June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University women's basketball junior Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) was among almost 1,000 participants to attend the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) earlier this month at the University of Maryland-College Park.
"I was very empowered by all of the women who were there," said Vitalis. "There was a great energy and it gave me a lot of ideas on how to move into a leadership role."
The conference is jointly hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and includes nearly 1,000 women from every state and around the world. In its 29th year, the event is America's premier conference for college women. It provides a transformative experience for attendees and prepares them to be the next generation of leaders.
Vitalis was sponsored by Georgetown's Division of Student Affairs and GU's Center for Student Engagement and followed in the footsteps of teammate Andrea White (C'14) who attended last summer.
Participants had the opportunity to choose from more than 50 workshops that prepare them for life after college, meet role models including Women of Distinction awardees and speakers, make connections, discover their future from more than 80 graduate schools and employers and gain the confidence and skills to return to their campuses and communities ready to take action.
"My favorite part was meeting the woman who inspired the role of Olivia Pope on Scandal, it was great to have the opportunity to ask her questions about her career path in politics."
This year's conference included two keynote speakers. Thursday was highlighted by a speech from Chelsea Clinton who currently serves as the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. On Sunday, participants listed to Deanne Zandt, a media technologist and author.
Along with the speakers and workshops, Vitalis had the opportunity to take part in group networking, the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Reception, Pizza and Movie Night, opening acts and Career Fairs, Friday Night in D.C.
"I'd love to do it again next year, it opened my eyes to understand how women are perceived in the workforce specifically in male-dominated fields," she said. "It gave me insight in how to carry myself, how to assert myself and how be taken seriously."
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