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Her Campus Her Conference was a once in a lifetime, amazing opportunity. When I registered for the conference at the beginning of the summer, I had no idea I was registering for a conference that would introduce me to so many inspiring media professionals.

I went to New York City to attend Her Conference with the rest of the Her Campus Hofstra executive board. If you’ve never heard of Her Campus, let me tell you, you’re missing out. To sum it up, the members of Her Campus feel it is “A collegiette’s guide to life.”

They define “collegiette: a college woman who is on top of her game – strategically career minded, distinctly fashionable, socially connected, academically drive, and smartly health-conscious, who endeavors to get the most of her college experience on every level.”

Her Campus is the #1 media brand for college women in the country. The website is an online publication written by college journalists all over the country. They cover an array of topics from relationships to jobs, health, entertainment, news, style and so much more. If you have the opportunity to get involved in your college’s Her Campus chapter, I would highly recommend it.

Now onto the conference. It took place in an enormous conference building on the water by Wall Street. Over 500 women showed up to hear from media professionals in the industry. Over two days, I had the opportunity to hear from employees at Cosmopolitan, StyleWatch, Marie Claire, xoJane and Seventeen, to name just a few.

The keynote speakers were even better. Day one included Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, The Bachelorette and NYT Bestseller Andi Dorfman, and Editor-in-Chief of Self magazine Joyce Change. On day two we heard from Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine Vanessa De Luca, Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers.

Everyone who spoke and shared their knowledge was amazing. The amount of drive and hustle these powerful women have is truly inspiring. From sharing their stories of success and failures, to giving insightful career advice, the weekend filled me with so much wisdom from so many #LadyBosses.

I can’t forget to give a big thank you to the amazing companies that sponsored the event, making it all the more better. Chobani and Shake Shack supplied a delicious breakfast and lunch both days and Baked by Melissa provided a yummy cupcake dessert. Ulta gave every attendee some killer beauty merch and set up a beauty bar for hair and makeup touch-ups during the event. Swag bags were filled with products from other great sponsors such as Vera Bradley, BERTHA, Tinder, Sugarfina, Juicy Couture and Suja and more.

Anyone else attend the Her Conference or involved with the Her Campus chapter at their school? I’d love to hear from you! HCXO

xoJessie Leigh
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