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By Danielle Ward ’08

The Council of Lafayette Women will host its biennial spring conference for women in the Lafayette community April 4-5. The weekend will provide alumnae with the opportunity to hear speakers, reconnect with friends, and enjoy a weekend at Lafayette. Students, faculty, and staff are also invited. (To learn more about the conference or to register, visit the Council of Lafayette Women Conference web site.)

Jamie Robbins will speak at the conference on “It’s All About Attitude,” challenging attendees to use their minds to reach their goals and put themselves on the path to success.

Robbins, sports psychology consultant for the Lafayette field hockey team, says that her presentation will stress the impact of mind and attitude on everything a person chooses to do or not do.

“Most people allow emotions to control their behaviors rather than recognizing that you can control your emotions. Similarly, individuals often believe that situations influence their attitudes, but I like to remind them that they can change their attitude to improve the situation,” she says.

Robbins is looking forward to the conference. “I agreed to participate as I love the idea of continuing to engage in educational experiences beyond the college years and that is a mission of this conference,” she says.

She believes that all attendees will be able to take something away from her presentation.

“All the work I do with teams, professionals, and students concerns performance enhancement through mental skills. Whether someone wants to complete a marathon, be a great hockey player, the CEO of a company, or a fabulous spouse, the key is controlling the mind in order to direct behavior,” she says.

Robbins’ presentation will be “a positive experience where women learn to challenge themselves to reach for goals they previously avoided.”

Robbins has worked as a sport psychology consultant/performance enhancement specialist for teams and individuals ranging from eight years old to 60. In addition to Lafayette, she has been the sport psychology consultant for teams and athletes at Michigan State University, Wake Forest University, North Carolina A&T University, and Winston-Salem University. She is an assistant professor at Winston-Salem University. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina. Robbins completed her doctorate in kinesiology in May 2004 from the University of Michigan.

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