SIROW Researchers Tamara Sargus, Allison Dumka, Monica Davis, and Courtney Waters attended the YWCA’s 30th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, October 19th at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort. The event’s theme of Bold Leadership was laced throughout the day with group and individual activities, three keynote speakers, a panel of community leaders, 14 workshop sessions, and a variety of community exhibitors. The keynote speakers included YWCA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo, activist Jes Baker, and YWCA of Southern Arizona CEO and Governor of Arizona candidate Kelly Fryer. Each shared stories of her own leadership journey and offered inspiration to the active and aspiring leaders in attendance. The workshop sessions were divided into Leadership and Advocacy strands and covered topics from financial planning, to negotiation, to personal branding, allyship, and media literacy. In true YWCA fashion, the conference was energizing, inspiring, and BOLD!
SIROW’s B-Well program had a resource table at this event. The event drew in 540 participants, many which came by the B-Well table to learn about the intersection of substance use and sexual risk taking in youth, how to use dental dams (and other safer sex protection methods) and to learn about other SIROW projects. SIROW staff members Courtney Waters and Allison Dumka also attended the Women’s Leadership Conference.