2018 Conference

21st Annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Career Pathways

Presented by the South Brunswick Commission on Women

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Where: South Brunswick High School

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nancy Barbour, Ph.D.

Vice President, Drug Product Science & Technology. Bristol-Myers Squibb

SBCW Workshops 2018

Session 1 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Act Like a Lady: Questioning Media, Challenging Society, Breaking the Box:

This is an educational workshop aimed to give young women the opportunity to discuss what it means to be a woman today. Through discussion, viewing of media examples, and an activity called “Gender Boxes,” participants will explore our society’s expectations of women. Additionally, the workshop will demonstrate the media’s impact on these expectations, how these expectations are linked to issues women deal with (such as poor body image and violence), as well as how we can respond to these expectations.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) refers to the academic disciplines which are curriculum based with an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The panel will include professionals from a Fortune 500 company and will talk about integrating STEM in real world applications.

Medicine and Dentistry

This panel will introduce you to physicians and dentists with different practice specialties including surgery and pediatrics. In the past, we have had breast surgeons, general practitioners, Ob-Gyn, critical care, emergency room doctors and dentists.

High School and Beyond

This panel will be run by current high school students. This is intended to be an informative session on transition to high school, time management, extra-curricular activities and a tour of the school. All 8th graders must register for High School and Beyond as the first session choice


The focus of this panel will be the challenges of owning your own business and marketing your products. The panelists will address questions regarding small business enterprises and getting monetary loans


In this panel, we will have speakers from various non-profit organizations. All panelists are taking an active effort to promote human welfare for humanitarian purposes


In this panel, we will have professionals from various industries in areas of Finance, Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Real Estate and Human Resources

Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness

This panel is designed to provide options to students who want to acquire knowledge and skills to work in a non-clinical setting with a focus on improving health and well-being. Some people in this profession include yoga and mindfulness teachers, nutritionists and personal trainers

Session 2 11:15 am – 12:00 noon

Health Care Professions

Careers include Occupational and Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse, Radiological Technician, Paramedic, E.M.T., Surgical Assistant, Registered Dental Hygienist etc. If you are thinking of being in the healthcare field, but not necessarily want to be a physician or dentist, this workshop of related professions would be a good workshop for you.

Date Rape / Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence

This is an educational workshop aimed to bring awareness and empower young women on issues related to Date Rape, Sexual Harassment and domestic violence by learning what to do, where to seek help, while dealing with medical and legal viewpoints. The panel is usually staffed by professionals such as an Investigator from a Prosecutor’s Office and a Sex Crimes Prosecutor.


In this panel, we will have Engineering professionals from various industries in areas of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical and Computer. They will provide specific examples on particular areas of applied mathematics, science and the types of application.

Vocational Careers

This workshop is for students interested in undergoing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career. These careers include complimentary practical skills relating to the occupation at hand. Some careers include Cosmetology, Massage Therapist, Culinary Arts, Electrician, Plumber etc

Social and Behavioral Health professions

This workshop is for students with a passion for driving change and a desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities. Some professionals include counselors, psychologists and social workers.


This panel will include Teachers (Elementary, Middle and High), Principal and Professor. It will provide an inside view point about the training, degree and requirements to establish a career in this field.

Creative Arts

Panelists in this field use activities that actively engage in imagination through Art, Theater, Graphic Design, Film making , Photography, Fashion and Creative Writing. This workshop is for you if you want to explore the world of visual arts and some career options include graphics / advertising designer, web designer and author.

College and Beyond

This workshop will help you succeed in College and beyond and will provide insights on what to expect in College. Some current students and recent graduates will talk about the undergraduate experience that helps them balance the joy of learning with the necessity of career preparation.

SBCW Scholarship Opportunity 2018 is now closed