April 10, 2008

Students gain life knowledge from women with life experience

 Gloria Gonzalez, Women Mentoring Women committee chair, and Barbara O’Connor, professor of Communication Studies, address the attendees at last year’s conference. Gloria Gonzalez, Women Mentoring Women committee chair, and Barbara O’Connor, professor of Communication Studies, address the attendees at last year’s conference.

Someone once said, “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could, because someone else thought they could.” And that is exactly what the Women Mentoring Women conference is all about—mentors instilling confidence in mentees.

Sacramento State female students will meet with professional working women from the campus and community from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the University Union Ballroom for the Women Mentoring Women conference.

Attendees will participate in workshops, discussions, and most importantly, meet professional women who work in the students’ career interests.

“The goal is to match Sac State women students with a mentor from the University or the Sacramento community in their area of interest for a day of discussion and workshops on various topics such as mentoring, career development and leadership,” says Gloria Gonzalez, Women Mentoring Women committee chair.

This will be the fourth consecutive year for the conference. The idea was hatched five years ago when Gonzalez arrived at Sacramento State and found there were no mentoring programs of its kind on campus. “Each year we focus on a different theme and try to attract a diverse group of women interested in forming a network of relationships that will foster growth and development for both the student and the mentor,” Gonzalez says.

The mentoring event has been a success. Last year an estimated 120 people participated. And while the event is a lot of work, Women Mentoring Women co-chair and Director of the Women’s Resource Center Patricia Grady says it’s worth it in the end.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Sac State women students to make connections with other women who are leaders in a variety of career fields,” Grady says. “These connections can support and enhance the students’ growth and development on both a personal and professional level.”

This year’s conference theme is, “The Challenge of Change – The Blessing of Balance.” Students will have the opportunity to pair up with mentors for discussion and participate in two of the five workshops focusing on topics such as balancing life, careers, personal health and money. Elaine Mayumi Whitefeather, an empowerment consultant, trainer, professional speaker and author is scheduled as the keynote speaker to close out the day’s events.

For more information on the Women Mentoring Women conference, or to sign up for the event, visit http://www.csus.edu/wrc/wmw/. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.