2014 UC San Diego Women’s Conference Welcome Address & Keynote Address

If you missed this year’s 2014 UC San Diego Women’s Conference Keynote, then check this out!  You can watch it right here!

Opening Remarks by Dr. Jill Leutgeb, CSW Faculty Co-Chair; Welcome Address by Interim VC EDI Carol Padden;  Keynote Address by Dr. Gordon Saxe & Ms. Lauray MacElhern

“Our Food, Our Planet, Our Power”
Discover a simple and effective way to reclaim individual health while contributing to the health of Mother Earth and all who rely on her.  In this keynote address, Ms. MacElhern and Dr. Saxe discuss the empowering possibility for an “eat green” movement, in which women have a particularly vital role to play.  For more information, please see the following link: http://ucsdwomensconference.com/keynote-speakers/

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2014 Breakout Session: Dr. Valita Jones

Conscious Leadership

This workshop focused on assisting individuals within any organization on how to become more aware, responsible and accountable. After attending this session, you should have learned how to influence change, be able to create opportunities for transformation within systems, intentionally lead from a shared perspective and promote an organizational ethos of cooperation and collaboration.

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2014 Breakout Session: STEMM Panel

Leaning In and Managing Pushback

This panel featured a panel of women leaders in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine). The goals of this panel discussion were to showcase successful women leaders in STEMM, hear about their career trajectories including the choices they have made and the challenges they have encountered, and any tips they might share for how to succeed.  Another goal was to address in practical terms the real-world problem many women in STEMM face when they “lean in” only to find that their actions are often met with increased and heavy resistance.

Panel Participants:  Dr. Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Dr. Kit Pogliano, Professor, Division of Biological Sciences and Chair of the UCSD Academic Senate; Dr. Bess Marcus, Chair of the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine

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2014 Breakout Session: Dr. Anita Raj

Elimination of Girl Child Marriage – Why and How?

Every year, 14 million girls globally are married prior to the age of 18 years, increasing their risk for domestic violence, reproductive health concerns, and maternal and infant mortality. Girl child marriage is the single most important impediment to maternal and child health that can be eliminated in a single generation. Supporting girls to know what they want and how to achieve it is key to elimination of this practice.

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Thank you for another successful year!

be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-worldA big thank you goes out to all who attended this year’s 6th Annual UC San Diego Women’s Conference!

We would like to thank all of our vendors, campus resources, and sponsors for making this year’s event possible.  Moreover, we would like to give a big thank you and shout out to Dr. Gordon Saxe and Ms. Lauray MacElhern, our keynote speakers, as well as all we would like to give a big thank you and shout out to all of our amazing breakout session speakers. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your involvement at this year’s event!

Finally, we could not have pulled off this year’s event without the assistance of our amazing day-of volunteers or without the dedication, sacrifice, and passion from all of our volunteer conference committee members!   You are all so very much appreciated! You all did a stellar and amazing job!  As we said, we could not have done this without you and we hope you will be able to join us next year in making this event even greater!

If you have any ideas, thoughts, and/or suggestions for next year’s event, then please do not hesitate to contact us about possibly joining one of the conference’s sub-committees at empoweryou@ucsd.edu.  As one of our sub-committee members stated just this morning, “it takes a village” to put on this type of event and the larger the village is, the better the event we can produce and bring to you, the attendees.  Please think about volunteering.  We plan to start work on next year’s conference this summer.

Once again, thank you and see you next year!
Rachel & Jennifer
UC San Diego Women’s Conference Co-Chairs


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