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Workshops

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 31, and Friday, June 1, 2018, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The workshop proposal form is now closed. Applicants will be notified of our decisions by February 28.

Our workshops are divided among the following leadership objectives.

Color Key

  • 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 first-time NCCWSL attendees new to their leadership journey.
  • Advanced: Students who already participate in leadership roles on campus and are looking to build on their existing skills should take advantage of advanced sessions.

Check out our workshop schedule from 2017!

Workshops Session I
June 1, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

#ShinyCampus: How Empowered Women Can Empower Women

Nanticoke
Presenters: Erica Wallace, Coordinator for Peer Mentoring and Engagement, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (@e_r_dubyah); Emily Bradley, Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs, Longwood University; and Rachel Kline, Residence Director, Syracuse University
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

Competition among women is a complex idea that has roots in biology, psychology, and sociology. This workshop combats the notion that women naturally compete with each other with an incredibly simple concept: I don’t shine if you don’t shine. This session will focus on the concept of Shine Theory and how women can work to support each other in their social justice work, their professional endeavors, and their personal lives.

Being a Chick in Cyberspace

Carroll A
Presenter: Josie Ahlquist, Ed.D., Research Associate, Instructor, and Digital Leadership Educator, Florida State University (@josieahlquist)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

Women ages 18–29 are more likely to experience online harassment than any other demographic. At the same time, there are many digital spaces for women that allow them to build community and develop professionally. This session will lay out the realities of being a woman in the digital space, through the lens of digital identity, wellness, reputation, and leadership. This includes understanding your digital footprint, tactics for taking care of your health and wellness, resources for networking and career advancement, tools for digital communication and conflict, and a values-based model for digital leadership as a college student.

Building Your Legacy Story: Creating a Career of Impact

Jimenez
Presenter: Michelle Curtis-Bailey, Owner and Education Strategist, Education on Purpose (@MCurtisBailey)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner
SPONSORED BY VERIZON

Legacy is more than monetary gain, but the intentional steps that we take now create a lifestyle of radical impact. Building on the foundation of one of the principles of Stephen Covey, Ph.D., “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.

The Comeback Keys

Banneker B
Presenter: Linnita Hosten, Principal Speaker, Excellence Brainery LLC (@Lyn_nee_tah)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

Tough times don’t last; tough people do. Failed plans, troubled relationships, financial hardship, and more may maneuver the plan but should never adjust the goal. In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to regaining their momentum after experiencing the ups and downs of life and will walk away with a blueprint on how to reposition themselves for their “comeback.”

D&I in the Post-Obamas Era: An Exploration of Central and Marginal Identities

Brent A
Presenters: Kay Brocato, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mississippi State University (@kaybrocato), and Pat Gaston, National Weekend Editor, Washington Post
Learning objective: identity and diversity
Level: beginner

In this workshop, participants will reflect on and discuss the identities that affect them personally and socially in intersecting ways. You’ll leave knowing how to name and express important parts of identities that may result in privilege or marginalization. Participants can expect to better understand how the world around each particular person allows or does not allow them to make choices about what identities are most important.

Everything You Need to Start Building an Amazing Professional Online Brand

Carroll B
Presenter: Sinclair Ceasar, Assistant Director of Student Life, Loyola University Maryland (@Sinclair_Ceasar)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

Look around you, and you’ll see most of your peers, friends, and coworkers on their smartphones. When they come across your content, what message are they receiving? This session is for anyone who wants to build a better professional following on social media, create an amazing online portfolio, and get clearer on their personal and professional brand. Participants will learn basic graphic design, 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 your strengths and talents while using a more authentic voice.

From a March to a Movement: Learn How to Ignite Activism on Your Campus

Pyon Su
Presenters: Molly Turner, Graduate Student, Northeastern State University (@TheMollyTurner), and Amy Aldridge Sanford, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (@aasanford)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner

Were you energized by the Women’s March but lost about how to start a movement on your own campus? This group dialogue will help you address barriers to student activism, identify the issues of social justice that are important to you, and give you tips for how to best engage through student-led activism and dialogues. Walk away with a clear guide to jump-start your campus and ignite your community.

I Get Knocked Down, but I Get Up Again: Persevering through Life’s Challenges

Thurgood Marshall
Presenters: Lauren Wagoner, Academic Advisor, American University, and Marianne Norman, Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising, American University
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

How we react to unexpected bumps in the road of life can be a determining factor in our ability to be successful and feel fulfilled in all aspects of our lives. Our levels of grit and resilience determine how we respond to life’s unexpected challenges. Attendees will learn strategies for enhancing their own resilience in adversity; we’ll also discuss the difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection and why understanding this difference is imperative for personal success.

Managing Stress, Thinking Mindfully, and Making Conscious Choices!

Banneker A
Presenter: Meghan Hargrave, Principal, Meghan L. Hargrave Consulting
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

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!

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Empowered: Appreciating and Embracing Diversity

Banneker B
Presenters: Lisa House, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Psychologist, Millersville University, and TaLisa Ramos, Student Affairs Specialist, Penn State, Harrisburg
Learning objective: identity and diversity
Level: beginner

Successful leaders understand where they come from, their strengths, their areas for growth, and the privilege and oppression that they experience. They know how to connect and communicate effectively with people from different cultures, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. This interactive workshop will help participants identify and discuss their personal dimensions of identity, gain tools to prepare them to be socially responsible, and learn how to create a more inclusive community.

Workshops Session II
June 1, 2–3:15 p.m.

The 10 Commandments of a Young Professional

Banneker B
Presenter: Linnita Hosten, Principal Speaker, Excellence Brainery, LLC (@Lyn_nee_tah)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: advanced

It’s not about who you know — it’s about who knows you! Learn how you can remain reputable and relevant in a competitive marketplace. In this workshop, participants will learn 10 rules to position themselves as visible competitive hires, the secrets of effective networking, and hidden-gem resources to support career development.

Dream Big: Moving from Idea to Execution

Banneker A
Presenter: Andrena Sawyer, Founder/CEO, P.E.R.K. Consulting LLC (@Andrena_Sawyer)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: advanced
SPONSORED BY DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

This interactive workshop is specifically designed to inspire and provide tools to help women move toward attaining their personal and professional goals and obtaining self-sufficiency. Participants will also understand the value they bring to the table by virtue of a different perspective and tremendous buying power. We will explore how women can maximize their opportunities for great success.

Elect Her: Empowering YOU to Run!

Jimenez
Presenter: Jessica Kelly, Leadership and Programs Director, Running Start (@TheJessie33)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: advanced

Women make up half of the population, but fewer than one in four elected leaders are women. When women run for office, they win at the same rates as men. The problem is that there aren’t enough women running. Research shows that engaging women 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. This workshop will give college women the encouragement and skills they need to run for office on campus as the first step toward future public office.

The Importance of Online Identity Management

Carroll B
Presenter: Michelle Traveler, Project Coordinator, Maricopa County Community College District
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

Want to manage your online brand? This workshop will focus on digital footprints with the goal of better understanding how you can protect yourself on the internet and create a professional online presence. Specifically, participants will learn how to use LinkedIn to build your personal and professional brand and how to connect with employers online to advance in your career.

Mindfulness as Resistance: Finding Peace in a Post-Election World

Brent A
Presenter: Brenda Bertrand, Entreprenuer, Campus Pastor and Transformation Coach, Azusa Pacific University
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: advanced

In this workshop, you will have a safe and creative space to reflect on the recent U.S. election and your response to it. We will learn creative mindfulness techniques that offer radical self-love and resistance against the highly charged social media and political climate. Together, we will discover how to find our way forward through inward reflection and renewed outer activism — determining which battles are yours to fight and which ones to release. With mindfulness as a tool of resistance, women find meaningful ways to create a more just and peaceful world.

Radically Unfinished: The Search for Women’s Confidence

Pyon Su
Presenter: Erin Fischer, CEO/Owner, the Leadership and Training Studio
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

After starting her own business, Erin Fischer decided to write about her personal confidence journey — for two full years. In this powerful session, you will learn the five most important lessons she discovered and how this affected her life. Whether you are shy, bold, sarcastic, funny, serious, a work in progress, or have a few things figured out, you will find the comfort to live your best life through authentic confidence.

Shaping My Future Self

Brent B
Presenter: Claudia Richards, Senior Branch Relations Manager, AAUW (@ClaudiaOnTheGo)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

You’ve been fighting for women’s issues on your campus since day one. Now you’re graduating and you want to stay involved — but how? Hear from leaders in their 20s and 30s about their work and what has helped them on their path, taught them leadership skills, and continued to provide growth opportunities. Participants will also get to engage in a visioning session that will help them set their goals and discuss strategies to achieve them.

Strength of Our Stories: Counterstorytelling for Women of Color

Nanticoke
Presenter: Erica Wallace, Coordinator for Peer Mentoring and Engagement, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (@e_r_dubyah)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

Counterstorytelling is a method of telling the stories of people whose experiences are not often told. As women of color, we are doubly marginalized because of our race/ethnicity and gender, and our experiences are often overlooked or undervalued by society and even our own communities. This session will focus on the power of stories as a means of resistance and affirmation and will invite participants to tell their own stories to identify challenges and articulate a vision for their futures.

Uploading Your Personal Brand: Digital Reputation Tools for Student Leaders

Carroll A
Presenter: Josie Ahlquist, Ed.D., Research Associate, Instructor, and Digital Leadership Educator, Florida State University (@josieahlquist)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

At no other time in history have leaders had the kind of access and reach now possible with digital tools. This session will empower you to shape your story and claim your place in the digital space. Lessons will be shared about digital storytelling, uploading your personal brand, digital reputation tools, and how to vulnerably share about yourself and build opportunities and relationships around the globe. Participants will learn online platforms that will give them a boost for job searching, networking, and branding that include advanced methods for social media strategy.

You Marched on Washington. What Now?

Thurgood Marshall
Presenters: Kate Nielson, J.D., State Policy Analyst, AAUW (@katenielson15), and Elizabeth Holden, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, AAUW (@holland_holden and @AAUWPolicy)
Learning objective: activism
Level: advanced

After the Women’s March on Washington, are you looking to up your advocacy game? Communicating with your elected officials is a vital way to make change. As a constituent, you hold the power and authority to influence your legislators’ opinions — after all, you’re responsible for reelecting them! How can you ensure that your voice is heard? Learn the skills and best practices for influencing the policies that affect you.

Workshops Session III
June 1, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

Better Together: Feminist Self-Care and Community Care When Everything Feels Awful

Brent A
Presenters: Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota, and Bronwyn Miller, Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota (@mnwomenscenter)
Learning objective: activism
Level: advanced

In this new political reality, many of us are grappling with the questions of what’s next, and how will we handle getting there? We are balancing our need to stay informed about current events while also trying to stay grounded. Through writing exercises, storytelling, and other introspective and collective activities, this interactive workshop will create space and share strategies for attendees to feel empowered in their identities as feminist leaders. We’ll end the session by compiling our ideas into a collectively authored post for online publication.

College Women Are Stressed Out and Totally Exhausted!

Banneker A
Presenter: Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Leadership and Involvement, Ithaca College (@mishwitter)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

According to the American College Health Association, 90 percent of women college students reported feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do (15 percentage points higher than college men). Why is this overworked feeling different for women than for men? This workshop will address why you feel overwhelmed and stressed out and will offer tips for how you can stay on point and function at your best.

Innie Power: The Quiet Strengths of Introverted Women

Pyon Su
Presenter: Amma Marfo, Speaker and Consultant, Fun Enterprises (@ammamarfo)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

In this session that is equal parts interactive and contemplative, Amma Marfo will shine a light on misconceptions about introversion, draw parallels between the challenges of introverts and those of women on campus and at work, and share some strategies for making your impact felt where your voice might not be heard. Look forward to a session that helps introverts better understand themselves and extroverts better understand their quieter counterparts.

Put a Filter on It: How to Use Social Media to Make Your Message Go Viral

Banneker B
Presenter: Renee Davidson, Digital Communications Manager, AAUW (@reneetheorizes and @AAUW)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner

In today’s social media-ruled world, any successful movement must have a digital component. (If it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen, right?) If you’re looking to create change — whether by organizing a march, rally, petition, boycott, or something else equally awesome — there’s an abundance of (mostly free!) online tools to help you gain traction. We’ll look at some effective examples, from the #WomensMarch to #DeleteUber, and identify everything you need to engage, mobilize, and make an impact.

Résumé and Interview Skills, Presented by the FBI

Carroll B
Presenter: Desiree Smith, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

This workshop will help you create a résumé that stands out and give employers the quantitative information they need to make their interview selections. We will also discuss how to set yourself apart in an interview from how to dress, what to research beforehand, and how to sell your soft skills as much as you highlight your hard skills.

So You Want to Work in Politics

Thurgood Marshall
Presenter: Kate Nielson, J.D., State Policy Analyst, AAUW (@katenielson15)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner
SPONSORED BY CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, HEINZ COLLEGE

So you want to work in politics? Fabulous! We’re here to help you get started. We’ll talk about all the different volunteer and career opportunities in the political world — from organizing to policy, from your local community to Capitol Hill. We’ll review some of the many ways for finding your unique career ladder and climbing it. Hear from women at different points and levels in their professional lives about how they have made a career in activism and politics.

Time Management Time-Out

Brent B
Presenter: Libby Thorson, Coordinator, Violence Prevention and Healthy Masculinity Programs, West Chester University (@libbythorson), and Jackie Aliotta, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement, West Chester University
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: advanced

Sometimes being a leader can feel like a juggling act among our obligations, relationships, and taking care of ourselves. This session will explore how the ways we spend our time can help or hinder our health, happiness, and leadership journeys. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to use time as a tool for success.

Writing Your Story Outside the Lines: Overcoming Challenges of Marginalization

Carroll A
Presenters: Laura Mack, Community Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (@Lambivert), and Narges Ershad, Assistant Community Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (@nargesershad)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

While we have made amazing strides, the fight for equality for women is nowhere near won, and we must acknowledge that women who hold other marginalized identities are often silenced and even forgotten. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to caucus with their peers to discuss some of the hurdles they’ve encountered. Two women with marginalized identities will talk about their experiences, and participants will also be given tools and tips to help guide them through the storms of being a woman in leadership with a marginalized identity.

Undiscovered Sheroes: Shedding Light on Leadership Lessons from the Past

Jimenez
Presenter: Lucy Smith, Education Specialist, George Washington’s Mount Vernon (@lucynaturally)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

History teaches us valuable things about others, as well as ourselves, and allows us to address present-day problems through informed decision making. Come learn about women you may never have heard of but who have had significant influence on our world today. Participants will also work together to identify women from history who are not often referenced or discussed and will have the opportunity to critically analyze leadership lessons that can be extracted from the experiences of these unsung sheroes.

Workshops Session IV
June 2, 2–3:15 p.m.

Assert Yourself: Stopping Harassment and Getting What You Want

Nyumburu
Presenter: Clara Porter and Lauren Taylor, Founders/Directors, Prevention. Action. Change. (@1defendyourself)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: advanced
SPONSORED BY NYU, THE WAGNER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE

At school, at work, at home, or in relationships, having the ability to be assertive enables us to take up space, go for what we want, and be our authentic selves. Participants will build skills to help them identify and effectively set boundaries and express their needs and wants even when faced with manipulation and harassment. Participants will walk away having practiced tools for assertive communication and gained confidence in their ability to apply them in their daily lives. They will know more about themselves, more about power and communication, and will be more able to use their own voices effectively and with assurance.

Explore a Career in the Intelligence Community, Coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Carroll
Presenter: Doris Johnson, Outreach Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

Ever wondered what it takes to work in the intelligence community? Learn about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities in the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other agencies in this collaborative panel coordinated and facilitated by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security. Presenters will provide information on how you can start your career while still in school. Student program deadlines and application processes will be discussed. Tips will be provided on how to make your application stand out.

The Human Side of Collaboration

Prince George’s Room
Presenter: Sattik Deb, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Academic Services, New York University (@sattikdeb)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

Featuring a fun (but often frustrating) simulation, participants will examine social and political dilemmas; challenges related to balancing between groups versus individual advancement; the benefits and pitfalls of collective action; the respective roles of cooperation and competition in fostering or preventing conflict, trust, and social awareness; how people can make bad decisions even in their own self-interest; and how inequality emerges as a dominant cultural force.

Lobbying 101: Relationship-Building in a Time of Political Division

Pyon Su
Presenter: Emily Wirzba, Policy Associate, Sustainable Energy and Environment, Friends Committee on National Legislation (@ewirzba)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner

How can one person make a difference? In a time of such political division, it’s difficult to know how to make your voice heard and create structural change. Join a discussion about how sustained lobbying on a local and national level can shift the dialogue in Congress and achieve policy wins. How do you effectively meet with elected officials? Why is persistent citizen lobbying so important? How do you build a relationship with elected officials with whom you disagree? Join the conversation and learn how to lobby!

Money S.M.A.R.T.S.

Nanticoke
Presenter: Chella Diaz, Founder, MoneyIQ901 (@ChellaDiazMoney)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

This workshop will help you avoid the three massive mistakes college students make with their money. Learn how to set up a spending plan that’s perfect for your lifestyle, how a high credit score can save you money, and understand the danger of credit cards.

The Next Generation of Campus Activism: Collaborate for Change

Brent
Presenter: Paige Robnett, AAUW College/University Relations Manager (@perobnett and @AAUWCampus)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner

Feminist campus organizations provide a space for self-expression, personal growth, and friendship. They also advocate for a variety of intersectional feminist issues, including fighting for reproductive justice, demanding equal pay, and combatting sexual assault. In this interactive workshop, current and potential AAUW student organization members and leaders of other feminist organizations are invited to share experiences, best practices, and work through challenges. Expect to leave with a strong network of fellow feminist activists and tips to strengthen your campus organization!

QueerCore: Behind the Music

Hoff Theater
Presenter: Melissa Smith, COO/Founder, QueenEarth Music and Education (@MsQueenEarth)
Learning objective: identity and diversity
Level: beginner

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.

Storytelling for Leadership:  Resiliency Skills to Turn Your Passion into Action

Thurgood Marshall
Presenter: Amy Oestreicher, Founder, Gutless and Grateful at Hampshire College (@AmyOes)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner
SPONSORED BY BRANDEIS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL

Can your story make a difference? Storytelling, since the beginning of time, has driven change, created movements, and launched careers. By utilizing classic storytelling techniques, you’ll work to reframe your personal narrative, effortlessly creating compelling meaning that motivates those around you and connects your competencies to your confidence. Learn to stand out from the pack and move into the leadership role you deserve. Think your story’s not worth sharing? By the end of this session, you’ll be surprised!

Workshops Session V
June 2, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

#ILookLikeAPolitician: Our Fight for Political Parity

Jimenez
Presenter: Jessica Gottsleben, #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador, Running Start (@JGottsleben)
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

In the United States and globally, fewer than one in four political leaders are women. Among those, women of color and young women are significantly underrepresented. The obstacles to gender equality include overarching sexism and prejudice but also a lack of access to education and role models. At Running Start, we bring diverse, young, socioeconomically disadvantaged women to politics by training them to run for office and introducing them to political role models. With our nonpartisan #ILookLikeAPolitician campaign, we ask girls and women everywhere to become their own inspirations. Attend this discussion to join the movement.

5 Steps to Financial Security, Presented by the Social Security Administration

Brent
Presenter: Diandra Taylor, Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security Administration
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

Achieving financial security might sound like a tall order, but saving money is easier than it sounds. Hosted by the Social Security Administration, this workshop will put you on the right path to plan for your financial future.

Be Better: Enhanced Speaking Skills for Women

Pyon Su
Presenter: Nancy Hunter Denney, Executive Director, Lead365 National Conference (@NancyHDenney)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: advanced
SPONSORED BY BAY PATH UNIVERSITY

As a woman, you have to be better at the podium. You are held to a higher standard and judged on a different set of criteria. Speaking from 25 years as a full-time professional speaker who has missed the mark, hit the mark, and forgotten who Mark is, the presenter will share what works and why it works when trying to engage an audience. The workshop will offer tips (not trips) on enhanced public speaking, confidence-building strategies, behaviors, and phrases to avoid and will offer practice time.

Developing Your Never-Give-Up Mind-set

Carroll
Presenter: Cassandra Freeman, Entrepreneur and Student, Capella University (@thecassandraf)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: advanced

This workshop was created to help students develop their never-give-up mind-sets, realize when they are on the verge of giving up, and learn how to bounce back from mistake and setbacks. The session will incorporate activities that challenge you and inspire you.

Entering the Workforce with Confidence Workshop, Presented by RealHer

Atrium
Presenters: Jasmeet Gosal, Content Marketing Manager, RealHer (@jasmeetgosal), and April Leonard, Public Relations Manager, RealHer (@aprilwleonard and @realhermakeup)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

From knowing how to spot red flags in job postings to learning how to negotiate your first salary, this workshop, presented by RealHer, will teach you all you need to know to enter the workforce with confidence. You’ll identify your professional skills, work through common interview questions, and gain tips for making a standout first impression to employers.

Grassroots Organizing 101 for Young Women Leaders in the 21st Century

Nanticoke
Presenter: Brittany Oliver, Police Accountability Coordinator and Communications Associate, ACLU of Maryland (@brittuniverse)
Learning objective: activism
Level: beginner

Grassroots advocacy is one of the most common forms of lobbying in our nation, but what is it and what does it mean? This workshop is designed to teach basic skills, tools, and principles about grassroots advocacy and organizing for new or experienced women student leaders. We’ll share ideas, personal experiences, successes, and failures with organizing rallies, drafting petitions, canvassing, and more. We’ll also talk about the importance of supporting grassroots groups right where you are.

Team Up/Break Down Inequality

Prince George’s Room
Presenter: Sattik Deb, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Academic Services, New York University (@sattikdeb)
Learning objective: activism
Level: advanced

Inequality in the United States, including gender inequality, continues to persist as a social, political, cultural, and economic concern, and efforts at reform frequently exacerbate the very issues those reforms seek to resolve. Through energetic, collaborative activities (for example, building paper towers) and interactive discussions, we will identify sources of inequality, the consequences, and the role leaders can play in advocating for change.

Watch Your Mouth! Learning the Language of the Revolution

Hoff Theater
Presenters: Theresa Hice Johnson, Campus Initiatives Intern, AAUW (@tmariehice28); Caroline Hymel, Cambridge Global Advisors Intern (@CarolHymel); Carmen Vernon, Girls Inc. Intern; Mailee Mason, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Student
Learning objective: activism
Level: advanced

This workshop is geared toward student leaders who have at least some understanding of intersectional feminism and are committed to developing their leadership skills in a way that honors intersectionality. This discussion-based workshop will focus on the use of language in advocacy, and students should expect to emerge from this workshop with a better understanding of what inclusive language is, how language is central to the idea of intersectionality, and how they can better use language to maintain a safe and inclusive environment. This is an especially pertinent topic as the women’s movement continues to intersect with black and brown, LGBTQ, immigrant, and non-Christian movements. We ask that students come with an open mind and a willingness to hear and share personal experiences.

Lectures Session I
June 2, 2–3 p.m.

Feminist Values: Bridging Leadership and Social Justice in Your Career

Atrium
Presenter: Angela Clark-Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Redlands
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

Feminist ways of knowing demand 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.

Self-Care to Recharge your Leadership

Jimenez
Presenter: Jackie Pearce Garrett, Founding Partner, HGVenture, LLP, and Tricia Homer, Executive Communication Coach, Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (@treesiyah)
Learning objective: leadership development
Level: beginner

In our current climate of tumult and uncertainty, many of us are being called on to “hold space” for our students and colleagues. In this session, you will sit in a space held for you to answer the question, what does sustainable self-care look like for you?

Understanding What Women Want in the Workplace, Presented by Gallup

St. Mary’s Multipurpose Room
Presenter: Jessi Gordon, Consultant, Gallup
Learning objective: women’s issues
Level: beginner

Today, the study of women in the workplace is an advanced and growing field. Not coincidentally, many of the most researched and discussed areas in women’s employment are also the barriers that women face most in the workplace: discrimination by gender, age, race, and job type all feature prominently in current research. Combining its decades of research studying women, Gallup will provide in-depth perspectives on the ideal work culture for women and what organizations should do to achieve that culture. Specifically, the presentation will explore the important factors millennial women identify as their main decision points when choosing a career and a job.

Lectures Session II
June 2, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Diversity and Inclusion: It’s What YOU Make It! Presented by the United States Air Force

Thurgood Marshall
Presenters: Lieutenant Colonel Angela Cummins, USAFR; Chief Master Sergeant Janna Dorvil, USAF; and Enjoli Ramsey, USAF
Learning objective: identity and diversity
Level: beginner

The United States Air Force’s Diversity and Inclusion Directorate focuses on creating an environment that is inclusive of all persons, ultimately designing a more diverse military force and advancing dominance in multifaceted air, space, and cyberspace domains. Join us for this interactive workshop that will host a group of well-educated and highly skilled senior military and civilian leaders who will share their personal adventures in the military and provide tips to strengthen your leadership tool kit.

How to Lobby Like a Pro, Presented by 1-800 Contacts

St. Mary’s Multipurpose Room
Presenter: Cindy Williams, General Counsel, 1-800 Contacts
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

Managing government relations makes you an asset to your organization and your industry. Cindy Williams, 1-800 Contacts’ general counsel, will identify challenges to implementing successful lobbying strategies as well as the easiest ways you can make a difference by lobbying. This workshop is designed to help you overcome hurdles and refine your skill in government relations. Cindy manages the legal and legislative affairs team for 1-800 Contacts, which includes legislative work at state and federal levels as well as legal and regulatory work.

Thinking about Grad School? Advice from a Ph.D. in STEM

Nyrumbu
Presenter: Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (@fungi_lover)
Learning objective: professional development
Level: beginner

At this session you will receive firsthand advice on how to navigate graduate school so that you get what you want, both professionally and personally, and know what will benefit you the most long-term. You will learn everything that graduate students wish they would have known before starting their degrees! Learn how to get started on contacting potential advisers and tips for the application process. Get a realistic overview of the experience, its ups and downs, and the pros and cons of pursuing the highest academic degree, the Ph.D. By the end you will be prepared to face the next big step of your career.