Please see below information from last year's conference. Agenda for 2020 conference to be announced.
Friday, February 15 • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University Memorial Center at CU Boulder
The 2019 Women’s Leadership Symposium is a day-long conference created for women/woman-identified staff and students. Get ready to explore a variety of ways to develop authentic and empowered leadership skills! Events include a keynote presentation; breakout sessions presented by CU students, staff and faculty; networking; lunch; and a community-based closing activity to keep your leadership momentum going throughout the semester.
Registration is closed. We will be in contact with those on the waitlist to let you know if there is space. Thank you for your interest in attending the Women’s Leadership Symposium!
The Women’s Leadership Symposium will highlight the existing CU Boulder leadership resources and will provide a place for students, staff and faculty to connect and collaborate.
The Women’s Leadership Symposium seeks to explore the variety of ways authentic leadership is present in our communities, empower confidence in leadership styles and practices, and engage the resiliency in tomorrow’s leaders with CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.
Am I an Imposter?! Supporting women’s leadership from undergraduate into the career
Brie Jutte Waterman, Program Coordinator, New Student & Family Programs
Alicia Sepulveda, Academic Coach, College of Arts & Sciences
This presentation will examine the development of women from young girls into career women and discuss the constraints society places on them. We will discuss various organizations that strive to encourage young girls, the phenomenon, Imposter Syndrome, the Lean In Movement and more! Participants will participate in an activity around sexism they currently experience in school and work, and we will have a case study to brainstorm how to help support and encourage women.
I Like When You Wear Your Hair Out: Navigating appearance and self-advocacy as a woman of color at a PWI
Elana Benitez, Hall Director, Hallett Hall
With more than 9,000 employees (faculty and staff) recorded in 2017 at CU Boulder, only about 10% of those employees identify as women of color or non-white. This session is designed to better understand how women of color navigate through their professional experience at a predominantly white institution. We will discuss professionalism, appearance, sexism, self-advocacy and mentorship in addition to battling biases and compassion fatigue.
Language Innovation on Fleek
Elizabeth Neil, Teaching Assistant, Spanish & Portuguese Department
Kelsey Trevino, Teaching Assistant, Spanish & Portuguese Department
Edith Aldaba-Valdez, Teaching Assistant, Spanish & Portuguese Department
We are MA American and Latina students in the Spanish and Portuguese department. Through our research we have realized the importance of language and leadership and we are thrilled to share this information. This discussion will focus on the relationship between language and women and the impacts that we cause in society due to this relationship. We will present evidence that demonstrates women as language innovators and lead discussions surrounding this phenomenon. These discussions will include problems with women and language use and potential solutions.
Karina Hillman, Student Assistant, Environmental Center
This session will dissect the binary oppositions existing in outdoor sports, specifically, the varying obstacles surrounding the safety and inclusion of non-binary, trans and people of color in the outdoors. This will be a presentation on the emerging voices within the outdoor community that seek to address inclusion, as well as representation of minority groups within this community. This presentation will offer an intersectional analysis on emerging rhetoric surrounding climbing, backpacking and mountain biking.
An Eight-step Checklist to Success as a Woman
Elle Boese, REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
When asking students what the goal is of getting a degree, most list knowledge and experience. Some students in their latter years recognize communication, teamwork and time management. But there are many other skills required for success. This checklist can help guide you to figure out how to be successful in school and your future pursuits. This checklist covers how to apply these skills specifically as a woman. For example, effective communication is not just what you say, but also tonality and body language – in ways that differ from men. Another example is when it comes to failure. Failure happens. How we react is everything. Come learn eight keys to success as a woman.
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Why You Shouldn’t Say “Should:” How self-talk affects self-care
Abbey Strusz, Program Coordinator, New Student & Family Programs
The language we use matters! Using guidance from Brené Brown and Rachel Hollis, this session will dive into how word choice – even in the way you talk to yourself – could be affecting your mental health, your confidence and the way you operate in school or work. Attendees will practice identifying the language they use that might be contributing to self-doubt and practice rephrasing thoughts into healthier terms.
Not to Throw Shade, But ... Colorism, Women and Society
Christina Chambers, Coordinator for Cultural Programs, Center for Student Involvement
Katy Armstrong, Senior Coordinator, Center for Student Involvement
What can pop culture teach us about colorism and sexism? Join this facilitated discussion on the impact of colorism and sexism on women's experiences. Through examining real-world examples of colorism and sexism, participants will consider how these intersecting identities impact their everyday experiences.
Women in Leadership: Building a Network of Support
Jennifer McDuffie, Associate Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs
Akirah Bradley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Sandy Jones, Dean of Students
Being a woman in a leadership role can be challenging for many reasons, not the least of which is understanding how to navigate one's career in higher education while also maintaining responsibilities outside of work. In this interactive panel discussion, women in leadership will identify and explain strategies they have used to overcome barriers in the workplace such as navigation of office politics, being promoted from a peer to a leader, stress/anxiety around decision making, and uncertainty about career path. The panelists will also address ways in which they have managed their commitments to ensure those who matter the most – our family and friend – are given the time and attention they deserve. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, panelists will discuss the importance of self-care, and how that directly relates to success in the many roles women often hold both inside and outside of work.
Making Our Voices Heard: How four women tackled gender barriers in IT
Laura Johnson-Morris, Data Warehouse Architect, Housing-Technology Services
Patrice Thoresen, VDI Support Desk Manager, Housing-Technology Services
Karen Cade, Project Manager, Housing-Technology Services
Hillary Campbell, Web Systems Manager, Housing-Technology Services
We all have heard that women face unique challenges in male-dominated fields, but we often don’t hear the stories of how women can and do overcome those challenges. Join us to hear specific strategies and skillsets that four women have used to advance in their careers, despite gendered barriers that they have encountered along the way. This session aims to leave attendees with tools that they can use to forge their own path in any career.
Finding Voice and Fostering Feminism through Sisterhood
Stephanie Baldwin, Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life
Emma Kate Harbin, Former Panhellenic President
Jackie Kingdom, Former Panhellenic President
One of the biggest challenges college women face can be to find and articulate voice in silenced spaces. It is equally challenging to find a place where feminism can be fostered and not hidden. This session will explore how the sorority experience can support both the development of voice and the feminist movement. Panelists will share how their unique experiences and their leadership positions within the sorority community at CU Boulder has taught them to how speak up and when to stand out.