Five hundred diverse women gather at NCCWSA conference to make a difference

Recently I had the privilege of attending the 2008 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and NASPA, at Georgetown University in the Washington D.C. area.

I spent three amazing days surrounded by 500 beautiful, intelligent, ambitious, and diverse women. We all had the pleasure of hearing such women as, Pamela Stone and Caryn Mathes, who gave keynote addresses. We attended the Women of Distinctions Award Ceremony and Reception, honoring such inspiring women as Kimberly Dozier, Major Carter, Evelyn Foote, Maya Ajmera, and Jovita Carranza.

We attended workshops on a variety of topics including: visionary leadership, sexual assault on college campuses, financial security, launching a creative career, women in poverty, HPV 101, how to interview, etc.

With new friends we shared meals, talks, adventures, and memories. I built bonds of sisterhood and friendship with young women in only a few short days.

I got to embrace feminism. I got to feel empowered and liberated. I got the urge to act and go forth into this world and make a difference for all women everywhere.

It was an unbelievable experience, one I will cherish.

I encourage all of you to check it out at

You could be the next young woman to attend this conference and represent the University of Akron. You could be the next young woman to make a difference.