8th Annual Women's Leadership Conference
April 4th,2014 | 8:30 am-2:00 pm | Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center
Ties to the Past
Hope for the Future
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The Women's Leadership Conference is a major annual event that is planned entirely by a student committee, overseen by the Women's Resource Center staff and Advisory Board. Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply and serve on one of the following subcommittees: Publicity, Speakers, Registration, Dining coordination, Finance and budget/fundraising, Operations, and Publications. You may also apply to be a co-chair for the committee (oversee and coordinate all sub-committees). For more information concerning the committees or how to apply, email Rachel Dawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, the 2013 Women's Leadership Conference was a partnership between the Women's Resource Center and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s 100 Women Strong. The conference theme was "Every Woman Connected". The conference opened with a talk given by Bonnie Wilson and Dr. Esther Ngumbi on “Turning Ideas into Opportunities”, in which they spoke about their partnership to bring sustainability to a small village in Kenya. The featured keynote speaker was Casey Robinson, an Auburn University graduate of the College of Engineering who is a civil engineer with Southern Company Transmissions. She is passionate about the development of young women leaders and spoke about goal setting, the importance of hard work, leadership, positioning oneself for opportunities, overcoming failure, and how women can encourage and support one another. She also discussed giving back and why women must encourage and support one another. The conference also featured an assortment of workshops that provided participants with opportunities for personal growth and the development of leadership skills.
The cost of the 2014 conference will be $25 and includes lunch and a conference gift. If you are a student in financial need of a sponsorship to attend this conference, they are available on a limited basis. Please contact Rachel Dawkins email@example.com if you would like to be considered for sponsorship.
What the Women's Leadership Conference is:
The WLC is a major annual campus event in March that offers workshops, speakers, and discussion panels aimed at enhancing leadership abilities and providing conference attendees the chance to network with other women leaders. The conference also includes a luncheon honoring Women of Distinction Leadership Award winners to 5 exemplary undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty, and alumna women. The conference is planned by a student committee led by two co-chairs. These students plan and decide everything from the conference theme and venue to the speakers, workshops, and luncheon menu. This is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience and network with like-minded women to make an impact here at Auburn University.
Who should attend:
Everyone! We welcome all students, staff, faculty, and community members to attend this powerful and impactful event. Although our attendees tend to be mainly female, we welcome men to come as well and have had several over the years attend. This conference is helpful to anyone who is interested in women's issues and learning some great information within a supportive and fun environment.
Why it’s so great:
The WLC is entirely student planned and executed, with the WRC staff and Advisory Board serving as advisors and assisting the student committee. This group of committed women work to create a conference that addresses the most important and relevant issues facing women today. Serving on the planning committee is an incredible opportunity to gain leadership experience, make connections, build your resume, and add to your overall skill set and experience. Each person brings unique talents and creativity to the process, and we welcome all majors and backgrounds. The conference is gaining wide recognition and continues to grow each year.
How to get involved with planning:
Planning for WLC (which will take place April 4, 2014) will begin in the fall semester. Join one of our planning sub-committees, which include: Publicity, Speakers, Registration, Dining coordination, Finance and budget/fundraising, Operations, and Publications. You may also apply to be a co-chair for the committee (oversee and coordinate all sub-committees). For an application, which contains more detailed information about each committee, please contact Rachel Dawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) Return completed application to 311 Mary Martin Hall. Though we prefer to receive applications prior to the start of the fall semester, you may submit an application anytime.
Meetings and time commitment:
WLC meetings will initially be held for one hour every week. Some additional sub-committee meetings may take place in the off weeks as needed. Regular email communication will be required.
What students who have attended the conference have said about it:
· "I will be more active in making the best of my situation and stop talking about what I'll do and actually do it!"
· "I benefited from being in a positive environment where I can spend time doing self-exploration."
· "The conference really opened my eyes to things I have been struggling with."
· "Life lessons were shared as well as ways to incorporate those into school."
· "Stress-management was perfect for this point in my graduate program."
· "I definitely learned how to integrate life & education with grace!"
· "Women are my sisters not my enemy, we have to work together to be great leaders."
· "I'm now more motivated than ever!"
· "Alexis' [Jones] speech was beyond inspiring, I am still speechless."
· "[The conference] declared that I can be something or someone in life. I will tell everyone what I have learned!"
Women of Distinction Awards:
Each year at the Women’s Leadership Conference, Auburn University honors an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff, and alumna who demonstrates exemplary leadership abilities. She leads with heart, creating innovative solutions, while inspiring and uplifting her community. These award winners are recognized at the conference luncheon each year and honored with a certificate of their achievement.
Past Women of Distinction Award Winners
Faculty: Anne Gorden
Staff: Cynthia Channell-Butcher
Graduate Student: Amanda Meder
Undergraduate Student: Melanie Smith
Alumna: Carol Godfrey
Faculty: Virginia A. Davis
Staff: Karen L. Veverica
Graduate Students: Emile Ewing
Undergraduate Students: Erica Brooke Brasfield
Alumna: Linda A. Figg, Lauren Hayes
Faculty: Marcia Boosinger
Staff: Barnese Adair- Wallace
Graduate Student: Felicia Tuggle
Undergraduate Student: Ashely Nichols
Alumna: Ruthanna Payne
Faculty: Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, Cheryl Morgan
Staff: Meredith Jenkins, Kyes Stevens
Graduate Students: Liz Geare, Cassandra Kirkland
Undergraduate Students: Erika Gam, Emma Jane Keller
Faculty: Dr. Sharon Gaber
Special Award for Leadership and Inspiration: Nell Fortner
Students: Whitney Boddie, DeWanna Bonner, Sherell Hobbs, and Trevesha Jackson
Alumna: Dr. Kathryn Thorton