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Worthy Now Conference, A Great Success
Cana Cooper - 10/2/2019

Lee University Hosts First Worthy Now Conference


On Friday, Sept. 13, Lee University held its first Worthy Now Conference, an event focused on reminding young women of their worth. More than 275 staff and students participated in the event.


"Our first Worthy Now Conference was far beyond what we could have hoped and dreamed," said Rosie Adams, director of student development at Lee. "Based on the initial feedback we have received, the experience connected with our female students and staff in very meaningful ways."


Worthy Now began in 2014 as a single service sponsored by Lee's student development office. This year, Worthy Now was a conference featuring keynote speakers and breakout sessions for the women of Lee's community.


According to Adams, this event encourages the replacement of an "I'll be worthy when…" mindset with an "I am worthy now," mentality. It also seeks to embrace worth, empower others, and inspire calling in all women.


The conference featured two keynote sessions, one with theology professor Casey Cole, who spoke on embracing one's worth, and the second was a panel discussion on the impact of male and female relationships and empowering one another. Panelists included Adams; Meagan Allen, coordinator of discipleship ministries; Chris Gates, assistant director of housing; Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development; and Alex Staup, coordinator of first year programs and resident director.


Eight breakout sessions also took place, offering a chance for attendees to discuss differing topics in small groups that covered cultivating thriving friendships, understanding emotions, community, leadership, and dealing with trauma.


Lee students, staff and faculty members Caroline Byrd, Meredith Denning, Brittany Gates, Amy Hunley, Morgan Jones, Dr. Heather Quagliana, Katie Rutkowski, Tiffany Skinner, and Dr. Ruth Wienk, along with community members Angela Hayes and Hailey Johnston, led these breakout sessions.


"What a wonderful time the Worthy Now committee cultivated through this conference," said Dory Hatchett, a resident chaplain at Lee. "I left encouraged by the content crafted by many wise voices on Lee's campus. The challenging breakout sessions, the words of keynote speaker Casey Cole, insight from a wonderful panel of faculty members, incredible music, and time to sit and reflect in small groups of fellow female students from across campus, provided for an evening that will not soon be forgotten."


For more information on Worthy Now, contact the student development office at (423) 614-8406 or email Adams at

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