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The empowHER leadership retreat was created in honor of April Bocian.

April was born on April 28, 1998, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Family, friends and teammates have countless memories of how April made them laugh and brightened their day, whether she was clowning around with basketball friends, playing practical jokes on her sisters or spending time with her family.

In honor of April, Suzy Merchant former Michigan State women’s basketball head coach founded empowHER with the Eli Broad College of Business in 2016. 

Held each year at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Founded by Suzy Merchant, former Michigan State women's basketball head coach, the empowHER leadership retreat is a grassroots initiative designed to reach young girls at the right time and give them the skills they need to take on personal and professional challenges in their lives.

Now supported by and housed in the MSU Division of Student Life and Engagement within the department of Women*s Student Services, empowHER provides opportunity for college students, community volunteers, and local presenters to engage in positive social change!

The empowHER leadership retreat was created in honor of April Bocian.

In celebration of our seven years of reaching young girls with empowerment and inspiration, and in order to improve our ability to reach an even more diverse group of young women, we are pleased to announce our in-person event for 2024 Leadership Retreat!

On April 20, 2024 we will have an exciting, entertaining and event! 

With the help of sponsors, we reach girls from the 4th through 9th grades with support and education through our interactive workshops. empowHER girls embrace their strengths and differences, build their self-confidence and participate in giving back to their communities. 

Volunteer Coordinator Chair OPEN

The Volunteer Coordinator Chair is responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteers for the annual empowHER Leadership Retreat. This includes:

  • Serving on the Executive Board and working with the board to ensure volunteer assignments align with the schedule and needs of the retreat

  • Providing the Communications Chair with all necessary recruitment information and forms for the event website

  • Creating volunteer teams for each necessary segment of the event

  • Recruiting volunteers

  • Creating training materials for volunteer team leaders and volunteer teams; Communications Chair can assist with design of these materials

  • Training volunteer team leaders; providing team leaders with materials and information they need to train their teams

  • Confirming volunteers are able to meet their commitment to empowHER

  • Ensuring all volunteers have filled out a background check form

  • Serving as point person on-site for volunteer questions during the event

  • After the event, crafting an email thanking volunteers for their time

  • After the event, collaborating with Mentor Chair, Content Chair and Communications Chair to craft post-event survey

  • Food & Drink Responsibilities: 

    • Securing and coordinating food donations for the annual retreat

    • Contacting previous food donors to ensure they will provide food again

    • Soliciting new in-kind food donations

    • Leading a team of volunteer to pick up donations as needed and managing volunteers to coordinate food service throughout the retreat

  • After the event, thanking all food donors for their contributions

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