Pflugerville ISD recently partnered with the Texas Diversity Council to host a Young Women’s Leadership Symposium for eighth through 12th grade students in Central Texas. Roughly 60 young women attended the event at Dessau Middle School, where they were treated to an inspirational keynote speech from Cheryl Sawyer, director of community and resource development for The University of Texas at Austin’s division of diversity and community engagement.
The students constructed portfolios to begin the process of building resumes and met in small groups with women leaders from the community regarding their careers. The leaders came from a variety of professions including managers from Outback Steakhouse, engineers from Intel, educators and entrepreneurs. The enriching experience provided information on leadership opportunities and future career ideas for the students.