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Women's Leadership Conference



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Women's Leadership Opportunity

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for the Third Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at Community College of Philadelphia. This free, resource-rich event will feature engaging workshops and inspiring speakers. The 2016 Conference theme is Opportunities: Recognize, Maximize and Capitalize. Please register below if interested in attending and you will be notified with updates regarding this exciting, enriching event. #LeadCCP

Register TODAY for more information and updates on speakers, workshops and more!


Time Program
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
The Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Welcome Address
The Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
Dr. Donald Guy Generals
President, Community College of Philadelphia
8:45 to 9 a.m. Keys to Successful Leadership
The Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
Victoria Zellers, Esq.
General Counsel, Community College of Philadelphia
9 to 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
The Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
Rosalyn McPherson
Executive Director, Urban League of Philadelphia
Member, Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees
9:30 to 9:40 a.m. Break
9:40 to 11:10 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
  From Philly to the World
Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-5
Jennifer Evans, Health Care Professional

Success does not come in a pretty package. The presenter exposes her life stories, lessons and thought processes that helped her learn, grow and heal, proving you can achieve what you believe. Her inspiring message will help you be your own leader.
  Finding Balance: Self-care and Time Management
Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28
Sara Leader, Graduate Student, West Chester University, Counseling/Student Affairs Major
Suzanne Hochberg, Graduate Student, West Chester University, Counseling/Student Affairs Major

As a student, how do you spend your time, and is it different from how you would like to spend your time? These two things may not align, but to change one thing, we must change another. Through this presentation, you will learn time management tips and stress relief techniques, and fill out a self-care assessment. We will discuss "alert bells" or signs when our bodies warn us that we are taking on too much, and talk about the effects of exercise and food when it comes to stress. We will end the session with a five-minute mindfulness meditation practice.
  Protection from Abuse: Protection from Sexual Violence and Intimidation in Pennsylvania
Center for Business and Industry, Room C3-5
Billy Love, Assistant Professor of Justice and Social Science Department Head, Community College of Philadelphia; Attorney; Director of Philadelphia's Emergency Protection from Abuse Unit
Tommie Wilkins, Community Education Coordinator for Lutheran Settlement House
Azucena Ugarte, Director of Education and Training, Women Against Abuse

The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act provides a civil remedy for victims of domestic violence. Each year in Philadelphia, thousands of domestic violence victims from all walks of life (90 percent are female), seek court assistance. In this session, you will learn what domestic violence is, and what it is not, based on legal definitions, as well as court procedures concerning domestic violence. In addition, you will learn about the new Protection From Sexual Abuse and Intimidation Act (PSVI), which provides a civil remedy for victims who are not covered by the PFA Act. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers, as well as a discussion on how women can recognize and best support victims of domestic violence.
Co-sponsored by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society

Hashtags and Hierarchies: Leading Social Media Activism to Sustained Social Change
Center for Business and Industry, Room C1-15
Tieshka Smith, Photographer, Blogger, Community Activist, and Creator of the Art and Social Change Project
Cyndee Sturgis Landrum, Doctoral Candidate, School of Information and Science, Simmons College

The overall goal of this interactive session is to ensure that attendees walk away with a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that will enhance their ability to be standout community leaders. A special emphasis will be placed on those core leadership competencies that have been time-tested and will continue to be essential in the age of social media and the Internet. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and audience engagement.

11:10 to 11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
  Can You Hear Me Now? Improving Communication through the Love and Apology Languages
Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-05
Jennifer Chiaramonti, Assistant Professor, Counseling Department, Community College of Philadelphia

Did you know that numerous research studies have found a relationship between your success in college, your persistence to graduation and the quality of your social network? Furthermore, studies have also found that the most sought-after skills employers want from recent college graduates are relationship "soft skills," which include oral and written communication, and listening. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to Dr. Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages and Five Apology Languages in order to improve communication skills and increase social support in college, marketability to employers, and workplace readiness. Through an interactive session that will include self-assessment tools and take-home materials, participants will learn about the research behind the Love and Apology Languages, determine their own Love and Apology Language, learn how to define and describe each language, and learn how to communicate with others with different Love and Apology Language profiles.
  Surrendering Shame: Using Storytelling to Reclaim Narratives
Center for Business and Industry, Room C1-15
Tracey Lewis-Giggetts, Adjunct Instructor of English, Community College of Philadelphia
Marcella McCoy-Deh, Ph.D., Academic Administrator and Professor, Philadelphia University

In an interactive format that alternates between lecture and discussion, the goals of the "Surrendering Shame" presentation will be to discuss the critical role that a story, fiction and nonfiction, can play in combating social shaming, and in redefining personal and collective narratives. Issues related to cultural dynamics, such as popular culture, power, race, class and gender, will be discussed.
  Intersectionality and Code-switching: A Framework for First Generation Women of Color
Center for Business and Industry, Room C3-05
Patty Mendoza, Associate Director, Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina, University of Pennsylvania
Viraj Patel, Associate Director, Pan-Asian American Community House, University of Pennsylvania

This session is geared toward self-identified first generation women of color. We will explore the ways intersectionality and code-switching, or going between different languages or dialects, impact professional and academic experiences for this population, and share tools participants can use beyond the presentation. This interactive space will provide students with the opportunity to channel self-reflection on their experiences into tangible outcomes in and out of the classroom. Students will also gain and practice networking skills.
  You Are the Chief Growth Officer
Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28
Felicia Scott, Emotional Intelligence Strategist and ESSENCE.com Empowerment Columnist Coach

Participants will be challenged to own their growth and progression in every area of their lives. The purpose of this workshop is to help attendees develop a leadership mindset and empower them with practical tools and strategies that produce measurable results when applied. Students will learn how to use fundamental coaching skills to dismantle unproductive thinking and behaviors, set boundaries, and achieve goals. What's more, "The 5 Whys," one of the key exercises, will be used to help participants uproot whatever stops them.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and Women and Leadership Panel Discussion
Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
2:30 to 2:45 pm. Closing Remarks