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2014 Workshop Descriptions

Girls Workshops

Dream Like a Rock Star: Believe it! Achieve it! Be You!

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think & Grow Rich said, “If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it. “ In this session girls will discover how they can live their dreams out loud. After attending this session, participants will be ready to launch their own business, while achieving their goals and dreams. Girls will be empowered through mindset belief principles, tools to create a vision board, lessons around using what you’ve got and being who you are, and never letting failure stop you. Get ready to launch your dream today. In this workshop, you will have an exciting opportunity to visualize your goals and get into the driver's seat of making them come to reality.

Flying into STEM through Rocketry

It’s just not true that girls don’t have an aptitude for science. And, when they are introduced to science, math and engineering early in their student careers, they also think it’s fun! Straw rockets incorporates every component of STEM, providing a truly integrated STEM experience for students. With these fun activities, students grasp a variety of subjects including force and motion, thrust, center of gravity, prediction, measurements, and tons more. In this workshop, girls will design and construct rockets while considering variables such as rocket length, fin shape, and nose cone size. They will complete an activity testing the trajectory angle’s effect on the rocket’s flight and apply Newton’s laws of motion.

Discovering the Brand Called YOU

In a workplace environment that is growing more competitive all the time, girls need to distinguish themselves from their peers — to “stand out” for all the right reasons. They need to understand the power of their personal brand. This session helps girls focus on their most important product — themselves, and on the unique qualities, values and passions that give them a competitive edge. They learn what personal branding is, why it’s important, how to create one and promote it to achieve career success. Topics address appearance, attitude, body language, peer groups, online image and more.

Career Fair/Interactive Exhibit Hall

Girls and Women need to learn not only what kinds of career options they may want to pursue, but also which businesses are “up and coming” to explore. This knowledge will help them prepare for entering the workforce with intention and advance planning. Our interactive exhibit hall will feature brief presentations from businesses, showcase entrepreneur opportunities, and include information about how girls and women can prepare now to enter a variety of career fields. Plus, participants will get smart on how to look the part, act the part, and present their best selves for success in the careers they choose.

Adult Workshops

The Working Woman’s GPS: When the Plan to Have It All Has Led You Astray

Finding joy and self-fulfillment doesn’t just happen—it takes a plan. The demands of business and life leave many women drowning in their to-do lists. In this workshop, JJ DiGeronimo will share key strategies for enhancing a woman’s professional and personal journey, learned by interviewing hundreds of successful women. Attendees will learn easy, yet actionable steps that will motivate them to further define their own next level of success—and this information can be passed on to the girls we serve, as well as our daughters, to prepare them in advance for their own workplace success.

W.I.S.E. Tales For Engaging Girls in STEM

W.I.S.E. (Women in Science and Engineering) is an organization at Clemson University designed to help and support females in engineering and science majors. From mentoring and networking, to test banks and tutoring, W.I.S.E. offers unlimited resources and information to girls starting their journey toward career success. This workshop will describe tools and best practices to get girls interested in STEM. Parents will learn tips about their role in early preparation. Teachers, counselors and administrators will hear about resources and opportunities to engage in conversation and activities to promote STEM. Workshop participants will meet current undergraduate students in STEM and hear their stories.

The STEM Game Plan: Sustaining Tweens in Engineering and Math

Come hear how Leaphart Elementary School in Columbia, SC re-fashioned its system wide approach to infusing STEM into its curriculum and school culture. Workshop attendees will be immersed in current research supported practices that will impact the shocking statistics that are out there facing girls today. Teachers will leave with a game plan on how to invest in young women to maintain their excitement for math, science, and engineering. Let’s explore how you can be a part of the STEM movement!

Every Day, Every Way: Empowering Girls for Life

Through its mix of educational and networking opportunities, training and development workshops, mentoring, programs, services, and special events, the Center for Women-C4W facilitates South Carolina women in building better lives for themselves, their families, organizations and communities. The Center wants to see women and girls succeed-personally and professionally-every day, every way. Workshop attendees will learn ways in which adult women can foster self-efficacy, to promote their own economic empowerment.

Career Fair/Interactive Exhibit Hall

Girls and Women need to learn not only what kinds of career options they may want to pursue, but also which businesses are “up and coming” to explore. This knowledge will help them prepare for entering the workforce with intention and advance planning. Our interactive exhibit hall will feature brief presentations from businesses, showcase entrepreneur opportunities, and include information about how girls and women can prepare now to enter a variety of career fields. Plus, participants will get smart on how to look the part, act the part, and present their best selves for success in the careers they choose.