Pathways Women's Conference

12th Annual Pathways Women's Leadership Conference 

Register today!  We are excited to announce the 12th Annual Pathways Women's Leadership Conference is happening on May 17, 2024. This year's virtual conference will begin at 10:00 am and wrap up at 3:00 pm. The conference is open to all University of Louisville employees. As an exciting addition this year, we will also have an in-person networking event the day before on May 16th, offering an extra opportunity to connect on campus. You don't want to miss these events!

Registration is required for both the in-person reception and the virtual conference. Register Now.

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 Pre-Conference Kick Off Event: May 16

As we kick off our 2024 Pathways Women's Leadership Conference, we are excited to invite you to this pre-conference event that offers us a chance to connect face-to-face. Mark your calendars for May 16th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Miller Information Technology Center, Bigelow Hall. Join us for a delightful evening of cocktails, appetizers, and engaging conversations. It's a wonderful opportunity to network, share insights, and build meaningful connections with fellow attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!


Pathways Women's Leadership Conference Highlights: May 17

Self-Advocacy: A Woman’s Most Critical Skill

As women, we are socialized from a young age to be nurturing, supportive, collaborative, and selfless. We are rewarded for ignoring our needs in service to others. As a result, we become fierce advocates for those we love and care about at work - and in life. Yet, we struggle to advocate for ourselves. We wait to be tapped for leadership and hope that someone will notice all the hard work we do at work, at home, in our families, or our relationships – and reward us for that work. That recognition rarely comes. A report from McKinsey and Company in 2022 indicates that while women represent the largest share of the entry-level workforce, they are promoted less frequently than their male peers – from the first promotion opportunity. The problem only compounds from there, leaving women underrepresented in almost every organizational leadership level. Women need to learn the skills to advocate for themselves with the same fervor and enthusiasm as they do for others, or we’ll continue to struggle to reach our full potential in our lives, relationships, and careers. Come learn how to develop the skill of self-advocacy in yourself and others.

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Gendron 

Jessica Gendron is a leadership expert and culture strategist. As President & CEO of The Center for Leadership Excellence she has spent the last several years studying successful leaders and workplace culture. With over 15 years of experience working in organizational consulting, leadership development, business leadership, and fraternities/sororities, Jessica is a respected speaker and thought-leader for businesses, non-profits, women’s organizations, colleges and universities, and inter/national fraternal organizations. She is the author of a new book titled “What It Takes To Shatter Glass” released March 2024. Jessica was named one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2021. She earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters from Indiana University - Bloomington.

 Purchase her book! 

Use the code PATHWAYS24, the book will be $16 with free shipping. For those interested in the e-book, the paper book comes with a free download of the e-book. The instructions are inside the back cover. 

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Cultivating Career Satisfaction: A Values-Driven Approach

 In this interactive session led by Career Pathways Specialist Mallory Newby, discover how aligning your work with your values boosts satisfaction, motivation, and engagement in your professional journey. Learn about the Employee Success Center’s latest career offerings, engage in a thought-provoking values card sort activity, and reflect on your chosen values for a deeper understanding of your intrinsic motivations. Gain clarity on the pivotal role of values in shaping career satisfaction and learn practical steps to align your work with your core values, adding to your noble purpose.



Registration is required for both the in-person reception and the virtual conference. Register Now.

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