Guest post by Corrie Lee
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Young Women’s Leadership Retreat with NeW. There were so many wonderful parts of this retreat, but there were a few that made my weekend truly memorable.
Meeting passionate, engaging women: The retreat catered to young, college aged women, so getting to meet likeminded peers from all over the country helped reignite my continued passion for the conservative movement. It helped remind me that I’m not alone, and that there truly are an army of strong women behind me.
Book Club: I helped lead a book club on The Silencing with rising college freshman, and getting to hear from them truly inspired me. As a recent college graduate it was so wonderful to see the future of the conservative movement, and how informed they are already. Getting to have a group discussion where everyone felt free to voice their opinions, and disagree with each other in a healthy way gave me hope for what the future of our country will look like.
Joy Pullmann: Mrs. Pullmann is an accomplished woman with a family, strong faith, and a true heart for conservatism. Hearing how she balances every aspect of her life with grace and intelligence, while still being a driven career woman encouraged me as I pursue my career and hope to build my family in the coming years.
After Hours: Each night there was an opportunity for attendees to bond over games, s’mores, or networking and this is where the real magic happened. I had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with dozens of amazing women, hear their stories, provide encouragement to their hearts, and be encouraged by each of them. I cannot express how thankful I am to have bonded with each of them, and learned about what makes them unique, passionate, and conservative.
Panel: NeW asked me to be a part of a panel during this weekend about leadership, and this opportunity is what really sealed it for me. I was able to share with 50 young women what was on my heart, and this opened doors throughout the whole weekend to get to engage with them on a more personal level.
Overall, the weekend was engaging, encouraging, and informative. I’m so thankful for the opportunities that came from this weekend, and the friendships that were formed. We hope you can join us next year at YWLR! Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.