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Owning My Journey Annual Retreat

Owning My Journey Annual Retreat is an in-person one-day retreat focused on personal growth and development, addressing first-generation women's specific needs and challenges.

Owning My Journey: Striving &Thriving 
May 4, 2024
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus


9:30 am Continental Breakfast & Check-In


10:00 am Opening Remarks

10: 15 am Session 1

Harmony in Connection: Nurturing Relationships

Presenter: Heather Adams Batten

Delves into the art and science of forging and nurturing healthy relationships across all spheres of life—from family and friends to professional networks. As a first-generation woman, navigating the complexities of various relationships while pursuing educational and career aspirations can present unique challenges and opportunities for growth. "Connecting Threads" offers a safe and supportive space to explore these dynamics, equipping participants with practical tools and strategies to enhance communication, set boundaries, manage conflict, and build a support system rooted in mutual respect and understanding.

11:15 am Session 2

 Clearing Mental Clutter: Write Sh*t Down Get Sh*t Done

Presenter: Mayra Salinas-Godsey

In a world where the average person juggles over 6,000 thoughts a day, the act of brain dumping is a lifeline. It empowers you to capture the fleeting whispers of ideas, the mountain of tasks, and the whirlpool of emotions—all in one dedicated space. Externalizing your internal world unlocks a path to enhanced focus, productivity, and emotional well-being. Why is this especially pivotal for first-generation women? Our journey is uniquely layered, often balancing the weight of expectations, cultural dynamics and pioneering your path in education or career.

Attendees will learn and practice two empowering self-coaching strategies (The Brain Dump Technique & The OMM Method) designed to guide you through decluttering your mental capacity and creating goals with intention and purpose. We hope this conversation brings you one step closer to transforming the chaos of your daily headspace into a sanctuary of calm and clarity.


12:15 pm Lunch Keynote Dr. Danette "Danni" Buie

Owning My Journey: Striving  & Thriving 

2:00 pm Session 3

Stories of a Fearless Trailblazer: Striving  & Thriving 

Panelists: Dr. Melissa Baralt, Crystal Blackmon, Asenett "Kathy" Martin, and Special Guest

This panel of fearless trailblazers share how their superpowers are their source of drive and motivation as they navigate relationships, careers, and personal growth. As they share their stories of resiliency, courage, and triumph, we take note of their lessons learned and words of wisdom.

3:00 pm Closing Remarks

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