January 18, 2020

Leadership Colloquium Challenges Women: ‘Be Your Own Hero’

Cosmo Fujiyama, who owns a consulting firm in education design, was the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Cosmo Fujiyama, who owns a consulting firm in education design, was the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

At 25, Cosmo Fujiyama was at a crossroads, stalled between an internship and grad school. She’d had a long day at a professional conference, and she was feeling tired and drained. The last place she wanted to go was to a group dinner at P.F. Chang’s.

“It turned out to be an incredible opportunity,” Fujiyama told a roomful of women at UMW’s Stafford Campus, thanks to five words from the young man she sat down beside: “What’s bringing you joy lately?”

The question was pivotal for Fujiyama, now 34, who runs a Brooklyn-based consulting firm dedicated to bringing joy and emotional intelligence to the places people work and learn. She repeated the words on Thursday in her keynote address at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW.

Designed to foster the connectivity of professional women and inspire them toward a lifetime of leadership, the colloquium attracts managers, administrators, educators, business owners and representatives from the public and private sectors each year. Last Thursday’s event – brimming with breakout workshops; networking opportunities; and a colloquium-first, one-on-one career coaching sessions – revolved around the theme “Be Your Own Hero.” Read more.

26th Annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW, Nov. 7

Cosmo Fujiyama

Cosmo Fujiyama

“Real Women, Real Issues, Real Solutions

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
University of Mary Washington
Stafford Campus

For our 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW, we will encourage you to Be Your Own Hero!

Featured is a keynote presentation from dynamic speaker Cosmo Fujiyama. In a world of constant change, what will be the most important skill of the future? Learn how to put learning at the center of your growth. The daylong event also includes a variety of enriching seminars and networking opportunities.

Cosmo is a coach, non-profit strategist, and experienced facilitator. She’s a first generation Japanese American immigrant who learned from her parents that anything is possible when leading with kindness, openness, and a curiosity for learning.

The daylong event also includes a variety of enriching seminars and panel discussions. *NEW this year!* Upon check-in, all attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for 1:1 coaching sessions throughout the day with professional career coaches. A limited number of sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The Location

The University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus hosts the Colloquium.

Address: 125 University Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

From Interstate 95, take Exit 133, Route 17 North. Travel about 3 miles north on Route 17. Turn left onto Village Parkway at traffic light. Turn right onto University Boulevard.

For more information, e-mail colloquium@umw.edu.

REGISTER TODAY!

$199 Oct. 1 to 31
$219 Nov. 1-7

Group Registration

You can also register a group of five or more people from the same organization at the discounted rate of $179 per person through October 21.

Student Registration

We welcome and encourage students at this event. The student rate is $30.

Register a student

*Fee Disclosure Statement: Payees will incur a 2.75% service fee for each online transaction. Refund policy: Refunds are not given. Registrants unable to attend may send a substitute.