December 14, 2014 • Anonymous
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Lanisha Porter ‘17, attended the “Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy” seminar in Washington, D.C. this past November.
The seminar, organized by the Public Leadership Education Network, featured professional women on Capitol Hill who spoke about their careers and journeys from earning a college degree to joining the workforce.
As the main lesson learned and advice she would give to other women, Porter stated: “Be yourself unapologetically, whether that means wearing eyeliner, speaking your mind, asking for a raise. Just own who you are and don’t apologize about it.”
Born in Kentucky, Porter is a Political Science and Philosophy major, and a Women Studies minor. She is interested in Entertainment Law and Public Policy.
“I identify myself as an ambassador for empowerment and I’m passionate about making sure that everyone has equal access to education and opportunities to climb the social ladder,” she said.
Porter was encouraged by Professor Beth Williford to attend the seminar. She submitted an essay and two recommendation letters in order to apply, and she received a scholarship for some of the expenses.
“We (women) all have the same fears, the same passion, and the same barriers to try to break in, so together we can help each other,” recalled Porter, as another important lesson Porter learned during the seminar.