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Track One: Awareness

To raise awareness about the institutional and structural obstacles facing women who want to achieve social, political, and economic mobility. To examine and explore the concept of “The American Dream” and its implications for women.

Girls Resistance (Ed-Talks)

  • Working Class Girls and the American Dream: How Gender, Class, and Race Intersect in the Lives of Adolescent Girls: Professor Melissa Swauger, Indiana University of PA
  • The One Girl Collaborative: A Snapshot of Girls in Central Ohio: Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX)

Leadership Census (Data Sharing Session)

  • Where We Stand: The Women’s Leadership Census: Dr. Julie Graber, Institute on Women

First Generation Women College Students (Ed-Talks)

  • First Generation Women College Students: Tally Hart, The Ohio State University & Katina Fullen, Executive Director, I Know I Can

Rise Sister Rise (Data Sharing Session)

  • Rise Sister Rise: Evaluating African American Girl’s Experiences, Fran Frazier, Principle Investigator

Work, Life, and Family (Ed-Talks)

  • LEGALLY MOM: How Motherhood Affects Women's Legal Careers, Anne Murphy Brown J.D., Ursuline College, Assistant Professor and Director, Legal Studies Program
  • The Discursive Construction of Work & Family: Strengths, Struggle, and Sisterhood, Dr. Lisa Patterson Phillips, Otterbein University, Director, Office of Diversity

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Track Two: Strategies

To develop new strategies in higher education for women and girls to create pathways for their futures.

It's Abuse (Do-Something Workshop)

  • IT'S ABUSE - Campus Initiatives to Help Stop Relationship Abuse: Julie Saker, Otterbein University, Director of Student Conduct and Wellness and Sarah Ozello, It’s Abuse

Service-Learning (Ed-Talks)

  • Service-Learning: Creating Partnerships for Service Opportunities with Women & Girls: Susan King, Ohio Campus Compact, Program Coordinator
  • Girl Scout Empowerment Program: Dr. Tina Pierce, Denison University
  • GROW: Reaching out to Girls in Science: Dr. Erica Brownstein, Capital University

Financial Literacy (Do-Something Workshop)

  • Five Keys to Unlocking the Excitement Power and Emotion of Money: Mary Slane, Slane Financial Group, Financial Coach
Empowerment Strategies (Pecha Kucha)
  • Who Says I Have to Fit In? Rene Delane, Women Who Dare, LLC, Founder
  • I Love You Too Much to Give You My Goody Box, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, Author
  • disAbility Nation: LaRaine McCoy, McCoy Wealth Advisors
  • It All Started with a Bow: Eryn Campbell, Founder, ErynPink

Girl Programs (Ed-Talks)

  • Use Your Voice: Sexual Harrassment Training for Girls(K-12): Catherine Cleary, Saint Mary's College
  • Being A Girl ROX! Evidenced-Based Strategies to Address the Critical Issues Impacting Girls: Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX), Founder/Executive Director
  • 2012:Year of the Girl: Tamela Collins, COO, Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Council

Career Pathways (Ed-Talks)

  • Mute No Longer: Helping Women Give Voice to their Value in the Workplace: Gerri Jenkins, Ursuline College, Director, Office of Counseling and Career Services
  • TRANSFORM: Strategies to Advance Women in Higher ED: Dr. Karinna Vernaza, Gannon University, Associate Professor

Mentoring (Ed-Talks)

  • One Plus One: Shawnee State University’s Math Mentorship Program Adds Up: Professor Ann Linden, Shawnee State University, Director, Women's Center and Dr. Mary Oling Sisay, Shawnee State University, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mentoring Women Up the Ladder to Success: From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Dr. Kerry Strayer, Otterbein University, Associate Professor

Women's Voice (Pecha Kucha)

  • kate: Otterbein University's Feminist Zine: Hannah Biggs, Otterbein University, Student & Jacqlyn Schott, Otterbein University, Student
  • Live Outloud: Getting a Voice and Making that Voice a LOUD One: Rae Reed, Outloud Magazine, Founder
  • We Are Pennies Worth the Wish: Leslie Willis, Otterbein University, Student
  • The Bridges Experience: Creative Writing as a Tool for Empowering Teen Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: Lori McNelly, Shawnee State University, Instructor

Reciprocal Leadership (So Something Workshop)

  • Destined 2 LEAD, Margot Hoffman, President, Quest4Leadership, LLC & Dr. Kathleen Ryan, Clinical Psychologist

Women & Technology (Special Library Session)

  • Who is Writing this Stuff?, Suzy Schroeder, Ursuline College, Head of Library Electronic and Media Services

Women Entrepreneurs (Expert Panel)

  • Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs: Michelle Galligan, Bad Girl Ventures, President/CEO of IFG Columbus, and Robin Gentry McGee, Functional Formularies

Campus Programs (Pecha Kucha)

  • Tunnel Vision: A Dividing Insight on Tunnel of Oppression, Wende’ Nichols, Otterbein University, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity
  • VOX: Reproductive Justice at Otterbein, Abigail Santorine, Otterbein University, Student
  • Applying Women’s Studies Theory to Girl’s Circles through Service-Learning, Jenni Bechler and Claire Dolan, The Ohio State University, Students

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Track Three: Community

To cultivate meaningful and sustainable community partnerships that help us to create more “communities of opportunity” where students, faculty, non-profits, corporations, and our neighbors are equally invested in the wellness of our shared landscapes.

Community Partnerships (Pecha Kucha)

  • School-Based Partnerships: Using Strengths to Fight Hunger: Patti Wilson, Otterbein University, Senior Instructor
  • Partner Perspective: What Can I Do? Community Partnerships to Fight Hunger: Sherry Williamson, Share Bac-a-Pac, Founder
  • Faculty Perspective: Grace McDaniel, Otterbein University , Senior Instructor
  • Student Perspective: Kailee Miller, Otterbein University, Student

Ethics-based Leadership (Ed-Talks)

  • Pay Versus Ethics: Rising in the Ranks as a Woman and Retaining Your Ethics, Dr. Laura Hammel, Ursuline College, Director/Assistant Professor
  • Is She the New Leader: Examining Relationships Between Learning Preferences and Moral Reasoning, Dr. Marilynn N. Butler, Ursuline College, Associate Professor

Community Alliances (Ed-Talks)

  • Building Women’s Community Alliances: Melanie Martin-Jones, Founder, WCCO (Women’s Council of Central Ohio); Kathleen Lach, Chair, Programming, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners-Columbus); Courtnee Carrigan, Director of Program Development, YWCA; and Barbara Smoot, Executive Director, WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development).

Women Shaping Public Policy (Expert Panel)

  • Women Shaping Public Policy: A Moderated Panel with Women Policymakers from Ohio, Lilly Cavanaugh, MBA, Executive Director, Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (Moderator). Guests: Ramona Reyes, Vice President, Columbus Board of Education; Debbie Johnson, Upper Arlington City Councilwoman.

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Track  Four: Philanthropy

To unleash resources to transform the everyday experiences of women and girls.

Moving the 7% Needle (Expert Lecture)

  • The Seven Percent: Moving the Needle in Women’s Philanthropy: Nichole Dunn, The Women's Fund, President & CEO

Bakesales to Boardrooms (Ed-Talks)

From Bake-Sales to Board Rooms: Fundraising Techniques for Students and Non-Profits Groups

  • Student Bake-Sales & Other Fundraising Techniques, Kathleen Kishman, The Women’s Fund
  • Grant-writing, Diane Nance, Otterbein University, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Corporate/Donor Relations, Tasha Booker, Director of Development and Public Relations, I Know I Can

Growing Campus Philanthropy

  • Pay it Forward: Growing Campus Philanthropy Programs through Service-Learning, Dick Kinsley, Ohio Campus Compact, Executive Director

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Experiential Sessions

  • Women’s Circles: Experiencing Meaningful Conversations with College Women, The Ohio State University, Vicki Pitstick, Program Manager
  • Moving Into Action: Theater Games for Social Liberation, Dr. Michel Coconis, Wright State University, Assistant Professor


ASK LEGAL Star Institute

The Ask Legal Institute will offer a series of short talks on issues related to women and the legal system. Participants can join the sessions at any time during the day.

  • 9:00-9:15 Welcome: : Melanie Martin-Jones, Partner, Porter, Wight Morris & Arthur, LLP
  • 9:15-9:30 Legal & Social Issues in Starting a Business: Julie Phillips (Women's Bar Association)
  • 9:30 – 9:50 Legal Issues & the Media: Colleen Marshall (co-anchor NBC4)
  • 10:00-10:30 Journey to the Bench : Justice Evelyn Stratton (Ohio Supreme Court)
  • 10:30-10:45 Legal Issues for Non-profits: Mimi Dane, President, Flying Horse Farms
  • 1:30-2:30 Ohio Bar Association Gender Fairness Report, Kalpana Yalamanchili