Iona hosts ‘We First, Me Second” conference for campus activity diversity and leadership

Niamh Lineha, Staff Writer

Iona held the conference “We First, Me Second” on Friday in Romita Auditorium for students to learn about the importance of incorporating leadership and diversity into their own lives. 

Three guest speakers came to campus to discuss leadership and the value of diversity and empowerment. The speakers came from different backgrounds and shared their own experiences in the work force and how they have grown as people over the years. The purpose of the conference was to introduce new ways of thinking to students who may be struggling with balancing different roles in their lives efficiently. 

Conferences are a good way to connect with others who could open your mind to new perspectives, according to junior Vanessa Nehmi, who attended the conference in hopes of learning new ways to improve herself for her upcoming semester as a member of sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. 

Strong leaders are emotionally intelligent and are passionate about what they are involved in, said conference guest speaker Dr. Tierney Bates.  

“I hope students understand that as a leader it’s important to be open to the possibility of being transformed,” Bates said. “You need to recognize when you run out of abilities.” 

“We First, Me Second” inspired others to think about how they could better themselves and their positions, according to sophomore Emily Blattberg.  

“Listening to what the speakers had to say helped me understand how I can lead in an efficient way,” Blattberg said. “I hope to incorporate their suggestions into my role as president for the ASL club next year.” 

This was the first time in over 3 years that the conference was able to return to Iona and the conference was attended by over 100 people including students and student leaders from various clubs and organizations.