A Tradition of Leadership at GLTI

Today’s blog comes from Natalia Gawrychowska, the President of the GlamourGals chapter at Pace University. Natalia volunteered as a Team Leader at this year’s GlamourGals Leadership Training, which was held on November 17, 2018 where over 100 GlamourGals volunteers and advisors came together to be inspired by dynamic speakers and learn from interactive workshops.

This was my first GLTI in a few years, I can't remember how many but that's how you know [how long it’s been]. I know I was in high-school, I recall admiring the panelists, team leaders, and pretty much everyone there. At my last GLTI, Lauren Berger spoke about her story and Intern Queen. I connected to her presentation and followed her on Instagram. Fast forward to 2018: Lauren and InternQueen provided me with an opportunity to be a brand ambassador for Keurig.

 Natalia with her fellow volunteers at GLTI in 2014.

Natalia with her fellow volunteers at GLTI in 2014.

My point here is that GLTI taught me about the importance of networking, and that was my first step towards developing my professional self. At this year's GLTI, I had the opportunity to be a team leader. Mentoring others is something I am truly passionate about. I am able to do so on a daily basis through being a Resident Assistant at my university and through being a team leader at my work study, Jumpstart. I was excited to meet the volunteers, especially because I sat in their shoes a few years earlier and I was excited to hopefully convey the same inspiration my past team leaders did for me. I was able to share 6 years of Glamour Gals experience with the girls, along with my college experience and just some other general life lessons I have learned along the way. I was even able to share my story about networking, and that seemed to have inspired a few girls to star their own networking journey.

 Natalia addressing her group at GLTI in 2018.

Natalia addressing her group at GLTI in 2018.

Overall, GLTI was a rewarding experience for me, I was not only able to impact a group of young girls, but the energy of the entire event and all the amazing people motivated me to continue working toward my own goals and visions.

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