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3nd Annual UNCW Women's Conference: Smart Women Paving the Way

Saturday February 18th, 2017 10am-4pm

The UNCW Women's Conference is an annual event for students focused on creating a space for women on campus to discover their interest, meet other like-minded students, learn new skills for career and personal development within a supportive network, and create lifelong friendships. This year's conference will be the third annual event and will take place on February 18th, 2017.

Topic Areas:

  • Career Skills: practicing confidence, active listening, negotiating wages and benefits, interview tips, resume and CV assistance, etc.
  • Life Skills: basic car maintenance, time management, financial planning, filing taxes, managing work & travel, balancing checkbook, fashion, etc.
  • Feminism and Political Issues: feminism 101, activism, current political issues, feminism and the media, women on the international stage, etc.
  • Empowerment: body image, confidence, public speaking skills, building support networks, self-defense, how to reclaim hurtful language, etc.
  • Women's Health: interpersonal violence, sexual health, emotional health, healthy eating, responding to street harassment, etc.

2017 Keynote Speaker: Sonja Ardoin

Sonja Ardoin

Dr. Sonja Ardoin is learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" and is proud of her first generation to PhD educational journey, including degrees from LSU, Florida State, & NC State. Sonja's higher education career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising.  She is currently serving as program director and clinical assistant professor of higher education at Boston University.  Sonja stays engaged in the field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, College Summit, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Delta Gamma.  Her research interests include first generation and social class identity in higher education, student and women's leadership, and professional pathways and career strategies in student affairs.  She authored The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career with Stylus in 2014 and is currently working on her second book, focusing on class identity and college access.  Sonja enjoys traveling, reading, dancing, and spending time with people she loves.

For any questions or further information about Sonja, contact her via email at sonjaardoin@gmail.com.