Impressive Speaker Lineup Set for College Women’s Leadership Conference

May 20, 2016



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900 attendees will hear Franchesca Ramsey, Hilary Corna, and other speakers


WASHINGTON — Franchesca Ramsey of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will give a keynote address at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland, College Park, an annual event that draws students from across the country. Ramsey will deliver the closing address on Saturday, June 4. Hilary Corna, founder of the online #DareYourself campaign and author of One White Face, will deliver the opener on Friday, June 3.

 Presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the conference also features the 2016 Women of Distinction Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 2. Awardees are selected for their extraordinary contributions to their professions or communities. This year’s honorees are Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code; Marisa Demeo, associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Anu Duggal, founding partner of Female Founders Fund (F Cubed); Sarah McBride, campaigns and communications manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress; and Kelly Tsai, writer, performer, director, and producer.

“Students meet other women who are passionate about creating change at our conference. They leave with a strong network, new ideas, and enthusiasm to take their activism to the next level,” said AAUW Chief Executive Officer Linda D. Hallman. “AAUW is committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders — and to ensuring that women have access to leadership roles in all sectors of our society.”

Now in its 31st year, NCCWSL has drawn high-profile speakers and newsmakers since its inception, including Chelsea Clinton, Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, Olympic gold medalist Dominque Dawes, NPR’s Michel Martin, and Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code. Each year nearly 1,000 college and university students attend the two-and-a-half-day event, which includes skill-building workshops, networking, and volunteering. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with inspiring speakers, graduate schools, and potential employers.

The Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and reception is supported by the AAUW of Maryland Nancy Grace Roman Honorary Fund. A full list of NCCWSL supporters and a conference schedule are available on the NCCWSL website.

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