We Must Be United
To Advance the Needs & Potential of Girls & Young Women
In Solidarity is more than a conference. It’s an opportunity to connect; to be moved & energized; and, to strategize together with young women as leaders for change.
In Solidarity provides a diverse array of opportunities to learn and connect through Deep Dive Learning and Innovation in Motion sessions, along with Front Porch Conversations. In addition, the Self Care Room and the Un Exhibit Hall provides opportunities for respite and inspiration throughout the event.
Opening Keynote: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
A Pioneer In the Field of Medicine
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between early childhood adversity, child development and health, and how the practical applications of the adverse Childhood Experiences study can improve health outcomes.
Plenary: Women’s Voices from the Stand at Standing Rock
Protecting our Water: Women’s Voices from the Stand at Standing Rock
The fight against the Enbridge pipeline incursion near the Standing Rock Tribal Nation in North Dakota drew international attention to the depth of the commitment of those protesting the pipeline and the rights of Indigenous people to their homeland. Panelists will share their experiences and describe how women and girls played an essential role in the stand at Standing Rock and the breadth of alliances created there.
Moderator: Terri Yellowhammer
Panelist: Youth Activist, Asia Gilbertson Black Bull & Madelyn Big Crow. Mallory Moon, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Angela Bibens, Red Owl Law and Dorene Day – Waubanewquay, Midewanniduay – Water Line Woman.
Plenary: Catalyzing a Movement
Former staff of the Obama Administration White House Council on Women and Girls share lessons learned about building a movement in support of girls. This will include centering the voices and leadership of girls and a conversation about the importance of focusing on girls of color. Their advice and inspiration for the way forward will close In Solidarity.
Moderator: Jeannette Pai-Espinosa
Panelist: Jordon Brooks, The United State of Women, Former Deputy Executive Director, Obama White House Council on Women and Girls; and Kalisha Dessources, Former Policy Advisor, Obama White House Council on Women and Girls