On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Fraternity and Sorority Life are hosting a Women in Leadership Workshop. The event will be held at Western Michigan University’s Chemistry Building in room 1260. The event’s doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.. The event is free.
“In light of the number of inequalities women face daily, I was empowered to plan an event for sororities that was geared towards professional and leadership development,” said Hailey Mangrum, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “The intent is to provide a space where we can discuss the challenges often faced by young [female] leaders and how to combat them to still have an opportunity at succes.,”
The event has since been opened to all students and has had over eight different non-sorority organizations sign up. This is the first time WMU has held an event like this. This event was also originally planned because Fraternity and Sorority Life are striving to engage leaders in a way that complies with students identities on WMU’s campus.
The guest speaker is Brittni ‘Bee’ Brown, who is the head publicist at The Bee Agency
“The Bee Agency proudly serves as the human voice behind innovative and socially responsible brands that strive to benefit others and solve problems,” According to The Bee Agency.
Brittni ‘Bee’ Brown also is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“Our guest speaker, Brittni "Bee” Brown will present and facilitate an interactive session sharing her personal professional story and experiences in staying true to [her] passion, from the lens of a young black woman entrepreneur,” Mangrum said.
Fraternity and Sorority Life were originally expecting 50 people to attend, but they are now expecting approximately 100 people. The first location was Sangren Hall, but due to the high registrants, the event was moved to the Chemistry Building because it holds more people.
“I think this goes to show how important affinity spaces are for students to discuss various issues as [they] relate to leadership,” Mangrum said.
The Women in Leadership Workshop is open to all WMU students, even though the event is to geared toward academic fraternities, women in sororities and Registered Student Organizations on campus for women. Students can register at www.tinyurl.com/WomenEngage.