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Spalding to host Future of Women forum on March 27

Steve Jones

Women’s History Month is a time to look ahead at Spalding University.

Spalding’s Office of Student Leadership and Multicultural Services will present the Future of Women panel and leaders forum 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the College Street Ballroom, 812 South Second Street. It’s a free public event that celebrates Women’s History Month in March, and audience members are encouraged to ask questions.

Twelve local women leaders from a range of fields, including politics, publishing, law, health care, technology and women-focused nonprofits, will give brief individual speeches, then join for a panel discussion, all aimed at sharing insight about the future of women in business, art, health care, science and tech, civic engagement and more.

There will also be a performance by poet and artist Rheonna Nicole.

Here are the scheduled speakers:

Phyllis M. Webb – University of Louisville Women’s Center

Rae Strobel – Kentucky Foundation for Women

Leigh-Ann Burke-Schaad – Junior League of Louisville

Heather Kolasinsky – Humana attorney in technology and litigation

Muriel Petersheim – The Center for Women and Families

Diane Cruze – Women Who Write

Cathy Zion – Zion Publications (Today’s Woman, Today’s Transitions, Today’s Family)

Tina Ward-Pugh – Louisville Metro Office For Women

Rachel McGalliard -The Software Guild

Jessie Powell – Doulas of Kentuckiana

Nubia Bennett – Spalding University

Angela Leet – Louisville Metro Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate

According to the Office of Student Leadership and Multicultural Services, there are some topics that will be covered during the Future of Women event:

  • Women gaining the support they need to be their full, artistic, and creative selves.
  • Providing a safe place to hone leadership skills and afford opportunities that may not be present at work or home.
  • Owning your worth in the work place.
  • Women finding their voices through writing.
  • The future of women in making their voices heard in the boardrooms and bourtrooms and women becoming more involved in politics and corporate leadership.
  • The critical need for women be informed about the consequences of who and what they vote for, or not voting at all, and understanding tyranny, duty, and civility.
  • STEM careers and the challenges that women face in software development sectors and the strides that are being made to shrink the gap.
  • Empowering women to take a more prominent role in their medical/health care.