Women’s advocates from Australia, Africa, Pakistan and various U.S. locations will participate in an event heralding International Women’s Day, and encouraging women’s further progress on gender equality, on March 8 at National Louis University.
The event, which organizers are excited to initiate in Chicago and hope to make an annual observance, aligns with the United Nations’ urging of women’s equality first declared at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995.
Reflecting UN Women’s 2016 tagline of “Planet 50-50 by 2013, Step It Up for Gender Equality,” speakers will touch on three areas in which UN findings say more work is needed to get women to 50-50 equality: education, business/career and decision-making.
The audience will get a grasp on the issues, such as that the United States fell to 28th place for gender equality, behind countries such as Nicaragua, the Philippines and Rwanda, on the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap report (http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2015/rankings/) but that, within the U.S., Illinois ranks third (http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2015/08/24/whats-status-womens-equality-illinois).
When: Tuesday, March 8, Registration at 4 p.m. Program 5-7 pm, finger food and networking 7-8 p.m.
Where: National Louis University’s Wheeling campus, 1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, Illinois.
Cost: Free, but registration required at www.nl.edu/StepItUpLive
ZOOM information: If you cannot attend in person, attend by Zoom at https://nl.zoom.us/j/125606472
Speakers at the event, which will be held at National Louis University’s Wheeling, Ill., USA campus, include the following.
On the topic of education:
Dr. Khalid Khan, secretary of the higher education department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (Malala Yousafzai’s province) champions access to education for girls and women.
Stephanie Charging Eagle, tribal education specialist, Dupree, South Dakota, USA, helps Lakota Sioux women pursue higher education while preserving native traditions and language.
Sharon Hughes, an author in Melbourne, Australia, had to persist through discouragement in order to write children’s books for her own aboriginal people. She promotes literacy in the aboriginal community.
On the topic of business/entrepreneurship:
Amy Philpott is an entrepreneur and past chamber of commerce president.
Katherine Bergman links the worlds of art, in which she is a professional singer, and business, in which she uses financial, operational and project management skills as director of Main Street Opera in the Chicago area.
Krista Vendy is an actress, producer and presenter.
On the topic of decision-making:
Hendrina Doroba, executive director, Foundation for African Women Educationalists, coordinates education programs in the three sub-Saharan countries where FAWE has a presence. She is based in Kenya.
Michele M. Jochner, who served as a law clerk to two Illinois Supreme Court justices, is a partner at the Schiller DuCanto and Fleck law firm. She received the 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
Monica Ramos, named by Negocios Now newspaper to its “Latinos 40 Under 40 in Chicago,” attended Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Mexico, and works as Director of Family and Community Engagement at National Louis University, while pursuing her Ph.D.
National Louis University provides a symbolically appropriate place for the event because of its history of women leaders. In 1886, Elizabeth Harrison founded the school which grew into the university, and its current president and provost are Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., respectively.
The event has three organizers. Carol O’Meara is an author and American military veteran who married an Australian, James O’Meara, and gained such expertise during her time living in Australia that, upon moving to Chicago, she started a consultancy in coaching people through work, life and culture transitions. James O’Meara, Ed.D., is a professor of education at National Louis University, president of International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), and an international thought leader in the arena of preparing and retaining teachers. Monica Ramos, referenced above in the Speakers section of this press release, is a third organizer.
Questions: Contact Dr. James O’Meara at james.o’firstname.lastname@example.org