Member Center Conference 2009: Igniting Change

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - Friday, June 12, 2009


Igniting Change: Activating Alliances for Social Justice
June 10-12, 2009
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City 


Hosted by:
The Center for the Study of Women and Society, CUNY

Co-Sponsored by:

Americans for UNFPA; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, SUNY Albany; Demos; Equal Pay Coalition; Girls Inc.; Gender Studies Program, John Jay College; Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Columbia University; Legal Momentum; New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, New York Women's Agenda; Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women, Brooklyn College; U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM, NY Chapter; The White House Project; The Women of Color Policy Network at the Wagner Graduate School, NYU; Women's Environment and Development Organization.



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Member Center Awards Press Release (pdf, 185 KB)



Annual Conference 2009 Program

Wednesday, June 10



Women in Business Series

Investing in Success: Advancing Women's Leadership in Business

Sponsored by Accenture

9:00-10:30 am

Women and the Economic Crisis  Challenges and Opportunities

Resources: Terri Austin, AIU Holdings, Inc.; Subha Barry, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch; LaMae Allen deJongh, Accenture; Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citi; Aynesh Johnson, Goldman Sachs; Kerrie Peraino, American Express; Melinda Wolfe, Bloomberg L.P.

10:45 -12:45 pm

Resiliency and Reinvention  Strategies for Turbulent Times (workshop)

Facilitators: Marilyn Puder-York; Lauren W. Ashwell

Resource: Julie M. Johnson, The Reid Group

12:00-12:45 pmNetworking Luncheon
1:00 pm

Getting to 50/50  How Working Couples Can Have It All By Sharing It All

Speaker: Sharon Meers, Co-author, Getting to 50/50 and Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

[for one-day Women in Business series package information, contact:]

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Plenary


Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women; Eleanor Horne, Chair, NCRW Board of Directors; Anne Humpherys, Center for the Study of Women and Society, CUNY; Eleanor Smeal, Director, The Feminist Majority and Publisher, Ms. Magazine


Opening Plenary: Powering Change: Is there a New Landscape for Social Justice?

Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress; Irasema Garza, Legal Momentum; Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda; Lisa Mensah, The Aspen Institute; Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center

Moderator: Linda Basch

6:30-8:00 pm

WELCOME RECEPTION and NCRW Member Center Awards


Donna Orender, President, National Women's Basketball Association

Thursday, June 11

9:00-10:30 am


1. Youth: Opportunities and Challenges for Building Pipelines for Leadership

Liz Abzug (moderator), Bella Abzug Leadership Institute; Rosalina Diaz-Miranda, Medgar Evers, CUNY; Supriya Pillai, Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing; Kimberlee Salmond, Girl Scouts; Ellen Silber, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University; Sally Stevens, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

2. Health and Reproductive Rights

Anika Rahman (moderator), Americans for UNFPA; Sharon Camp, Guttmacher Institute; Wendy Chavkin, Columbia University; Adrienne Germain, International Women’s Health Coalition; Silvia Henriquez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Loretta Ross, SisterSong

3. Women, War and Security

Andrea Friedman (moderator), Global Justice Center; Carol Cohn, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Anisha Desai, Women of Color Resource Center; Cynthia Enloe, Clark University: International Development; Megan MacKenzie, The Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University



1. Diversifying Leadership: Grantees Panel

Delores Walters (moderator), National Council for Research on Women; Patricia Deyton, Simmons College Center for Women in Organizations; Jessica Fields and Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality; Mary Frederickson, Miami University of Ohio; Lynn Fujiwara, University of Oregon; Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Southwest Women’s Law Center; Donna Stewartson, University of Massachusetts, Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

2. Popular Culture and Gender Images

Leslie Bennetts (moderator), journalist/author; Latoya Peterson,; Laura Plybon, Girls Inc. Glennda Testone, Women's Media Center; Anne Zill, Women's Center for Ethics in Action, University of New England/ Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust

3. Science, Environment and Technology

Veronica Arreola, UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender; Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia, Institute of Women's Studies; Xuan Nguyen, Women's Environment and Development Organization; Allannah Thomas, Helicon Inc.; Soon-Young Yoon, International Alliance of Women



1. Developing Political Agendas

Shyama Venkateswar (moderator), National Council for Research on Women; Victoria Budson, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Ellen Chesler, Hunter College; Linda Tarr-Whelan, Demos; Marie Wilson, The White House Project;

2. Historical Memories: Milestones, Current Challenges and the Future of the LGBT Movement:

Sarah Chinn, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY; Cheryl Clarke, Rutgers University, Office of Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities; Jaime Grant, Policy Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Amy Sueyoshi, Center for Research on Gender & Sexuality, San Francisco State University (SFSU); Narumi Tei Okamoto, Center for AIDS Prevention, SFSU; Carmen Vazquez, LGBT Health & Human Services Unit, AIDS Institute

3. Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship and Activism

Ana Oliveira (moderator), New York Women's Foundation; Richard Brown, American Express; Sara Gould, Ms. Foundation; Janelle Shubert, Babson College; Maria Torres, NYC Economic Development Corporation

4. Investing in Women and the Economy

Radhika Balakrishnan, Marymount Manhattan College; Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Caren Grown, American University; Mia Herndon, Third Wave Foundation; Ipek Ilkkaracan, Istanbul Technical University; Francine Moccio, Cornell University


Afternoon Plenary:
A New Agenda for Global Human Rights?

Isobel Coleman (moderator), Council on Foreign Relations; Charlotte Bunch, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Lamia Karim, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon; Jill Lester, The Hunger Project; Geeta Rao Gupta, International Center for Research on Women; Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto

6:30-7:30 pmRECEPTION

Friday, June 12

9:00-10:30 am

New Strategic Directions for Ford Foundation Giving: A Roundtable Discussion

(Open to all Conference registrants)

Alison Bernstein, Margaret Hempel, and Helen Neuborne from the Ford Foundation

10:45- 12:15

Hands-On Workshops

(Open to all Conference Registrants)

Workshop A – Blogging

Deborah Siegel, Girl w/Pen Consulting

Workshop B – Political Leadership

Erin Vilardi, The White House Project

12:30 – 2:00 pmWorking Lunch and Member Center Meeting
2:00-4:00 pm

Crafting Multicultural Alliances: Defying the Norms

A Workshop with Campus Women Lead

(special program for all attendees from NCRW member centers)

Facilitators: Patricia (Pat) Lowrie, Campus Women Lead and Michigan State University; Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges & Universities, Program on the Status and Education of Women

4:00 pmAdjourn


We have reserved a block of rooms with a special rate at the Comfort Inn – Manhattan, NY, 42 West 35th Street, NY, NY which is 1 block from the CUNY Graduate Center. To secure the special rate of $209.71 per night, which includes breakfast, call 212-947-0200 and give them the code NCRW-CUNY Conference. For more information, you can go to their website Reservations for these rooms at the special rate are on a first-come, first-served basis thru May 9th only.

Budget Accommodations:
The CUNY Graduate School does not have dormitories, but below please find some budget alternatives to the Comfort Inn. These hotels are budget friendly, but also include all basic in-room amenities such as towels, bathroom toiletries, television and telephone. Irons and hair dryers are available at the front desk.

Murray Hill Inn is located about 8 blocks from the CUNY Grad Center on 143 East 30th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Their most budget-friendly rooms go for $99 per night, and a slightly larger room has a nightly rate of $149. For more information, you can go to their website

Latham Hotel is located about 7 blocks from the CUNY Grad Center, on 4 East 28th street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The rates for a room with a shared bathroom are $119 for single occupancy, and $129 for double occupancy. A room with a private bathroom has a nightly rate of $169 for single or double occupancy. For more information, you can go to their website


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