Women's Health, Motivation and Empowerment Conference

Women's Health, Motivation and Empowerment Conference

Austin Community College hosted the 12th annual Women’s Health, Motivation and Empowerment Conference on Saturday, July 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Eastview Campus, Building 8000, Room 8500.  Event flier (PDF)

The annual event was a success and included the following workshops:

Workshop Categories: 10:15-1:45pm

Emotional Intelligence (Room 8362)

10:15-11:15am, Coming Through the Storm
Presenter: Rhonda Douglas
This lecture, Resiliency Coming through a Storm, focuses on the definition of resiliency and what it means to be resilient when dealing with day to day struggles, trials, upsets, let downs, disappointments and fall backs of our daily lives. This lecture 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, 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.
11:30am-12:30pm, Removing the Negative: If it Ain't Good Let it Go
Presenter: Cardettee Carroll
In many of our lives we live with or become close to a very negative person, friend or relative, and we realize they are a financial, mental, or an emotional drain but we don't feel as if we have the proper skills to help them, or better still the correct words or action to totally cut them permanently out of our life. This workshop will provide you with a five or three step process to permanently remove or cut them totally out of your life. Three helpful steps to follow: 1. Identify the "Specific problem". 2. Write it down. 3. Lastly, ask the person what does he or she plan to do, when, and where and how. For example if you have a friend who borrows money from you at least once a month  just say "NO". You do NOT owe them an explanation, once you have said "NO" do not  stop saying "NO"! Read more...
  12:45-1:45pm, Fearless Pursuits
Presenter: Icye Walker
Created to inspire, empower and transform your drive, let's be fearless together! This workshop is Motivational and encouraging advice to energize you to pursue your vision and conquer your goals.

Family Development (Room 8105)

10:15-11:15am, How to Sustain Your Marriage & Build Family Traditions & Culture
Presenters: Adriana & Pierre Cardenas; Bio
How to Sustain Your Marriage & Build Family Traditions & Culture. The session will focus on real life practical applications and stories that will help attendees reach their goals without sacrificing those things in life that matter most like family, children, marriage and a happy life.  The session will focus on managing the things that are important to you especially when you are spinning many plates. This is so important because history has proven that we will lose what we do not manage.  If we fail to manage our health, we will lose our health, if we fail to manage our time, we will lose our opportunities and if we fail to manage our marriage, we will lose our marriage.
  11:30am-12:30pm, "Grown as Kids"

Presenter: Icye Walker
Raising children to become successful well rounded adults in a fast paced and complicated 2016 can be challenging. Icye Walker, is a youth and young adult mentor and advocate, offering tips, tricks and insight for parents. Parents will leave inspired and more knowledgeable about how to empower their young adults to pursue their vision as well as create a spirit of passion for younger children.
  12:45-1:45pm, Tips on Single Parenting, "Can We Talk"

Presenter: Dr. Shirley Sprinkles
Raising healthy children is the single most important challenge facing parents today. What does that mean if you’re doing it alone, or with minimal support? That’s what this workshop will explore: how to navigate through the pitfalls of stress, finances, and social and emotional roadblocks. This will be a real dialogue session between people who are in the “trenches”, and those who have been there and survived. There is no panacea for everything that is involved in being a single parent, but there are a few essential “tips” that will increase your awareness and sharpen your competencies to do the best job of raising healthy, secure children. If this fits with what you’re looking for, don’t miss this session!

Healthy Body (Room 8123)

10:15-11:30, Menopause: Before, during and after 50

Presenter: Cynthia Brown
Menopause-how do I know when it’s really happening to me? What can I do about the hot flashes? How long will all of this last? If you’re having these questions and not sure how to deal with menopause, this is the workshop for you. We’ll discuss what it actually means to be in menopause, recognizing the symptoms-other than the dreaded hot flashes, and how to get thru this transition in the best way possible.
  11:30am-12:30pm, Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Body

Presenter: Roz Mays Davis
• Does it Really Matter: Organic, Non Organic, GMO produce
• What to eat before during and after your workouts
• Sugar is NOT your FRIEND
• Fat is your BEST friend
• What type of workout do you need to break that plateau
• Get off the scales
• Is walking and dancing enough
• Experience the benefit of exercise WITHOUT the discouragement of pain
• Know your numbers

You are never too old, too ill, or too weak to make a timely change in your life. Its not about being SKINNY its about being HEALTHY!
  12:45-1:45pm, Nutrition and Healthy Cooking
Presenter: Angelia Carey
This workshop covers basic nutrition concepts to prevent and combat chronic disease, as well as cooking and meal planning.  Topics will include eating high-quality foods on a budget, incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and being more active.  Participants will walk away confident in their ability to establish healthier habits for themselves and their families.

Mental Health (Room 8110)

10:15-11:15am, Resources for Families
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Pickles
One in 5 people will experience mental confusion and mental illness in their lifetime. This workshop will address resources that are available through NAMI Austin. NAMI provides prevalent grassroots efforts dedicated to advocacy, support services, materials and education targeted towards mental health and recovery.
  11:30am-12:30pm, Putting Your Mask on First:
How to Care for a loved one with mental illness
Presenter:Vanessa Haupt
It's difficult to be diagnosed with a mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It's also difficult when a loved one is experiencing one of these disorders.  Mental illness affects the whole family, especially the primary caregiver. Join us for a discussion on how to take care of yourself while loving someone with mental illness. This will be a group discussion on how to ensure your own self-care while providing care for someone else, how to maintain healthy boundaries with an open heart and an open mind. We will also discuss how to identify, and ask for the help of a community resource, doctor or hospital.
12:45-1:45pm, Dear Stress, Let's Break Up!

Presenter: Dr. Edna Brinkley

Got stress? Most women do!

In this interactive multimedia workshop, we will:

• dispel some myths about stress
• help you become more aware of how you think about stress
• learn the different kinds of stress
• learn and practice 3 evidence-based stress reducing skills

Come stressed. Leave relaxed.

Life Empowerment (Room 8107)

10:15-11:15am, ​​Run Beyond the Challenge with Courage, Confidence and STAR Power
Presenters: Kito Johorri
The Running Beyond the Challenge with Courage, Confidence and STAR Power workshop focuses on how to bloom and prosper right where you are planted through the Art Of Self Mastery.

We will learn several techniques and strategies to accept life's challenges, restore balance in the mist of chaos and reposition yourself to win at every stage of life.
  11:30am-12:30pm, Financial Literacy: Money Management and Credit
Presenter: Monica Andry
University Federal Credit Union is bringing you a financial education seminar. Experts will be onsite to present you with the most up-to-date insight on Money Management and Credit. In today’s economy, it’s hard enough to keep up with the bills, let alone save money. If you’re finding it difficult to do everything you’d like and deserve to do with your money, you’re not alone. In our seminar you will learn about budgeting, building/rebuilding credit, and learn some best practices on prioritizing savings and achieving your financial goals.
  12:45-1:45pm, Starting a Business
Presenter: Claudia Conner
• Be inspired to think BiG and grow a prosperous business.  
• Get the tools and training to start a successful business.
• Understand the diverse principles of community lenders-to launch or grow a profitable business.

Health & Wellness (Room 8500 - Multipurpose Room)

10:15-11:15am, Fit Before, During, and After 50
Presenter: Roz Mays-Davis
“4 You” Training presented by rozKz Wellness. Come with your water, comfortable clothing and READY TO MOVE! It doesn’t matter if your age …. You need to start NOW getting/keeping your health in check.  Everyone moves differently so this class will be taught in “4 You” training; meaning 4 different groups. This will give rozKz an opportunity to offer Personal training.
  11:30am-12:30pm, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy & Chiropractor: Overview
Presenter: Dr. Kirsten Shepard, LMT, DC; Bio

This presentation will focus on the importance of preventative care, maintaining mobility and How to Live  Well for the First 100 Years.  Each attendee will learn how to perform a mini stress free massage, simple back friendly tips for work and understanding the role of complementary medicine in our current health care system.
12:45-1:45pm, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy & Chiropractor: Hands-On
Presenter:  Dr. Kirsten Shepard, LMT, DC. and Tamara Norris, Bio

My portion of the presentation will focus on the practice of acupuncture and various disease manifestations that can be treated with acupuncture for longevity, healing and wellness. I will also spend some time discussing how to choose an acupuncture practitioner and the certification process.

Activism (Room 8125)

Barbara Scott

Margarita A. Decierdo
10:15-11:30, What can Activism look like
Barbara Scott
Margarita A. Decierdo
This workshop will focus on the activism of Austin's Colony Park Neighborhood Association.  Colony Park residents worked together, interacting with City of Austin staff and council, to insure that their community is developed in the way they envision.  Find out how they successfully won the support from the City Council overruling the city staff in selection of development and developers in their neighborhood. 
  11:30am-12:30pm, How to Protect Yourself
Presenter:Virginia Baldwin
During the self-defense class we will discuss being alert, using your voice and ways to prevent an attack.  We will go through how to break rear holds, chock holds, and being grabbed by the hair. Then we will go over how to use stun guns, pepper sprays, and self-defense tools.
  12:45-1:45pm, Step Up! Speak Up! Stand Out! Brilliant Women Rock
Presenters: Denise Stewart-Bates, Connie Williams, and Bridgett Billingsley
Step Up! Speak Up! Stand Out! The ladies in this organization will share valuable information on why, where and how to bring your voice to the table. Learn more.

Thanks to all who attended!