UTSA Student Leadership Center sends 26 students to Texas Conference for Women

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At the Texas Conference for Women are UTSA students (from left) Corina Aldape, Victoria Carrillo, Leslieanne Garcia, Lacy Guaderrama, Ruting Jia, DeMarcus Lewis, Samira Lopez, Lyndsey Luther, Sabrina Macal, Ana Navarro, Nicole Reiley, Megan Tompkins, BJ Winston, Adalee Navarro, Farrah Walji, Brittany Biley, Nick Cioci, Nadine Suh, Jana Schwartz and Sara Grafton

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(Nov. 22, 2010)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center accepted 26 students to attend the 2010 Texas Conference for Women in Houston, Texas. At the George R. Brown Convention Center, the conference hosted more than 7,500 participants. Speakers discussed topics focusing on leadership, professional development and personal growth.

Hosted by Texas First Lady Anita Perry, the 11th annual Texas Conference for Women included inspiring keynote speakers such as TV judge Glenda Hatchett, Leigh Anne Tuohy from "The Blind Side," Dr. Jennifer Arnold from TLC's "The Little Couple" and Olympian Marion Jones.

There were breakout sessions with panel discussions, a career fair with a mentor match program and resume critiques as well as a vendor exhibit. The students commented on the many great opportunities included in the one-day conference and how well organized it was considering the large scale.

"Every presentation was rewarding in some way, leaving me feeling insightful and inspired," said Nicole Reiley, a senior art major.

Samira Lopez, a senior in Mexican-American studies, said, "It was great to see women from all over Texas in one place, and the one thing that spoke to me was the fact that this conference gave women of all ages a chance to improve their professional skills as well as their life skills."

"It was nice to see so many women who were motivated with the one common goal to learn to better themselves as women," said sophomore pre-nursing major Trishauna Hopkins.

Leslieanne Garcia, a senior history major, said "I enjoyed the breakout sessions because they brought different perspectives from each panelist."

DeMarcus Lewis, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said Jennifer Arnold's presentation "was very motivating and inspirational when she shared how she overcame obstacles and achieved her goals."

For more information, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or visit the center in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.