FORWARD 2023: Time for Change

Symposium logo with photo of Tiffany Dufu, standing, wearing white dress, and text that says, "The Women’s Place presents keynote speaker Tiffany Dufu, author, speaker and catalyst-at-large  for women's leadership."
Apr 5, 2023
Time: Wednesday 9:30am-1pm
Featured speakers:
Tiffany Dufu, author, speaker and catalyst-at-large for women's leadership
The Women's Place
Registration closed: Apr 4, 2023
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Registration closed: Apr 4, 2023

The Women’s Place invites you to join us for the 3rd annual virtual FORWARD symposium. This year’s theme, “Time for Change,” reframes our relationships to time, money, and power in the quest for gender equity.

As people across the nation are experiencing burnout and economic inflation, these concerns may be intensified for women juggling careers and other personal demands. This event highlights ways that we can reclaim control of our careers, finances, and well-being by committing to personal and collective practices that can enhance our work and lives.

This year's symposium will feature keynote speaker Tiffany Dufu. Named to Entrepreneur's 100 Powerful Women and Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Dufu was a launch team member for Lean In and served as president of The White House Project, which trained thousands of women to run for political office. She is founder and CEO of The Cru, which helps women meet their life goals and is author of the bestselling book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. Her writing has appeared in The Oprah Magazine, ESSENCE and the New York Times.

“The greatest privilege that men in the workplace have had isn't a corporate or public policy. It's a partner at home. We do not need role reversal; rather, we need a new model of teamwork in which both parents are meaningfully engaged at work and at home.”
― Tiffany Dufu

People of all genders are invited to learn how equal divisions of labor at home and support at work can advance gender equity. Learn how dividing household labor equally between partners supports career advancement and how those who identify as men have a crucial role to play in promoting gender equity at work. Everyone benefits when those who identify as men work towards equity.

This free event is open to Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and community partners of all genders. Save the date and revisit this page for more details on the panels.

If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Typically, a two-week notice will allow us to provide seamless access.


9:30 – 10:00am
Occasion and Opening Remarks

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

10:00 – 10:55am
Panel 1: “Time to Lead: Gaining Influence, Allies, and Sponsors”

Mentorship is important. But you also need to make other connections to advance. Join this discussion about how to gain influence—even before you become a leader—as well as allies and sponsors who can support your trajectory.

Moderator: Kimberly Lowe-McCalla, Director for Strategic Collaborations and External Engagement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, OSU


10:55 – 11:00am

11:00 – 11:55
Panel 2: “Time is Money”

We’ve heard the saying “time is money,” which encourages us to value both our time and dollars. Learn more about how to make the most of both by leveraging your retirement, investing, and creating additional streams of income through a “side hustle” or passion project.

Moderator: Dr. Meta Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, OSU     


11:55am – noon

Noon – 12:50pm
Keynote Address

Moderator: Andreá Williams, The Women’s Place, The Ohio State University
Guest speaker: Tiffany Dufu, author, speaker and catalyst-at-large for women's leadership

12:50 – 1:00pm
Closing comments Andreá N. Williams