Celebrate this March with the Women's Empowerment Retreat

Nikki Schaffer
Features Editor

American author Caroline Myss once posed the question, “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” This quote may entice different feelings depending on where you are in life’s journey. Facing young adulthood, it is easy to feel imprisoned with a routine workload behind bars of your own inexperience. Sometimes, what we need in life, is someone to inspire and motivate us enough to realize that it is all worth it.

On Saturday, March 29th the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will be hosting a Women’s Empowerment Retreat in the Student Memorial Center.
“[This retreat] aims to promote an environment that celebrates women and their accomplishments. The retreat will empower attendees to reflect on their own experiences, find acceptance within them, and become confident with who they are. Our 2014 theme is Empowering Women to Look Back to Move Forward,” said Hayley Addesa, the educational sessions chair for the retreat.

Check out the Women's Empowerment Retreat on Saturday, March 29th starting at 9:30 a.m.
Check out the Women’s Empowerment Retreat on Saturday, March 29th starting at 9:30 a.m.

The event will provide educational sessions and seminars and present key note speakers, Jill McDevitt and Bobby Petrocelli. McDevitt is a Sexologist who empowers women to take control of their sexuality and find confidence in their own skin. Petrocelli is a motivational speaker who professes the power of making decisions and building strong foundations for life.
“The creation of our theme was formed based on our goals to provide an opportunity for women at Millersville to look back on where women have been, how they have progressed, and where they hope to go in the future. Through educational sessions, seminars, and presenters we hope to shed light on the issues facing women and help our participants see themselves as part of the solution,” said Addesa.

Check in will start at 9 a.m. in the SMC Atrium, and from 9:30-6 p.m., the Women’s Empowerment Retreat will convene. The reception will be from 6-7:30 p.m. where retreat participants, speakers and members of the MU community can interact and get to know one another. The retreat will conclude with a presentation of the Vagina Monologues. There are no tickets involved for this event (although all retreat participants receive a free ticket to the Vagina Monologues). If you are interested in participating, register on Millersville’s homepage and clicking on “Get Involved” to sign up: