WOW Talks, Panels, and Discussions

WOW Talks, Panels, and Discussions

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Speakers and times are subject to change. Additional speakers added daily.

9:00–10:30 a.m.
OPENING SESSION FEATURING #METOO
FOUNDER AND ACTIVIST TARANA BURKE
LECLERC AUDITORIUM
Join us for the opening session of WOW 2018! Hear a special message from WOW Founder Jude Kelly and the Women’s Year in Review. #MeToo Founder and Activist Tarana Burke will deliver remarks followed by a moderated Q&A.

Special message from Jude Kelly, Founder of Women of the World
Welcome from Marylou Yam, President, Notre Dame of Maryland University
In Review: Year of the Woman by Denise Koch, Anchor, WJZ TV
Introduction by Elissa Blount-Moorhead Filmmaker, Artist, Curator and Author
Tarana Burke, #MeToo Founder and Activist, in Conversation with India Gary-Martin, WOW Global Ambassador

10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
GLOBAL ACTIVISM FOR GIRLS (AGES 8-12)
SESSION I
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC BUILDING TECH HUB
WE Schools Maryland will be presenting a program focused on women’s empowerment through opportunity and entrepreneurship. Spotlighting WE Villages international opportunity projects in Kenya, WE Schools will inspire young women to use their skills and talents to empower themselves and inspire those around them.

WORKSHOP (SPACE IS LIMITED)
Jacquelyn Bullock, Director, Education Partnerships for we.org
Gabrielle Caddell, Youth Action Facilitator, WE Schools

11:00a.m. –12:00 p.m.
TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF BALTIMORE
LECLERC AUDITORIUM
Women are leading many successful sectors of Baltimore. From public health and social entrepreneurship to technology and finding and paving a path to success, these women are blazing trails and shaping new narratives for the city. Join this conversation as key leaders from across Baltimore gather together.

PANEL
Moderator: Quinn Kelley, Host of the Female Trouble Podcast, The Baltimore Sun
Sheela Murthy, Founder, Murthy Law Firm
Deb Tillett, President, Emerging Technology Centers
Jamie McDonald, Founder, Generosity Inc.
Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner, City of Baltimore

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN BALTIMORE: ENDING
THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
DOYLE FORMAL
If you think it doesn’t happen here, think again. Human trafficking is prevalent in Maryland and across the United States. Learn more about why it’s so prevalent, the impact on survivors and those yet to escape this modern-day form of slavery.

PANEL
Moderator: Patti Provance, Deputy Director, National Women’s Studies Association
Jessica Emerson, Director, Human Trafficking Prevention Project; Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic
Alicia McDowell, Founder and Executive Director at Araminta Freedom Initiative

MENOPAUSE CAFÉ
CAFÉ SPACE 1
Join this informal discussion group to increase menopause awareness and its effect on individuals and their relationships. Story sharing and questions are welcome. This session is open to all genders and ages.

DISCUSSION GROUP
Facilitator: Paula Slomin Derry, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine Practitioner

CONQUERING THE CONFIDENCE GAP
KNOTT 110
Are you “winging it”? Afraid you’ll be found out any minute? Come along to find out how the confidence gap is connected to gender and gender inequality and learn tools to help you overcome it.

PANEL
Moderator: Oana A. Brooks, Chair, WOW Baltimore Advisory Board
Mischa Toland, Founder, Girls as CEOs
Brittany Oliver, Founding Director, Not Without Black Women
Susan Reimer, Columnist, Baltimore Sun (retired)

WOMEN FOOD ENTREPRENEURS OF BALTIMORE
KNOTT AUDITORIUM
Women make up over half of restaurant workers, but only 19% hold chef positions and even fewer are owners or proprietors. Hear from Baltimore women who have taken charge and crafted their vision of a food business—and why being a woman in the field makes a difference.

PANEL
Moderator: Lena Tashjian, Writer and Influencer, Dinewellbmore
Carrie Podles, Owner, Alexander’s Tavern
Jasmine Norton, Founder, The Urban Oyster and Wicked Sisters
Nikki Marks-McGowan, Co-Owner, Share Kitchen of Baltimore and Owner of Mindgrub Cafe

WOW BITES
KNOTT 311

PRESENTATIONS
Anna Fowlkes, Independent HIV Prevention Advocate and Spokesperson on The Graying of HIV
Shantell Roberts, Founder & Executive Director, Touching Young Lives, Incorporated (TYL, Inc.) and the Portable Alternative Crib
Initiative on turning pain into a purposeful venture and saving local infants with a simple solution!

Christina Brickwedde, Ambassador, Hike Like A Woman on Finding Peace and Self-Love on a Trail and in the Outdoors
Jennifer Folayan, Creator, B’more Aloha on Three Secrets To Activating Your A-Game told from a survivor of rape, incest and a graduate of the foster care system

MONEY: UNDERSTANDING PLANNING, RISK AND REWARD
KNOTT 108
Whether it’s earning less, saving less, or investing less than their male counterparts, women face unique challenges when it comes to finance. Women of all budgets are invited to get some tips on how to save and spend better in this session.

WORKSHOP
Bonnie Stein, President and CEO, Jemma Financial Services

YOGA WITH DIVAYOGI MICHELLE STAFFORD
MBK DANCE STUDIO
Michelle Stafford has been teaching yoga for over 8 years, and personal training for over a decade. Her focus is on alignment, spinal
stabilization, joint mobility, and overall strength.

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
SELF-CARE FOR WOMEN OF COLOR
CAFÉ SPACE 2
In this workshop, we will discuss, identify, and explore ways to integrate self-care into our daily lives. We will also explore what self-care looks like to each individual and present options for those who are not currently utilizing self-care.

DISCUSSION GROUP
Hope Gilchrist, Counselor, MA, LCPC
Dr. Kizzy Pitrell, Counseling Psychologist

12:10–12:25 p.m. Performances

SHELBY BLONDELL, BALTIMORE SINGER & SONGWRITER
WOW MARKET STAGE

OBOE DUO, CLASSICAL OBOE
KNOTT SCIENCE BUILDING LOBBY | 12:00 – 12:20

QUEENEARTH, ACOUSTIC SINGER/SONGWRITER
LECLERC HALL LOBBY | 12:00 – 12:20

12:30–1:30 p.m.
SPEED MENTORING SESSION I
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC BUILDING ROOM 106
Share your challenges, exchange ideas and explore different perspectives. This session is open to all, for you to discuss whatever challenge you would like, big or small. Mentors come from a diverse range of professions and backgrounds. You might be paired with a taxi driver or a taxidermist, an astronaut or an army general.

Hosted by Jemma Financial Services

SEX CAFÉ
CAFÉ SPACE 1
Pop in to this discussion group guided by the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series and podcast that encourages good and healthy sex through courageous conversations about love, sex, relationships, and everything in between.

DISCUSSION GROUP
Facilitator: Vanessa Geffrard, Founder, VagEsteem™

AGING AND INDEPENDENCE
DOYLE FORMAL
Join this open and practical conversation about women, aging, and independence. Living our best lives into our golden years will be discussed.

PANEL
Moderator: Denise Koch, Anchor, WJZ TV
Deborah Bakalich, Owner, Senior Care Lifestyles
Carmel Roques, President and CEO, Keswick Multi-Care
Bonnie Stein, President and CEO, Jemma Financial Services

AIN’T I A SISTA TOO?
KNOTT AUDITORIUM
At the Women’s Rights Convention in 1851, Sojourner Truth famously asked “Ain’t I a Woman?” 167 years later, we are tweaking that question—while maintaining its core racial and gender context. Join us for an intergenerational “get real” discussion that only girlfriends plotting evolution at the kitchen table can have.

PANEL
Moderator: A. Adar Ayira, Senior Leadership, Associated Black Charities
Harriet Smith, Trainer, Baltimore Racial Justice Action
Dr. Erica K. Taylor, Racial Justice Activist, Baltimore Racial Justice Action

SCARY MOMMY, JILL SMOKLER
LECLERC AUDITORIUM
Jill Smokler started an innocent online baby book to chronicle her stay-at-home days with her children. It transformed into a massive
vibrant community of millions of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.

CONVERSATION
Moderator: Jill Smokler, Founder, Scary Mommy
Christine Michel Carter, Millennial Mom and Writer

WOW BITES
KNOTT 311

PRESENTATIONS
Gemma Wenner, Founder of Guayana’s Coconut Festival on Women’s Leadership
Kate Bowers, in Unconventional Places, Vice President at Weinberg Harris Public Relations and WOW Advisory Board Member on You Don’t Own Me: Self Talk, Eating Disorders, and Learning to Honor Your Body
Alysha January, Founder, @DiscoverCharmCity on How I Became a Social Media Influencer
Alyscia Cunningham, Author, Filmmaker, and Photographer on the creation of Feminine Transitions as a Middle Finger to the Media

TEENS TALK BACK–ACTIVISM
KNOTT 108
Join teenage girls discussing feminism and activism: is it cool, do they like the word, and do you care what others think? Whatever your age, this is your chance to hear from teens about their lives, thoughts and expectations – from the tough realities to straightforward optimism.

Facilitator: Ashley Day, Program Director for the Pay it Forward Internship Program, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation
Anna Hilger, Baltimore March for Our Lives Organizer

LET’S TALK FASHION!
KNOTT 110
Local fashion designers and influencers discuss the evolution of fashion, blogging and influencing.
Moderator: Jessica Gregg, Managing Editor, Mid-Atlantic Media
Jody Davis, CEO and Designer, Jody Davis Design
Tori Soudan, Owner and Designer, Tori Soudan Collection

BOLLYWOOD DANCE LESSON
MBK DANCE STUDIO
BEND IT LIKE BOLLYWOOD DANCE COMPANY
BILB is not only a dance learning academy but a place where students learn to find themselves and express their true selves through the wonderful art form of dance. Come move your body to the Bollywood beat!

1:00–2:00 p.m.

FRIENDSHIP FOR MILLENIALS
CAFÉ SPACE 2
Making friends as an adult can be hard! Society of Excellent Women aims to create safe, inclusive spaces and events in which women in Baltimore can find each other for friendship.

DISCUSSION GROUP
Facilitator: Brittany Wight, Founder, Society of Excellent Women

1:30–3:30 p.m.

GLOBAL ACTIVISM FOR GIRLS (AGES 8-12)
SESSION II
WE Schools Maryland will be presenting a program focused on women’s empowerment through opportunity and entrepreneurship. Spotlighting WE Villages international opportunity projects in Kenya, WE Schools will inspire young women to use their skills and talents to empower themselves and inspire those around them.

WORKSHOP (SPACE IS LIMITED)
Facilitator: Jacquelyn Bullock, Director, Education Partnerships for we.org
Facilitator: Gabrielle Caddell, Youth Action Facilitator, WE Schools

1:40–1:55 p.m. Performances
BALTMORE HOOPLOVE
BIG TENT
OLGA COMEDY
WOW MARKETPLACE STAGE
RUEDAS CASINOS

2:00–3:00 p.m.

DEATH CAFÉ
CAFÉ SPACE 1
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

DISCUSSION GROUP
Facilitator: Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, NDMU

FACTUALITY: A CRASH COURSE IN STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY
DOYLE FORMAL
FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game, all in one, that simulates real life experiences in America. All are welcome as we learn about structural inequality and how it affects various members of society.

WORKSHOP
Facilitator: Natalie Gillard, Creator/Assisant Vice President, Multicultural Experience, Stevenson University

HOW WE CAN RAISE OUR SONS TO BE GOOD MEN
KNOTT AUDITORIUM
In spite of positive changes in recent years, we’re still raising our sons to be the boss, to tough it out, to be in control, to show no emotions, and to always be the winner. Not only does this cause terrible problems for women, but it sets boys up for failure; for these are ideals that no boy or man can live up to. This inspiring and positive talk helps us learn how we can do a much better job.

KEYNOTE
Dr. Michael Kaufman, Co-founder, The White Ribbon Campaign
Q&A with Dr. Marylou Yam, NDMU President

ACTIVISM BEYOND BORDERS
KNOTT 110
What can US-based activists learn from their international sisters? Hear international change makers speak about how you can turn local activism into global solidarity.

PANEL
Moderator: Nicholas Dippel, Field Based Recruiter, Peace Corps
Meisha Robinson, Director of Communications, National Peace Corps Association and Founder and Executive Director, I Am, We Are
Tausi Suedi MPH, Co-founder, Childbirth Survival International
Micah Castelo, Writer and NDMU Student
Insha Hamdani, New Program Development, Johns Hopkins University

FUN WITH CHEMISTRY
LECLERC AUDITORIUM
Dr. Kate “The Chemist” Biberdorf’s presentation is sure to ignite, inspire, and motivate! Catch her infectious love for learning and exploration in the sciences in a demonstration that is not to be missed. This presentation is a treat for all ages!

PRESENTATION
Dr. Kate Biberdorf, Professor, University of Texas–Austin
Moderator: Sarah Hasnain, NDMU Student and Founder of NDMU’s Society of Women Engineers

HOW TO GET ELECTED
KNOTT 108
We need more women in politics and it starts here. In this session, you can learn from women experiencing the political process about growing your political voice, campaigning for a cause you believe in, and running for office.

PANEL
Moderator: Nykidra Robinson, Founder, Black Girls Vote
Krish Vignarajah, Candidate, MD Governor
Angela Angel, Member, Maryland House of Delegates
Elizabeth Embry, Candidate, MD Lieutenant Governor

SPEED MENTORING SESSION II
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC BUILDING 106
Share your challenges, exchange ideas, and explore different perspectives. Mentors come from a diverse range of professions and
backgrounds. You might be paired with a taxi driver or a taxidermist, an astronaut or an army general. This session is open to all.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

FEMINISM THEN AND NOW
CAFÉ SPACE 2
Has the fight for gender equality evolved since the second wave of feminism? Join the discussion about the feminist movement. Has it changed over time or stayed the same?

DISCUSSION GROUP
Denise Koch, Anchor, WJZ TV
Brittany Oliver, Founding Director, Not Without Black Women
Betty G. Robinson, Community Organizer and Activist

3:00– 4:00 p.m.

MANDALA ART THERAPY
BIG TENT
Mandalas offer a place and way to bring together experiences, parts of life, feelings, and find meaning. Carl Jung is credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thinking. He connected the form and practice with a complete expression of the Self. Making a mandala simply means creating an image within any circular space. Self-created mandalas might be considered mirrors of your inner self and symbolic of your potential for change and transformation. Their creation can provide particular support during stress or intense activity.

WORKSHOP
Facilitator: Cathy Goucher, Program Director, Art Therapy Department, NDMU
3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

PERFORMANCES
BOLIVIAN FOLK DANCERS
WOW MARKET STAGE
BALTIMORE HOOP LOVE

KNOTT SCIENCE BUILDING LOBBY | 3:00–3:25

3:30–4:30 p.m.

ROXANE GAY IN CONVERSATION WITH TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM
LECLERC AUDITORIUM
Gay’s newly edited collection of essays, Not That Bad, Dispatches from Rape Culture, talks address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are ‘routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied’ for speaking out. Roxane and Tressie tackle this and a host of other relevant and timely topics in conversation you won’t want to miss!

Introduction by Dr. Maeve O’Donovan, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy Department, NDMU.

Book signing from 4:30–5:00 p.m.

4:30–5:00 p.m.
SAND MANDALA DISSOLUTION CEREMONY
WOW MARKET STAGE
Mandalas are hand-made and impermanent works of art. This delicate WOW Baltimore mosaic will be ceremoniously brushed away and returned to nature.

SHELBY BLONDELL, BALTIMORE SINGER AND SONGWRITER
WOW MARKET STAGE

5:30–6:00 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
WOW MARKET STAGE
It’s impossible to go to everything, so come hear a summary of today’s program with speakers and performers from across the festival.

PANEL
Moderator: India Gary-Martin, WOW Global Ambassador
6:00–7:00 p.m.

CLOSING RECEPTION
Toast WOW Baltimore and solidify the connections you’ve made during the day. Cheers to a memorable experience

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