Madelynne Rodriguez, a economics major from Smyrna, was among the more than 40 Coastal Carolina University students who volunteered during the eighth annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 5-6 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Nearly 800 women attended the conference to hear keynote speakers Jenna Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, author Cara Brookins, Boeing's Joan Robinson-Berry and NASCAR driver Julia Landauer. The conference was presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership at Coastal Carolina University.

The Bush sisters, daughters of former President George W. and former first lady Laura Bush, opened the conference in a casual format, sitting in chairs onstage with CCU first lady Terri DeCenzo and conference emcee Meghan Miller from WBTW News 13. They talked about their new book, "Sisters First," and offered insights into serving others, balancing life and work and the importance of sisterhood.