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Empowering You Conference Elevates Professional Growth Across the BTAA

Empowering You Conference Elevates Professional Growth Across the Big Ten Academic Alliance

Mar 8, 2024, 12:37 PM

In a resounding success, the Empowering You conference, designed to inspire personal and professional development, brought together over 150 enthusiastic participants from all corners of the country. The event, spanning a dynamic two hours, featured engaging presentations, collaborative activities, and a transformative session led by a panel of esteemed colleagues from across the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The conference commenced with a riveting talk by Sara Tate-Pederson, who shared a powerful mantra aimed at unlocking self-empowerment. Participants were guided through a thoughtful process, encouraging them to explore their inner selves and discover positivity within. Tate-Pederson’s impactful presentation set a motivational tone for the event, leaving a lasting impression on attendees who expressed gratitude for the valuable insights shared.

The core of the conference unfolded as guides Jane Farago and Mehrnaz Ahmadi Joobaneh led participants through the intricate process of composing a compelling letter of self-recommendation. This specialized segment aimed to equip attendees with the tools and knowledge necessary to articulate their achievements and strengths, a crucial skill set for professional growth.

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Reflecting the collaborative spirit of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Empowering You conference featured a unique opportunity for participants to engage with a panel of colleagues from across the alliance. These seasoned professionals offered guidance and shared their expertise, ensuring that attendees received personalized insights into the nuances of self-recommendation letters. The breakout sessions allowed for intimate discussions, fostering connections and providing a platform for the exchange of valuable experiences.

The conference, open to all staff and faculty members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities, served as a fantastic opportunity for networking, learning, and mutual empowerment. Participants hailed from various universities, creating a diverse and vibrant community focused on collective growth and support.

Feedback from attendees highlighted the positive impact of the conference:

“I left feeling empowered and much better about myself. I also got to meet some great women!”

“I enjoyed all the tips and knowledge everyone contributed, how positive and kind everyone was and how helpful everyone is to each other.”

“It gave me a chance to reflect on my strengths and the things I have accomplished. I met some great women who gave very positive feedback to the things I shared.”

As participants dispersed, they carried with them not only newfound inspiration but also a network of connections and practical skills to advance their professional journeys. The success of the Empowering You conference exemplifies the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s commitment to fostering a supportive and collaborative environment for the ongoing development of its staff and faculty.

To revisit the impactful moments of the Empowering You conference, the session video is available here.