Ever work so hard that you forget to take time to celebrate what you’ve accomplished? I do it all the time.
So today, here’s a shout out to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) who on May 31 will take time to celebrate six outstanding women.
Women who are clearly doing it for themselves and other women.
These women are innovators in media, advocacy, politics, and business, and they will be honored at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
Afghan women’s activist Noorjahan Akbar,
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Alta Bicycle Share CEO Alison Cohen,
New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly,
Women’s health care advocate Sandra Fluke,
NPR host Michel Martin,
Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager and political consultant Maggie Williams
All will receive Women of Distinction Awards at the 27th annual conference at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In addition to the Women of Distinction Awards, NCCWSL will feature keynote speeches I wish I could be there to hear from fair-pay icon Lilly Ledbetter and spoken-word performer Mayda del Valle on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, respectively.
“This conference is special because we are connecting women across generations, experiences, and communities. It’s not every day that college students have the opportunity to rub elbows with world renowned leaders, award-winning journalists, news makers, and passionate women philanthropists,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE.
“Those of us in student affairs are committed to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning,” said NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We look forward to the ways in which the young women attending this conference will return to their campuses with the tools needed to effect positive change in their communities.”
This year, more than 550 college and university students from around the world will attend the conference, which includes skill-building workshops, networking, and volunteer opportunities in addition to inspiring speakers. Past conference attendee Bethany Petek of Pacific Lutheran University remembers the event fondly. “This conference and being around hundreds of driven, passionate, strong, and smart women has climbed the charts to be one of the most defining points in my life,” she said.
Take a moment to check it out and celebrate with them, even if only over a cup of tea at your desk. It’s gratifying to see some of the nation’s most impressive and inspiring news makers gathering to help groom the next generation of women leaders.
This article originally ran in a blog post for FORBESWOMAN. Check it out here.
GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. People has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”
As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.