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Mary Erickson

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Mary Erickson

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The second SMSU Women's Leadership Conference is planned for April 30, 2021. The keynote will feature a speaker who has already made a lasting impression on the SMSU Family. 

Rachel Baribeau, a nationally-recognized sportscaster and activist, will give the keynote address.

Baribeau was on campus in September, 2019 for a trio of presentations to Mustang men and women athletes and coaching staff. Her "Changing the Narrative" presentation was geared specifically for each group. Her overall theme was about becoming a better you, and not being afraid to seek mental health assistance when needed.

She is the first known female sports reporter to participate in a professional football training camp, and brings to her speaking engagements unique life experiences, and a sincerity and passion appreciated by all audiences. 

She's looking forward to her talk at the Women's Leadership Conference. "I never set out to bust down barriers, I never tried to be the first at anything, but somehow, I've done a lot of that." 

She described her Women's Leadership Conference message as being "for all ages. If you're a woman, and you want to keep growing, you want to keep learning, I can't wait to meet you at this amazing conference." 

A number of alumni will offer breakout sessions on working collaboratively and lifting up one another to create an environment in which all women can succeed.
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