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Saturday, December 25, 2010

W.E.A.L.T.H. 2010 Pre-conference Workshop: GACRAO's First Forum for Women

By Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Hosted by the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (GACRAO) President-elect Dr. Angela Evans, director of student recruitment and admissions at Kennesaw State University, the W.E.A.L.T.H (Women and Gender Equity and Access through Leadership and Training)
pre-conference workshop at this year's annual GACRAO conference motivated, educated, inspired, and empowered women in higher education.

After 18 months of planning and preparation, the pre-conference planning committee members were excited to showcase a new platform and opportunity for admission and registrar participants of post-secondary education institutions.

W.E.A.L.T.H planning committee members include the following:

Dr. Angela Evans, GACRAO President-elect Director of Student Recruitment
and Admissions, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Tyra Wingo, Chair
Associate Registrar, Chattahoochee Technical College

Romina Torres-Aranda
Associate Director of Admissions, Kennesaw State University

Sojourner Marable Grimmett
Senior Admission Representative and Student Ambassador Adviser, Savannah
College of Art and Design

Ana Edwards
Associate Registrar, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Nichole Kennedy, GACRAO Secretary
Executive Director of Student Affairs, Technical College System of Georgia

Mr. Clint Hobbs, GACRAO President
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Young Harris College

The W.E.A.L.T.H facilitator, Dr. Tyra Wingo, Associate Registrar, Chattahoochee Technical College, was phenomenal in getting participants enthusiastic about taking their careers and personal lives to the next
level. Through various exercises, women were engaged in activities that enabled them to network and learn key tools to assist them in reaching their highest potential and career goals. Leaders in their fields were selected and assigned as mentors to other participants willing to benefit from an exchange designed to enrich their personal growth and journey.

Each participant received a Personal Success Journey, based on the book, "The Success Principles" by Jack Cranfield, further providing them with the tools and framework for creating a healthy mind and the confidence to pursue their goals.

Throughout the conference, women dressed in various shades of pink were spotted everywhere as a nod to breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from W.E.A.L.T.H store sales were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The W.E.A.L.T.H. program is designed to provide enrollment services professionals with the opportunity to connect with and learn from each other in order to promote professional development and personal success. At the end of the conference, attendees attended an  "I-think" session, which wrapped up the first of many educational and enjoyable gatherings.

Each month, participants will have the opportunity to participate in online discussions based on a different principle featured in "Success Principles." These discussions will aid in the professional development process as well as maintain the mentor relationships forged during the workshop and conference activities.
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