WOW Talks, Panels, and Discussions

WOW Talks, Panels, and Discussions

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

9:00 – 10:30

Opening Session Featuring #MeToo Founder and Activist Tarana Burke
Marylou Yam – President, Notre Dame of Maryland University
In Review: Year of the Woman by Denise Koch, WJZ Anchor
Introduction by Elissa Blount-Moorhead
Tarana Burke – #MeToo Founder and Activist in Conversation with India Gary-Martin

10:30 – 12:30

Global Activism for Girls (ages 8-12) Session I
Workshop (Space is limited)
Jacquelyn Bullock – Director, Education Partnerships for

11:00 – 12:00

Trailblazing Women of Baltimore
Moderator: Denise Koch, WJZ TV Anchor
Sheela Murthy – Founder, Murthy Law Firm
Deb Tillett – President/Executive Director at 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

Menopause Café
Discussion Group    
Red Hot Mamas

Conquering the Confidence Gap
Moderator: Oana A. Brooks–Chair, WOW Baltimore Advisory Board
Mischa Toland – Founder, Girls as CEOs
Brittany Oliver  – Founding Director, Not Without Black Women

Food Entrepreneurs of Baltimore
Moderator: Lena Tashjian – Social Media Influencer, Dinewellbmore
Carrie Podles – Owner, Alexander’s Tavern
Jasmine Norton – Founder, The Urban Oyster
Nikki Marks-McGowan – Co-Owner, Share Kitchen of Baltimore

WOW Bites
Anna Fowlkes – Independent HIV Prevention Advocate and Spokesperson
Shantell Roberts – Founder & Executive Director, The Portable Alternative Crib Initiative
Christina Brickwedde – Member, Hike Like A Woman
Jennifer Folayan – Creator, B’more Aloha

Money: Understanding Planning, Risk and Reward
Bonnie Stein – President and CEO, Jemma Financial

11:30 – 12:30

Self Care for Women of Color
Discussion Group
Hope Gilchrist – Counselor, MA, LCPC
Dr. Kizzy Pitrell – Counseling Psychologist

12:30 – 1:30

Sex Positive Café
Discussion Group
Vanessa Geffrard – Founder, VagEsteem

Speed Mentoring Session I
Hosted by Jemma Financial

Aging and Independence
Deborah Bakalich – Owner, Senior Care Lifestyles
Carmel Roques – President and CEO, Keswick Multi-Care
Bonnie Stein – President and CEO, Jemma Financial

Ain’t I A Sister Too?
Adar Ayira – Senior Leadership, Associated Black Charities

Scary Mommy – Jill Smokler
Christine Michel Carter – Millennial Mom and Writer
Jill Smokler – Founder, Scary Mommy

WOW Bites

Global Activism 
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

Teens Talk Back – Teen Activism

1:00 – 2:00

Friendship for Millennials
Discussion Group
Brittany Wight – Founder, Society of Excellent Women

1:30 – 3:30

Global Activism for Girls (ages 8-12) Session II
Workshop (Space is limited)
Jacquelyn Bullock – Director, Education Partnerships for

2:00 – 3:00

Death and Grief Café
Discussion Group
Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey – Associate Professor of Religion, Notre Dame of Maryland University

How We Can Raise Our Sons to Be Good Men
Dr. Michael Kaufman – Co-founder, The White Ribbon Project
Q&A with NDMU President Dr. Marylou Yam

Fun with Chemistry
Dr. Kate Biberdorf – Professor, University of Texas – Austin

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

Speed Mentoring Session II

2:30 – 3:30

Feminism Then and Now
Discussion Group
Moderator – Denise Koch, WJZ TV Anchor
Brittany Oliver – Founding Director, Not Without Black Women
Betty G. Robinson – Community Organizer and Activist

3:30 – 5:00

Roxane Gay in Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom
Book signing from 4:30 – 5:00pm

5:30 – 6:30

Highlights of the Festival

6:30 – 7:30

Closing Reception

Positive Transformation for
Baltimore and Beyond

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