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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.

July 29-31, 2013
Art of Hosting Training
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Location: Mansfield Campus, Student Union, Eisenhower Hall/Memorial Center
Fee: $150; register by July 15

The Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations (AoH) blends a suite of powerful conversational processes that invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them in an inherently more democratic way than most conversations. People who experience AoH typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of towards more effective and desirable outcomes.

The Women’s Place (TWP) is working with others in the university system to explore how implicit bias impacts the creation of an equitable and inclusive university environment. We invite you to come together for a three-day, residential retreat to delve into this issue as you develop Art of Hosting skills. You will:

  • Learn methodologies in hosting, designing, and harvesting meaningful conversations
  • Experience meaningful conversations around implicit bias to seed a larger initiative concerning implicit bias on campus
  • Learn how to contribute to the university community by hosting and designing conversations that matter in their own contexts
Retreat Logistics Information

Training Dates: July 29-31, 2013, Monday-Wednesday
This retreat is residential, with activities from 9am - 5pm on Mon. and Tues, 9am - 3pm on Weds.

Training Cost: $150 (includes training materials, all meals and snacks, and student apartment housing during the training). Payment instructions will be emailed to registrants.

Accommodations: The Mansfield student housing options, Molyet Village Apartments, are two-bedroom apartments with 1 bathroom and five-bedroom apartments with 2 bathrooms. The number of two-bedroom apartments is limited, and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Both options include a full kitchen (cooking utensils and dinnerware are not provided) and wireless Internet connection. Linens, towels, wash clothes, soap, and toilet paper will be provided. For location information, visit the Mansfield Campus map page.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided on Wednesday.

Registration: online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBF7JTS by July 15. Participation is limited to 50.

Payment options: check or interdepartmental fund transfer (eRequest)


  • Payment is due by Monday July 22, 2013 to the The Women’s Place, Attn: Diane Florian.
  • Please make checks payable to The Ohio State University.
  • Mail all check payments to:
The Women's Place
1947 College Rd
400 Stillman Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
Attn: Diane Florian

Interdepartmental Fund Transfer (eRequest):

  • eRequest needs to be submitted and approved by Monday, July 22, 2013.
  • Complete an eRequest using the Internal Order option.
  • The internal vendor you will use is “OAA Administration.”

Conference graphicJuly 17 - 20, 2013
MALCS 2013 Summer Institute
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place, Hispanic Oversight Committee, DISCO, and the Department of Comparative Studies (see full list below)
Thursday - Saturday, all day
Location: Ohio Union, Hagerty Hall, Mendenhall Lab
Fee: $25-65 + housing + meals; register online through Sunday, June 30, 2013

The MALCS Summer Institute, ¡Aquí Estamos!/We Are Here!: Movements, Migrations, Pilgrimage and Belonging, is coming to Ohio State in 2013! MALCS stands for Mujeres Activas En Letras Y Cambio Social, which in English means Women Active in Letters and Social Change. MALCS is a national organization dedicated to the recruitment, retention, promotion and support of Chicanas, Latinas, Native American Women, Afro-Latinas and Asian-Latinas in the academy and community.

The conference will feature presentations by Chicana, Latina, and Native American women undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers; skills building and professionalization workshops; community organizing workshops; keynote and plenary presentations; and cultural events. The MALCS Summer Institute is open to undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty, community members, and artists.

Panel of femaile speakers at previous MALCS conferenceThe Institute is designed to challenge attendees intellectually by sharing work and ideas; it creates an informal space for socializing and networking, and offers a safe space to present early work for discussion and development. It's a unique and creative space from which attendees emerge energized and ready to engage the world again. For more information on MALCS visit: http://malcs.org.

This event is an opportunity to build strong Latina networks between those of us in higher education and communities throughout the state and region to better serve our communities, as well as a unique opportunity to enhance diversity at Ohio State.

Sponsors include: Center for Latin American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences' Office of Strategic Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, Department of Comparative Studies, Organization of Hispanic Faculty and Staff, Department of History, Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO), Latina/o Graduate and Professional Student Association (LGPSA), Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), Organization of Hispanic Faculty and Staff at OSU (OHFS), Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State), The Multicultural Center, and The Women's Place.

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Portrait of Bernadette MelnykMay 8, 2013
9th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium
Women in Wellness
Sponsors: The Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), Wexner Medical Center, and The Women's Place
Wednesday, 8 am - noon
Location: 160 Meiling Hall
Fee: $30/member, $35/guest early bird; registration deadline is May 1

Featuring keynote speaker Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, associate vice president for Health Promotion, chief wellness officer. Also featuring Sit Less, Stand More: Health Risks of Excessive Sitting by Anup Kanodia, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Family Medicine, Wexner Medical Center. Lunch and breakfast will be provided.

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Graphic of Women Don't Ask book coverPortrait of Sara Laschever
May 3, 2013
Women Don’t Ask Presented by Sara Laschever
Sponsors: College of Medicine's Center for FAME, Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM, College of Public Health, and The Women’s Place
Friday, noon – 1:30 pm
Location: 160 Meiling Hall
Fee: free

Whether it’s a higher salary, much-deserved promotion, or more help at home, women find it hard to ask for what they want. They pay for their restraint in every part of their lives—in lost income, slower career progress, barred access to leadership roles at work, and health risks at home.

Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, organizational behavior and economics as well as interviews with men and women from all walks of life, Women Don't Ask is the first book to identify the dramatic difference between men and women in their propensity to negotiate for what they want.

Sara Laschever, co-author of Women Don't Ask, has written extensively about women’s life and career obstacles. She lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation and women’s challenges in the modern workforce for corporate audiences, colleges and universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences in the U.S. and around the world.

In this lecture, Laschever will show women how to begin looking at their world with a sense of expanded possibilities—how to assume that everything is negotiable and then go about readying themselves to ask for and get much more of what they want.

Reception will follow the lecture.

To view the lecture via simulcast, copy and paste this link into your Internet Explorer Browser: mms://streaming1.osu.edu/wmtencoder/meilinghd.wmv (Unlawful duplication is prohibited.)

Women Don't Ask and Ask For It are for sale at 40% off, only $10 each. Please email Aubre Green to purchase your copy.

Portrait of Amie Ferris-Rotman April 16, 2013
Dateline Kabul: The Quest to Give Afghan Women a Voice
Sponsors: The Mershon Cener for International Security Studies, The School of Communication, The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Women's Place and the Middle East Studies Center
Thursday, 1 - 2 pm
Location: 0020 Page Hall
Fee: Free

Amie Ferris-Rotman is an online/print journalist with Reuters. Since December 2011, as senior correspondent for Reuters in Afghanistan, she has focused on the struggles women face eleven years into the NATO-led war. She scooped the story of a woman’s public execution near Kabul, which sparked global outcry. She will speak to us about her journey as a reporter in Afghanistan, and some of the situations women experience daily in Afghanistan.

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Event graphicApril 2, 2013
Life Design for the 3rd/3rd: What is your next?
Tuesday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: free, registration required, we're sorry, the workshop is full

We're living much longer but under an outdated paradigm called retirement, invented by the leisure industry 50 years ago. This has caused many — both those forced into it and some who willingly choose it — to experience a loss of identity, sense of relevance or disillusionment.

But by taking charge of your life and intentionally designing your 3rd/3rd, you can live this life stage motivated, excited, and fulfilled. How would it feel to fully embrace the breathtaking opportunity of extra years, after mid-life?

This experiential workshop will detail the research-based elements of a successful 3rd/3rd mindset and give you a framework for your life design.

The workshop will be led by Life Strategist and Executive Coach Jan Allen, who, in addition to having a full coaching practice, is also the founder of 3rd/3rd Ignited, an enterprise that provides maps and apps to live this time of life vibrantly. See www.3rd3rdIgnited.com and www.janallen.org.

Allen recently gave a TEDx talk called "Retiring Retirement: A Personal Upgrade for the 3rd/3rd." She is a three-time graduate of The Ohio State University, with a BA in political science, a master's degree in social work, and a juris doctor from the Moritz College of Law.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email womensplace@osu.eduwe're sorry, the workshop is full. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

Event graphicMarch 21, 2013
DISCO Forum: Diversity Talk: Changing the Discourse, Changing Course
Sponsors: DISCO, Multicultural Center, ODI, Kirwan, and The Women's Place
Thursday, 1 - 4:45 pm, followed by a reception and recognition ceremony
Location: Thompson Library, 11th floor
Fee: Free

The forum will feature:

  • Ernesto Martinez (associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and affiliate of Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon); and
  • Stephanie Fryberg (assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and affiliate in American Indian Studies at University of Arizona).

This half-day forum will consider the future of diversity in higher education generally and at Ohio State in particular. The first session (1-2:45) will consist of professors Martinez and Fryberg sharing insights from a forthcoming collection of essays, Engaging Our Faculties: New Dialogues on Diversity in Higher Education, followed by Ohio State faculty members reflecting on similar experiences. The second session (3-4:45) will take a workshop format and will focus explicitly on diversity at Ohio State as it relates to such issues as access, climate, interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the politics of institutionalization. It will also highlight current diversity initiatives at Ohio State, including recommendations that are being formulated by subcommittees of the No Place for Hate Task Force that will be presented to the Ohio State administration in late spring. 

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Graphic of Valerie Young's bookPhoto of Valerie YoungMarch 20, 2013
Impostor Syndrome: Confidence/Courage/Careers
Sponsors: The Women's Place and Gender Initiatives In STEMM
Wednesday, 11:30 am workshop the workshop is full but the 4 pm lecture is open
Location: 4 pm lecture will be in Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall
Fee: Free, registration required for the 11:30 am workshop only, email womensplace@osu.edu the workshop is full but the 4 pm lecture is open

Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as luck or timing? Do you think, "If I can do it, anyone can"? When you do succeed do you think, "Whew, fooled them again"? It's called the impostor syndrome.

The Women's Place and Gender Initiatives In STEMM recognize Women's History Month with a workshop and presentation by Dr. Valerie Young, internationally-known speaker and leading expert on the impostor syndrome. Join us to further explore these concepts with the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. Young has decades of in-the-trenches research that has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women experience this crushing self-doubt.

Combining insightful analysis with effective advice and anecdotes, Young explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life. Move from "Impostorium" to confidence.

Lunch, including a vegetarian option, will be provided at the 11:30 am workshop. Registration is not required for the 4 pm lecture.

Portrait of Dr. Nkechinyere IjiomaFebruary 28, 2013
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Strategies
Women and Heart Health at Mansfield
Sponsors: Mansfield Campus, Wexner Medical Center, The Women's Place
Thursday, noon - 1 pm
Location: Riedl Hall 151, Mansfield Campus
Fee: Free

Nkechinyere N. Ijioma, MD, will speak about women and heart health. Dr. Ijioma is a second year cardiology fellow at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She earned her medical degree at the University of Nigeria, Enugu State. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, prior to moving to Columbus, Ohio for her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Ijioma intends to pursue further training in interventional cardiology.

Man leading a meeting of three tother peopleFebruary 21, 2013
Leading Meetings Webinar
Sponsors: Offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources and The Women’s Place
Thursday, noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Participant's computer or other convenient location with internet
Fee: free

Unfocused, unproductive, and unruly meetings create stress, lower morale, waste time, and are generally a source of major frustration. How to successfully plan and lead meetings are skills that can be learned. Participate in this webinar to strengthen the meetings you lead. Directions for participating in this webinar will be sent to those who register for the session.

Registration required

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