Forward 2022: Regaining Momentum for Gender Equity

Event graphic with the following written on it: FORWARD: Regaining Momentum for Gender Equity, Friday, March 4, 2022; 9am – 1pm; Keynote Selena Rezvani
Mar 4, 2022
Time: Friday 9am-1pm
Featured speakers:
Selena Rezvani, Author, Speaker, Leadership Consultant
The Women's Place
Registration closed: Mar 4, 2022
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Since March 2020, news headlines and personal accounts have been attesting to the particular toll that the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruptions have had on women. Often tasked with working and caregiving, many women are finding their career advancement and economic gains reversed. How can we regain momentum towards gender equity? Join The Women’s Place at The Ohio State University for a virtual symposium to encourage resilience, community, and meaningful policy change.

The symposium features keynote Selena Rezvani, author, speaker and leadership consultant. Her mission is to help women carve out leadership paths on their own terms. She also consults with employers on how to make work truly “work” for women — by architecting culture change that improves working women’s experience. She’s the author of two leadership books, the bestseller Pushback: How Smart Women Ask — and Stand Up — for What They Want and The Next Generation of Women Leaders. Rezvani addresses thousands of professionals each year and has been featured in TEDx,, Inc.,, and NPR. Today she’s a columnist for NBC News Know Your Value.

This free event is open to Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and community partners of all genders. Stay tuned for additional speaker and agenda details.

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9:00 – 9:10am
Occasion and Opening Remarks

Andreá Williams, The Women’s Place, The Ohio State University

9:10 – 9:55am
Promoting Gender Equity: Advocacy in Action

Whether working with a community organization or leading culture change at work, we can encourage both systemic and individual progress towards closing the power gap for women. Learn ways to support ongoing initiatives and inspire momentum wherever you are.

9:55 – 10:00am

10:00 – 10:55am
Pivot: What We Can Learn from Change

In 2020, “pivot” became a buzzword for in-person events that went virtual and industries that began to focus more crucially on addressing COVID-19. But many people have also taken the opportunity of the pandemic to “pivot” their lives, health, and careers in more positive ways. Learn how to boost your adaptability and find your passion amid change.

  • Moderator: Marcy Lusk, Senior Staff Therapist, Counseling and Consultation Service, Ohio State
  • Speakers:

11:00 – 11:55am
What’s So New About the “New Normal”?

This panel examines how the economic disruptions of the pandemic exacerbated many women’s already existing financial insecurity, while inspiring some to pursue different opportunities. Speakers discuss the kinds of policies and practices we need to ensure the wellbeing of women and their families.

Noon – 12:50pm
Keynote Address

Moderator: Andreá N. Williams, The Women’s Place, The Ohio State University
Guest Speaker:  Selena Rezvani, speaker, consultant, and author of The Next Generation of Women Leaders and Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want

12:50 – 1:00pm
Closing comments

Andreá Williams, The Women’s Place, The Ohio State University