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Workshops and Panels

Every year NCCWSL offers skill-building workshops that challenge and inspire our attendees to make an impact on their campuses and in their communities long after they leave the conference. In the spirit of creating that long-lasting impact, we welcome presenters who have achieved success through empowering others to host a workshop at NCCWSL.

This year we are looking for presenters from all industries, including science, technology, engineering, and math; public policy; health care; corporate leadership; and academia. Help our students prepare for the challenges and opportunities that await them after graduation with workshops that teach skills such as developing a personal brand, recognizing and pushing back against gendered language in workplace communications, getting ahead in male-dominated industries, and practicing inclusivity in leadership roles.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, 2019, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The workshop proposal form will close on January 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Our workshops are divided among the following leadership objectives.

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  • Leadership development: Develop and strengthen a leadership narrative through voice, skill set, and mind-set.
  • Professional development: Build a professional tool kit for postgraduate life.
  • Activism: Know the how, why, and when to take action.
  • Women’s issues: Gain a better understanding of issues and policies affecting women and of AAUW’s role in empowering women.
  • Identity and diversity: Own one’s personal identity and role in increasing and supporting diverse voices.

Not sure if you have the background to make the most of a workshop or lecture? Our expert levels will give you a heads-up on what to expect in each session.

  • Beginner: No outside knowledge required! Beginner sessions are perfect for someone looking to explore a new area of interest.
  • Advanced: Some prior experience may be helpful. Attend an advanced session to hone in on your strengths and develop your skills.

Check out our workshop schedule from 2018!

Workshops Session I
May 31, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Better Together: Self-Care and Community Care

Atrium
Presenters: Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Assistant Director of the Women’s Center, University of Minnesota, and Bronwyn Miller, Program Coordinator of the Women’s Center, University of Minnesota (@mnwomenscenter)
Learning objective: activism

As feminist leaders on your college campuses—in official campus roles or as mentors and peers—you are often looked to for advice and wisdom, but showing up for yourself is just as important. In this turbulent national climate that continues to demand action and resistance, how can dedicating space to affirm your own humanity be a powerful act of joy and defiance? Through dialogue and introspective writing exercises, this workshop will create space and strategies for attendees to gain confidence and validation in their ability to care for themselves and each other.

Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: The Power of Belonging

Charles Carroll B
Presenter: Paige Robnett, Project Manager, Cook Ross Inc. (@perobnett), and Sophia Brown, Grants Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Learning objective: identity and diversity

Is there a lack of diversity or inclusion on your campus? Do you “belong” in your campus community? Belonging is primal and fundamental to happiness and well-being. In this interactive workshop, participants will understand belonging as the foundation for fully embracing diversity and inclusion. The group will walk away with tools to leverage storytelling and foster belonging on your campus and in your career. Attendees will expand their network of compassionate change agents and leave with concrete, actionable ways to change their campus cultures.

Building Your Legacy: Creating a Career of Impact, sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Prince George’s Room
Presenter: Michelle Curtis-Bailey, Owner/Education Strategist, Education on Purpose (@mcurtisbailey)
Learning objective: professional development

Legacy is more than monetary gain; it is the intentional steps we take now that create a lifestyle of radical impact. Building on the foundation of one of Stephen Covey’s principles, “begin with the end in mind” from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we will craft a career trajectory not based on actual jobs held but on skill sets that we acquire in each stage of our lives that position us for greater income and impact.

Feminist Values: Bridging Leadership and Social Justice in Your Career

Benjamin Banneker B
Presenters: Angela Clark-Taylor, Ph.D., Director, Women’s Center, Bowling Green State University
Learning objective: leadership development

Feminism demands that we challenge inequities of sexism, racism, ableism, classism, and all other forms of oppression. For feminist student leaders who are beginning to transition to careers, it becomes increasingly important to prepare for the complexities of fostering social justice in the workplace. We will explore how feminism can transform current leadership models to foster social justice outcomes. Attendees can expect to gain a greater understanding of feminist leadership, values, and how that relates to a career path in social justice organizations.

Get REAL Leadership: Disruptive Coaching Conversations (campus professionals only)

Nanticoke
Presenter: Karen Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, KickStart Your Edge, and Jennifer Barley, Professional Certified Coach, KickStart Your Edge
Learning objective: leadership development

Often we are faced with situations that call for a new way of communication that breaks us out of the “same ole, same ole” mentality. Challenges arise when we have conflict with others, when we need to give feedback, or we have to help shift others to a more positive way of thinking without getting all “kumbaya” (we know you’re intrigued now!). In this Get REAL workshop you will learn about healthy, productive conflict, as well as how to give feedback in a way that will influence people.

How to Be an Advocate and Ally in the Fight for Equity

Thurgood Marshall
Presenters: Elizabeth Holden, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, AAUW
Learning objective: activism

From 2017’s Women’s March to today’s #MeToo movement, women’s rights are at the forefront of a national conversation, but to move beyond talk to real policy change, lawmakers must take action—and it’s up to advocates and allies to help move the needle. Hear from AAUW’s grassroots strategist on the most pressing civil rights issues for women and girls and the crucial part YOU play in advancing gender equity.

Let’s Plan, sponsored by Brandeis International Business School

Margaret Brent A
Presenter: Dee Claxton, Director, Washington, DC Women’s Business Center (@TheDCWBC)
Learning objective: professional development

This training is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs interested in starting a business or those who want to go back to the drawing board and properly plan out operations. This session will teach the participants a solid strategy on how to create a feasible business concept and working business plan in a week.

Managing Stress and Making Conscious Choices

Pyon Su
Presenter: Meghan Hargrave, Managing Member, the Hargrave Network LLC
Learning objective: women’s issues

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. Come join us for 75 minutes of mind-blowing techniques, including a “three-minute brain break,” 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!

Power, Privilege, and the Social Construction of I

Charles Carroll A
Presenters: Lisette Garcia, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (@DrLisetteGarcia), and Sheila Amo, Chief Administrative Officer, AAUW
Learning objective: identity and diversity

Identity is not only complex but also shaped through our interactions and often influenced by preconceived notions or stereotypes. Facets of identity such as race, class, and gender often play a significant role in shaping the opportunities and challenges we face. In this workshop, participants will begin to understand how we think about identity and how identity is inextricably linked to systems of power and privilege in our society. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants can expect to have a better understanding of how identity is constructed and how these constructed identities lead to differential experiences.

Sexual Harassment: Stepping Up and Speaking Out

Margaret Brent B
Presenters: Clara Porter, Founder and Director, Prevent. Action. Change., and Lauren Taylor, Founder and Director, Defend Yourself (@1defendyourself)
Learning objective: women’s issues

How do we address harassment when we are the targets? What tools and strategies can we use to step up and speak out for ourselves? In this workshop, participants will build skills to identify and intervene effectively to interrupt and respond to sexual harassment when they are the targets (or when they witness another being targeted). Participants will gain tools for assertive communication and confidence in their ability to apply these new skills in their daily lives. They will know more about themselves, learn more about power and communication, and become more able to use their own voices effectively and with assurance.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Empowered

Juan Ramón Jiménez
Presenters: Lisa House, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Psychologist, Millersville University, and Chelsea Neal, Graduate Student, Millersville University
Learning objective: identity and diversity

Successful leaders understand where they come from, their strengths, their areas for growth, and the privilege and oppression that they experience. This interactive workshop will help participants identify and discuss their personal dimensions of identity and diversity and their relative importance through various experiential exercises. Participants will gain tools to prepare themselves to be socially responsible, and they will learn how they can create a more inclusive community by valuing their unique talents and differences.

Women and Politics: The Myth of Equality

Hoff Theater
Presenter: Joan Mandle, Ph.D., Executive Director, Democracy Matters
Learning objective: women’s issues

Despite the history of strong women’s movements for equality in the United States, women are significantly underrepresented in elective office. One important factor is the increasing dominance of big money in politics. This workshop will examine past and present obstacles to electing women and explore changes that in the future may finally end women’s political inequality.

Workshops Session II
May 31, 1:45–3 p.m.

AAUW and You: Deepening Your Campus Relationship (campus professionals only)

Nanticoke
Presenters:Andrea Martinez, Campus Initiatives Manager, AAUW, and Claudia Richards, Senior Branch Relations Manager, AAUW
Learning objective: professional development

AAUW has been empowering women on campus since 1881. Want to help us? Come learn how AAUW can benefit you and your students. Hear about our work and how to bring it to life on your campus.

Building a Brand Employers Can’t Turn Down

Margaret Brent B
Presenter: Shannon Mumley, Director of LEAD, University of Hartford (@MUMSINaround)
Learning objective: professional development

In world of white résumés one must stand out to nail the job you want. It’s time to look at your skills, values, and motives and put them in a format that employers can’t say no to. Standing out takes hard work and time but is well worth it in the end.

How to Build an Amazing and Authentic Online Brand

Prince George’s Room
Presenter: Sinclair Ceasar, Assistant Director of Student Life, Loyola University Maryland (@Sinclair_Ceasar)
Learning objective: professional development

It all starts with a single click. This session is for anyone who wants to build a better professional following on social media and LinkedIn, create an amazing online portfolio, and get clearer on their personal and professional brand. Participants will learn basic graphic design (zero experience needed), tips on LinkedIn and how it’s the best-kept secret, free online resources for blogging, how to leverage social media for networking and engagement, and how to promote strengths and talents while using a more authentic voice. Attendees will be using their smartphones in this session.

Leading with Confidence: 8 Leadership Skills, sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic University

Charles Carroll B
Presenter: Zinnia Gupte, Content Strategy Director, Dirt Agency Worldwide (@zinniagupte)
Learning objective: leadership development

Learn the top eight actionable strategies to build confidence, voice, and visibility in your career. This is an interactive workshop that will share best practices from advertising, media, and tech and invite audience members for live coaching and role-play as well as brief writing assignments. You’ll hear eight top strategies as well personal stories from companies and brands including Sapient, eBay, Gap, IBM, and Ogilvy & Mather.

Mapping Your Social Justice Journey

Atrium
Presenter: Deborah Marke, Program Coordinator for Leadership and Activism, University of Cincinnati
Learning objective: activism

What makes you angry? But more importantly what are you doing about it? Maybe you’re interested in doing social justice work but you don’t know where to start. This interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to map out your social justice leadership journey. Learn about how your identities affect the way that you do social justice work, find out about the different forms of activism, gain tips on how to be a better ally, and challenge yourself to practice self-care and collective care.

Mentoring: the Power of Meaningful and Effective Relationships

Margaret Brent A
Presenters: Lauren Rauscher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, Robert Morris University (@rauscherphd), and Amanda Neatrour, Program Manager, Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, Robert Morris University
Learning objective: professional development

Despite its popularity, mentoring remains a fuzzy concept, and much of the empirical evidence documenting its effectiveness remains limited to descriptive and cross sectional studies. In this interactive workshop, we will help attendees make sense of the mentoring landscape in order to build their professional tool kit for postgraduate life and develop their awareness of the connection between mentorship and their leadership capacities.

Organizing amidst Hostile Administrations

Thurgood Marshall
Presenter: Sherill Dingle, Digital Media Manager, Not Without Black Women, and National Campus Organizer, Feminist Majority Foundation
Learning objective: activism

What do you do if you attend a school that actively takes a stand against a cause you believe in? How do you organize if your school won’t give your group official status? How do you organize against a school that jumped at the chance to weaken Title IX protections? This is a beginner-level training for activists who feel their work cannot be done or is not heard because of hostile administrations pushing back on their fight for rights. This workshop will showcase different organizing tools for hostile situations, what to do in these situations, and figuring out the end goals.

Prioritizing our Communities and Giving Back

Benjamin Banneker A
Presenter:2017-2018 AAUW American Fellow Favorite Iradukunda, Ph.D. candidate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Learning objective: leadership development

Graduation is an exciting moment; it is the beginning of a new chapter. We are finally able to go out into the world and put our knowledge into practice. However, amid all the excitement, we find ourselves with many serious decisions to make. One of these involves deciding what kind of opportunities we are going to prioritize. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss why and how we need to prioritize giving back to our communities whether we choose to do that full time or on a voluntary basis.

Sexual Violence on Campus: Title IX and How to Help a Friend

Hoff Theater
Presenter: Sara Yzaguirre, Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services, American University
Learning objective: women’s issues

While the term “Title IX” is known to most students, research shows that many students don’t know what it means for their own campus. The purpose of this workshop is to expand knowledge about sexual violence on campus, empower students to confidently connect with their campus Title IX offices, and impart simple guidelines for responding to disclosures from friends. Based in empowerment theory, this workshop will provide students with information they can begin to use almost immediately in their daily lives and with friends in need.

STEMbling Blocks to Success: Navigating Gender Bias as a Student and a New Professional, sponsored by alliantgroup

Pyon Su
Presenter: Crystal Diaz-Espinoza, Ph.D., Advisor, Society of Women Engineers, Baylor University
Learning objective: women’s issues

Many women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) face gender biases on a daily basis. It is important that women understand how to deal with these situations, whether they are outward sexist comments or less obvious microaggressions. During this workshop, women student leaders will learn about the landscape for women in STEM and learn how to be better prepared to navigate instances of gender bias as students (undergraduate and graduate) and as new professionals in the field. This workshop will also give student leaders the opportunity to learn from each other through guided discussions about their experiences as women in STEM.

Why Language Matters in Matters of Inclusion

Charles Carroll A
Presenter: Tara Fuller, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Johns Hopkins University (@TaraMichTweets)
Learning objective: identity and diversity

This program will help participants identify ways they can use inclusive language to create a sense of belonging for themselves and their peers. With a primary focus on LGBTQ inclusion and supporting queer women and allies in finding their voices, the program will also touch on the basics of privilege and ways to navigate spaces in a way that fosters awareness of the intersectionality of identities.

Women of Color (WOC) Allies

Juan Ramón Jiménez
Presenters: MaryKathyrine Tran, Communication and Engagement Specialist, Women’s Center, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Alicia Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Women’s Center, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (@UWOWomensCenter)
Learning objective: identity and diversity

This workshop will provide participants with the training and tools to recognize their racial privilege, understand the history of discrimination faced by women of color, learn methods to support women of color, and create action steps to lead change throughout their campus communities and future careers. WOC Allies will create a space for participants to increase necessary knowledge for allyship, ask questions and gain clarity, and create tangible action steps to position allyship as a verb rather than a noun. This approach demonstrates to participants that allyship education should always center the voices of women of color but that women of color should not be expected to continuously educate fellow students about racism, microaggressions, power, and privilege at their own expense.

Women You Missed in History Class

Benjamin Banneker B
Presenter: Samantha Snyder, Librarian, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
Learning objective: leadership development

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss women from history not often referenced who have had a significant influence on our world today. Attendees will critically analyze leadership lessons that can be extracted from the experiences of these women and develop a narrative that helps define their own story.

Workshops Session III
June 1, 10:45 a.m.–noon

Candidate Training 101, presented by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management

Atrium
Presenter: Krysta Jones, Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) alumna and founder of the Virginia Leadership Institute
Learning objective: professional development

Why should you run for office? This interactive workshop will focus on the benefits and challenges of elected office and how to get there. You will leave with an understanding of political fundraising, messaging and strategy, and a personal action plan.

Concrete Ceiling: Barriers for Women of Color in Leadership

Juan Ramón Jiménez
Presenter: Brittany T. Oliver, Founder and Director, Not Without Black Women
Learning objective: identity and diversity

Being a woman of color in predominately white-dominated spaces can often create its own kind of stress. Because of how we shape our identities in order to blend in to daily microaggressions, the workplace environment can sometimes be very uncomfortable and unwelcoming to women of color. While there are many initiatives aimed at increasing equality in places of work, are they actually making a difference and considering how women of color in these environments feel? How can policies not only create more equitable hiring processes but also address the emotional toll of being a person of color in a professional work setting?

Explore a Career in Cybersecurity in the Intelligence Community, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Charles Carroll B
Presenter: 1987–88 AAUW Career Development Grantee Doris Johnson, Outreach Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Sherrill Nicely, Chief Information Security Officer, Central Intelligence Agency
Learning objective: professional development

The intelligence community has a variety of needs for cybersecurity professionals to protect our networks from intrusion. Come learn how a number of different technical and nontechnical majors can prepare you for a role in cybersecurity in the intelligence community.

Future Women in Government

Hoff Theater
Presenter: Lucy Gettman, Executive Director, Women in Government, and Katie Lanzarotto, Policy Manager, Women in Government
Learning objective: leadership development

Future Women in Government (FWIG) is both a program for college women and a vision for political parity. FWIG provides short-term mentoring for college women interested in running for office by matching them with women legislators attending conferences conducted by Women in Government. This session will develop a voice, skill set and mindset for leadership by identifying college activities that support women’s political leadership later in life. Learn some of the ways you can support your aspirations for policy and public life while you are still in college.

Get REAL Leadership: Disruptive Coaching Conversations

Prince George’s Room
Presenters: Karen Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, KickStart Your Edge, and Jennifer Barley, Professional Certified Coach, KickStart Your Edge
Learning objective: leadership development

Often we are faced with situations that call for a new way of communication that breaks us out of the “same ole, same ole” mentality. Challenges arise when we have conflict with others, when we need to give feedback, or we have to help shift others to a more positive way of thinking without getting all “kumbaya” (we know you’re intrigued now!). In this Get REAL workshop you will learn about healthy, productive conflict, as well as how to give feedback in a way that will influence people.

I AM 2018: Young Women Making a Difference through Power Mapping

Thurgood Marshall
Presenters: Paris Walker, Assistant Director of Education and Leadership Training, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and Katie Smith, Legislative Affairs Specialist, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
Learning objective: activism

The I AM 2018 workshop is designed as a power-mapping training program that focuses step-by-step on a framework for problem solving through relationship building. To effect social change, young advocates need to be aware of the political and social power structures in play. Can you identify with these four powerful words: I AM A WOMAN? Interested in promoting positive social change through service and advocacy in 2018? Join this training to correctly identify who has the power to fix the problem you want fixed so you can effect change. Become equipped with the tools to make our communities stronger and the ability to engage other leaders to carry your message through power mapping.

Intersectionality and #MeToo in the Workplace (campus professionals only)

Nanticoke
Presenter: Krystal Leaphart, Racial Justice Advocate, Adriyanna Andreus, Founder, Fanm a Fanm, and Desiree Luckey, Law Student at Georgetown Law
Learning objective: women’s issues

The year 2017 has been focused on women for many different reasons. For some, this past year will be remembered as a year of ongoing division, resistance, and unprecedented efforts of women running for political office. It will also be a year remembered for a peak in the movement against sexual assault and violence. During this workshop, participants will discuss the connections among intersectionality, gender-based violence, and laws intended to protect against sexual harassment and assault. Participants will also have time to talk about the political climate of sexual assault and violence on campuses. From there, participants will be encouraged to discuss steps that can be taken now to assist in creating more dialogue around healthy school and work environments.

Leadership and Social Media: How to Be Your Best Self Online and Off

Charles Carroll A
Presenter: Ana Kay Yaghoubian, Director, Education Programs, Adagio Health
Learning objective: leadership development

How do the decisions you make on social media affect you in real life? In an environment where social media can make us feel like we have to be “on” all the time it can be difficult to represent who we are online as the person we are in real life, but our values around leadership are much the same whether we are interacting in a virtual world or the real one. This workshop will help make you aware of your habits and empower you with techniques to set boundaries while using social media. Balancing social media with other aspects of life can be achieved by connecting your leadership values with the decisions you make as a leader online and offline.

No-Nonsense Community Engagement Strategies

Pyon Su
Presenter: Dawn McCoy, Senior Consultant, Flourish Leadership Group, LLC
Learning objective: activism

Are you a community organizer or captain expanding a homegrown plan? In this workshop we will discuss the importance of prioritizing engagement goals for your organization and how to measure progress on those goals. You’ll walk away with better strategies to advocate for yourself, your cause, or your community group.

Pitch Perfect: Personal Branding, Body Language, and Executive Presence, presented by IE Business School and University

Margaret Brent A
Presenter: Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Ph.D., Executive Director of Talent and Careers, IE Business School and University (@wigmorealvarez) Learning objective: professional development

Amber Wigmore Alvarez will welcome you to a “pitch perfect” elevator pitch workshop. During this interactive and practical session Wigmore Alvarez will provide key insight into how to craft an effective elevator pitch, a vital step toward advancing in your career. You will leverage executive presence, linking networking with personal branding and body language, in order to create that lasting image that differentiates you from the rest of the candidates in a selection process or leads to upward mobility within your organization.

Representation & Compensation Matters, presented by Northeastern University

Margaret Brent B
Presenter: Michelle Bilodeau, Senior Admissions Coordinator, Northeastern University

Diversity issues in tech impact all of us — but how can all of us impact diversity in tech? Discuss and learn why representation truly matters in tech fields, and learn tips from experts on how to close the pay gap for yourself and women around you.To be announced

When You Shine, I Shine: Women Supporting Women

Benjamin Banneker B
Presenter: Becky Kenemuth, Assistant Director for Outreach and Recruitment, Women in Engineering Program, University of Maryland
Learning objective: women’s issues

There are a number of resources that offer suggestions on how women can support each other in the workplace. Yet there is no significant conversation regarding how college women, specifically, can support one another in the context of higher education. In a roundtable format, participants will reflect on ways that their relationships with other women have changed over the course of their college careers and how those relationships have positively affected their individual and collective success. Through intentional reflection activities and guided conversations, participants will cooperatively develop a list of best practices for women college students to employ in order to support each other within the higher education environment.

Hands-on Workshops
May 31, 3:15–5 p.m.

AAUW Start Smart: Get Ready to Ask for What You’re Worth, sponsored by LUNA Bar

Charles Carroll A
Presenter: Sarah Spencer, Senior Associate, Salary Negotiations, AAUW
One year after college graduation women working full time are paid just 82 percent of what their male peers are paid. Overcome the gender pay gap and get paid what you’re worth by learning how to negotiate your salary and benefits. The AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop will teach you everything you need to know to approach the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to negotiate a fair salary and benefits package.

AAUW Work Smart: Don’t Leave Money on the Table, sponsored by LUNA Bar (campus professionals only)

Nanticoke
Presenter:Jesse B Rauch, Senior Manager, Salary Negotiations, AAUW

At the current rate of progress the gender pay gap won’t close until 2119! Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. But by learning to recognize your value and ask for the salary you’re worth, you can start closing that pay gap right now. This AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop, designed for campus professionals, will prepare you to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages for new jobs as well as raises and promotions.

Elect Her from Running Start: Bringing Young Women to Politics

Benjamin Banneker B
Presenter: Jessica Kelly, Programs and Leadership Director, Running Start (@TheJessie33)

Elect Her encourages and trains college women to run for student government and political office. Women make up half of the population, but fewer than one in four elected leaders are women. When women run, they win at the same rates as men—the problem is that there aren’t enough women running. Research shows that engaging women in politics in college is key to increasing the number of women in public office. More than 56 percent of congresswomen got their start in student government. At this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the importance of women running for office, examine the issues they care about, map out their support networks, craft and deliver elevator speeches, and compete in a campaign simulation. Elect Her is a program of Running Start, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that inspires and trains young women to run for office, and was developed with AAUW.

Empowerment Self-Defense

Atrium
Presenters: Clara Porter, Founder and Director, Prevention. Action. Change., and Lauren Taylor, Founder and Director, Defend Yourself (@1defendyourself)

This workshop takes a powerful and effective approach to preventing, interrupting, responding to, and healing from violence. Empowerment Self-Defense places violence in a social context, shifts blame and responsibility from the victims to the perpetrators, centers embodiment, and offers a comprehensive toolbox of verbal and physical strategies. Physical techniques taught are accessible and do not rely upon physical strength or fitness to be effective. This intensive workshop is highly interactive and engaging, featuring movement, discussion, small-group work, and pairs exercises. It is open to all, regardless of ability.

Mindfulness Made Simple, sponsored by YogaClub

Pyon Su
Presenter:2007–08 AAUW Career Development Grantee Lauren Going, Director, Going To Thrive

This experiential workshop will explore the benefits of mindfulness practices to reduce stress and increase concentration in everyday life. You will leave the workshop feeling more relaxed and focused with practices that work.

Radically Unfinished

Juan Ramón Jiménez
Presenter: Erin Fischer, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Leadership Training Studio

Join Erin Fischer—self-described leadership nerd—for a REAL conversation about women’s confidence. You will open up a dialogue about the differences among overconfidence, underconfidence, and authentic confidence and unpack the myths about this topic. Then you will talk about how to care less about what everyone else thinks, what cues we are sending through our body language, and how to build your reserve of resiliency. Most importantly, you will create a plan on how to support other brave, bold women. This presentation has been seen by thousands of women on college campuses in the past three and a half years, and it is full of intriguing videos and true stories about the journey to a place of authentic confidence for all of us.

The Revolution Is Happening: Create Zines to Promote Social Change

Charles Carroll B
Presenter: Kelly Swickard, Zine Librarian, MICA

Back by popular demand, we will be leading you on a zine-making journey. Zines are self-published, low-cost, small-circulation publications. Self-publishing is a radical way for people to create their own cultures, make their voices heard, and promote change. Learn how womxn throughout history have used zines as an entry point to activism, a way to create a space for resistance, and a tool for social justice. During this hands-on activity we will work together to create our own individual zines to bring back home. Why let the media tell your story when you can do it yourself?

QueerCore: Behind the Music

Hoff Theater
Presenter: Melissa Smith, COO and Founder of QueenEarth Music and Education (@MsQueenEarth)

A collaboration with other songwriters, poets, and artists through performance art and storytelling, QueerCore seeks to give a voice and visibility to the artists of the often underrepresented queer community. More than just a program for the LGBTQ community, this show is meant to encourage all of us to “come out” and share our stories, our triumphs, and celebrate the parts of ourselves that make us unique. For some that different part is our sexuality. For others, it may be skin color, religion, accent, or something else. Members of the queer community, especially students, are encouraged to share in the performance space.

Rock Your Profile

Prince George’s Room
Presenter: Eleanor Hamm, Senior Technical Program Manager, LinkedIn

LinkedIn is hosting a session to help you build out your LI Profile. The Rock Your Profile Workshop will help you understand how to best leverage LinkedIn’s Profile feature as an aspiring professional. Come get a headshot, chat with others about how to best market your skills and experience, and learn a thing or two about building a professional brand.

United States of Code

Benjamin Banneker A
Presenter: Jada Hawkins, Cofounder, Athena Digital Design (@JadaAshleySays)

Today’s technological advancements have transformed our lives for better and for worse. Shows such as Mr. Robot and Westworld have illustrated the risks, and we have seen them for ourselves in this country’s most recent elections. By analyzing the consequences of America’s progressions we will discover the career opportunities in technology and steps to pursue them.

Panel and Lecture Series I: Activism, Women’s Issues, and Identity and Diversity
May 31, Noon–1:30 p.m.

The Dark Side of Social Media

Charles Carroll B
Moderator: Ana Kay Yaghoubian, Education Programs Manager, Adagio Health
Speakers: Denise DeRosa, Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Expert and Founder, Cyber Sensible; Pleasance Silicki, Soulful Self Care Mentor and podcast host, lil omm; Allison Tepper, Registered Dietitian, Allison Tepper Nutrition Consulting; Robbye Fox, Certified Parent Educator, Parent Encouragement Program; and Ka’Lyn Coghill, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Communications, Bowie State University

The rise of social media and the pervasive seepage of technology into everyday life has connected our world in a way a generation before us could never have imagined, but at what cost? When our newsfeeds are flooded by edited, filtered, seemingly perfect peers, the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. Join our panelists for a discussion on the link between social media and mental health among students on today’s campuses.

The Face of Feminism

Benjamin Banneker A
Moderator: NCCWSL Steering Committee Member Angela Clark-Taylor, Ph.D., Director, The Women’s Center, Bowling Green University
Speakers: Alejandra Castillo, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA; 2015–16 AAUW American Fellow Christine Labuski, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech; Vimala Phongsavanh, Policy Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., scholar, activist, and current AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund-supported plaintiff

While it is tempting to simply thank the intrepid women of the 18th and 19th century feminist movements for our society’s monumental progress toward gender equity, it’s important to acknowledge how one-dimensional their perspective was on the female experience. This problem still plagues us to this day. Our panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of modern-day feminism, what it means to be an intersectional activist, and how to be an ally so all voices are brought to the table.

Is America’s Health Care System Failing Women?

Prince George’s Room
Moderator: NCCWSL Steering Committee Member Lauren Edwards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Speakers: Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women’s Law Center; Diane Horvath-Cosper, M.D., Medical Director, Whole Woman’s Health; American Fellowship Panelist Emily Ihara, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Bachelor of Social Work Program Director, George Mason University; Naomi Senkeeto, Managing Director of Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
In the national conversation surrounding health care most pundits and politicians stop short of examining the unique challenges women face in our current system. Inconsistent insurance policies, archaic laws, and potentially dangerous health care practices are widespread. Our panelists will discuss these challenges and debate solutions to bring women control over their bodies.

The Leadership Gap, sponsored by API

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Moderator: Kimberly Churches, Chief Executive Officer, AAUW
Speakers: Tara Anderson, Director of External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute; Kimberly Churches, Chief Executive Officer, AAUW ; and Anna Han, Behavioral Scientist, Policy Adviser, and Implicit Bias Researcher, National Institutes of Health; and Crystal Lander, Director of Advocacy, Living Goods

It is no secret that women are vastly underrepresented in leadership roles across business, politics, and education. Less obvious are the causes that stop women from earning, or aiming for, top roles. Join our panelists for a discussion on the leadership gap, gender discrimination in the workplace, implicit bias, and what to do about the pervasive barriers holding women back.

Make Your Vote Count

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Moderator: Elizabeth Holden, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, AAUW
Speakers: Dawn Boudwin, Director of Program and Partnerships, Alliance for Youth Action; AAUW American and International Fellow Panelist Suzan Harkness, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the President and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of the District of Columbia; and Melissa Richmond, Vice President, Running Start
The year 2018 means midterm elections, and this year they are going to be momentous, with a record number of women running for local, state, and federal office. How do you plan on being an engaged citizen in 2018? The right to vote is one of the most treasured freedoms we possess as U.S. citizens, but this right comes with responsibility. With the right to vote, we have the freedom to inform ourselves of the policies and procedures of the men and women we choose to represent us and then the freedom to make our opinions heard at the ballot box. Join panelists for a discussion on political efficacy and the value of being an engaged citizen.

#MeToo on Campus: What to Know about Your IX

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Moderator: Anne Hedgepeth, Interim Vice President of Public Policy and Research, AAUW
Speakers: Sage Carson, Project Manager, Know Your IX; AAUW; Susan Landino, Founder of Allies Reaching for Equality and AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund-supported plaintiff; 2011–12 AAUW Community Action Grantee Scheherazade Tillet, Executive Director, A Long Walk Home

Long before the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment and assault were already hot topics on college campuses across the country. While a recent effort has been made to support victims and bring aggressors to light, we have yet to see major headway in preventing incidents from occurring in the first place. Join Title IX experts and campus administrators well versed in campus policy for an educational, solution-based discussion on the importance of knowing (and enacting) your Title IX rights to fight campus sexual harassment and assault.

The State of Race and Social Justice

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Moderator: NCCWSL Steering Committee Member Brittany T. Oliver, Founder and Director, Not Without Black Women
Speakers: AAUW American Fellow Yazmin Garcia Trejo, Researcher, U.S. Census Bureau at Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group; Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute; and Roger L. Worthington, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Maryland, College Park

This panel will discuss the state of race and social justice on today’s college campuses. We plan on focusing on successful movements taking place around the country and how activists can create solutions for divisive issues through constructive, inclusive messaging.

Two Truths and a Lie: Active Media Consumption in a Digital Age

Hoff Theater
Moderator: Amy Becker, Political Media Manager, AAUW
Speakers: Linda Qui, Fact Check Reporter, New York Times; Soraya Chemaly, Director, Women’s Media Center; Barbara McCormack, Vice President of Education, Newseum; AAUW International Fellow Panelist Susan Moeller, Ph.D., Professor of Media and International Affairs and Director, International Center for Media and the Public Agenda, University of Maryland, College Park; 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow and AAUW International Fellow Panelist Tania Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communications, Loyola University; and Lorraine Woellert, White House Reporter, POLITICO
Anyone born around the turn of the millennium has come of age in a world engrossed by easily consumable, digital media. While this has engaged a generation, the proliferation of misleading information across social media from unverified sources has eroded trust in traditional journalism. Our panelists will discuss the challenges that come with today’s fast-paced news cycle and how we can all be more active media consumers.

Panel and Lecture Series II: Leadership and Professional Development
June 1, 12:30–2 p.m.

All About Law

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Moderator: Ebonee Avery-Washington, J.D., Program Manager, Legal Advocacy Fund, AAUW
Speakers: Rhonda M. Glover, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Debra Katz, Founding Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP; Emily Wang Murphy, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP; and Edith Roberts, Editor, SCOTUSblog

For our attendees considering law school, our panelists can shed light on the intricacies of this vast field from multiple angles. From corporate litigation to criminal justice, our panelists have extensive backgrounds in multiple facets of the law. Hear how they chose their unique paths and how they tackle challenges in the field.

Career Advice Anyone Can Use

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Moderator: Rae Hoyt, Lead Content Producer, LinkedIn
Speakers: Nicole Brunnett, Program Manager for REACH, LinkedIn; Gihan Fernando, Executive Director of the Career Center, American University; Ciara Flowers, Assistant Director of Internship Programs, Johns Hopkins University; and Eleanor Hamm, Senior Technical Program Manager, LinkedIn
Preparing for life after graduation can be difficult if you have yet to choose a major or are unsure what career path your studies can take you on. Join career counselors and experts at LinkedIn for advice and best practices on résumé building, networking, interview techniques, and mentorship.

Entrepreneurship

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Speakers: Breanne Butler, Chief Executive Officer of By Breanne and Director of States and Global, 2017 Women’s March on Washington; Dee Claxton, Director, Washington, D.C., Women’s Business Center; Mina Fies, Founder, Synergy Design and Construction and President, D.C. chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners; 2015–16 AAUW International Fellow Lina Zdruli, Consultant, World Bank Group, and Founder, dafero; and Tammy Gordon, President, Verified Strategy
Starting a business from the ground up is a daunting process riddled with roadblocks. Even more challenging is securing support for a startup venture as a woman in a competitive, male-dominated space. Hear from successful female entrepreneurs as they share advice and lessons from their own journeys to business ownership.

Graduate School and Beyond

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Moderator: Lesley Perry, Senior Program Officer, Fellowships and Programs, AAUW
Speakers: 2017–18 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Amber Chevannes, Biotechnology master’s student, Brown University; NCCWSL Steering Committee Member Lauren Edwards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Katy Hogan, Program Manager, Washington Academic Internship Program, Ohio State University; 2017–18 AAUW American Fellow Roxanne Mirabal-Beltran, Doctoral Student in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; and 2017–18 AAUW Career Development Grantee Emily Robichaux, Master’s degree student in Business Administration and Management, Bard Collegee

If you are thinking about attending graduate school you’ll want to hear from the women on our panel who have successfully navigated the waters of higher education. They’ll discuss what they wish they had known before starting their advanced degrees from the rigorous application process to connecting with potential advisers to translating their degrees into successful careers of impact.

Public Service: Government and the Nonprofit Sector

Atrium
Moderator: Deborah Vagins, J.D., Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Research, AAUW
Speakers: Hayley Humiston, Programs and Communications Manager, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN); Kimberly Kahnhauser Freeman, Executive Director, Women’s Foreign Policy Group; Alana Kasindorf, Assistant Director, International Programs, AJC Project Interchange; Claire Rumpsa, Director of Leadership Programs, Washington Ireland Program; Gwen Young, Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; and Megan Frisk,  Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Working in public service, whether as a government employee or in the nonprofit sector, presents unique opportunities and challenges. While corporate America is laser focused on the bottom line, government employers and nonprofits measure success through impact and societal progress. While success is incredibly rewarding, it often comes at a slow pace. Join our panelists as they discuss their storied careers in public service and what keeps them engaged in their work day after day.

Risk, Opportunity, and Growth: Inspiration for Blazing Your Career Path, presented by BAE Systems

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Moderator: Amber S. Messersmith, Manager, Recruitment Marketing, BAE Systems
Speakers: Laura Bloomfield, Project Manager, Intelligence & Security, BAE Systems; Trayonna Floyd, Manager, Performance Management, BAE Systems; and Amber S. Messersmith, Manager, Recruitment Marketing; Tricia Correia, College and Diversity Recruitment Programs Lead, BAE Systems and Michelle Sutphin, Vice President of Security, BAE Systems
Taking risks early in your career can feel intimidating, but risks can also lead to a more interesting career trajectory and richer professional experience. Join BAE Systems, Inc. for a panel discussion on advancing your skills and capabilities through professional development opportunities and taking risks to grow your career.

Secure Finances for a Secure Future

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Moderator: Kate Nielson, J.D., State Policy Manager, AAUW
Speakers: Maggie Germano, Certified Financial Education Instructor and Financial Coach for Women; Amanda Grimes, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Maryland; Jemika Hansberry, Assistant Dean, Office of the Provost, University of Maryland; and Nicole Sanchez, Executive Director and General Manager of Student Segment, J.P. Morgan Chase; Kate Nielson, J.D., State Policy Manager, AAUW; and more to be announced

College graduates are up against more financial obstacles than ever, but unfortunately education on these universal issues is severely lacking. From negotiating a fair first salary and getting a head start on savings to honest and open discussion about avoiding debt and paying off loans, our panelists will lend their expert advice for staying smart with your finances from the moment you leave campus.

Working in Media, Journalism, and Communications

Hoff Theater
Moderator: Sonya Gavankar, Director of Public Relations, Newseum; Alexi McCammond, Deputy News Editor, Axios; Gillian White, Senior Editor, The Atlantic; and Michelle Stein, Chief Editor, Inside Washington
Our increasingly interconnected world presents a vastly different landscape for today’s communications and journalism majors than their cohorts faced just a few years earlier. Panelists will discuss how their careers have evolved with the rise of the 24-hour news cycle and give advice for anyone looking to make it in the field.

Working in Washington, presented by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management

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Moderator: Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., Director, the Graduate School of Political Management, George Washington University
Speakers: Krysta Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Leadership Institute (Graduate School of Political Management ’06); Ash Latimer, Communications Specialist, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Graduate School of Political Management ’15); Meghan Pearce, Legislative Correspondent, U.S. House of Representatives (Graduate School of Political Management ’18); and Pam Yuen, Senior Government Relations Coordinator, AAUW (Graduate School of Political Management ’16)

Join GW’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) for a panel discussion around how to launch and advance a career in Washington, D.C. We will host a panel of highly successful alumni to hear about how they got their start in politics and communications, how GSPM accelerated their careers, and how they built a robust professional network.

The World of International Relations

Prince George’s Room
Moderator: Kendra Davis, Senior Vice President, Advancement and Partnerships, AAUW
Speakers: 1998–99 AAUW International Fellow and AAUW International Fellow Panelist Roohi Abdullah, Water/Urban Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank; Kimberly Kahnhauser Freeman, Executive Director, Women’s Foreign Policy Group; 1978-79 AAUW American Fellow and AAUW American Fellow Panelist Nancy Lubin, Ph.D., President, JNA Associates; Claire Rumpsa, Director of Leadership Programs, Washington Ireland Program; and Gwen Young, Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

Working in international relations takes a unique set of skills in order to navigate the complicated and often turbulent relationships between countries, governments, and cultures. Our panelists will discuss the nuances of this vast field, from landing your first break and narrowing your focus area to building relationships among peers and mentors.