There are many ways to learn new skills that will help you advance in your career. You can read blogs, listen to podcasts, complete required internal training, and attend webinars. So, why bother attending a conference like the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference?
Face-to-face meetings are more important than ever because of the face-to-face connections. Often times, the quick conversations that attendees have with one another are the most valuable parts of attending the conference. These deeper individual connections, on a personal level, are often the irreplaceable ROI for professional attendees.
Here are 6 reasons why you should attend:
1. Meet Experts and Influencers
WOC attendees come from all rungs of the career ladder. While you won't necessarily meet your business idol, you will meet accomplished women who are experts in their field, one of whom might just be your next mentor!
2. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Sessions like "Woman to Woman: Up Close and Personal" is one example of the type of event that will challenge you to look at you career in a whole new way. It is just the type of event you need to forge new ways of thinking.
3. Educational Opportunities
WOC seminars and workshops offer new ideas and trends, exposure to different point of views, new ways to be more productive, opportunities to learn from others, and ways to improve skills and knowledge.
4. Networking with Peers
WOC offers opportunities to mix and mingle and form new relationships. It is a valuable resource for best practices, to uncover new ideas, and spark inspiration when you get to know each other over coffee, lunch, or cocktails at a WOC event.
5. Position Yourself as an Expert
Frequent attendees to WOC are often asked to lead workshops at the conference. This goes a long way in establishing you as an expert in your field. You'll boost your reputation among your peers, clients, and employer. They'll feel good about their association with you.
6, Have Fun
Enjoyment while managing career growth can be rewarding and fun. A little fun with interesting people can be very powerful.
Convince Your Boss
Download this sample letter, personalize it, send it to your boss, and we'll see you in October!
This conference is an event not to be missed. You will be motivated and encouraged and challenged to step up and use your talents. At the conference you will see women that took their ten talents and multiplied them, in a real way. Not to be missed.
Priscilla O'Neill reviewed Women of Color in Technology STEM Conference — 5 star
Wonderful conference and celebration of Women of Color in STEM. Amazing to hear about and see the contribution of female STEM Leaders from across the county. I am deeply honored to have received the 2016 K-12 Promotion of Education Award.
Alicia M Morgan reviewed Women of Color in Technology STEM Conference — 5 star
Where do you go to feel empowered and awesome as a woman or an advocate of women? You go to the Women of Color STEM Conference. As a first year attendee, I would like to say that this experience was impactful and life changing. Meeting the leaders and legends at this great event was beyond my expectations. All I can say is #stemisagirlthing!
LaDawn Tyler reviewed Women of Color in Technology STEM Conference — 5 star