Moments from the First-Ever Women’s Leadership Symposium (photos)

Students and alumni gathered with thought leaders and renowned women’s advocates last weekend at the first Women’s Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Mary Baldwin College for Women. The theme “Finding Our Strengths in the 21st Century” set the tone for a weekend of community-building, mentorship, setting goals, and learning how to take on life’s leadership challenges.

Featured speakers included Marsha Sampson Johnson, senior vice president (retired) of the Southern Company and global director of the International Women’s Forum; Karen Sherman, president of the Akilah Institute; and Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks, founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach.

Here are some moments of connection and celebration from last weekend’s symposium, which was made possible by the generous support of Donna Dearman Smith ’70.

Keynote speaker Marsha Sampson Johnson (left) discussed “The Leadership Challenge: if not now – when? If not you – who?”

Carey Usher (left), dean of the Mary Baldwin College for Women, gives the opening keynote, “Inspiration, Conversation, Community – Finding our Strengths.”