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“IGNITING Tomorrow’s Leaders” a conference for young women at SMU

DALLAS—Young women from across Texas will gather to ignite their ambition to become next-generation political leaders during a one-day conference hosted by IGNITETexas.

IGNITING Tomorrow’s Leaders,” a conference for young women aged 14-22, will be held Saturday, February 20, 2016, on the SMU campus in Dallas. New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham will give the keynote address and is one of several inspiring speakers who will help ignite the leadership spark among the young women. “Congresswoman Grisham is a dynamic leader and speaker. We’re excited to have a national political figure inspire our girls to take the next step in leadership and hear first-hand how women can not only impact but create policy as an elected official,” said IGNITE Texas Director, Dr. Margo McClinton Stoglin. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham serves on three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a longtime advocate for seniors, veterans, and society’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Young women in middle school, high school, and college often have tremendous passion for public service,” said IGNITE founder and president Dr. Anne Moses. “But they need training and guidance to maximize their potential. Our powerhouse line-up of inspiring speakers, combined with several dynamic workshops and expert panels, will set young women on the right course to help their dreams come to life. I wish I had attended a conference like this at that age!”

Other conference speakers and panelists will include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Engel, award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU

  • Dr. Rita Kirk, Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU

  • Dr. Michelle Lockhart, Professor at UTD focusing on women in politics and communication

  • Karen Liu Pang, Director of Human Resources and Business Administration, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

  • Susie McMinn and Edie Lycke, members of Team Dallas Votes

  • Jeff Dalton, Political Consultant at Democracy Toolbox

  • Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President of Texas Woman’s University

The conference will cover the topics of:

  • Voting

  • Equal Pay

  • Identity: Crafting a Message and Delivering to Voters

  • Networking Successfully

  • The Image of the Female President

  • Women in Entrepreneurship

  • Leading in the Real World

  • Fundraising

The conference is free to IGNITE participants. The cost for non-participants is $10 for students and $20 for professionals working with students on these topics. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conference takes place in the Mack Ballroom at SMU, 3300 Dyer Street. Walk-in registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 9 a.m. The conference ends at 2:30 p.m. Space is limited, so early online registration is strongly recommended.

Click HERE for additional information and to register.

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