Discovering Your Purpose Conference

Finding meaning and direction for a purpose-filled life.

Having a defined sense of purpose is fundamental to connecting your life to the world around you — and yields positive physical and mental health outcomes. The Discovering Your Purpose Conference on Saturday, October 12 brings students grades 7-12, parents, educators, and alumnae together to explore the role that purpose plays in our personal, intellectual, and professional lives.

Guest Speakers Include:

Patrice Banks

Keynote Address

Patrice Banks has been shattering stereotypes with her work in making the male-dominated automotive industry more accessible to women through the Girls Auto Clinic. Her mission: to educate and empower women through their cars by offering automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services. Her repair garage features female mechanics and a while-you-wait nail salon! 

Prior to founding the Girls Auto Clinic, Banks worked for more than 12 years as an engineer, manager, and leader at DuPont. She holds a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Lehigh University and an automotive technology diploma from Delaware Technical Community College. 

Dr. Matthew Joseph

Adult Track Presenter

Dr. Matthew Joseph specializes in helping others discover their purpose. An assistant professor in the Duquesne University Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education, he teaches graduate-level coursework in lifespan development, career development, and research design.

Dr. Joseph's research interests include emerging adult/college student life purpose development, the role of purpose in career decisions, and how counselors and educators in secondary and higher education can promote the development of identity, prosocial orientation, and meaning in life. 

Jean Mason ’07

Student Track Presenter

Jean Mason ’07 is an artist, textile designer, and proud member of the Agnes Irwin Class of 2007. Mason's travels and cultural encounters — including New Hampshire, New York, India, and most recently an artist residency in the south of France — inspire her work, which strives to create a strong sense of place. Her textile career has brought her to a wide range of artist studios and fashion labels, including Rebecca Atwood, Eileen Fisher, Urban Outfitters, and Lilly Pulitzer. 

Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts in printmaking and art history from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts in fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


8:30 a.m. — Registration

9:00 a.m. — Welcome, Overview, and General Session

9:45 a.m. — Discovery Sessions: choose one from the options below

11:15 a.m. — Break/Interactive Self-Directed Learning Debrief

11:30 a.m. — Lunch

12:45 p.m. — Panels for Adults and Students: choose one from the options below

1:45 p.m. — Break/Interactive Self-Directed Learning Debrief

2:00 p.m. — Closing Keynote and Q&A

3:00 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Register for the Conference