AAUW to Host Fall District Conference at JCC

Journey Gunderson
Journey Gunderson
Journey Gunderson

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be hosting their District I Fall Conference at Jamestown Community College on Saturday, October, 8, 2016, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. at the Arts & Science Center in the Sarita Weeks Reception Hall.

This year’s conference is centered on “Growing a Leadership Pipeline for Girls and Women” and is open for community members to attend along with Jamestown and Buffalo AAUW members. It is sponsored in part by an AAUW-NYS District Grant.

A diverse group of local women leaders from a variety of sectors will discuss their pathway to leadership – challenges, opportunities, guidance they wished they had received, and strategies that can be implemented to assist young women on their leadership journey. Round table discussions in the afternoon will engage all attendees in the conversation and development of action steps that we can implement in our community.

Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, Inc. will serve as the keynote speaker. Other panelists include: Ruth Lundin, President, Audubon Community Nature Center; Julie Rockcastle, co-owner, Green Heron Growers, and founder/leader of the Great Blue Heron Festival; Tamu Reinhardt, Curriculum Coordinator, Jamestown Public Schools; Sylvia Swan, Social Development Director, Cassadaga Job Corps Academy; and Cathy Merriweather, Human Resources Director, Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.

AAUW will be providing scholarships for 5 “Emerging Leaders”, women student leaders, from both Jamestown Community College and Cassadaga Job Corps Academy, to attend the conference.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the AAUW report – Barriers and Bias – The Status of Women in Leadership – as well as the opportunity to win a door prize.

The conference cost is $20 which includes lunch. First-time AAUW members can join at this event for a reduced rate of $45.50 for a membership through June 30, 2017. Paid reservations are due no later than Monday, October 3, 2016. For more information call 716-490-2616.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. To find out more about AAUW, go to www.aauw.org or http://jamestown-ny.aauw.net. Any person with a two year degree or higher is welcome to join AAUW.