13th Women's Health, Motivation, & Empowerment Conference

ACC’s 13th Annual Women’s Health, Motivation, and Empowerment Conference

You are invited to Austin Community College, 13th Annual Women’s Health, Motivation, and Empowerment Conference

Saturday, November 4, 2023
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ACC Eastview Campus | 3401 Webberville Road – Map

This event is for women of all ages, seeking to enhance their lives personally and professionally. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Topics Will Include

Mental Health

Financial Management


Career Prep


And More!

Opening Events

Time Activity
9-9:30 a.m. Registration, Free Breakfast and Welcome
9:30-10 a.m. Melanie Watson & Keynote Speaker


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Mental Health - Room 8111 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Coming Through the Storm
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Self Love, Self Care
12:45-1:45 p.m. How’s Your Mental Health After COVID?

Coming Through the Storm

“Coming through the Storm” focuses on the definition of resiliency and what it means to be resilient when dealing with day-to-day struggles, trials, upsets, letdowns, disappointments, and fallbacks of our daily lives. We will address how being mentally healthy CAN affect the way that you act or react to certain obstacles, which could make you or break you. Lastly, we’ll share some useful tools and options of how and most importantly why not to give in, when you feel you are unable to take any more storms in your life.

Self Love, Self Care

Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns, a nonprofit organization, presents a transformative Self Love & Care workshop. In this empowering session, participants are guided through a journey of self-discovery, learning to prioritize their well-being and embrace self-love. Led by experienced facilitators, the workshop combines interactive exercises, mindfulness techniques, and open discussions, creating a safe and supportive space for growth. Participants gain practical tools to build self-confidence, set boundaries, and cultivate a positive self-image. With a focus on fostering self-compassion, this workshop empowers individuals to lead happier, healthier lives and positively impact their communities.

How’s Your Mental Health After COVID?

Participants will discuss and reflect on the importance of mental health and explore methods of self-care.

Motivation - Room 8105 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. It’s Your Golden Hour
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Positivity: How to Stay Positive in a Negative Environment
12:45-1:45 p.m. It’s Hard, but We’re Gonna Make It

“It’s Your Golden Hour”

“It’s Your Golden Hour” is an engaging and highly interactive workshop created to inspire participants and unleash your potential to ignite positive change in the world. Led by Ms. Icye, an enthusiastic millennial and social communication etiquette coach, this dynamic session is designed to elevate your energy and amplify your impact. If you’re ready to radiate and embrace your golden hour, this workshop is your gateway to transformation.

“Positivity: How to Stay Positive in a Negative Environment”

Ready, Set, Go! Remember to take care of yourself. In today’s world, there is such a high demand for our time that sometimes we get so busy taking care of others that WE forget that YOU are important too! During this session we will spend time getting to know each other, engaging in table talk conversations such as, “What can you do well”? “What three words describe you”? Also outline how we can make it happen and learn why quitting is not an option.

“It’s Hard, but We’re Gonna Make It”

We realize life becomes difficult, however, this session is to encourage you to keep moving forward.  We will discuss organization strategies, relaxation options, and parenting management skills; simply to streamline your daily schedule.

Financial Management - Room 8123 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Making a Budget Fit for You
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Retirement & Investment Planning
12:45-1:45 p.m. Skills to Money Making/Starting a Business

“Making a Budget Fit for You”

At UFCU, we recognize that education is critical to the well-being of people, families, and communities. We aspire to build a community that provides opportunities for all to grow and learn, so we offer seminars that fit any Financial Health journey. “Making a Budget Fit for You” will give you the tools and resources to plan for the unexpected and help you build a solid financial foundation which is essential to weather any storm. This seminar will deliver the strategies you need to help you prepare.

“Retirement and Investment Planning”

Are you ready for retirement? Adequate retirement planning should include a thoughtful exploration of your retirement income, life insurance, health insurance, remaining debt, and more. This seminar will deliver the strategies you need to help you prepare.

“Skills to Money Making/Starting a Business”

The workshop is designed to provide individuals with the essential skills and knowledge for entrepreneurship. The workshop aims to empower participants by equipping them with practical insights, strategies, and resources for starting businesses and generating sustainable income.
Identifying Marketable Skills: Participants will explore their existing skills, talents, and passions to identify potential business ideas. The workshop will emphasize that everyone possesses valuable abilities that can be transformed into income-generating ventures.
Overcoming financial barriers, participants will learn about potential funding sources for small businesses, including microloans, grants, community resources, and bootstrapping techniques.

Education - Room 8110 (all sessions)

These sessions are in room 8110.

Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Career Tracks P-12
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Degree vs. Certificate Programs
12:45-1:45 p.m. Career Change

“Career Tracks PK-12”

Ensuring your child is on the right path to graduation can sometimes be confusing. This session helps students and parents understand what courses are needed to graduate on a recommended plan along with information on how to prepare for college.

“Degree vs. Certificate Programs”

A college degree and a certificate can both offer valuable benefits, but they serve different purposes and have distinct advantages. College Degree offers in-depth knowledge and comprehensive education, career opportunities, transferable skills, networking opportunities, and personal growth and development. The certificate offers specialized skills and practical training, career advancement and specialization, cost and time efficiency, flexibility and customization, and continuing education and professional development. Ultimately, the choice between a college degree and a certificate depends on your career goals, personal interests, and the specific requirements of your desired profession.

“Career Change”

Have you ever found yourself thinking “Is this it?” Have you questioned if you are fulfilling your purpose in the work you do? Are you considering a change? If so, let’s talk! In this workshop, we will discuss finding your purpose, identifying turning points, creating a plan, and putting it into
action to help you find joy and fulfillment in your life and career.

Career Preparation - Room 8500 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Tips from Career Services
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Second Chance
12:45-1:45 p.m. Dress for Success

“Tips from Career Services”

A career plan lists short- and long-term career goals and the actions you can take to achieve them. Career plans help you make decisions about your future career and identify the activities, research, or internships that will make you a strong job candidate. Career Planning will help you identify any gaps in skill attainment early in your education and help you learn how to articulate these critical skills to employers. The best time to start planning is now!

“Second Chances”

This workshop is sure to Motivate, Educate, and Inspire anyone facing the challenges of life post-incarceration. Join us as we take a deeper look into the topics of Education, Employment, and Mental Health as it is related to women and the judicial system. We will discuss empowerment strategies and recommendations designed to mitigate barriers while facilitating the transformation process and promoting economic self-sufficiency.

“Dress For Success”

This Dress for Success session will educate, inspire, and encourage women to put their best foot forward in life and on the runway. Twelve participants will meet with two Dress for Success stylists prior to the conference to be fitted for, and model in, a fashion show live at the conference! Attending this session is the pre-show get-ready-with-us time slot. Get empowered and inspired by stylists who will create a multi-functional and trendy wardrobe that can be worn on and off the runway.

Health & Wellness - Room 8107 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Mindful Movement: Stress Relieving Tips & Tricks
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Overcoming & Reversing Sickness
12:45-1:45 p.m. Breast Cancer

“Mindful Movement: Stress Relieving Tips & Tricks”

Discover the art of stress reduction through mindful movement at our event. Join us for practical tips, interactive discussions, and gentle techniques that can easily fit into your daily routine. Let’s embark on a journey toward a calmer, more centered you.

“Overcoming & Reversing Sickness”

Claudia Chidester will describe her journey with heart disease using the four pillars of health (nutrition, exercise, spirituality, and community) to aid recovery. She will primarily focus on the nutrition pillar for this workshop using a whole food plant-based approach. This approach is proven helpful for many more diseases in addition to heart disease. She will also share the many resources she uses to continue self-educating.

“Breast Cancer”

Breast Cancer can increase anxiety for many women. In this workshop, we will look at the different types of breast cancers, symptoms, diagnosis, and types of treatments. While some risk factors may be unavoidable, there are steps you can take to help lower your risk.

Advocacy - Room 8106 (all sessions)
Time Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Women’s Rights
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. How to Protect Yourself & Loved Ones Online/Don’t Get Caught in the Catfish
12:45-1:45 p.m. What does Advocacy Look Like (panel)

“Women’s Rights”

The Women’s Rights workshop will focus on empowerment and the challenges for equal pay and treatment, as well as access to professional opportunities.

“How to protect yourself & Loved Ones Online/Don’t get Caught in the Catfish”

Join us on how to avoid cyber fraud. Hackers have tricks to lure you in. Know what to look for, and how to protect yourself from being hacked, or even catfished.

“What does advocacy look like”

This panel will include three perspectives on advocacy and how it is rooted in a person’s focus on improving their community. For example, one of the panelists will be speaking as an organizer and as a resident who lives in the area that she works in. She also advocates for nearby neighborhoods that are more impacted by environmental racism, climate shocks and stressors. Additionally, she faces oppression and the constant fear of displacement because of all the changes happening in the city with zoning. If you are facing similar challenges, please join us.

Post-Workshop Events

Time Activity
2-3:30 p.m. Free Lunch & Fashion Show
3:30-4 p.m. Survey, Door Prizes, Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Interested Vendors, please contact Phyllis Clark at [email protected] 512-223-5129 or Lisa Ann Lopez at [email protected] 512-223-7637

Austin Community College District