For the fifth year in a row the Student Leadership Center (SLC) sent students to the annual Texas Conference for Women in the state capital. This year the SLC sent its highest number of participants, with 36 students in attendance. The conference is held each year in the Austin Convention Center. This year it took place on Tuesday, November 15th and had over 7,000 attendees.
The Texas Conference for Women aims to provide women with inspiration, motivation, skill building workshops, and networking opportunities. The conference featured a health and wellness pavilion, a career pavilion, an education pavilion, a coach’s corner for resume reviews and career mentorship, and an area to make scarves for Special Olympics athletes. The conference hosted over 20 women owned businesses as well as various non-profit organizations, social media roundtables and also a bookstore complete with an area for author signings.
The conference also boasted an incredible line-up of successful empowering women, including World Cup Champion Abby Wambach, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, former CBS chairwoman Nina Tassler, and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. This does not include the many women leading various break-out sessions over a variety of topics from leadership to retirement.
The Student Leadership Center selected students from various areas of campus in order to have a diverse group represent UTSA. Students were able to bring their different backgrounds to the conference and gain knowledge that will benefit their respective communities. When asked about the conference, students provided excellent feedback. Almost everyone commented on the caliber of keynote speakers and their motivating messages. Some of the students shared their insights:
“I really enjoyed the conference. It was very motivational and inspirational. It is definitely a conference that others should go to.” – Aniriel Garcia Vazquez, UTSA Graduate Student
“The conference was great. I feel like it is really important for men to attend to learn from the perspective of women presented at the conference.” – Alwyn Mathew, UTSA Junior
“One thing I really enjoyed was that they broke it down into segments so there was something for everyone. It allowed you to customize your experience. The conference diversity allowed you to be able to go to any session you wanted too.” – Noor Razeq, UTSA Junior
“The lunchtime keynotes were amazing. I also enjoyed making scarves and meeting athletes from the Special Olympics. I was able to learn so many things that I can bring back to campus and use in my leadership roles.” – Lauren Lopez, UTSA Senior
If you are interested in more information about our programs and events, please visit the Student Leadership Center on campus (UC 1.002) or our website at www.utsa.edu/slc/