Name: Lauren Armstrong
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Worcester City Manager’s Office
My responsibilities include: assisting in planning the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, compiling information for a Women’s Resource Directory, planning a press conference to present findings form the Women’s Needs Assessment Survey, attending monthly Committee meetings, and assisting with other office related duties.
Having limited knowledge about women’s rights, I was anxious and excited to spend my semester working with the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in the Worcester City Manager’s Office. My main focus was helping the committee plan the celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Effective communication was essential in planning this event. I contacted local and state representatives and senators, businesses owned by women, and organizations that have a mission related to women for their assistance in making this event a success.
This celebration is focused on the Young Woman of Consequence award, which honors a local high school girl who exhibits leadership qualities. The winner was a young woman named Paige who ranked in the top 10% of her class, was captain of her school’s soccer team, did hundreds of hours of community service and also came from a single parent home and helped care for her autistic brother. I also have a brother with autism. I found this young woman’s courage and leadership inspiring. Hearing her heartfelt speech at the event made all my hard work in planning the event very gratifying.