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Nichols College conference celebrates 10 years of empowering women, Validation Project founder to keynote anniversary event


DUDLEY, Mass. – The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) at Nichols College has announced that Valerie Weisler, the founding CEO of the Validation Project, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Empowering Women in Business Conference (EWIB) on Friday, April 3, 2020, from noon to 5 p.m. on the Nichols campus.

The cost is $25 per person until February 29, when it increases to $30. The student rate is $10. To register, visit www.empowering-women.biz/.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of EWIB, which began as a grass roots effort of Nichols faculty and staff. Today, EWIB is a featured program of the IWL, which was established by Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, PhD, in 2013 to develop the leadership potential of students and serve as a resource and authoritative voice on women’s leadership for the community at large. Over the years, EWIB has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, and students develop skills, build confidence, and discover opportunities through inspirational speakers, practical presentations, and dynamic networking.

The 2020 keynote speaker, Valerie Weisler, is noted for sparking her own empowerment movement. She published a website in 2013, at the age of 14, which grew into the Validation Project, an international organization that works with 6,000+ teenagers in 105 countries to turn passion into positive action through mentoring and social justice assignments. Her self-designed kindness curriculum is taught in nearly 1,000 schools.

Weisler is a L'Oreal Paris brand ambassador, and her work has been featured on CNN, in Oprah Magazine, Upworthy, and more. She has served on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s advisory board, and was recently chosen as the United States delegate to the G(irls)20 Global Summit, a platform for young women to speak directly to the G20 leaders about the urgent issues facing girls and women around the world. In 2014, at the age of 16, she received the national Jefferson Award for Peace and Justice.

“Valerie has channeled her experience of being bullied into an international organization that helps thousands turn their struggles into their superpowers,” said Rachel Ferreira, director of the IWL. “What she has accomplished is beyond impressive, and her message will be a source of inspiration for this year’s EWIB participants.”

For more information on the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Nichols College or the Empowering Women in Business Conference, contact iwl@nichols.edu.


About Nichols College

Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education. Students thrive in a learning and living environment that is supported by an experiential business curriculum and a strong liberal arts foundation aimed at transforming them into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols also offers master’s degrees in business, leadership, accounting, and counterterrorism, as well as a range of certificate programs, to promote career advancement for today’s professionals.

 

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