Friday The University of Virginia turned its attention to women in leadership roles, with a chance to get together and share ideas.
The all-day Women, Leadership and Policy event offered career strategies, lessons learned, and many words of inspiration.
One of the speakers, Cecilia Clarke, runs a leadership program for low-income women called the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. She started the program after being a teenage mother who needed leadership role models.
Clarke defined what she would like to see young women do to change themselves and their communities.
"Young women come in, we consider them leaders right away. . . No time like the present to go out and make a change in your school, in your family, in your community and that's leadership to us," said Clarke.
Other notable speakers included Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, a candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor and Kathleen Hartnett, a former special assistant to the president of the United States.
The event began at 10 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. at Garrett Hall.