Posts Tagged ‘Leadership Programs’

Image courtesy of Nina GodiwallaThe National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is proud to announce Nina Godiwalla as one of our keynote speakers for the 2013 conference! Nina Godiwalla is a second-generation Indian American and Texan who has definitely left her mark on the business world. She is the best-selling author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street, an insider’s perspective on working for Fortune 500 company Morgan Stanley. Her book has been described as the Devil Wears Prada of investment banking. Godiwalla is also the CEO and founder of MindWorks, a company that provides leadership and stress management training to corporations and other professional organizations.

What inspires me most about Godiwalla is her ability to realize that the sky’s the limit. In her Persian-Indian community, many of her peers growing up were satisfied by pursuing what made their parents happy. Godiwalla, on the other hand, was driven to follow her own path: She made her way from Houston to New York City to indulge in the fast-paced, challenging, and competitive world of banking.

As an African American woman, I am truly inspired by stories of minority women stepping outside of boundaries and barriers that would stop us and achieving in the way that our passion drives us, not just in the way that will satisfy our parents. Looking at all that Godiwalla has done makes me feel more confident in pursuing my dreams. In addition, coming from a community much like Godiwalla’s, I hope that I can fulfill not only my parents’ dreams but leave someone else inspired the way Godiwalla has done for me.

We look forward to hearing more of Godiwalla’s story at NCCWSL and learning tips that we can all use about leadership and valuing diversity. What would you like to ask her about her leadership story?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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KatyMiller_For_WebsiteCourageous. Inspirational. Groundbreaking. These are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about Katie Miller, one of our 2013 NCCWSL Women of Distinction. Miller’s story is truly inspiring and gives me the courage to lead no matter what barriers stand in the way.

Ranked eighth in her class of more than 1,000 cadets, Miller was a model student at the U.S. Military Academy. But under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that prohibited gay men and women from serving the country openly and freely, Miller felt she was living untruthfully. She could not keep quiet and had to speak out. The truth came out in 2010, when she announced her resignation from West Point — and her sexuality — on live television.

Reading Miller’s story is eye-opening. Being gay in the military then was a controversial issue and continues to be even after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”; but Miller saw no other way to live than to be honest. She showed her bravery by looking past the criticism — and, at the time, the apparent end of her promising military career — and coming out.

Following her resignation and announcement, Miller joined the founding board of OutServe, a then-underground network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members. She then advocated for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

A recent graduate from Yale University, Miller continues to thrive as an advocate for LGBT service members. Now the policy and government affairs chair for OutServe-SLDN (OutServe merged in 2012 with the Service Members Legal Defense Network), Miller has become the youngest board member of a major LGBT organization. She also recently joined the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress as their special assistant and plans on returning to the military soon.

All that Miller has done inspires me to go against the grain: Speak out, stand up, and make a difference. She has led gallantly and candidly and encourages me to lead with the same vision. Whether your passion lies within the LGBT community or elsewhere, Miller’s leadership can truly motivate anyone to take a stand and make a new way for tomorrow.

I look forward to hearing the words of strength and leadership that Miller will deliver at NCCWSL 2013! Will you be there?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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kelly kay SACAs a second-year graduate student pursuing student affairs, I have had the ride of my life learning how to balance school, work, and relationships. While trying to maintain this balance, my values have solidified, and my relationships have become more meaningful and fulfilling. Mentors in my life have helped to guide me through these changes while keeping me grounded.

Having a mentor has been very important in my relatively short career in student affairs. I have found people outside of my department to talk to about my career goals, and these different perspectives have been really helpful. I turn to faculty members inside my department as well. Turns out, they have successfully balanced school, work, and personal relationships and lived to tell the tale — and offer some sage advice.

The most important thing mentors have taught me is to follow my own path. I usually go to them when I’m faced with a seemingly huge decision, and I leave feeling relieved. The key to a great mentoring relationship is knowing how I problem-solve. For me, that means knowing that I need to talk things out. When I talk to someone whom I view as an authority, I feel a greater sense of validation.

Mentors play a different role in my life than family and friends do. I can tell my Mom anything; I respect her opinion, and she will support me no matter what. But what I need in a mentor is someone to challenge me and offer a different perspective. And that perspective is inherent in the relationship: This person has not known me since I was a baby. This person doesn’t go window shopping with me on Saturdays. This person knows me purely as a professional or a student, and she or he can offer input in that part of my life.

It is an honor to be considered someone’s mentor, and I would feel accomplished if anyone referred to me as such. It is easy to miss opportunities to help someone else, but offering something as simple as another perspective can be the first step toward mentoring. I always hope to be a role model to the undergraduate staff whom I supervise, but I think for National Mentoring Month, I will charge myself to search earnestly for those mentoring relationships and positively impact those around me.

I want to offer a thank-you to all of the mentors who might not know they have had an impact on a student, a supervisee, or colleague. Maybe today you can take the time to thank your mentors and help brighten their day, as they have done for you.

This post was written by National Student Advisory Council member Kelly Kay Clark.

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Elect Her–Campus Women Win, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains college women to run for student government. Follow the links below to read highlights from this fall’s trainings.

Networking, Planning, Preparing to Run!Louisiana State University

Since many of LSU’s student government officers were in the room during the What’s Your Issue? exercise (where students choose their platforms), the officers were able to start a dialogue about some of the campus issues the attendees brought up and make plans to follow up on the concerns.

Working toward Political Parity, One Student Government Seat at a TimeUniversity of Louisville

Those who attended the Elect Her training clearly embodied the spirit of the program: women who are tuned into critical issues on campus and in their communities stepping up to work for a positive impact.

Elect Her—Howard Women Win attendees strategize how to get the most votes for the campaign simulation exercise.

Elect Her—Howard Women Win attendees strategize how to get the most votes in a campaign simulation exercise.

Working Together to Support Women CandidatesHoward University

Every speaker at this Elect Her training had a unique story, but one point rang true for all three: You need to show up, and often! All three speakers stressed that showing their faces at events and talking to people (especially on election day) was a defining factor in their victories.

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We are thrilled to honor Donna Shalala — a teacher, scholar, and leader — as a Woman of Distinction for the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Her dedication and accomplishments will truly inspire anyone. Like our previous honorees, Shalala continues to make strides to better her community. Because she steps outside of the box and juggles multiple roles simultaneously, Shalala has gone above and beyond to effect change for women and girls.

Shalala currently serves as president of the University of Miami. This is an extraordinary accomplishment at a time when women make up just 23 percent of college and university presidents in the United States. She is also director of Mednax, a national health care delivery group. At the University of Miami, Shalala has led the effort to raise $1.4 billion in private support for the university’s academic and research programs.

Aside from her academic accomplishments, Shalala has been a huge figure in public service. In 1962, she served as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Iran. She was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration and was appointed secretary of health and human services under President Bill Clinton. In 2008, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Shalala has received numerous other awards and also served under President George W. Bush.

Shalala’s accomplishments encourage me to continue reaching for my goals no matter what. Her achievements in education exemplify hard work at its finest, as does her commitment to giving back to the community. Her work gives me courage in a society where women may not be equally represented but where barriers can be broken.

I am truly excited that Shalala has been chosen as our first Woman of Distinction and even more excited to hear her speak at NCCWSL 2013! I look forward to asking her about how she dealt with adversity and her methods of overcoming challenges. I know her words will help us to transform our women students into better campus leaders.

Will you be there to meet Donna Shalala?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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Do you work at or attend a college or university? Are you looking for leadership or funding opportunities? Yes? You are in luck! Applications are now available for three of our great leadership programs. Take action soon — the deadlines are coming up!

Elect Her–Campus Women Win

Elect Her–Campus Women Win, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses. Any student, AAUW member, or campus faculty or staff member can apply on behalf of a campus to host the program during the 2013 spring semester.

In 2012, Elect Her was held at 28 sites for more than 600 participants, 99 percent of whom would recommend the training to a friend.

“I was able to meet some incredible women who had been in my position before and create connections with them to help me succeed.”—Boise State University participant

Visit the Elect Her web page to access the application and for more information about the program. Applications are due September 30, and selections will be announced by October 7. AAUW college/university partner members receive preference in the selection process..

National Student Advisory Council

College students nationwide can apply to serve on the AAUW National Student Advisory Council for the 2012–13 academic year. The 10 selected SAC members will travel to Washington, D.C., in early November for a retreat and then again in June for the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. They will have the unique opportunity to advise a national women’s group, hone their leadership skills, and network with student leaders and distinguished women.

“AAUW gave me a golden year of opportunity that I will forever appreciate. … One of the best parts is that even though my term on the SAC is over, my connection and time with AAUW truly has just begun.” — Laura Corrigan, 2011–12 SAC member, St. Mary’s College

Visit the SAC page to access the application, instructions, and information about qualifications. Applications are due September 30, and the new SAC will be announced by October 7. Students at AAUW college/university partner member institutions receive preference.

AAUW Campus Action Projects

This year’s CAP grant program focuses on the issues raised in AAUW’s upcoming research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Men and Women One Year after College Graduation. The report explores the reasons behind the pay gap between women and men college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation as well as the relationship between the pay gap and student debt repayment.

Campus Action Project teams will have the opportunity to address these issues on their campuses and in their communities during the spring semester with projects like educational workshops, awareness campaigns, art or video contests, and other creative ideas. Teams will share their experiences at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June 2013.

Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2012, andAAUW college/university partner members receive preference in the selection process. Applicants will be contacted byNovember 9, and teams will be announced at the official report release event on November 15.

I hope you will apply for and spread the word about these amazing opportunities. Also, be sure to check out some of the other campus-based programs AAUW offers.

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Following a February 11 Elect Her–Campus Women Win training, the University of Cincinnati was poised to have more women students step up to the plate as student government leaders. Two Elect Her attendees, Maesa Idries, a senior chemical engineering major, and Mari Young, a freshman graphic communication design major, ran successful campaigns and will be making a difference on campus this fall. Idries will be the student body vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government, and Young will be a USG at-large senator. The two women took a moment to share their campaign experiences.

AAUW: Why did you decide to run for campus office?

Idries: I have been involved with student government for a couple of years, and I saw firsthand the positive impact that student representation can have on university operations.

Young: I wanted to get even more involved on campus through a student-led organization that allows me to reach out to people across campus. My goal is to help make this university the best it can be.

AAUW: What were some of your successful campaign strategies?

Idries: My running mate and I worked to be the most accessible candidates. In years past, candidates would run for office using a last name, so we ran using our first names. Our campaign slogan was “Students for Students.” We talked with many student organizations and made sure we were approachable at all times.

Young: Word of mouth is a very valuable campaign strategy. When you get yourself out there, meet different people, and make a lasting impression, they will remember your name and your mission. I believe this helps when it comes down to voting day.

AAUW: What do you hope to accomplish during your term?

Idries: All of our platform goals need to be accomplished during our term. These are the promises that we made to the student body, so we must be successful.

Young: I want to work on the student meal plan by offering healthier choices and more flexibility. I also want to make the student body better connected — upperclassmen to lowerclassmen and art students to engineering students. Everyone can benefit from a campus that works together.

AAUW: What are your goals after college?

Idries: I hope to attend graduate school.

Young: I plan on working for magazines doing graphic work and layouts. This is my dream, and I’m determined to make it happen.

AAUW: What advice would you give to other women students who are questioning whether they should run or not?

Idries: You can do it. You should do it. Find people to help you do it. You will be better for having done it. Do it. Do it. Do it.

Young: Go for it. What do you have to lose? Even if you don’t make the cut, you still gained an invaluable experience through campaigning. Just by running, you are a visible campus leader for being courageous enough to put yourself out there.

AAUW: Why do you think Elect Her—Campus Women Win is a valuable program for your campus?

Idries: It was valuable because it provided women on my campus with the confidence to run for office.

Young: Elect Her was so valuable because it showed us what strong-willed women are capable of. It was inspiring to hear the stories from women who have “been there, conquered that,” and to have them tell us we can do it too! With determination, anything can be done, and women need to know that. That is my philosophy now because of Elect Her.

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