant, and program manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University. She wrote a book on women, faith, and work.
Brenda Bertrand’s 20-year career journey 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.
Margaret Brent Room A
Are you involved with co-curricular activities on your campus like student government and orientation? Have you ever thought about making those things a career or going into the field of student affairs? Not sure where or how to start? The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs or higher education. This session will go over what student affairs is, the benefits of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and how to get involved.
Andrea DeLeon is a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow intern for the summer. She is going to be a first-year graduate student in higher education and student affairs at Loyola University, Chicago.
Christopher Cole is a NASPA graduate student intern for the summer. He will be a second-year graduate student studying higher education and student affairs at Florida International University.
Benjamin Banneker Room A
Interested in saving the world and getting paid for it? In this workshop, participants will learn of the “womenomics” theory that women are the single most crucial element of the future success of our global economy. Presenters will explore the popular phenomenon of social entrepreneurship and equip you with knowledge and tools to start your own social venture. Learn how to make a difference in the world, travel with a purpose, be an independent woman, and make change while making change.
Zainab Khurram graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s in accounting and works as an auditor at Grant Thornton LLP. As a Pakistani American woman, Khurram is passionate about women’s issues and hopes to empower women through education and business. She is a co-founder of Lady Butterfly Effect Inc., an organization that inspires and empowers women through networking, education, and mentorship.
Bola Somade is a Nigerian American and an alumna of Towson University. She earned her bachelor’s in accounting and is studying for her certified public accountant examinations. Somade will soon be starting as an associate federal auditor at KPMG LLP. She is a co-founder of Lady Butterfly Effect Inc.