emPower lunch series (formerly leadership luncheon)

The emPower lunches dish up thought-provoking discussions of current issues facing women of all backgrounds. Guest speakers share their passion for interrupting discrimination in all of its forms, leaving you with food for thought and inspiration to become an ally in creating social change.

register for the 2017 series

05.11.17   It's Just a Bathroom  register.jpg
Dynamic and passionate speaker, Tara Allison shares her powerful story of choosing to transition to a woman from a man, instead of reaching for the gun. She offers personal insights to the current debate about public gendered bathrooms and who counts as a woman, while celebrating the right to be you.
ELStara.png Tara Allison

In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 2005 she graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude and became a practicing lawyer in the areas of domestic/family law, LGBT law, contract law, construction law and civil litigation. Having spoken throughout the state, Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues.

06.22.17   Shut the Fake Up Media  register.jpg
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Connie Schultz discusses how calling some media fake is changing the way people perceive news and what sources they seek out for information. She talks about how the idea of truth is changing and what that means for national policy-making as well as everyday life.
ConnieSchultzweb.jpg Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize winning, nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, and Professional in Residence at Kent State University School of Journalism. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for Commentary for columns that judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged.” She also won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting and the Batten Medal, which honors “a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog.”

event details

networking and lunch
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

$30 individual | $300 table

learn more, become a speaker or suggest a topic

LC Johnson
614.224.9121 ext. 1226

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