Trinity University's Women's Leadership Summit Poster.
Trinity University's Women's Leadership Summit Poster. Image Courtesy of Trinity University.

Trinity University will host its first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit to empower talented young women in the greater San Antonio community, and connect them with local business and civic leaders through a day of learning, inspiration and networking opportunities.

The summit, presented by H-E-B with Trinity’s School of Business and the Office of Experiential Learning, will take place inside the Stieren Theater on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seven Texas-based and nationally acclaimed speakers will take the stage to speak on topics including the power of presence, self-confidence, mentoring and networking.

Harvard business professor Amy Cuddy, the New York Times bestselling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, will be the event’s featured keynote speaker.

Cuddy, a social psychologist, will discuss her research on body language in her speech Power Poses – Using Body Language to Achieve Power and Influence. Her research on body language – explored in her 2012 TED Talk, the second-most-popular talk of all time – showcases how we can change other people’s perceptions and our body’s chemistry simply by changing body positions.

Additional speakers and topics include:

  • Shelly Power – “The Power of Mentorship”
  • Jackie Dryden – “How to Love Mondays Forever: Embracing Your Purpose”
  • Ellyn Wulfe – “How to Instantly Convey Confidence, Competence & Credibility”
  • Leisa Holland Nelson & Karen Love — “The Friendship Factor: The Future of Networking”
  • Alison Levine – “How to Achieve Success through High Impact Leadership”

For more detailed information on the speakers, click here.

The event is open to the public, but tickets are required and can be purchased by registering online. A copy of Cuddy’s book will be provided to the first 500 registrants and lunch is included for all attendees.

Tickets are $10 for students, $35 for faculty members at an institution of higher learning and young professionals who have 0-5 years of experience. Tickets cost $125 for the the general public, and guarantee a copy of Cuddy’s new book, as well as breakfast and lunch.

The inaugural event was developed by Trinity alumna Trish DeBerry, president of the DeBerry Group and a member of Trinity’s School of Business Advisory Council. The idea stemmed from a collaborative meeting between women in the San Antonio business community and Trinity’s School of Business in conjunction with Trinity’s Office of Experiential Learning.

Trinity’s School of Business sent students and alumni a survey in 2015, asking what the university could do to make them feel more prepared for the workplace.

The resounding answer? Networking and opportunities to find a mentor.

This was a pivotal component that added fuel to that collaborative meeting between DeBerry, other women leaders in the community, and Trinity to make the summit a reality.

“The purpose is to provide a space for Trinity students and also students from around San Antonio to meet and mingle with women in the San Antonio business community to ultimately develop mentoring relationships,” said Erin Hood, internship coordinator for Trinity’s Office of Experiential Learning. “It aims to foster the development of a shared awareness of what mentorship is and how to mentor effectively.”

The summit aims to teach women how to be more confident and network, all in a setting where powerful women will take the stage to tell stories about how they got into higher-up leadership positions.

“It’s a conference to inspire any young woman, regardless of your profession or your current life stage, to not be intimidated by the gender inequality we see in the work force right now,” said Trinity senior Alison Campion, chief coordinator of campus communications for the summit. “The idea is to give any woman that push, that inspirational drive.”

The summit will help women learn how to be more effective in the workplace and life in general.

“I hope that everyone will walk away with some inspiration for a new habit or skill they would like to bring into their everyday lives and a plan for how to activate that skill,” Hood said.

*Top Image: Trinity University’s Women’s Leadership Summit Poster. Image Courtesy of Trinity University. 

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