Member Center Conference 2006: Working Our Network, Networking Our Work

Saturday, June 24, 2006 - Sunday, June 25, 2006

Working Our Network, Networking Our Work

June 24 – 25, 2006
Pace University
3 Spruce Street, New York City



2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riding the Waves: Negotiating Our Place in Feminist Organizations

Joining forces to strengthen our network from within, the Council offers young people (Generations “X” and “Y”) working at our member centers this space to share and engage with each other, to collaborate and motivate.  Join us as we strategize ways to continue to infuse our centers and our research with the diversity and dynamism required to propel feminism into the future.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
We will kick off this year’s meetings by gathering in small working groups around the issues below. The purpose of these working group meetings is to facilitate networking, possible collaborations, and the sharing of research on the following issues. Given the state of the field, and the multidisciplinary perspectives needed, what research might we stimulate in this area, and what role could a Council Working Group play? (We invite you to continue these discussions on these and other research-action areas, if you wish, during Sunday lunch.)

Human Security & Rights
-Aili Tripp, Director, Women’s Studies Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leadership, Diversity, & Higher Education
-Ines Hernandez-Avila, Director, Chicana/Latina Research Center, University of California-Davis
- Judith Newton, Director, Consortium for Women and Research, University of California-Davis
- Donna Shavlik, Principal, the Timberline Group

Economic Security & Justice
-Sandra Morgen, Former Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon; incoming Professor of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Women and Science
-Mary Frank Fox, Director, Center for the Study of Women, Science & Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Women and Labor Unions
-Francine Moccio, Director, Institute on Women and Work, Cornell University

Women and Politics
-Sarah Brewer, Associate Director, Women and Politics Institute, American University

-Heather Johnston Nicholson, Director of Research, Girls Incorporated
- Kimberlee Salmond, Research and Education Analyst, Girl Scouts Research Institute

Domestic Partnerships
-Sumru Erkut, Senior Research Associate, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College

6:30 p.m.
Welcomes from:
-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women
-Dr. Nira Herrmann, Dean of the Dyson College for Arts and Sciences, Pace University

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Building into the Future:Succession Planning and Working across Race and Generation
In this workshop we will hear from members of our network who have successfully formulated and enacted succession plans, and from experts on managing change. We will address a number of issues, including the necessity of a pipeline for leadership; ways to better retain, mentor, and train young women and women of color—including facilitating their building relationships with both boards and funders. Other questions we might consider include: What can leaders across generations and cohorts learn from one another about feminism, age, race, and how best to lead our organizations into the future? How do current leaders pass the mantle? What might be done differently? And finally, what role do directors play after they’ve transitioned out of their organizations?

(The session will take place in three parts. After the panelists speak, each will lead a small group discussion on the issues they’ve raised. Finally, the full group will reconvene for closing discussion.)

-Linda Basch , President, National Council for Research on Women

-Beth Willinger, Director, Newcomb Center for Research on Women

-Ines Hernandez-Avila, Director, Chicana/Latina Research Center, University of California-Davis (Pipeline Issues: From Campus to National Networks)
-Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Vice President, NWSA/Co-Coordinator NWSA Women of Color Project (The Experience of NWSA Women of Color Leadership Project)
-Emma Sabin, Senior Director, Advisory Services, Catalyst (Lessons from Corporate Models)
-Gina Ulysse, Wesleyan University and the Ford Foundation (Mentoring to Let Go)
-Tonni Brodber, National Council for Research on Women and Young Women's Roundtable Representative (Issues of Candidacy and Responses)

SUNDAY, June 25
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Our Nation, Ourselves: Women’s Issues and the Public Debate
This conversation will take place in two parts. First, experts from our network will speak to some of the key national issues that are on women’s minds as we approach the 2006 elections: immigration, reproductive rights, health and education, affirmative action, civil rights. Next, we’ll hear from members of the Council’s Working Group on Economic Security about the way tax cuts, service cuts, and tax policy affect women and f amilies—and what can be done.

-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women

-Carol Jenkins, Women’s Media Center

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
-Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director of Poverty, Education and Social Justice Programs, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
-Stephenie Foster, Vice President for Public Policy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
-Carol Hollenshead, Director, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
-Gretchen Ritter, Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas- Austin

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
-Mimi Abramovitz, Hunter College School of Social Work
-Joan Entmacher, Vice President, National Women’s Law Center
-Sandra Morgen, Former Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon; incoming Professor of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Media Training Workshops Focused on Election Issues

A. Media Matters – A TV& Radio Media Training
No matter how important your message is, if it doesn't get out, it won't matter. How do you get on radio or television? Learn how to sell your story to bookers. And once you've sold them on your story, what do you do when confronted by a hostile host, or other speakers who disagree?  Media training makes a difference. You need to know how to deliver your talking points with clarity, humor and brevity. This session will allow you to test your skills, improve them, and have a better chance of being heard.

Facilitator: Marlene Sanders, Television Correspondent, Producer and Writer; Director of Media Training at the Women’s Media Center.

B. Op-Ed Master Class
The Op-Ed pages of major newspapers are read by diplomats, businesspeople, scholars, and those in the highest levels of government. They can sway public opinion and change the world. Op-eds also attract the attention of television producers, book agents, and policy makers. A single op-ed can make you part of a national debate. This workshop is designed to teach participants not only how to write and publish opinion pieces, but how to publish op-eds that make an impact. Participants are asked to come prepared with a draft of an op-ed they are currently writing, or points for an op-ed they would like to write.

Facilitator: Catherine Orenstein, author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale and a fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We encourage you to make connections around the working group issues discussed on Saturday evening. (We leave it to you to situate yourselves accordingly!) For those who wish to forge regional connections, or to continue the conversation about succession planning, please seat yourself at one of the tables marked with the appropriate sign. There will also be a table for younger women to reconvene and discuss next steps for a Younger Person’s Circle.

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Strengthening Our Centers from Within

These small group discussions will offer tools and strategies for strengthening academic centers. We will explore ways to develop strategies that will keep us strong, both individually , and as a network. Topics for discussion include those described in bullet points below.

MaryHartman, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University

-Securing additional staffing
-Determining reporting lines
-Negotiating joint appointment issues
-Forming advisory and executive committees

Lucie Lapovsky, Higher Education Consultant, First Marblehead

-Understanding how the funds you raise impact the support you receive from the institution
-Understanding how external funds impact your core budget
-Resources required (core budget, project budget, fixed costs, variable costs, shared resources)
-Fundraising (research funds, annual funds, endowment funds, restricted funds, unrestricted funds)

Cynthia Secor, Senior Associate, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

-Building strategic alliances on campus
-Building strategic alliances in the community

Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University

-Developing state-level and national relationships with elected and appointed leaders
-Avoiding partisan traps
-Building effective organizational partnerships
-Utilizing board and donor relationships for policy impact
-Defining your research as a pathway to practical solutions

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Funding Feminist Research
Research shows that fewer dollars are going for organizations and programs benefiting women and girls.  Why is this so, and how can we address it?  This session brings together experts from our network and the funding community to discuss the challenges of funding our work in the current political climate.

-Leslie Weber , Director of External Relations

-Sara Gould, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation

-Mary Ellen Capek, founding officer of NCRW and author of the recently-published Kellogg/MIT Press book, Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equity
-Cindy Clark, Program Coordinator for Just Associates and the lead author of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s new report Where Is the Money for Women’s Rights
-Irma McClaurin, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
-Wayne Winborne, Vice President, Business Diversity Outreach, Prudential

6:15 p.m.
We encourage you to bring materials that you’d like to be sure others see, and to share your “brags”! Also, please be sure to add your “headline for the future” to the list we compiled at our Awards Dinner this year (see poster board).

7:15 p.m. on…
Dinner out, and evening social activities in the city

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