Women’s Empowerment Symposium

Beautiful Bravery Panel

Following the theme of a TED talk by Jade Hameister who became the youngest person to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree at age 14, our Keynote presentation will feature four women whose stories will inspire you to live a life of Beautiful Bravery. Like Jade, YWCA wants young women to #expandpossible and to inspire and empower you to be more determined and actively chase your dreams. Moderated by Lisa Thompson, the founder of Self Love Beauty, this group of incredible women will invite you to celebrate YOUR actions that capitalize on confidence and courage. Be prepared to cheer, cry happy tears, and be inspired by their vulnerability, idealism, and above all, Beautiful Bravery.

Jenna Dost, Dobson Healthcare Services, Inc.
Lee Rouse, Omni Tech International, Ltd
Rachele Schalow, Nexteer Automotive, Perfectly Imperfect Creations
Stephanie Wiitala, Sunrise 2 Sunset Events

Breakout Sessions

Energize & Empower Your Own Health

All forms of strength is required for you to accomplish your goals.

Maria Hicks, Cambridge Consulting Group
Session 1
We all know the importance of self-care and taking care of our body, mind and moods. Maria will show you how to feel empowered and energized to be your own health hero and learn practical ways to take care of yourself on a daily basis. Self-care and well-being doesn’t have to be complex, you will learn simple tips that will improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Take the Lead!

It's time to speak up and represent.

Rep. Vanessa Guerra, Michigan's 95th House District
Session 1
Did you know that most city and county boards/commissions in the GLBR average less than 30% female representation? YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region is #OnAMission to empower women to speak up and represent their communities! Representative Vanessa Guerra will share her personal journey, give some tips on how to get involved, followed by a Q&A. Join us as we work together to increase women representation to 50% by 2020.


Feed Your Confidence & Starve Your Fear

Don’t be ruled by fear, empower yourself to be ruled by confidence.

Dwan Bryant, D. Bryant Motivational
Session 2
We will discuss the importance of identifying why we are afraid to stand out, how to move past that fear and take back our confidence while doing it. Once we discover our "why" we will find our "how." Dwan will take you on a journey on how to revive that confidence from within and how to shut down fear!


Wearing Your Confidence

When you look good you feel good, when you feel good you can change the world.

Leslie Perry, Leslie Perry Cosmetics
Session 2
There is a direct correlation between what we wear and what we think of our potential. Image consultant Leslie will teach you how to build a wardrobe – in three easy steps – that invokes confidence. When your wardrobe works for you, you’ll free up important “brain space” for more critical decisions you’ll face that day so you can walk out the door with confidence and speed. The best part – she’ll teach you how to do this without spending any money (or very little).

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