As I grudgingly move into finals week and eventually on to my internship this summer (more excited for the latter), I can't help but think of one thing that has helped me get here: support. On April 25th I hosted an inaugural women's conference alongside a group of dedicated students; this conference is the first of its kind at our university.
#CHICKS2015 was a success and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Our conference was planned in under 2 months. We had 250 registrations in under a month. We procured over 20 amazing speakers. And now that it's all over we're looking to reach goals, break personal records, touch lives, and shatter glass ceilings. This conference wouldn't have been a success without the support of our sponsors, peers, mentors, advisors, professors, leaders, friends, parents, speakers, attendees, and university community surrounding us. Our support network has helped us get to this point, and I couldn't be more thankful to cap off my university experience with such an amazing day.
"Strong women lift each other up"
In our time planning the conference, I learned a few things I'd like to share for anyone looking to shake things up:
- Have people from all walks of (university) life on your team
- Don't be too proud to beg for any favor - big or small
- Admit when you're wrong and pick your battles wisely
- Ask yourself: is this really going to help us get to where we want to be?
- From time to time, catch up with your outside mentors who will keep you accountable
- Remember: you can't do it alone.
From the conference, a beautiful support system was born. The women who attended this conference made friends and connections that will last forever. We enjoyed having them!
Press from the conference (thank you for covering us):
Planning CHICKS was about two months of chaos: literally running across campus, 2AM meetings, phone calls to Timbuktu, budget re-writes, and brainstorms, but I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. My hope is that next year the conference is even bigger and better and keeps the integrity of professionalism. leadership. empowerment.
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