The 5th Annual Global Women’s Summit took place last weekend with a good turnout of men and women all seeking to gain knowledge and experience through workshops and socializing.

The event kicked off last Friday night with a very intimate networking social. The networking social was a new event this year added to the summit.

The purpose of adding the social Friday night was give students an opportunity to mingle with potential employers. There were drinks, appetizers, a raffle and a DJ all present.

Matthew Gregg, student employment coordinator, was in attendance at Friday’s networking social. Gregg said he really enjoyed the relaxed environment the event had.

“I think we should do this on a quarterly basis,” Gregg said. “This is a chance for students to socialize and meet local employers.”

Although Friday’s event didn’t draw a huge crowd those in attendance appeared to be having a wonderful time.

The Global Women’s Summit picked back up on Saturday at 9 a.m. Many students from other local universities were in attendance. Some came from Northwest, Saint Mary’s and UMKC.

The purpose of the summit on Saturday was to support growth and knowledge in both men and women. It’s focused on the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of being a woman.

Kiesha Caldwell works in the Center for Multicultural Education and helped put this event together. Caldwell says she has attended the event for the last two years and believes it to be very educational and important.

“This conference is aimed at helping expand the minds of women and men,” Caldwell said. “I hope a lot students can attend this conference because this experience will help them in the long run.”

The conference on Saturday was originally scheduled to cost $5 for students and $10 for non students but the SGA allocated money for the event to make it free to everyone.

Many guest motivational guest speakers were invited to give students some insight to life experience. The workshops were designed to engage and enlighten those in attendance.

Michelle Saunders, a St. Joseph resident, was attending her first Global Women’s Summit Saturday. Saunders said she really didn’t know what to expect but was impressed with the set up.

“Missouri Western must have worked very hard on making this event possible,” Saunders said. “I am having a good time and meeting a lot of great people; I will definitely be coming back next year.”

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