The 10th annual Women’s Leadership Conference at Rose State College will be held Friday, March 25. This year’s topic will be “Women and Education: Embracing Our Future.” The goal of the conference will be to inspire and empower women to work together to become active leaders in their own lives and their communities. The special guest speakers were selected based on their aspirations, with lectures demonstrating how to create a more positive role for women in Oklahoma as students prepare to enter the workforce or move onto universities. By focusing on the history and development of women’s roles in educational fields and the workforce, young women are encouraged to collaborate and expand relationships to shape future success. The conference’s underlying theme celebrates first generation college students.
“This is the first time in the 10 years that the conference registration reached capacity overnight,” Michelle Brockmeier, professor of history and director of women’s studies at RSC, said. Brockmeier is one of the Women’s Leadership Conference committee co-chairs, along with Rose State professors Tara Hall and Elizabeth Boger.According to Brockmeier, the conference was arranged to be more informal compared to the average educational conference.
“We want a positive and pragmatic environment ... so women can see the possibilities,” she said.
The event is all-inclusive, with breakfast and lunch provided for free. Specially designed T-shirts and a free conference book will be given as gifts to attendees. The conference will include introductions, lectures, RSC President Jeanie Webb and Regent Betty Wright speaking as keynote speakers, lunchtime presentation, a discussion panel and six informative breakout sessions. Guests will pick up their T-shirts when registering upon arrival. Breakfast will be available from 8:30 until 9 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
The Women’s Leadership Initiative Scholarship recipients of 2015, Verna Davis and Tuesdae Pelt, will speak. This year’s scholarship recipients are set to be announced at the conference.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Professional Training and Education Center. Participants can come and go as they see fit. Lecture schedules are organized to repeat in order to ensure maximum coverage, with the first breakout session at 10:30 a.m. and repeating at 11:30 a.m.Speakers volunteer for the event and come from across the world. They range from immigrants, leaders, teachers or the first person in their families to go to college, but they are gathering as examples of success. To apply for the scholarship, visit rose.edu and download the application. The deadline is March 21