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The Women's Leadership Symposium will serve as a forum for University of Miami students to gain insight on how to become an effective leader in our community. The objective is to utilize the talent in the community as a resource for our UM students while identifying the day-to-day triumphs and challenges women face in the professional, college, and community spheres.
Event Information
Date: November 16, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center

We will incorporate additional innovative activities including stress-relief meditation, self-defense, and dance therapy classes as a way to improve student well-being.  Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the tools for a sense of empowerment through awareness of their individual identities.  In addition, this year we will place an emphasis on the importance of community engagement and providing women the tools and knowledge they need to become active citizens and perpetuate change.
Schedule of Events
Time Session
9:00-9:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:45-10:30 a.m. Leadership Style Test and Ice Breakers
10:30-11:30 a.m. Key Note Address
11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Workshop 1
12:30-1:20 a.m. Workshop 2
1:20-2:20 p.m. Networking Reception with Lunch
2:20-2:50 p.m. Team Builders or Classes 1
2:55-3:25 p.m. Team Builders or Classes 2
3:30-4:00 p.m. Closing Address
Workshop Topics
  • Body Image and Objectification by Caitlin Boyle
  • Leadership in the Workplace
  • Women Through Time: History of Feminism and Women's Rights by Sumita Dutt-Chatterjee
  • Health and Well-Being by Prof. Scott Rogers
  • Violence Against Women and Women's Issues by Mara D'Amico
Wellness Classes
  • Self-Defense by Sgt. Tamara Morris
  • Dance Therapy by Portia Lange
  • Yoga for Women by Carmen Meeks
  • Mind-Body-Soul: Health and Meditation by Lunthia Duthel
Keynote Speaker
Gaby Pacheco came to the United States from Guayaquil, Ecuador, when she was seven years old.  She has become nationally renowned for her courageous advocacy for the DREAM Act and for immigration reform since 2004. In 2005, Gaby co-founded Students Working for Equal Rights, a Florida immigrant youth network that is part of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. There, she met three other undocumented students with whom she led a national four-month campaign called "The Trail of Dreams." She and the other students walked from Miami to the nation’s capital to call attention to the plight of immigrant families threatened by deportation.  Gaby dreams of one day becoming a musical therapist to work with people with autism and Down syndrome. She has an associate of arts degree in music education, an associate of science degree in early childhood education and a bachelor's degree in special education in K-12. She currently serves immigrants nationally as the executive director of the Bridge Project, which works on connecting individuals from across the political spectrum to achieve immigration reform that is sensible and workable for all.
Closing Speaker
Caitlin Boyle is a professional blogger, motivational speaker and author of the books Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-It Note at a Time, Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time, and Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You.  Her work has been featured on the Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as in magazines such as Glamour, Fitness, SELF and Women's Day. She is 29 years old and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son.
Women and men of the University of Miami are welcome to attend the Women's Leadership Symposium. Register for WLS here.