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March 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Breakout Session Descriptions

Session 1 ● 9:45 - 10:45 am
Breakout sessions are 60 minutes in length with exceptions noted in the description.
11. Balancing the Dimensions of Wellness (Session time: 9:45 – 10:30 am)
Presenters: Samantha Hobbick, Alexa Perea-Roberto, Holly Schuldt, Alverno College Health Education students
Are you balancing your dimensions of wellness? Health and wellness are empowering. During this session, you will explore your dimensions of wellness and identify what’s in your “wheel?” Empowered women balance their dimensions of wellness. We will help empower you by identifying strategies for balancing your physical, emotional, social, occupational, environmental, creative, financial, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions of wellness.
12. Wisconsin Women: Profiles of Empowerment (Session time: 9:45 – 10:30 am)
Presenter: Stephani Richards-Wilson, Alverno College
This session will be presenting select women of Wisconsin who impacted the lives of others. It will showcase their accomplishments and briefly tell their stories with a visual presentation. By the end, the session will demonstrate how their efforts have both historical and present day implications.
13. Women and Power: Not a Contradiction (Session time: 9:45 – 10:30 am)
Presenter: Karen J. Maroda, PhD, ABPP, Medical College of Wisconsin and private practice
In spite of decades of feminism, young women remain ambivalent about openly seeking power. Power continues to be associated with ruthless acts aimed at achieving control over others and acquiring wealth. Women need to understand that power-seeking in and of itself is not a negative trait. It is vitally important for women of any age to understand differences in forms of power so that they may seek positions of power and influence without feelings of guilt or shame. This session will teach the difference between “pro-social” power and “egoistic” power and provide understanding to women’s natural search for power as well as the familial and social influences that contribute to its acquisition.
14. Status of Girls Report: Understanding Girls to Empower Women (Session time: 9:45 – 10:30 am)
Presenters: Jodi Eastberg, Alverno College; Kim Skerven, Center for Behavioral Medicine
This session will present findings of the 2019 Status of Girls in Wisconsin report. Researchers will lead a discussion of how these understandings of girls’ lives might help to focus initiatives to empower women. Participants will receive a deeper understanding of the Status of Girls in Wisconsin as well as engage in dialogue on the relationship between girls’ lives and outcomes for women.
SESSION IS FULL 15. Breaking the Habits that Get in the Way of Successful Women's Efforts to Rise
Presenter: Bruce Kestelman, Bruce Kestelman Organization Development Consulting and Executive Coaching
Based upon the work of Marshall Goldsmith (What got you here won't get you there) and Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith (How Women Rise) this workshop will identify habits that are barriers to successful women rising in the world of work. Often, behaviors that may have worked in getting you to where you are now can begin to work against you. These habits are often different for men and women. This session will take on a few of those habits and determine strategies for overcoming them.
16. Empower with Yoga
Presenter: Susanne Carter, Carter Productions
More and more research has shown the health benefits of Yoga to the mind-body-spirit connection. Participants will empower themselves with breathing techniques and easy-does-it stretches. Attendants will hear about "The Arianna Huffington Story"- how an empowered woman found Yoga. The ending meditation will focus on building confidence, self-esteem and intrinsic self-worth. Wear comfortable clothes. Everything else you need will be provided. Breathe. Stretch. Relax. Have fun doing it. Empower yourself with Yoga.
17. Empowering Women through Practice: Mindfulness and Spirituality
Presenters: Trish Lewis and Amy Shapiro, Alverno College
In this interactive session, participants will engage mindfulness and spirituality practices to explore how women are empowered to live fully and lead courageously. Together we will share examples of how such practices help women face the challenges before them, find their strength, and keep their momentum as they work for change in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to try out a variety of practices. And all are invited to teach, participate and learn.
SESSION IS FULL 18. Las Mujeres Cantan: Latin American Women, Music and Activism  
PresentersMeg Crosby, Alverno College; 'Growing up Latinx' students 
Latin America is well known for its diverse musical traditions and creative vocal expression. The region includes numerous "cantoras" (women song writers and singers) who have changed society through their music. By resuscitating Indigenous and Afro-Peruvian music traditions, these women address poverty, immigration, Native American marginalization, discrimination and other issues affecting native communities.
In this workshop, participants will listen to musical selections to learn about the biographies, and the meaning of songs interpreted by Mercedes Sosa and Charo Bogarin (Argentina), Susana Baca (Peru), Violeta Parra (Chile) and Lila Downs (Mexico/USA). Participants will have the opportunity to write their own lyrics to a song of gratitude based on the illustrious "Gracias a la vida" ("Thanks Be to Life"). Some of the content of the workshop is in Spanish and will include English translation whenever possible.
19. Healing the Wounds that Prevent Deep Connection between Men and Women
 Presenter: Deborah Lukovich, alinea, LLC
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” - Margaret Atwood    With passion and an expertise in depth psychology, Deborah Lukovich brings a unique lens to the issue of relations between men and women. Drawing from the work of Dr. Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability, Carol Gilligan’s theory about why patriarchy persists, and research on relationships, Deborah suggests that women will never be truly liberated without being in partnership with men, because both genders carry collective and personal wounds that manifest as defense mechanisms, preventing the kind of vulnerability needed for the deep connection for which we are hard-wired.
SESSION IS FULL 20. The Quieter You Are, the Prettier You Look: How Women from World Cultures are Breaking Traditional Norms in Modern Spaces
Presenters: Ruth Lopez and Rachel Haos, Alverno College; Alverno student panelists
Even though it's 2019, in the home, the workplace, school and many other settings, the voices of women are often overshadowed by men. This is exacerbated in some of the world's more patriarchal societies. This panel discussion will focus on how women from world cultures are breaking the traditional norms of male dominated spaces. Participants will learn about the ways in which women are often silenced and the tactics the panelists have used to thrive in these spaces and empower one another.
21. WORK SMART Salary Negotiation Workshop
Presenters: Jessica May, Alverno College
Why is negotiation so important? The American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. In the U.S., women who work full-time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. Over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up. Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. This workshop is designed to teach women how to negotiate when seeking a new job, raise, or promotion. Participants will gain confidence in salary and benefits negotiation through facilitated discussion and role-play.
22. Your Credit, Your Home and Your Future
Presenter: Marlene Castillo, VP Community Lending Relationship Manager, Johnson Financial
Are you interested in purchasing a home? This session will focus on tools that will assist you in achieving your dreams of homeownership and empowering you to succeed. Learn about the importance of credit as well as down payment assistance and grant programs available to prospective buyers and first time home owners.
Session 2 ●  12:15 - 1:15 pm
Breakout sessions are 60 minutes in length with exceptions noted in the description.
SESSION IS FULL 31. Latina Leadership (Session time: 12:15 – 1:00 pm)
Presenters:  JoAnna Bautch, Latino Arts; Laura Villeda, Alverno HPGM Student Chapter President; Citlali Mendieta-Ramos, Antigua Latin Restaurant
This workshop will focus on the topic of Latina leadership, including managing upwards, exercising power, decision making, etc. A brief presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the student chapter, early-career professionals, and seasoned professionals from the membership of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM).
33. Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship (Session time: 12:15 – 1:00 pm)
Presenters: Amber Miller, Cassandra Aranda, Lily Alvarado, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
According to a 2018 SCORE study, 62% of women entrepreneurs say that their business is their primary source of income. Participants will join the Alverno women of the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) in a discussion on the state of female entrepreneurship, and what WWBIC is doing to give women in Wisconsin an edge!
34. Stop the Bleed; Save a Life (Session time: 12:15 – 1:00pm)
Presenters: Ann Van Eerden, Alverno College;  Adria Bolledors, Alverno Health Education student
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign. It is designed to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies as well as man-made and natural disasters.  Participants will be taught the primary principles of trauma care response.
35. Hands on Art Activities - Empowering Women Through Community Service
Presenters: Dara Larson, Lynda Sommers, Marilyn Zwissler, Alverno College
In this session, participants will consider their personal role and approach to the importance of strong community and networking to empower women through the art making processes of book making or bowl creation. Participants will also learn about Professional Dimensions, a charitable organization connected with the Sacagawea art exhibit.
SESSION IS FULL 36. Be Empowered: Shaping Your Brand for Your Company and Community
Presenter: Ebony Ssali, Ssali Media Group
By successfully building your personal brand, you impact the future success of your department, your company and your community. Advance your career with tools to shape your value in the workplace and beyond. In this session, participants will develop a six-month plan to incorporate tools to create and track a personal brand.
37. Constructing Power: The Empowered Women through Movement and Sound
Presenters: Anna Haney and Rob Collier, Alverno College
Attendees of this session will work to embody the community’s responses to the guiding question, “How would you describe yourself or another strong woman?” in a collaboratively choreographed dance and music piece. The goal of this work is to illuminate what makes a strong woman as well as finding power within our own bodies as facilitators of the movement. The final work will be presented and recorded live during lunch and will be accompanied by the live composition of music that will also utilize responses as material. No prior movement experience is necessary. Wear clothing appropriate for movement (think gym clothing). Participants will be asked to either be barefoot or have clean athletic shoes.
38. Empowering Women across the Globe
Presenters: Rachel Haos, Alverno College; Yasna Cuevas Garrido, Soyeon Kim, Ji Hyun Lee, Nayu Matsuda, Yu Oyama, Vanbawihnen Sung, Camila Valenzuela Hurtado, Alverno international students
This interactive discussion will be led by students, focusing on how women are empowered in countries around the world. Alverno’s international students represent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Chile, Vietnam, Nigeria and Uganda. Participants will engage in a cross-cultural dialogue and learn about different ways women are empowered (or not) around the world.
39. Microaggressions: Empowering Women to Overcome
Presenters: Pamela Lucas and Adekola Adedapo,  Alverno College
Currently, America seems to need to return to discussions around race and racism. Consider the use of the "N" word and the problems that recently erupted in local high schools around theatrical performances, and issues of student behavior, relationships, and punishment. Microaggressions occur on a daily basis. This panel discussion will focus on defining microaggressions and identify successful ways for women, particularly women of color, to confront and overcome them.
SESSION IS FULL 41. The Power of Emotional Intelligence in Relationships
Presenter: Quentin Jackson, Meridian Global and Alverno College
When women can skillfully manage all their relationships, they can better manage the direction of their future personal and professional life. Using the foundational work of Dr. Daniel Goleman on Emotional and Social Intelligence, women can build confidence and the essential skills necessary for success. Participants will acquire the knowledge to 1) recognize the power of emotions, and emotions' ability to imprison healthy thinking, 2) identify healthy and unhealthy relationships in all spheres of life, 3) develop listening and empathy skills (the empowerment skills for any organization), and 4) apply management skills to personal and professional development.
42. Your Credit, Your Home and Your Future.
Presenter: Marlene Castillo, VP Community Lending Relationship Manager, Johnson Financial
Are you interested in purchasing a home? This session will focus on tools that will assist you in achieving your dreams of homeownership and empowering you to succeed. Learn about the importance of credit as well as down payment assistance and grant programs available to prospective buyers and first time home owners.


Poster Session
Exploring Women's Strength (Ongoing exhibit)
Presenter: Anna Haney, Alverno College
This multi-media art exhibit hinges on the exploration of the question, “What is a strong woman?” The exhibit will include posters that illuminate what the artists view as a strong woman, media projects that reflect life as an Alverno student and Alverno Strong, dance works that embody the many facets of powerful women, and other art works that explore the strength of women.

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