Women’s Leadership Conference Aims to Offer Practical Ideas, Resources | News

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Georgia College’s upcoming Women’s Leadership Conference will provide attendees with practical ideas for “navigating the road to resilience.”

Ashley Copeland, associate director of leadership programs at Georgia College, said the theme for the day will involve thinking about resilience as a mindset, given the challenges the world has faced over the past two years. and a half. Throughout the event, women will have the opportunity to consider ways to meet future challenges and prepare for change and leadership in times of crisis.

“My hope each year with this conference is that, at its core, everyone walks away feeling like they’ve made a new connection or developed a good support network focused on women’s leadership,” Copeland said.

This is Georgia College’s fourth time hosting the event, and Copeland said organizers are excited to be able to return to an in-person format, although a smaller virtual opportunity is available for those unable to attend. . The in-person format will allow attendees to be interactive and collaborate with each other. Copeland said there will be plenty of time during the event for networking, as well as building and forming new relationships.

The day will begin with a “collaborative keynote”, which will include three speakers. Georgia College President Cathy Cox will bring her graduate education and government experience to the conversation. Additionally, Candace Doby, speaker and author, will speak about courage, and Ebony Glover, associate professor of neuroscience at Kennesaw State University, will offer her research on anxiety and mental health to the conversation. There will also be a guided luncheon discussion with a few breakout sessions prepared by people from across the state.

Prior to the event, proposals were accepted for the types of topics that will be covered. Copeland said ideas were submitted by people from a variety of backgrounds – from fields such as nursing and education to community action groups, small business owners and more.

Copeland said each year the conference always focuses on driving change, and she hopes people who attend this year will come away with practical ways to do just that. She wants women to walk away with good action steps to implement the ideas they hear in the week, month, and even year ahead.

“I think it’s easy to go to conferences and be inspired by ideas, but when you come back to your desk or wherever you work, it’s easy to forget those things and think it’s was a big dream,” she said. “So we will complement our conversation even at the end of the day for the conference by helping people understand what those action steps will be to implement new ideas or innovations.”

The event is open to the community. The cost is $10 for non-student community members, $5 for students, and $5 for those joining online.

The event will take place on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is available at gcsu.edu/womensleadership. The deadline for registration is March 22.

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