Breakout Session Descriptions

  • Unclutter Your World
    May 13, 2009
    Hadley Union Building, IUP


    Getting Unstuck: How Women Weave the Social Web – Ms. Jennifer Jones
    9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Susquehanna Room

    While the term “the glass ceiling” has received great attention, this lecture will present a new dynamic, “the glass web,” that describes women’s inability to break into the upper echelon of management and government. This lecture was presented at the PASSHE Women’s Consortium and requested again for this conference.

    The HAPPYness Hour: 60 Minutes to Unclutter Your Mind and Create a More Fulfilling Life – Ms. Kathleen Manion
    9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Allegheny Room

    The new positive psychology focuses on optimism, gratitude, and creativity to enhance personal happiness and improve health and well-being. In this session, you will learn to apply the principles of positive psychology to create a happier, healthier you, and to open yourself to the discovery of exciting new directions for personal growth and development.

    Fair Trade and Its Impact on Women in the Developing World – Ms. Jennifer Legler—Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh
    9:15 a.m. – Monongahela Room (1) 2:45 p.m. – Monongahela Room (2)

    Fair Trade is a growing movement that has significant impacts in the developing world, yet many people are still learning what it really means. We will look at what principles govern fair trade, learn how to recognize fair trade products, and study how Ten Thousand Villages, the United States’ oldest and largest fair trade organization, operates. To highlight these points, we will share stories of women in the developing world who are impacted by fair trade and see what changes they have experienced.

    Your Financial Life: Control Your Controllables and Sleep Better
    9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Monongahela Room (2)

    Go to the Library and Find a Happier, Healthier You! - Dr. Theresa McDevitt and Ms. Joanne Mast - 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. – Monongahela Room (1)

    Modern women in all walks of life must balance work, family, and maintaining their own physical and mental health-now with shrinking economic resources. The modern library can empower women by providing training materials to get a better job; self-help books to improve your marriage, diet, and sex life; exercise books and DVDs; and inspirational books, films, and videotapes—absolutely free of charge! This lecture will introduce attendees to materials available through IUP Libraries that can empower them and improve their lives.

    Unclutter Those Health Messages – Ms. Malinda Cowles
    10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. – Susquehanna Room

    Each day women receive many messages about their health. How’s a girl supposed to know fact from fiction? Join this discussion about the false messages women have learned about their health and find simple ways to take care of you.

    Gender, Language and Power – Dr. Maureen McHugh
    10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. – Allegheny Room

    Do men and women speak differently? Is there a communication gap between men and women? Do women really chit-chat, nag, and gossip? Should women speak more like men in order to appear expert or authoritative or to influence others? Based on a review of the research on how men and women speak, Dr. McHugh will offer some advice on how to communicate in varied situations.

    So Many Hats and So Little Time: Women and Role Conflict – Dr. Mary Beth Leidman
    10:30 a.m. – Monongahela Room (2)

    Women’s Common Cry: “Life is always so complicated and there is never enough time to get everything done. Everyone seems to want me to be someone different!” There is substantial amount of evidence to support the idea that the twenty-first century woman lives in much stress-filled worlds. This presentation is designed to explain the basic concepts of role conflict, as well as techniques which might be utilized to reduce stress resulting from the demands of conflicting roles.

    Yoga and Stress Relief and Natural Healing Ms. Jill M. Fiore
    1:30 p.m. – Monongahela Room (1)

    Yoga has been practiced for millennia to enhance both physical and mental well-being. Join Jill Fiore, owner of Sunflower Yoga Studio, and learn how yoga can help reduce stress and remedy physical problems such as fatigue, back pain, indigestion, and headaches. Take time for yourself and discover the healing power of yoga and the rewards it can bring to your life!