It’s not often that you get a chance to get in on the ground level of a revolution. I mean, there’s no shortage of purported revolutions, but those usually turn out to be multi-level marketing schemes at best. But I digress. The topic here at hand is revolution. And this month in Raleigh, I’m going to be joining up with one. And I’m pretty sure you’ll want to join, too.
I’m typically not a fan of anything that arrives under the moniker of “conference,” “symposium,” or “seminar.” But the NC Women’s Summit on September 26th is something that truly transcends the model of a boring chalk talk with a side of lukewarm filet of sole. Instead of filling the air with the same old drivel and buzzwords, the speakers at the Talley Center at NC State in Raleigh will evoke change and draw connections among the most visionary women in the state.
Born from a conversation over coffee and scones, the NC Women’s Summit is the state’s first and only gathering of female academics, leaders, thinkers, and doers. The first Women’s Summit in 2013 drew hundreds of women from around the state to discuss the intersection of women’s issues and politics in North Carolina.
By partnering with UNC’s Southern Oral History program and the Women’s Center at NC State University, Women AdvaNCe is able to bring scholars from all different fields together to discuss the way forward. Keynotes and panels will include topics such as workplace success among women, health care parity, and educational equality.
Sadly I missed last year’s Summit, but I’ve had this year’s circled on my calendar in red for months. Although I am far from a scholar, I’m eager to join the conversation about how we can ensure all North Carolinians receive the same chance at success—regardless of gender, economic status, or where they live.
One of the cornerstones of the Summit’s theme is the Fair Shot for Women Campaign, a project by the Center for American Progress designed to explore how women can achieve equality and get ahead in a world that often affords them fewer advantages than men. By joining with the Southern Oral History Program, Summit participants can view current struggles in a historical context, and join together to overcome the challenges.
The day will be structured with a breakfast, three panels, a lunch, and a keynote speaker. Audience members can interact with the speakers and scholars on the panels.
Stay tuned this month for more news from Women AdvaNCe about the NC Women’s Summit. We’ll be covering aspects of it each Wednesday leading up to the September 26th event. In the meantime, we’d like to hear from you. What’s on your mind? What would you like to discuss with your fellow powerful women from around the state? Tweet us using the #WomenAdvaNCe hashtag and let us know!
WHAT: NC Women’s Summit: Connecting Communities ~ Creating Change
WHEN: September 26th from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: The Talley Center at NC State University
WHO: Jointly sponsored by Women AdvaNCe, NC State Women’s Center and the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-CH
COST: $12, but scholarships are available