Young Women’s Program

young womens programIn partnership with our sponsors, the Texas Conference for Women is proud to bring back its Young Women’s Program, which provides high school junior and senior girls with the opportunity to attend the Conference and participate in a seminar track designed especially for them.

This unique program enables our next generation of leaders the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers, exchange ideas and begin to chart their own paths.

The application period for 2018 is now closed. Applicants will be notified of ticket availability by October 1st. To request tickets for the 2019 conference, please return to this page in May 2019 to find a new form.


2018 Young Women’s Programming

Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am:

Overcoming Bias in School & Beyond (POE)

We all have blind spots or biases about people from other cultures, religions, and genders. These hidden biases influence the friends we choose, the organizations we join—and can influence our careers. Recognizing and braving our own blind spots is challenging enough, but how do we ensure others are assessing us in a fair and accurate way? Whether negative or positive, these stereotypes influence others’ behavior towards us. Join this panel of leaders to learn how they overcame broad generalizations about who they were to accomplish their lofty goals.

Speaker: Ashley Diaz Mejias, author, Erasing Institutional Bias

Panelists: 
Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning writer, speaker and digital strategist and New York Times best-selling author, I’m Judging You
Michelle Morse, VP, Girls and Women Strategy, United Nations Foundation
⚬ Deborah Sengupta Stith, music writer, Austin American-Statesman 

Emcee: Sylvia Rodriguez, senior executive planning director, GateHouse Media

Mini Session: 11:00 am – 11:15 am:

Don’t Look Away

Your empowerment and safety are always a top priority. During this mini power session, Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, will share the education, prevention, and crisis intervention tools to help you stay safe and on your toes when you are in a dating relationship. With one in three young people impacted by an abusive relationship, you will learn what to do if you or someone you know needs help.

Speaker: Katie Ray-Jones, CEO, National Domestic Violence Hotline @ktrayjones


Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm:

You’re Not Lost: Overcoming Self Doubt (W)

Figuring out your next step in life is not always an easy task. And once you figure it out, believing in yourself enough to take that step can be even harder. Wouldn’t you like to just trust your instincts and go for it? In this session, women’s leadership expert Maxie McCoy will discuss how to drop the panic-inducing, big-picture obsession over “Where am I going with my life?” and shine a spotlight on the small yet impactful decisions that will take you from lost to found. She will share her three-step “Ditch, Create and Rise” program for overcoming doubts so you can get on to the amazing career and life you deserve.

Speaker: Maxie McCoy, author, You’re Not Lost

Emcee:  Jane Gasdaska, change management lead, Phillips 66, & board member, @TexasWomen

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