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Women's Policy Convening

2nd Annual Women's Policy Convening 
Friday, August 25, 2017

YWCA members, allies, and community partners are coming together for an overview of current women's policy efforts in Utah. Participants will hear from advocacy organizations, policymakers, and the YWCA's Director of Public Policy about policy priorities and plans for addressing issues impacting women and girls in our state. This year’s event also features a keynote address and discussion about how we can overcome polarization to engage in authentic public discussion and find lasting solutions to the issues facing Utah communities. Space is limited, register today!

ming Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martín Carcasson

Director, Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University

Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD, www.cpd.colostate.edu). He also serves as a Senior Public Engagement Fellow with Public Agenda, is the current chair of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Board of Directors, and serves as faculty for the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life program. His interdisciplinary research is focused on helping communities address “wicked problems” more productively through improved public communication, community problem solving, and collaborative decision-making. The CPD serves as an impartial resource for the Northern Colorado community dedicated to enhancing local democracy by building capacity for high quality public deliberation and engagement. Dr. Carcasson and the CPD staff trains students and community members to serve as impartial facilitators, who then work with local governments, school boards, and community organizations to analyze tough issues and then design, facilitate, and report on innovative public forums on those issues. His research has been published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Journal of Public Deliberation, the International Journal of Conflict Resolution, New Directions in Higher Education, National Civic Review, and Journal of Applied Communication Research. He is currently working to finish his first book, with the tentative title of Wicked Problems – Wise Cities.  



8:00      Check-In and Light Breakfast

8:30       Welcome & Opening Remarks 
              Anne Burkholder, CEO, YWCA Utah 

              Keynote Address & Discussion: Beyond Us & Them
              Martín Carcasson, Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University

10:30      Break

10:45      Economic Empowerment and Stability for Women & Girls
               Jennifer Robinson, Associate Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
               Stephanie Pitcher, Director, Utah Women’s Coalition
               Matthew Weinstein, State Priorities Partnership Director, Voices for Utah Children
               Gina Cornia, Executive Director, Utahns Against Hunger 

11:45      Utah Women's Impact Initiative
               Susan Madsen, Utah Women & Leadership Project

12:00      Lunch

12:30      Racial Justice and Civil Rights for Women & Girls of Color
               Kathy Abarca, Executive Director, Racially Just Utah
               Anna Thomas, Strategic Communications Manager, ACLU of Utah
               Josh Kanter, Alliance for a Better Utah

1:30        Health and Safety for Women & Girls
               Utah State Representative Ray Ward, District 19
               Jessica Sanders, Family Planning Research Director, U of U
               Heather Stringfellow, VP of Public Policy, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
               Jessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Voices for Utah Children
               Jenn Oxborrow, Executive Director, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
               Turner Bitton, Executive Director, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

2:30       Closing Remarks
              Erin Jemison, Director of Public Policy, YWCA Utah


Your registration fee supports the YWCA’s policy work on behalf of Utah women and girls. Thank you!