The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is a one-of-a-kind experience. Year after year, this AAUW and NASPA conference provides college students the tools and the confidence to flourish and evolve as leaders when they return to their campuses.
Meet Katelyn Cohen, for instance. She attended in 2012 on a national NCCWSL scholarship sponsored by AAUW member Barbara Fetterhoff and could not be more thankful for the opportunity. Immediately after the conference, AAUW interviewed Cohen. “I thought the greatest thing about the conference was that it served as a place for a bunch of young women who want to be leaders and who have similar passions to come together and to meet each other and network with each other and to make friends,” she says.
Even better, NCCWSL helped Cohen determine that she wants to work in nonprofit management and gave her the motivation to pursue her career. NCCWSL not only energized her — it also gave her the skills to implement her ideas on her campus. “I used the skills I developed to use visionary leadership styles to accomplish setting up events,” she says. “I use the information on women’s voting and getting out the vote I got from the conference to help ground voter registration this fall.” One of the best things that Cohen took away from NCCWSL was that leading can be scary and overwhelming but that “these feelings are OK and normal — they can be turned into a fire that propels you further.”
We know Cohen isn’t the only student from last year’s conference who experienced a transformation. Now, it’s time for other 2012 attendees to share their stories and to enter for a chance to win a free registration and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend NCCWSL May 30–June 1, 2013!
We can’t wait to see all the exciting ways that you are using what you’ve learned. Be the 2012 participant who inspires others with your leadership!
This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.