Women’s Leadership Conference

The Women’s Leadership Conference is an event held to coincide with Women’s History Month and is designed to bring female leaders from Mid-Missouri together to discuss the past, present, and future of women’s leadership on a global level. The conference is built upon four pillars: networking, education, empowerment and diversity.

Date of WLC:
Mid March 2016
The conference incorporates students, staff, alumni, and community members as speakers and presenters. The content highlights issues focused on women leaders in a collegiate setting and beyond. These issues will be discussed through a keynote speaker, various breakout sessions, and special presentations. Topics we hope to cover include but are not limited to visioning, work/life balance, leading with passion, feminism, self-awareness, strengths-based leadership, and professional development.

Call for Programs

The Women’s Leadership Conference Executive Board is currently accepting submission for breakout session program proposals. Submit a program proposal here. Submissions are due by Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Conference Pillars

We believe everyone has the ability to lead and create positive change. The Women’s Leadership Conference is a resource for collegiate women to use as they plan and achieve their professional and personal goals. We accomplish this by embodying our four pillars throughout the conference planning process.

There is no better way to kickstart your leadership than through finding out about new opportunities. The Women’s Leadership Conference is a forum for community members to share their experiences and support each other’s’ goals.

The one-day conference highlights topics and issues relating to women’s leadership in a collegiate setting and beyond. Attendees will also learn ways to improve their leadership skills and how to utilize their personal strengths.

Our conference revolves around women’s leadership as we believe forefront women are underrepresented in many professional fields. The conference allows for participants to connect and engage with a community that supports the success of other women. We believe inspiring one another to succeed empowers one’s own leadership capacity.

We believe diversity is a key to success. We strive to provide an inclusive environment for all members of the community, regardless of gender, age or other identity pieces. Presentations and other activities are selected to provide participants with a variety of options to enhance their conference experiences and aid in their leadership development.

The Women’s Leadership Conference is a collaboration between the Center for Leadership & Service and the Women’s Center.

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Sample Schedule
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 – 9:35 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 – 10:35 a.m. Breakout Session 1
10:45 – 11:35 a.m. Breakout Session 2
11:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote address
1:40 – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3
2:40 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 4
3:40 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Resource Fair

Featured Speakers
Keynote Address: Dr. Marcia Chatelain
Dr. Marcia Chatelain is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Chatelain was on the faculty of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. A scholar of African American life and culture, Dr. Chatelain’s first book “South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration,” will be released in March 2015 with Duke University Press. Dr. Chatelain holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. Dr. Chatelain initiated the 2014 #fergusonsyllabus on Twitter to encourage teachers and communities to have thoughtful conversations about race. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the American Association of University of Women, and Ford Foundation. Dr. Chatelain will be presenting “You Just Leaned In, Now Brace Yourself!” a talk inspired by conversations about leaning in on how to manage the unexpected aftermath of success.

Opening Speaker: Theresa Eultgen
Theresa Eultgen is the current MU Women’s Center Coordinator. She proudly stems from St. Louis, Missouri and has worked in education and nonprofit sectors. She studied Mass Communications at Florissant Valley Community College while on a volleyball scholarship, then studied Sociology at her beloved alma mater of Webster University. She has participated twice at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, once as a student and again as co-founder of the nonprofit AlphaWom. Her fulltime passion of social justice has interrupted her tentative plans to run away with the circus.

Attendees participate in all conference activities including the opening speaker, breakout sessions and the keynote address. Participants will be able to personalize their experience by selecting from a wide range of breakout sessions where they will learn from hand-selected presenters. Click here to register.

Presenters share knowledge, experience and expertise with attendees on subjects ranging from professional development, body positivity, work/life balance, and personal branding. Session slots are limited so please submit a presentation proposal. Proposals open in October. Click here to submit a proposal.

By providing resources to attendees, we hope that they leave the event feeling more connected and prepared to use what they have learned. Business and organizations can also contribute material resources or participate at our resource fair. If you are interested in reserving a table at the Women’s Leadership Conference resource fair, please call us at 573-882-8585. Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices vary based on your affiliation to the University.

We are so excited you are interested in attending the Women’s Leadership Conference! Your attendance is the first step towards becoming a better leader and a more active citizen.

What can you expect from this conference?
One unique aspect of the conference is you can personalize your schedule based on your interests. Throughout the day, we will have breakout sessions with multiple speakers and you can choose which presentation to attend. Everyone will hear from our opening speaker and our keynote speaker. To see a previous conference schedule, visit the schedule of events page.

Additionally, the conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers and the presenters. Breakout presentations will allow you to learn from successful women leaders in the Columbia community. We encourage you to share your success stories and your future personal or professional goals.

If you are a student at MU, you can receive credit towards your Leadership Certificate through the Center for Leadership & Service.

Who can come to the conference?
Everyone! We invite all students, professionals and community members to attend our conference, including men and those who self-identify.

When is the conference?
The conference is held every March to coincide with Women’s History Month.

Where is the conference held?
Memorial Union, University of Missouri

How do I register?
Online registration will open in early February.

What should I wear?
Business professional is the expected attire for this conference. MU students, faculty and staff can reserve their outfit at Truman’s Closet.

The Women’s Leadership Conference values our relationships with businesses around Missouri through sponsorships and donations. Our conference could not happen without the generosity of sponsors like you! With your help, we are able to provide education and resources to hundreds of women to assist in their professional development and leadership capabilities. Our ability to provide sponsors with marketing opportunities is not limited to the conference. Please review the WLC Giving Guide to learn more.

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The best part of WLC is the fact that it introduces and encourages the concept of mentorship among women in our community. It’s a forum for learning about what the power of our peers can do for us.Hilary Weaver