Women and girls are invited to UVU for “Strengthening Impact” event

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 | LShumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Barbara Christiansen | 801-863-8208 | BarbaraC@uvu.edu

Girls and women can increase their impact on others and their surroundings with help through attending “Strengthening the Impact of Girls & Women,” part of the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah Valley University. It will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Ragan Theater in the university’s Sorensen Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

It will start with a presentation by Elaine Dalton, the UVU Board of Trustees chair. She will discuss why and how girls and women should prepare themselves to influence others by using their heads, hearts and hands.

Following Dalton’s keynote address, attendees may choose one of three workshops. They are Building Resilience in Girls and Young Women, Rethinking Social Media: Finding Your Voice and Identity as Young Women, and Making the Glass Ceiling Visible: Unconscious Bias and Advancing Opportunities for Women.

Pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Matthew J. Swenson will lead the workshop on resilience. There is no one recipe for parents to build that trait in their children, but they need not feel helpless or overanxious, he said. Swenson will help parents assess and respond to each individual child’s needs. He will present a framework for understanding human needs and motivations, and address why a “needs-based” parenting plan is important for the development of resilience, grit, wisdom, altruism and joy.

Social media is a powerful vehicle that gives voice to girls and women around the world, but with it comes personal responsibility, self-reflection and the need to manage emotions and behavior. Sui Lang Liliu Pumehana Panoka, founder of Women Politics Media and the RE-Think Tank for Women, will conduct this workshop.

Kyle Reyes, special assistant to UVU’s president for inclusion, is in charge of the workshop on women’s unconscious bias. Women often undervalue their sense of contribution, competence and intelligence in professional settings. Reyes will help the women break hidden assumptions and biases.

The evening will conclude with light refreshments and a chance for the attendees to discuss what they have learned. Those who wish to attend should RSVP at www.uvu.edu/uwlp.

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