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Columbus State Community College Presents: Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices

February 8, 2018 11:30 am @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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One event on February 8, 2018 12:00 am at 6:00pm

One event on March 22, 2018 12:00 am at 9:00am

One event on March 29, 2018 12:00 am at 6:00pm

One event on April 23, 2018 12:00 am at 4:30pm

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Introducing a new Courageous Conversations series focused on empowering women
At a moment when women’s issues have captured national attention, the College invites Central Ohioans to engage in a transformative, intersectional dialogue focused on empowering women. In addition to our nationally recognized keynote speakers, Courageous Conversations will be hosting panels with local leaders, community discussions, and workshops.

Columbus State Community College launched the first Courageous Conversations series a few years ago to address issues of race and ethnicity. Past events brought together a diverse cross-section of the community to talk about education, health care, and other topics through the lens of race. You can see coverage of past Courageous Conversations events here.

Browse this website to learn more about Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices and to see upcoming events. All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to guarantee your spot. Each event will have an ASL interpreter present.

Keynote Speakers

Yvette McGee Brown
February 8
“Follow the Leadership of Black Women”

A series of firsts define Yvette McGee Brown’s career. A first-generation college graduate, she is the first African-American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, and the first African-American woman to serve as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. As a community and corporate leader, she’s worked to help improve the lives of children and families. Among her many honors are the Ohio University Medal of Merit, and the Phillip’s Medal for Community Service, and the Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award.

Piper Kerman
March 22
Courageous Conversations hosts the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Summit

“Orange is the New Black” author Piper Kerman joins Columbus State’s fourth annual Women’s Leadership Summit. Kerman is perhaps best known for her memoir, which was adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. Kerman is a frequent invited speaker on the topics of criminal justice reform, the importance of arts in the prison system and the unique position of women in the criminal justice system. The Women’s Leadership Summit provides meaningful intergenerational connection, as well as leadership development, and personal and intellectual growth.

Elizabeth Brown
March 29
“Women in Business: Addressing Pay Equity”

Elizabeth Brown was elected in November of 2015 to Columbus City Council. As a councilmember, she focuses on building broad-based economic prosperity and initiatives to strengthen women and families. She led the adoption of a paid family leave policy for city employees — the first of its kind in
the Midwest and the third nationally. She has also served as an economic development manager to the City of Columbus, worked with middle school students to improve literacy as a City Year Americorps member, and has been published in New York Magazine and local NPR affiliate WOSU.

Tarana Burke
April 23
“The Silence Breakers”

More than a decade ago, activist Tarana Burke started the “Me Too” movement to help women and girls — especially women and girls of color ­— who had survived sexual violence. At the end of last year, #MeToo went viral, and Time Magazine named Burke a “silence breaker” in its Person of the Year issue. Burke is currently the senior director of the Brooklyn-based non-profit Girls for Gender Equity.


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270 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus,OH43215United States
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