Women's Leadership Conference


Be a part of the first inaugural Women's Leadership Conference hosted by RAPPS! We have a powerful day in store for you, which will highlight our strengths and equip attendees with leadership skills and tools to find balance in the various roles we will all play in society. This conference will leave participants feeling inspired, motivated and more connectd.

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 9am to 4pm, with a lunch break
Where: 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Confirmed speakers include:
Lecia Brooks, Director of Outreach, Southern Poverty Law Center
Olympia Kazi, Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute
Fabiola Carrión, Director of Government Relations, Planned Parenthood of NYC
Mary K. Murphy, Executive Director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority


9:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Keynote: Leveraging our Strength and Finding Balance
by Lecia Brooks, Director of Outreach, Southern Poverty Law Center
10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops
  —Negotiating Salary and Job Responsibility
  —Group Dynamics & Facilitation (sponsored by Bloustein School Career Development Program
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshops
  Advocacy through Women’s Lens
  Perspectives & Experiences across Development
2:45 p.m. Closing Panel: Leadership in Policy and Planning
4:00 p.m. Refreshments

Keynote: “Leveraging our Strength and Finding Balance”
The keynote speech is designed to motivate and inspire participants in their quest to become lasting leaders at work, at home and in life.  Reflecting upon multiple topics, and responding to our conference theme, “Leveraging our Strength and Finding Balance,” the keynote will spark critical thinking that will continue through the day and resonate throughout our life.

Workshop: Negotiating Salary and Job Responsibility:
Negotiating salaries and job responsibilities is a challenge for women at all stages of their careers because women are less likely than men to ask for the pay and responsibility they deserve. This workshop is designed to encourage women to ask for what they want and to give women the tools to negotiate in the workplace and the confidence to do so. 

Workshop: Advocacy through Women’s Lens
There are many distinct issues regarding advocacy and policy-making specific to women, which include perceptions of women in positions of power and knowledge and accessibility of policy channels. This workshop is meant to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to become a better advocate and policy-maker while bearing in mind a women’s perspective.

Workshop: Perspectives and Experiences across Development
This workshop will be discussing issues women face working in the field of international development. Specifically, the workshop will touch upon concerns relating to living in a different culture, negotiating varying views towards women, and simply fulfilling one's professional responsibilities.

Panel: Leadership in Policy and Planning
Our panelists represent women from diverse backgrounds and professional tracks within the planning and policy fields. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that women face at different stages of their careers, and share other bits of wisdom with conference attendees.


Open to all graduate students. RSVP REQUESTED by March 21.

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If you’d like to volunteer for the event, please contact Dori Nguyen at dorixn@gmail.com

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