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WOW Program 2020 (PDF)

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WOW Bites
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9:30 am – 10:30 am

Opening Session – How Far We Have Come and What Do We Do Next?

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Start the ball rolling at the opening event of the third annual WOW – Women of the World – Baltimore, with a special tribute to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Remarks will be presented by 19th Amendment Commission Chair DR. LINDA SINGH, NDMU President DR. MARYLOU YAM, WOW Global Ambassador INDIA GARY-MARTIN, and an inspired presentation from WJZ Anchor DENISE KOCH. Forty-fifth Secretary of the Treasury ROSIE RIOS will deliver a keynote on Inspirations and Aspirations: One Woman’s Journey to Right History to Influence the Present/Future of Women and Girls.

We will examine the state of gender equity to determine how far we have come and how far we have yet to go! Special thanks to suffrage actresses ALLY IBACH, ANNA STEUERMAN, and PRECIOUS AJAYI.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Project Divided: Bridging the Political Divide

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This interactive workshop explores the political divisions among diverse people, with the goal of reaching some mutual understanding. We focus on actionable tips and tools for having difficult but productive conversations on some of the most pressing political issues of our time. Project Divided Co-founders MARLEY DUCHOVNAY and CASEY MOORE will lead the session.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ninja Negotiating for Women

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM B

You know only too well how stressful it is to deal with people, especially during a negotiation. Avoid the default reactions of flight, fight, or freeze by learning effective behaviors you can use to regulate yourself and engage your counterpart. SUSAN BORKE, principal of BorkeWorks, will share practical, proven behaviors you can implement to negotiate effectively.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A Conversation with Supermajority Co-Founder Cecile Richards

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A Conversation with Supermajority Co-Founder Cecile Richards Main Stage Co-Founder of Supermajority Cecile Richards joins in conversation with WJZ Anchor Denise Koch to discuss the power of women in the political process. Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and the author of New York Times bestseller Make Trouble.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

What Happens When Your Side Hustle Gets Real: Women Entrepreneurs Speak

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM C

This panel of women entrepreneurs speak to the real-world challenges and opportunities faced when a creative pursuit or passion becomes something more. Learn what it really takes to become a self-made businesswoman. Kristi Halford, Founder and Chief Supporting Officer of C3 Visionary Strategies will moderate and panelist will include Alysha January, Creator of Discover Charm City and Co-owner of Busheler’s of Baltimore; Rachel Indek, Host and Owner for Bmore At Home Properties and Ashton Kelly, Owner and Photograher, Ashton Kelley Photography.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Intimacy and You!

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM A

Pop in to this discussion group guided by Vanessa Geffrard, the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series and podcast that encourages courageous conversations about love and relationships, and everything in between. Vanessa will lead participants in a series of activities that will leave you empowered, intrigued, and ready to explore!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Gender Equity for Girls by The Be. Org

CC YOUTH EMPOWERMENT ROOM

(This is a drop-off session for girls only ages 6–10. Permission slip and waiver are required.)

Get ready to identify your superpowers and create positive affirmations to empower yourself on a daily basis. Brainstorm ways to positively impact your community using your superpowers. Close out the session by creating an affirmation t-shirt and “go viral for good” in our photobooth to capture the moment. TONEE LAWSON, Executive Director of The Be. Org, will lead the session.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Speed Mentoring WILDCARD SESSION

CC ATRIUM LOBBY

Share your challenges, exchange ideas and stories, and potentially identify a new mentor at a WOW speed-mentoring session. Be mentored by experts from a diverse array of fields, careers, backgrounds, and ages. This session provides up to four individual 15-minute speed mentoring sessions. Advance registration is encouraged.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Giving Voice to Girls

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Calling all young women and girls! This is the time to express yourself. You have a lot on your mind and we want to hear it. How can you use social media to make a difference in the world? What does a healthy relationship with yourself and others look like? DJ BEAUTY AND THE BEATZ will set the mood for the discussion just among us girls! Founder of Women Leading Baltimore ASHLEY DAY will be our emcee as we explore issues pertinent to young women and girls in 2020. A panel discussion will include NDMU student KEIRA MULL, activist and organizer MELISSA DENIZARD, and Roland Park Country School student and One Love representative MOLLY BOOTH.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Ending the Mommy Wars Workshop

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM B

One in five women suffers from a maternal mental health disorder. Untreated maternal mental health disorders can have negative lasting impacts on mothers, children, and families, and these disorders do not care if a mother works in her home or in a traditional office setting. In this interactive writing workshop, we will discuss why 2020 is deemed #YearOfTheMother. Participants will collaborate on taking one strong action to support motherhood in 2020. Both stay-at-home moms and working moms will develop executable strategies to manage “the mother-load.” CHRISTINE MICHEL CARTER, author and global marketing expert, will lead the session.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Gender Equity for Girls by Girls on the Run

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(This is a drop-off session for girls only ages 6–10. Permission slip and waiver are required.)

This session will inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun experienced-based conversations on self-awareness and celebrating what makes each girl unique. Run, hop, or skip to different stations where we will discover how to cultivate positive self-talk, find balance and strength in being healthy, celebrate our differences and similarities, and redefine the concept of beauty. With a coveted GIRLS ON THE RUN energy award, we will jump and shout to pass the positivity around in your community.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Unruly Catholic Nuns: Faith and Feminism

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM A

Writers of the book Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories (SUNY Press, 2017) offer readings and a Q&A on the experiences of current and former Catholic nuns, adding to the global conversation about the role of women in the Catholic Church today. Through their stories we learn how these women act out their missions of social justice, challenge cultural and governmental policies, and attempt to reconcile their unruliness with their religious orders and the rules of the church. Notre Dame of Maryland University professor and book editor DR. JEANA DEL ROSSO will lead the discussion joined by book editor LEIGH EICKE and contributors PATRICIA DWYER, SISTER JEANNINE GRAMICK, SISTER JANE MORRISEY, and PAT MONTLEY.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

WOW Bites

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Come to WOW Bites for short talks, performances, readings, and soapbox moments. Speakers include: CHARITA BROWN on removing the stigma of mental health diagnoses, ANNA FOWLKES on aging and HIV, DR. MICHELLE KIM LEFF on building community through THREAD, and PATTI PROVANCE on justice and joy.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Women as Caregivers: Navigating & Negotiating New Roles

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM C

Presented by Women’s Daily Post

Statistics show that of the more than 40 million Americans serving as caregivers to their loved ones — a figure expected to grow as more baby boomers, and their parents, get older, and as more children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum — 60 percent are women. In this informative session, panelists will share practical as well as personal stories of how they navigate the legal and medical landscape of life with disabilities, life with adult special needs children, and elder care. The panel will be led by author, lawyer, and mediation expert LOUISE PHIPPS SENFT, who will be joined by estate planning and probate attorney ROBIN WEISSE; author, advocate, and columnist REBECCA GALLI; and founder of HomeCentris Healthcare YANA RACHINSKAYA.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speed Mentoring STEM SESSION (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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Share your challenges, exchange ideas, and explore different perspectives at a WOW speed-mentoring session. This session is aimed at women currently working or interested in STEM careers. Mentors in this session come from across the spectrum of STEM experience, education, and background. Advance registration is encouraged.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A Conversation with Cyntoia Brown-Long

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CYNTOIA BROWN-LONG is a sex trafficking survivor who was convicted of murder at the age of 16 and sentenced to life in prison. She received unprecedented national and international support from social media advocates, pastors, and celebrities who understood the racial and gendered injustice of her sentence. After serving 15 years, she ultimately received a commuted sentence. Her memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System (Atria Books, 2019), written while in prison, documents her early years and the years of her incarceration, and takes readers on a coming-of-age spiritual journey. Cyntoia will be joined by moderator DR. NADINE FINIGAN-CARR, a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to contemporary health problems, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Raising Boys to be Good Men

CC YOUTH EMPOWERMENT ROOM

From an early age, boys are taught to be the boss, tough it out, be in control, show no emotion, and always be the winner.

Studies have shown that these expectations lead to a culture where violence against women and girls is normalized. Join panel participants for a discussion on breaking down toxic male mindsets and behaviors and setting boys up for healthy relationships with themselves and others. DR. KAY WISE WHITEHEAD, Associate Professor at Loyola University Maryland, will moderate and panelists will include independent abolitionist, illustrator, and graphic artist BENJAMIN JANCEWICZ, JOHN SCHMICK, Dean of Student Life at Gilman School, and DR. LAMARR D. SHIELDS, speaker and lecturer.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WOW Bites

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From an early age, boys are taught to be the boss, tough it out, be in control, show no emotion, and always be the winner.

Come to WOW Bites for short talks, performances, readings, and soapbox moments. GINNY ROBERTSON, Speak Your Mind Even if Your Voice Shakes; NICHOLE MOONEY and SACHÉ JONES, on Black Women’s Influence in the Food Industry; CAROLINE HICKAM, on her journey and the importance of women’s heart health.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Say YES to YOU! Pursuing Your Passion in Your “Next Chapter”

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM C

Presented by Keswick Wise and Well

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut of daily routine and forget about your own passions. In this session, panel members SUSAN BENDER, Director of the Wise and Well Center, TRACY IMM, Founder of Tracy Imm Worldwide, LLC, CAROLYN MOORE, Health Coach and Consultant, and MICHELLE FRISCH, CEO of Retirement Wellness Strategies, share personal stories of self-discovery and their journeys to redefining themselves and pursuing their dreams. They will discuss how to connect with your inner wisdom, reassess your goals, and create strategies in order to reclaim your joyful, authentic life.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Young Women & Girls and Money: Making Dollars & Sense

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM B

This session, based on the book The Millionaire Next Door, helps attendees learn that most millionaires start by learning to save and invest at a younger age and teaches how to manage spending. RAQUEL FRYE, lecturer in the Department of Economics at Towson University, will lead this session.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Identity in the LGBTQ Community

PIER 5 HARBOR ROOM A

The rainbow flag representing the LGBTQ+ community has long been held as a symbol for acceptance and as reflective of people of any race, gender, age, or religion. However, despite this mindset of inclusion, discussions revolving around the LGBTQ+ community often ignore or disregard the racism and oppression faced by LGBTQ+ people of color, even from within the community itself.

DR. ANGELA FERGUSON, Associate Professor at Howard University, will facilitate a discussion on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in the LGBTQ+ community and the ways in which the implementation of racial hierarchies within a marginalized community destroys the illusion of solidarity.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Amber Tamblyn in Conversation Soledad O’Brien

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Actress, director, and #TimesUp Co-founder AMBER TAMBLYN joins award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and host of “Matter of Fact” SOLEDAD O’BRIEN in conversation to discuss the inspiration behind Tamblyn’s book Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. Topics will include the current state of women’s rights and how the movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have impacted women and girls.