February 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Each year, in February or March, we host an annual conference on a seminal topic critical to the development of future leaders. The program involves featured guests, workshops and engagement with Porter's students. Parents are encouraged to attend in order to support their daughters as they find their voices and engage in the world. Our program consists of an interactive leadership program that helps girls and women fully realize the power of their individual and collective voices.
This year, the program will be Stronger Together!, Featuring "The Moms as Mentors Project," a program for moms (or other adult caregivers) and middle school girls emphasizes body positivity and media literacy while creating meaningful, memorable moments for both moms and girls. Moms as Mentors' mother/daughter programs foster confidence, leadership and the mom/daughter bond through engaging activities that promote teamwork, communication and mutual understanding. Moms will also leave with take-home resources to help them be effective mentors and nurture their daughters' confidence and belief in themselves as changemakers.
Details about the the event's workshop:
How Moms (and other Caregivers) Can Promote a Healthy Body Image for Girls
This interactive workshop will look at the prevalence, consequences and causes of negative body image for girls and then focus on practical ways to promote a healthy body image for the girls in your lives. This session is geared towards moms who have daughters but any adult caregiver of girls are welcome to attend. Participants will leave with take-home resources and tips to promote a healthy body image for girls.
This workshop will be led by Linda Lin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College. Linda is a clinical psychologist who has a special focus on health behaviors (e.g. eating disorders, obesity, exercise, smoking). Her research centers on body image and she is passionate about helping women fight a culture that objectifies them and uses beauty/thinness as a measure of women’s value.