IWF Georgia Event Registration
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May 18 – 21, 2021: IWF Cornerstone Conference, Santiago, Chile
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2021: IWF World Leadership Conference, Seattle, Washington
June Member Webcast:
Thursday, June 25th 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a candid dialogue on "Race, Policing, Justice and Change" with women who are in the midst of it all. IWF Member Andrea Young will share historical perspective based on her roots in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as from the point of view of her current role as Executive Director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Georgia. Mary-Pat Hector, 22-year old Spelman grad and community organizer, as National Action Network's National Youth Director for the past 7 years, will share a very current voice from a new generation of leaders. She has organized recent Black Lives Matters protests, including the "Say Her Name" March in Atlanta earlier this month to keep the lives of African American women killed at the hands of police from being forgotten.
The panel will be moderated by IWF Member Saleemah Abdur-Ghafur, Director of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).
Together let's explore how we got here, and where are we going.
See below for speaker bios.
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Webcast Program
6:30 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Brief Break
6:35 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wine Around with Open Discussion on the Topic
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:
Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, Director, African Leaders Malaria Alliance, works to improve life for people around the world. People who know her call her a miracle worker. In her current role as director of an international non profit, she functions as a combined chief of staff and chief operating officer. She is an experienced leader with two decades of experience designing and implementing high level, cross cultural, multi-million dollar programs to alleviate poverty locally and globally.
Mary-Pat Hector, born in Atlanta, is a recent graduate of Spelman College. At 22-year-old Mary-Pat Hector knows how to change the world. She began community organizing at the age of 12-years-old. By the age of 19, she became the youngest woman and person of color to run for public office in the state of Georgia, losing by only 22 votes.
Mary-Pat Hector serves as the National Youth Director for National Action Network; A Civil Rights Organization, a position she has held since she was 13. Through her duties at NAN Mary-Pat has led and organized hunger strikes that have gained more than 75,000 meals for students at HBCUs, developing an initiative to end student hunger on college campuses. She has also organized rallies to end police violence in communities of color and, developed youth entrepreneurship programming that has assisted hundreds of young people to kickstart licensed businesses.
One of her proudest accomplishments is becoming a Fellow of Peace First. She was awarded the $50,000 fellowship for her national campaign call Think Twice a national campaign that educates youth on non-violence and other issues crippling her generation. Her national campaign provides teen-safety workshops for schools, trains teens and college students in many areas of youth advocacy techniques.
Not content to rest on her accomplishments, Mary-Pat speaks at high schools, colleges, conferences, women's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. In addition to her duties at NAN Mary-Pat serves as Youth Leader for Usher’s New Look Foundation. Mary-Pat delivers keynote presentations calling for teen activism; her story inspires; her how-to strategies give young people their own road map for changing the world.
Andrea Young, is the executive director of the 22,000 member American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. She is a life-long advocate for civil and human rights. The ACLU of Georgia is a trusted, ethical, nonpartisan defender of our civil liberties: opposing threats to civil liberties; combatting voter suppression; supporting criminal justice reform; protecting freedom of speech, immigrant rights, and women’s rights, especially reproductive freedom. Under her leadership, the ACLU of Georgia has reimagined its work on a framework integrating legal action, policy, advocacy, civic engagement and communications.
Prior to taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an Adjunct Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation producing a nationally-syndicated series of documentary films and other programs on themes of civil and human rights.
Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. In the arena of national legislation, Young served as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy contributing to significant civil rights and international policy including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation. She later worked with the United Church of Christ in global mission and advocacy, returning to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney. She served as Vice President for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, defending a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare. As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, Young led a school readiness initiative that increased local investments in early care and education and led to a commitment to universal pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC.
Young is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me; co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in writing, editing and researching An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America. She has been recognized, nationally for her work as an advocate for civil and human rights.
Young is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Young is married to attorney and art consultant, Jerry Thomas. She has one daughter and one granddaughter.
Summer Virtual Cocktails: June through August – Casual cocktail gatherings for members
Fall Dine-Arounds: Tuesday, September 15th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 13th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD – Member Homes
October Annual Meeting: Tuesday, October 6th, 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Networking / 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Program. Reparations: Yes, No, or How and When?
Signature Event: Tuesday, November 10th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Party: Sunday, December 6th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Significant Others Included