A Conference to Remember

Hola UIC!

This past weekend was a very memorable one. It started with the I am… WOMAN Conference it was definitely a must for the UIC female population. The Conference started off with the Networking event on Friday, which was filled with motivation and tips. The conference then went on to Saturday.

On Saturday along with helping the presenters with their supplies for their presentations I also had the opportunity to take some pictures to show you what I saw.

The day started off with a continental breakfast and a panel discussion. The panel consisted of mentors, very powerful women from all walks of life. Almost every profession represented. They gave everyone a lot of helpful advice. Their sincerity and passion for their careers was evident.

The amount of useful knowledge that all of the attendants were given was evident. I looked around the room and saw all of the attendants with pen and paper writing down the tips that the women gave.  It was exactly was a conference is, an exchange of ideas for progression.

The day then separated into separate breakout sessions. I decided to attend the “Tips to Professional Dress” workshop. The presenter was very knowledgeable in her subject area. Her presentation along with being insightful was also very interactive. The workshop attendants were also lucky enough to receive a copy of her book.

After the workshop we came back to the main conference room for lunch. I was lucky enough to sit with one of the mentors. She had an inspiring story of perseverance. Although life had brought different conflicts her way, she was able to succeed and follow her passion. I also sat with other women who were in various colleges at UIC with different life goals. Along with a delicious lunch, we had the opportunity to listen and be motivated by Lameisha Taylor, a very passionate woman who has overcome various obstacles and is overall an amazing individual.

After lunch we had another break out session. I attended the Entrepreneurship workshop which gave us an insight to how to start our own business and how to market ourselves. The workshop presenter even hosted an elevator speech competition. Various attendees competed and they were surprised to know that they would be sponsored to attend the Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago.

Thanks for reading this week!


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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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2 Responses to A Conference to Remember

  1. kisumucounty says:

    This must have been a great conference with almost every profession represented. I wish i was there, great pictures and article. After reading your article, i feel like i was there…