Summarized by Kent Larsen
Chieko Okasaki to address students in Leadership Conference
BYU NewsNet 28Feb00 D3
By Amber Meager: NewsNet Staff Writer
PROVO, UTAH -- BYU will host its Second Annual Women's Leadership
Conference on Saturday, and will feature LDS speaker and former
member of the General Presidency of the Relief Society Chieko N.
Okazaki. Sister Okazaki will deliver the conference's keynote
address, entitled "Because of the Covenant."
The conference, which is entitled "A Motion of Faith," will inspire
women to display Christ-centered leadership in their endeavors,
according to Todd Hendricks, an employee of Student Leadership
Education, on of the BYU department's hosting the conference. "We
want to reiterate to women that they have many options, but all
options are centered in Christ," Hendricks said. The other department
hosting the conference is BYU's Women's Services and Resources.
BYU's Women's Chorus will perform during the conference, and the
conference features a range of speakers to give a good balance of the
activities that women are involved in. "There will be a range of
speakers--a mother, a professor, an artist, the student body vice
president. It is a great opportunity to celebrate women and learn
more about how we can excel from women's experiences," said Sarah
Westerberg, coordinator in Student Leadership Education.
Women's Service's LaNae Valentine says the purpose of the conference
is to create Christ-centered leadership, "As members of the Church,
we have actually made covenants to be leaders. I think the conference
will arouse in people the need to be a leader -- to stand up and
speak out at home, in public and in one-on-one relationships,"
Also available as part of the conference are several information
booths from both the sponsoring departments, and other groups
providing services for women, including Dallas Roberts Hair Salon,
Therapeutic Massage Center of Provo, and VOICE.