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WE Conference Workshops

Where Great Minds Meet

The Women's Empowerment Conference is proud to offer six workshops at this year's conference. 


The workshops, which will be led by local experts, will focus on themes including, tools on how to engage in political activism, creating safe environments in schools for LGBTQ+ students, how to run for office, and how to empower and uplift women of color. These workshops will not only supply information about the issues in question, but also give attendees the chance to exchange ideas and forge connections within the community.

Workshops are only available for All-Day ticket holders. Online registration for the workshops is now closed. All-day ticket holders who have not registered for a workshop will need to do so at the conference. If you have additional questions about the workshops feel free to contact us at contact@weconferenceandmarch.com


 

Finding Our Voices in Darkness: An Activist’s Journey for Peace

Jan 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

Christine Ahn, International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, will describe this movement promoting women’s voices in peace-making in Korea and globally. Discussion of foreign policy impact on domestic issues.

Christine organized the 2015 Women’s March across the Korean DMZ, including Nobel Peace Laureates, women from North and South Korea and peace activists from across the world - including Gloria Steinem, Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright from the US. Christine is leading Women Cross DMZ's women-led global campaign with the Nobel Women's Initiative and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to press for a Korea Peace Treaty to end the Korean War and to achieve a Nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

This workshop is sponsored by Women Against War.

 

Why NOT Me? First We Marched, Now Let’s Run – For Office!

Jan 12, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

After marching, why NOT run for office? One of the most powerful ways you can ‘be the change’ is to run yourself. Learn from elected officials and professional trainers on what you can do to prepare yourself for that important future step.

 

The workshop is sponsored by Emerge America and CapitalWomen and will be led by Lisa Powell Graham. Lisa is a political and communications consultant, public speaker, and life coach who was part of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign staff.


Panelists for this workshop include Amanda Farias, Democratic State Committeewoman from the 87th assembly district in the Bronx and the founder of Women of Color for Progress; Assembly member of the 109th Assembly District, Patricia Fahy and Libby Post, co-founder of Capital Women, the Capital District's women's political action committee.

 

Our Voices, Our Bodies, Our Communities: Black Women Taking Ownership of Our Blackness

Jan 12, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

This discussion will focus on the ways in which black women have re-defined what it means to be black in America, in their roles as leaders, healers, storytellers, and pioneers, in their communities. We will hear from community leaders and discuss methods of self-empowerment.

The workshop will be led by Castina Charles, co-organizer of the 2018 Women's March in Albany and co-founder of the Women's Empowerment Conference and March. The panelists that will be leading the discussion in this workshop are Gabrielle Seay, Political Director for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Angelicia Morris, Executive Director for the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission and Kymlee Dorsey, transgender community leader and organizer.

 

Latinas in Politics: How We Take Power Back In Our Communities

Jan 12, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

This discussion will focus on Latina Women in elected office who have challenged the political status quo. We will hear from a panelist of community leaders who will discuss methods of self-empowerment and techniques on how we take power back in our communities.

 

The workshop is sponsored by the Hispanic Coalition NY. The discussion will be led by Jaysalee Salcedo. Jaysalee is a communications major at the College of Saint Rose. She is the captain of the first and only Latin group on campus and an eboard member for Purely Positive Women of Purpose (PPWOP).


Panelists for this workshop are Monica Miranda, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Coalition NY; Irene Collins, the first Hispanic Council woman for Amsterdam; and Fabrizia Rodriguez, attorney and activist based in the Capital District region of New York.

 

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network: Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students

Jan 12, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

This training aims to equip teachers, administrators and school staff with the knowledge and perspective to create a safe, inclusive environment for ALL students. While this training is geared towards educators, the information can be useful in any profession regarding creating a safe space.

 

The training is conducted by GLSEN trained presenters. GLSEN is a national k-12 organization with a mission of creating safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 

Activism For Our Lives: How The Youth of America Transformed this Nation

Jan 12, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Empire State Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12210, USA

Throughout this nation’s history, from the Civil Rights movement, up until the current March for Our Lives, American youth have led the way in shaping the direction of the nation. This workshop will delve into the history of youth movements and discuss how we can support the youth leaders of today.

 

Workshop will be led by Kaelyn DiCocco co-organizer of the 2018 March for Our Lives in Albany. Panelists for this workshop include Lydia Martell, co-organizer of the April 20, 2018 National Student Walkout, Hamza Noor, co-organizer for the 2018 March For Our Lives and Angelicia Morris, Executive Director for the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.