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UTSA Student Leadership Center sends students to Texas Conference for Women


UTSA student participants at Texas Conference for Women in Austin

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(Nov. 14, 2012) -- "What do they say about Texas women? They are feisty, fun and get things done!" said Brene Brown, one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 Texas Conference for Women. You could say the same thing about UTSA students.

The UTSA Student Leadership Center sponsored 30 UTSA students at the Texas Conference for Women Oct. 24 at the Austin Convention Center. More than 5,000 participants heard nationally recognized speakers share their wisdom and expertise on a range of personal and professional topics.

Hosted by Texas first lady Anita Perry, the 13th annual conference included inspiring keynote speakers such as Charlotte Beers, Cathie Black, Brene Brown and Gretchen Rubin. There were breakout sessions with panelists, a health and wellness pavilion, vendor exhibit hall and a career pavilion with a mentor match program and resume critique.

The Student Leadership Center selected a diverse group of students to represent the university. The students said there was much information to absorb at the one-day conference and that they enjoyed the keynote speakers and their motivating messages.

"I would definitely recommend the conference to other students. I was very inspired and want other women to feel the same way I feel today," said Tara Borth, a freshman studying communication.

"This conference provided me with a totally different view on leadership and how women interact in the workplace," said sophomore finance major Zack Dunn. "There were viewpoints expressed on this trip that I had previously never been exposed to. I greatly enjoyed the atmosphere and energy of the conference."

"There was an overall positive atmosphere that was inspiring and motivating," said Salma Mendez, a freshman international business student.

"It is a great way to gain motivation and courage. Women talked about their obstacles and how they succeeded in getting past them," said Linda Mukumbuta, a senior studying public health. "Students face many similar obstacles."

According to senior political science major Nancy Diaz, "All UTSA students should be interested in conferences like this. UTSA women in particular can greatly benefit from the career advice and motivation."

>> To learn more about programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or their office in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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