Women in Public Service Project

Speaker Schedule (spring 2014)

Peanut Butter and Gender Program *
12:00-12:50 p.m.
Phelps Stokes 204
Lunch served

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Wed. January 15
Inauguration of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at Berea College
Ceremonial Opening in honor of Peggy Keon

Peggy Keon Champion of Change Lecture:
“The Transformative Power of Women’s Voices”

Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will address the values, aims, and outcomes of The Women in Public Service Project,  showing how these are connected to a global network of emerging women leaders.

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Wed. January 29
12:00 – 12:50
“Best Negotiating Practices” Workshop for WPSP at Berea College
Presented by Watershed Associates, Washington, DC
“Empowering Women at the Negotiating Table”

Leslie Mulligan, a global negotiation consultant with Watershed Associates in Washington D.C., will discuss the advantages that women bring to any negotiation, personal and professional, and how to maximize this often untapped skill set. Leslie has been putting her own skills to work for the last 20 years, as a high-tech business leader in Silicon Valley, after serving as an officer in the United States Air Force.

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Wed. February 12
“Misrepresentations: Gender (In)Equality in the Media”

Dr. Susan Bailey, former Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, and author of 1992 Report, “How Schools Shortchange Girls,” discusses the gender inequality in the media and the transformative power of media to challenge gender stereotypes.

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Wed. February 19
“Gender Equality as Critical Development Policy”

Jeni Klugman, World Bank’s Director of Gender and Development, will discuss the 2012 World Development “Report on Gender Equality and Development.”

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Wed. February 26
“The Imperative Value of CEDAW to Women’s Rights”

Dr. Susan Weld, Executive Director, Law Asia Leadership, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University,  and former General Counsel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China from 2002 to 2005, will discuss the importance of CEDAW (The Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) including law reform and bilateral cooperation.

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Wed. March 19
“In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate”

Judge Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, and former United States federal judge for the District Court in the District of Massachusetts, will discuss her career in legal system to defend women’s rights.

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Wed. March 26
“Empowering Women through Social Media”

Shelly Kapoor Collins, Technology Entrepreneur, Founder of Enscient Corporation, and recently named in the list of “40 Women to Watch over 40” will discuss best practices of social media for social activism.

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Wed. April 2
“Another World is Necessary: Women Leading the Way”

Gustavo Esteva, renowned intellectual activist of Mexico, and advisor to indigenous groups throughout the country, will discuss the leadership of women in Mexico’s contemporary political struggles.

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Wed. April 16
“Combating Modern Day Slavery”

Ten years ago, Katherine Chon discovered that slavery still exists in America. In fact, slavery existed two miles from her apartment in Providence, Rhode Island. She immediately decided she had to do something, and co-founded the Polaris Project upon graduating college. She shares her story, staggering statistics on human trafficking, and what Polaris is doing to combat modern-day slavery.

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* This is a tentative list of invited speakers. Please check website for any changes prior to the scheduled event.

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