On March 1, 2022,Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher attended Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU’s) 2022 Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) annual conference, as the opening and featured speaker. The purpose of the event was to educate and inspire attendees to further the empowerment of women on BGSU’s campus, as well as a celebration of March as Women’s History Month. President Schumacher’s topic of discussion for her keynote speech was emotional and cultural intelligence.
President Schumacher’s comments included how emotional and cultural intelligence has not only been a personal research focus but how these concepts have shaped her leadership. She also shared “Lil’s Life Lessons” and encouraged students to make the absolute most of their collegiate journey.
The three-hour event brought together over 150 BGSU community members and guests in the hopes of fostering an environment of change through the acts of “shared experiences, open conversation and vows of courage,” the YWIL group cites in their mission statement. The event is held each year to “create a stronger network of women on campus to rely upon one another for personal and professional growth.”
“It was an honor and a privilege to have been the keynote speaker for this year’s conference,” says TU’s President Schumacher. “It was humbling to speak to a large group of impressive women and allies and share my story. If the attendees got half as much from the experience as I did, they surely walked away feeling both confident and inspired.”
The Bowling Green State University Young Woman in Leadership group and annual conference is a collaboration between several campus organizations, including the Women in Business Leadership group, Feminist Organization Rallying for Gender Equity (FORGE), American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Women in Technology and Women in Computing. They convene with the purpose of providing forums for the purposes of educating, engaging, connecting and promoting female success in personal and professional settings.