Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) is holding our second annual Spring Empowerment Conference March 12-16, 2012. The goal of the conference is to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life choices of graduate women.

** RSVPs are now open at: rsvp.gwamit.org **

Check out the conference events and descriptions at left; events are open to the entire MIT Community.
We are grateful to our sponsors and planning committee for making this possible!

Keynote: Power, and How to Find it in Places You Didn't Expect

When: Wednesday, March 9, 5:30-6:30pm, Refreshments at 5:15pm, Catered Reception 6:30-7:30pm.

Where: BCS Auditorium (46-3002)

Speaker: Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld.com.

Description: We all want to be 'empowered' - but what does that really mean? The 2003 Advertising Woman of the Year challenges the usual definition of 'power' with some provocative thoughts on where real power comes from, and how you can find and leverage your own power in ways you may never have thought of. Catered reception following event.

Communications Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 9, 9:30-11:30am, breakfast at 9am. *RSVP Required

Where: Koch Building (68-101)

Speaker: Dina Napoli Goode, communications coach for Microsoft.

Description: Communications savvy; from MIT to everyday excellence -- the tools you need to be clear, concise and compelling in conversation and in talks.

Online Personal Branding

When: Thursday, March 10, 2:30-4:00pm, Refreshments at 2:15pm. *RSVP Required

Where: 32-D463 (Stata Star Room)

Speaker: Nicholas Lamphere, Social Media Consultant and Instructor, & Tilke Judd, EECS Graduate Student

Description: Learn to promote yourself and your work online through social media and the creation of a website. No experience Required.

Power Couples Panel

When: Thursday, March 10, 5:30-7:00pm, Reception at 5:00pm.

Where: Tang Centre (E51-345)

Panelists: Margo Seltzer and Keith Bostic, Mildred Dresselhaus and Gene Dresselhaus, & Linda Fuhrman and Don Fuhrman.

Moderator: Margery Resnick

Description: Couples in academia and industry will share their personal experiences managing a dual-career family in a panel discussion moderated by MIT professor Margery Resnick.  Topics include finding jobs in the same location, deciding when to start a family, coordinating travel, and other relationship issues that arise when both partners have demanding careers. Please join us for a catered reception prior to event.

"I'm not a feminist, but..."

When: Friday, March 11, 4:30-6:00pm, Catered Reception to follow.

Where: Stata Kiva Room (32-G449)

Speaker: Diane Rosenfeld, Jaclyn Friedman, Professor Pardis Sabeti and Professor Elizabeth Wood.

Description: Why is feminism relevant to today's graduate students? Featuring Diane Rosenfeld (Harvard Law), Jaclyn Friedman (Women, Action, & the Media), and Prof. Pardis Sabeti (Harvard); moderated by MIT Prof. Elizabeth Wood. A lawyer, an activist and an academic discuss what feminism means to them. You might be surprised by how much you can identify with these modern feminist voices! Catered reception following event.