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Empower women to be leaders

Kristen Hadeed, a graduate of the University of Florida and founder of the company Student Maid, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “I Am” conference is meant to be a beneficial day for students to learn how to “create themselves and be their own guiding light,” said Emily Bradley, Tech’s coordinator for leadership and service.

The registration deadline for the Women’s Leadership Conference is March 9. Registration is available on TheLink. The registration fee of $15 will cover breakfast during the morning sessions, snacks and lunch before Hadeed takes the stage to share her message of empowerment. The fee can be paid at the Office of Student Services in Doc Bryan 233.

Hadeed established her business at the age of 21. Student Maid now employs more than 500 college students during peak times of the year.

According to a university news release, Hadeed’s TEDx talk, “How to Retire by 20,” has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on YouTube.

In addition to the keynote address, conference participants will also engage in sessions related to women’s empowerment, gender inclusivity and awareness, education and professional growth, action and activism, equity and wellness.

The conference is sponsored by the Office of Campus Life. Additional information is available by calling (479) 968-0276.