by Lindsay Shank

Coming from a small town, Jessica Pope could have never expected that at the end of her five years at the University of West Georgia she would be in over 12 student organizations, have a 3.4 GPA and, most importantly, would be hosting her first women’s conference.

Jessica PopePope, currently a senior in education, plans to leave her mark on the school before she graduates in May. Her passion and love for education drove her to plan the Unstoppable W.O.M.A.N. Experience, a conference dedicated to women on the move and networking.

“I have always had a deep passion for empowering other people, in particular women,” said Pope, who chose to cater her program towards women because of societal pressures they face. “There are so many stereotypes and labels placed amongst women, and we take on so many different roles. In the process, we end up losing who we really are as individuals. We think that we have to be superwoman, but in reality we don’t.”

Pope said she wants to help women be unstoppable in more than one area.

“I hope to inspire the woman who is seeking to understand what it means to be unstoppable,” she continued. “I hope to inspire the woman who is ready to be on the move in her purpose, finances, spiritual life and health—some of the key factors that are sometimes overlooked that can keep us from becoming unstoppable. I hope to inspire the woman who is ready to become a better version of herself.”

Pope’s main focus throughout this process is the people. She announced that attendees should expect their lives to be changed forever from this event.

“After this experience, if I can just reach one person, the mission has been fulfilled,” Pope said. “I understand that if one individual can go out and reach another individual, and that individual can go out to reach someone else and so forth, pretty soon we will change a nation.”

Pope would like to give a special thanks to Economics Lecturer Kim Holder, an unstoppable woman herself who reached out to help Pope without even knowing her.

“In all honesty, I am going to say that this event would not even be possible without Professor Kim Holder,” Pope shared. “I cannot thank her enough. She is amazing, and that word is an understatement to describe her. God knew just who I needed when He sent Professor Kim. God gave me the vision, and He provided the provision. She connected me with all the right people.”

Holder said she believes in supporting student-led initiatives in any way possible and said Pope is an outstanding example of what students can do when they put their passions in motion.

“The Unstoppable W.O.M.A.N. Experience is 100 percent her dream and her vision. The UWG Center for Economic Education, the College of Education and the Women’s Business Alliance are just helping make it a reality,” said Holder. “What I love best about working with Jessica is her enthusiasm for education. She is passionate about bringing these resources to campus to help other students become unstoppable.”

After graduation, Pope intends to continue her vision by attending graduate school and advancing her degree in either reading instruction or curriculum and instruction. She plans to become an elementary school teacher and one day hopes to become a principal.

The Unstoppable W.O.M.A.N. Experience will be held on March 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the College of Education. Tickets are $10 and available in the COE Dean’s Office.

Posted on March 7, 2017