By Paula Araujo
For one weekend on July 22 and 23, hundreds of women gathered nationwide in the heart of New York City to attend the 6th annual Her Conference. The conference is held by Her Campus, an online magazine for college women. This year across two days, there were six keynotes, various workshops and panels, and stations by brands such as Brit+Co, Ulta, Bed Head, and many more.
The event kicked off in high gear with the first keynote by two of the Women’s March National co-chairs, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. They shared their stories growing up as minorities in this country, how they got to where they are today, and their experience leading up to the march. Following two workshops and lunch, Lisa Sugar the founder of Pop Sugar, gave a keynote presentation about where she started and how Pop Sugar became the massive lifestyle website known today. Wrapping up the first day was actress Troian Bellisario. She shared about her upbringing and experience as not only an actress but a director as well.
The second day began with heavy words from acclaimed journalist Gretchen Carlson. She shared a raw and powerful story about her experience within the media. After lunch, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.com discussed women’s empowerment and all that can be accomplished when we come together. Closing out Her Conference, was actress Aja Naomi King, currently known for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. Aja shared stories about her career and and life on set. After each speaker, people got to asked questions. Each lady gave insightful and encouraging responses. Afterwards, some would even stay a few minutes and engage with attendees one on one.
After hearing from so many accomplished and powerful women, one leaves Her Conference full of ideas, empowerment, and courage to conquer anything they set their mind to. Plus, with sweet swag bags full of goodies and new friends, its the perfect way to get moving and grooving to follow your dreams and make a positive impact.