Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, young women enrolled in New York City and Nashville high schools have been invited to attend the Women of Power Symposium which is designed to heighten young women’s awareness and confidence regarding their academic potential and ability to effect change on multiple levels. Every young woman can develop aptitudes to innovate, transcend barriers, and become trailblazers with a network of supportive adults.

At this year’s Women of Power Symposium, students will participate in Power Up Workshops facilitated by professional women to foster critical discourse on topics related to women’s empowerment. Furthermore, the Power Up Workshops will promote intergenerational dialogue and provide opportunities for young women and professional women to share their narratives, foster bonds of sisterhood, and create circles of influence.


10:00 AM
"Ready, Set, Power Up!"
10:30 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Morning Power Up Workshops

Workshop A: Technology

Facilitator — Ms. Christina Garay
Have you ever heard the term “Tech”? Or heard about people wanting to work in “Tech”? What is “technology”? Join us for an exciting workshop that goes over technology, what it is, how it is used, and the types of jobs available in this exciting career field. Technology is closely related to business, and we will not only show you technology, we will also show you how technology functions in business and everyday life!

Workshop B: Entrepreneurship

Facilitators — Ms. Katie Palencsar & Ms. Elise Brown
One part of entrepreneurship is owning and operating a business, another part is funding and financing the business. How did companies like Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Venmo, and Cash App get their start? Venture Capital (VC) + Entrepreneurs. Learn how founders validate a business idea, what venture capital is and different opportunities for careers in startups/VC from two women who work in the industry.

Workshop C: Healthcare

Facilitator — Dr. Lisa Johnson
While participating in the Healthcare Power Up Workshop, we will focus on the practice of the profession of maintaining physical health. Dr. Johnson will converse with students on the different pathways to careers in medicine and allied health professions.

Workshop D: The Arts

Facilitator — Ms. Aaliytha Stevens
Playbills. Bright lights. Center stage. Learn the fundamentals of marketing, branding, and advertising in The Arts Power Up Workshop, facilitated by “the highest-ranking person of color in the theatrical advertising industry.”
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Keynote Speaker: Brianna Suggs
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon Power Up Workshops

Workshop E: Mathematics

Facilitator — Dr. Cluny Lavache
In the Mathematics Power Up Workshop students will discuss ways in which math is embedded in our everyday experiences. Students will also discuss ways to decrease math anxiety and learn strategies to build math proficiency.

Workshop F: College Readiness

Facilitator — Ms. Sarah Dong
In the College Readiness Power Up Workshop, we will explore what “college readiness” really means. Is it SAT Prep? College essay? Grades? Or is it a specific mindset, a reflective self-introspection as to what you are most interested in and where you want to take your life? In this workshop, we will go over how we can comprehensively get ready for college, and in the process, shatter barriers that had prevented our “foresisters” from achieving their goals.

Workshop G: Engineering

Facilitator — Ms. Angelina Walker
This STEM conversation will encourage young ladies to engage in science, engineering, math, and associated technology fields with courage and passion. Ms. Walker, a senior manager at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, will share her experiences as an African American woman in a mostly male dominated profession and present NASA’s progress on the Space Launch System; it’s upcoming Artemis l Launch; and future deep space missions.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Power Up Remarks




Deadline: November 19, 2021

Ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students are eligible to apply for the mentorship program. Interested students will submit a 300-word essay discussing the importance of mentorship.

Mentorships will be announced on February 11, 2022.


Deadline: December 10, 2021

The Women of Power Scholarship is earmarked for tuition, residence hall expenses, and books.

Seniors in the Class of 2022 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Interested seniors will submit a 500-word essay discussing their intended undergraduate major, future career, and motivation(s) for selecting their intended major and future career.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on March 11, 2022.

Mentorship & Scholarship Essay Format: 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced

Submit essays to