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2023 Women of Worth Conference, EmpowHER Panelists and Moderators. Our Mission: The Women of Worth Initiative (W) creates and sustains a community for all women who are members of underrepresented populations in order to promote professional development, mentorship, resilience, and a sense of belonging for faculty, administrators, staff, and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The mission is supported through an annual conference and supplementary programs that foster ongoing community engagement and opportunities to unite and strengthen networks. 

The 2023 Women of Worth Empow(HER) Conference, which took place on September 29, 2023 at UNC at Chapel Hill’s campus, focused on professional development, career advancement, and building effective networks. The conference addressed issues around identity and inclusion and provided a brave space to discuss topics such as: glass ceilings, imposter syndrome, leadership development and well-being. 



2023 Women of Worth EmpowHER Conference


Conference Overview


Breakfast & Registration        8:30 AM-9:15 AM                  Carolina Great Hall Lobby

Welcome                                    9:15 AM-9:30 AM                  Carolina Great Hall

Spoken Word                             9:30 AM-9:45 AM                Carolina Great Hall


Journey to Leadership Panel    9:45 AM-10:45 AM           Carolina Great Hall


Morning Workshops               11:00 AM-12:00 PM            Various Locations

Lunch & Keynote Speaker      12:15 PM-1:15 PM                Carolina Great Hall

Afternoon Workshops             1:30 PM-2:30 PM                Various Locations

EmpowHER Hour                    2:45 PM-3:45 PM                Carolina Union Auditorium


Closing | Evaluation                3:45 PM-4:00 PM                  Carolina Union Auditorium

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: 

  • Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Professor, UNC-CH Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life 

Conference Panelists: 

Journey to Leadership Panel (AM Panel)

  • April Parker, Moderator,  Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC-CH School of Social Work
  • Tiffany Bailey, Director, Equal Opportunity Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
  • Dr. Giselle Corbie, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine; Director, Center for Health Equity Research; Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Veronica Flaspoehler, President, Carolina General Alumni Association

EmpowHER Hour (PM Panel)

  • Dr. Shimul Melwani, Moderator, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, UNC-CH, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Business Program
  • Dr. Ramona Denby-Brinson, Dean, UNC-CH School of Social Work
  • Maria Estorino, Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
  • Dr. Candice Powell, Director, Carolina Covenant

Conference Spoken Word Artist:

  • Lizabeth Bamgboye, UNC-CH Class of 2024

Conference Morning Workshops

  • Becoming You: Finding Success in Your Career and Personal Life

    Presenters: Stephanie Zhang and Victoria Johnson, University Career Services

    Target Audience: Undergraduate Students


  • Pursuing Opportunities: How to Open Doors to Succeed in Graduate SchoolPresenter: Tazche Turner, PharmD Candidate, Eshelman School of Pharmacy Target Audience: Graduate and Professional Students


  • Embodying Authenticity as a Pathway to Purpose, Growth, Alignment, and Wellbeing as You Advance Presenter: Dr. Millicent N. Robinson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow; UNC School of Social Work Target Audience: Graduate and Professional Students
  • Learning to Coach: A Toolkit to Empower Individual and Collegial GrowthPresenters: Joanna Foland, Faculty Development Consultant in Leadership, and Michelle Itano, Assistant Professor and Director of Neuroscience Microscopy CoreTarget Audience: Faculty and Staff

Conference Afternoon Workshops

  • Practicing Radical Self-Care to Prevent Burn-OutPresenter: Alicia Freeman, Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, UNC School of Social WorkTarget Audience: All


  • Workplace Alliance: Unlocking the Power of Community for Professional DevelopmentPresenter: Marcela Torres Cervant, Associate Director, Carolina Latinx CenterTarget Audience: All


  • Equity in Promotion: Creating Guidelines and Rules that Improve Equity in Faculty Promotion ProcessesPresenter: Amanda Storyward, Director of Organizational Diversity & Inclusion, Eshelman School of PharmacyTarget Audience: Faculty and Staff 


  • Know Your Worth Sis!: How to Communicate Your Personal BrandPresenters: Catherine Okafor, Assistant Director, Career Development and Employer Relations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolTarget Audience: All 


If you have any questions or concerns, please email 

This program welcomes all participants regardless of age, race, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, political ideology, or veteran status. 


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