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Past Women's Place Events

The following list is an archive of events The Women's Place sponsored or cosponsored. In addition, some events may have video recordings of the event and/or documents associated with the event posted in the listing. Check back frequently, as we add video recordings as they become available, which is sometimes months after the event. We will note new recordings below in red at the top of each event.


August 21, 2017Event photo
Inaugural Black Women and Girls' Recognition Day
Sponsors: Education Foundation for Freedom and The Women's Place
Monday, 6 - 8 pm
Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch, 1422 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Fee: Donation, registration required

Help celebrate the lives of Black women and girls and support their continuing post secondary education and training. What better way to end the summer and look forward to the future than by socializing, enjoying uplifting spoken word, song, SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES, delightful refreshments, and awarding of scholarships to young women in our community.

According to Dr. Elaine Richardson, chair of the Education Foundation for Freedom, “Black Women and Girls' Recognition Day is one of our contributions to various efforts and strategies around the country fighting for gender and racial justice, so that the needs of girls and women of color are fully addressed and so people can understand how they can get involved.”

Questions? Contact info@giveusfreerecords.com or call 216-236-3621.

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Event graphicMay 22, 2017
13th Annual Ballam Women’s Symposium: Branch Out & Break Through
Sponsor: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), The Women's Place
Monday, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Location: The Fawcett Center
Fee: Registration required; ASFW Members = $50, Non-Members = $65

The annual Ballam Women’s Symposium theme this year is “Branch Out & Break Through,” with a focus on how we as career professionals can create support for where we are as well as where we are going. Our speakers will address the challenges in finding harmony between our self-care and working life, balancing our role as parents, spouse, and career women, and using our voice and making a place for ourselves. No matter where you are in this journey, the symposium will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions, build confidence, and create a road map to further your vision for life as you want it. This is a chance to focus on YOU, away from the office, as you meet and network with women from across the university. A light breakfast and healthy lunch are included in the symposium.

This year's Ballam Women's Symposium features the following:

Keynote Address: Melissa Vara – Women’s Empowerment Coach & Consultant

Speaker: Brenda Buffington – EdD, M.S. ACSM:EP-c, EIM, Co-Director, Health & Wellness Innovation in Healthcare

Branch Out & Break Through Panel, featuring:

  • Amy Armstrong, MSW, LSW – Founder of Parent Strong LLC
  • Linda Montaño – Senior Director of Business Operations and Administration, 2015 PPCW Glass Breaker
  • Nicole Nieto – Program Manager for Ohio State ADVANCE

Networking Session

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Event graphicMarch 21, 2017
Write-In: Community Writing Space for Graduate Students, Staff and Faculty
Sponsor: Office of Student Life Multicultural Center, The Women's Place
Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Alonso Family Room, Ohio Union
Fee: Free

To celebrate women in the academy, the Multicultural Center invites you to their Alonso Family Room for an on-campus writing session. Whether you're writing a dissertation, editing a book chapter, or brainstorming your next journal article, this space is for you! Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

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Event graphicMarch 8, 2017
23rd Annual Women Coming Together Luncheon
Sponsor: Women Coming Together, The Women's Place
Wednesday, 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
Fee: $45, registration required

We invite you to attend the 23rd Annual Women Coming Together Luncheon. Since 1994, Women Coming Together has organized an annual luncheon to provide an opportunity for women of different racial/ethnic groups, ages, faiths, sexual orientations, and educational and employment experiences to identify and share their community concerns.

The keynote speaker, Stacey Halfmoon, is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and is also of Choctaw and Delaware descent. In her role as director of American Indian Relations for the Ohio History Connection, Stacey works to promote knowledge and understanding of the role of American Indians in Ohio history and foster a collaborative relationship between the institution and federally-recognized American Indian tribes with histories in Ohio.

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Three women at the 2016 reception March 7, 2017
2017 Annual Women's Reception
Sponsor: The Women's Place in partnership with the President and Provost's Council on Women and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Tuesday, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Grand Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd
Fee: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

The Women's Place, in partnership with the President and Provost's Council on Women and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, presents our Annual Women's Reception. Don't miss this celebration of Ohio State women's accomplishments and contributions to the university. We will also congratulate women who have been recently hired or promoted. In addition, you can catch up with colleagues and friends and just have fun! All faculty and staff (men and women) are invited. The reception is an excellent opportunity to meet people from all areas of the university community.

President Drake and Provost Bruce McPheron will speak. Special guest, Kris Devine, vice president of Operations in the Office of Business and Finance, will offer a toast. We will also launch our 2017 Status Report on Women at Ohio State. This annual publication evaluates progress towards increasing diversity and promoting equity for faculty and staff women at the university and highlights diversity efforts.

Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

If you don't have a parking pass, CampusParc agreed to not patrol the Longaberger parking lot during the reception so you don't need to be concerned about a pass.

We hope to see you at the reception!


Event graphicFebruary 10, 2017
Collaborative @OSU Kick-off Event
Sponsor: Collaborative @OSU, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Women's Place
Friday, noon - 4 pm
Location: Hale Center, MLK Lounge
Fee: Free, RSVP required

The Collaborative @OSU is part of a national coalition of institutions committed to supporting and advancing research addressing the lives of women and girls of color. We are excited to bring together OSU researchers to build a university-wide research and learning community focused on the lives of women and girls of color.

We are honored to have Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and a leading scholar in the study of intersectionality as an analytical approach deliver the luncheon keynote address,

Sharpening Intersectionality's Critical Edge.

Following the keynote address, we will engage in breakout sessions aimed at building our research and learning community by identifying collective goals, research needs, and potential research collaborations.

This university-wide event is open to all OSU researchers. To attend the event, please RSVP.

Lunch begins at 12 noon and the program and keynote address will begin promptly at 12:30.

Learn more about the Collaborative @OSU.

For questions and more information email Professor Wendy Smooth.


Event graphicJanuary 20 & February 3, 2017
Critical Times, Difficult Conversations, and Emotional Emancipation: A collaboration of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (AAAS CEC) and TWP
Sponsor: AAAS CEC and The Women's Place
Friday, 4 pm
Location: The Ohio State University
Fee: Free, RSVP required by January 17, 2017

As a black woman living in this time of heightened racial tension, have you found yourself experiencing racial battle fatigue (RBF) — stress associated with racial microagressions and macroaggressions that cause people of color to experience various forms of mental, emotional, and physical strain? Are the persistent dealings with racism, inside and outside your workplace impacting your work performance and relationships? What are the tolls taken by living in such a hostile environment? Are you interested in emotional emancipation?

Consider joining us, on Friday, January 20, 2017 or Friday, February 3, 2017 at 4 pm. We welcome your input for planning!


Event graphicNovember 4, 2016
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule: A Symposium
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Departments of English, Political Science, History and Theatre and Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Friday, 2:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Ohio State University at Mansfield, Mansfield, OH
Fee: free

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule is a multi-disciplinary symposium that explores interpretations of Shakespeare and politics, leadership, authority, and legitimacy.

2:30-3 pm: Introductions, refreshments

3-4:45 pm: Research Seminar

5-6:30 pm: Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker: Sara Neville, The Ohio State University, Columbus
"Editing as Performance"

7-8:45 pm: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

9-9:30 pm: Conversation with the Cast


Event graphicOctober 21-22, 2016
Who's Missing? Expanding Opportunities for Underrepresented Thought Leaders
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am - noon
Fee: $250
Apply to attend

Who's missing in global conversations? Our world conversation is currently an echo chamber that reproduces the same narrow range of mostly male voices over and over. What is the cost to society when so many of our best minds and best ideas are left out? What could we accomplish if together we invested in our missing brain power?

The Women's Place (TWP) is committed to expanding the opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power and contributing to underrepresented voices being heard. To that end, TWP presents The OpEd Project 1.5 day workshop and one year of access to mentor-editors. The OpEd Project is an organization that works to change our world's conversation by empowering a wave of new voices to join important public conversations, to take their equal place as narrators of the world, ultimately altering the patterns of underrepresentation in the media. 

The OpEd Project Workshop will train underrepresented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (through op-eds and much more) and give participants access to OpEd's international network of high-level media mentors for one year. 

During the first day of the workshop (9 am - 4 pm), participants will explore the source of credibility and how to establish it; how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; the components of powerful, evidence-based argument; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and strategies for making a greater impact, including how to escape a pigeonhole, how to preach beyond the choir, and the value of seeing your argument as part of a bigger picture—and yourself as part of a larger public conversation.

On the second day (9 am - noon), the workshop includes exploratory games and conversations designed to expand the way participants think about their expertise, and help “translate” niche ideas (raised during the first day) into large themes. Participants will also discuss strategies for making people believe ideas are worth investing in.

Important details:

  • Space is very limited
  • Tuition is $250
  • Notifications of acceptance by early October

APPLY TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP


Event graphicMay 18-20, 2016
12th Annual Student Parent Support Symposium
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place (and many others)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Location: The Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH 43210
Fee: $85-350; registration required

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s ACCESS Collaborative Program will host this nationally-acclaimed symposium which brings together professionals from across the U.S. and Canada. The symposium will address best practices, challenges, program models, and collaboration with community resources when working with single parents, low-income parents, and their families and promoting support services in higher education for these unique populations.

Conference areas of emphasis include:

  • College program models for student parents
  • Issues affecting the academic success of student parents
  • Realistic needs for student parent academic success
  • Helping student parents balance family/school/work
  • Housing needs for student parents
  • Developing community support
  • Collaboration with community resources
  • Means to solicit funds or resources from national, state or private foundations

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