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Women's Leadership Conference: Call for Session Submissions

The Women’s Center and Leadership Programs are planning an inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference for Friday, March 1, 2019.

Proposal submission link:  

The theme for our inaugural conference is Leading Change. In the midst of increased political and social division, we seek to equip collegiate women with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively lead change at personal, relational and societal levels. Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this conference is designed to give students the opportunity to explore their own leadership style, discover ways to be a leader across various contexts, and learn new skills to lead within their communities. The conference incorporates students, staff, alumni, faculty and community members as speakers and presenters in order to give our students access to a wide variety of experience and knowledge. The content highlights issues focused on women leaders in a collegiate setting and beyond. Some topics we hope to see addressed include: self-awareness, building confidence, overcoming barriers to leadership, effective communication, dealing with resistance, strengths-based leadership, feminism and goal setting.

Rooted in the Social Change Model, we are seeking program presenters who can help foster learning and discovery around three focus areas: self-discovery, group dynamics, and community/societal change while attending to one of the seven C’s of leadership development:

Individual Values

  • Consciousness of Self and Others
  • Congruence
  • Commitment

Group Process Values

  • Collaboration
  • Common Purpose
  • Controversy with Civility

Community/Society Values

  • Citizenship

We are seeking proposals for:

50-minute interactive sessions and workshops: This type of session includes audience participation and active learning. This type of session should provide participants with the opportunity to actively engage with the content, receive tangible action-oriented strategies, apply ideas to their own lives, and/or develop new skills and leadership insights.

50-minute panel sessions: This type of session is designed for relevant outcome focused discussions on a timely leadership topic related to self-discovery, interpersonal relationships, or community. For this type of session, a moderator, plus 2 to 3 panelists is required. Panelists should situate their discussion in best practices, personal narratives, professional observations, or leadership theory, and engage participants through question and answer periods.

Successful proposals will provide evidence for how facilitators will:

  • Address the conference theme of Leading Change;
  • Address one of the focus areas – self-discovery, group dynamics, or community;
  • Engage participants in active, experiential, and/or collaborative learning;
  • Address the needs of women* across contexts, including the workplace, community, school; and
  • Be inclusive and relevant to participants of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

While focusing on the individuals who identify as women, attendance at the Women*s Leadership Conference will be open to all students, professionals, and community members, including individuals of all gender identities.  

Proposal submission link:  

Jennifer Graham
Director, Women's Center
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