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2019 agenda
9:30-10:00AM                 Check-In & Registration-​ Ballroom Foyer
10:00-10:45AM               Opening & Welcome- Ballroom Foyer
10:50-11:35AM                Session 1 Workshops- All rooms​
11:35AM-12:35PM          Networking Lunch- Ballroom
12:45-1:25PM                  Session 2 Workshops - All rooms
1:25-1:40PM                    Afternoon Coffee/Tea & Cookie Break- 2nd Floor Lobby​
1:40-2:25PM                    Session 3 Workshops- All rooms
2:30-3:30PM                    Keynote Speaker: Lauren Bealore- Ballroom​
3:30-3:45PM                    Closing Statements​- Ballroom Foyer

We are (re)imagining what it means to provide an initiative for women’s leadership development by bringing back an annual event held at MSU. We also recognize that creativity and innovation are required as part of imagining leadership: on campus and beyond.


The WILD 2019 Conference will explore the passions and purposes that live at our core. WILD will (re)center and empower women-identified Spartans. We also recognize the intersectional nature of this work; gender is only one aspect of our collective identities.

In strategizing about ways to dismantle barriers faced by members of all minoritized groups, the WILD 2019 Conference will connect students to resources and opportunities for equitable social change on campus and in our community.


Lauren Bealore

Lauren graduated from Michigan State University's James Madison College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy.  Lauren currently serves as the Michigan Political Director for a national political organization that has over 400 national and state partners. Lauren is the Co-Founder for a women-owned non-profit organization by the name of Young Ambitious and Beautiful (Y.A.B.), which is a young entrepreneurial conglomerate for businesses owned by women of color. Lauren has been recognized for her work through awards as a 2014 Detroit Pistons Gamechanger, 2017 Crain’s Twenty in their 20’s, and 2018 National Congress of Black Women of Distinction and Pioneers recipient as well as SEEN Magazine 2018 Changemaker in Civic Service, to name a few.

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Jada Flowers

Jada is a graduating third-year Advertising student from Detroit, Michigan. She is the Vice President of On The Rise Entertainment, a student organization that focuses on community service and leadership development. She is also a Facilitator for the MSU Dialogues program, cultivating her interest in race and social justice issues. She also belongs to the Detroit M.A.D.E. Scholars program, a program that seeks and develops students from Detroit to help them with their transition to college. She loves spending time with my friends, buying candles, and standing up for others. She is excited to be involved in the revival of the WILD conference, and to share her speech at the conference!

2019 sponsors
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Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives:  

Professional & Public Writing Program

Women in Engineering:

Career Services Network:

Alliance for African Partnerships:


​Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures:


Experience Architecture:


Honors College:


James Madison College:

2019 planning committee



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Shiksha is a junior in the James Madison College studying Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations and Policy. She is the President of dreaMSU, a new student organization on campus that advocates for non-citizen students. She is passionate about immigrant rights and wants to work on immigration law after graduation. She is very excited to organize a conference that provides a space for women from different identities to come together and share their stories and learn from other women.

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