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2020 Women’s Empowerment Conference

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Save your spot at the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s 3rd annual Women’s Empowerment (WE) Conference: Be the One!

Friday October 16, 2020
7:30 am – 4:00 pm


If you are registering for a group, please contact Jasmine Gordon at jgordon@ywcagreenbay.org.

This powerful, life changing event promises to provide you with practical tools to help you move forward in all areas of your life including social, emotional and physical health.

Confirmed Presenters for the 2020 Women’s Empowerment Conference

Keynote Speaker: Carol J. Bruess, PhD

Resident Scholar | Cassandra Voss Center, St. Norbert College

Carol J. Bruess (rhymes with “peace”), Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Communication and Journalism and formerly Director of Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas, MN. She currently serves as Resident Scholar in the Cassandra Voss Center for equity, identity, and dialogue-across-difference at St. Norbert College, WI. As a professor, researcher, author and speaker the past 26 years, Carol’s primary passions are in studying how our relationship micro-moments of ritual and interaction are key to not only joy and happiness, but also to our physical health and longevity.

She is the author of five books, has presented her work at dozens of national, regional, and international conferences, recently spoke at TEDx Minneapolis (“Are All Relationships Messy?”), and has been featured in a variety of national media outlets, including: PBS, Oprah Radio, Cosmopolitan Magazine, American Health, Natural Health, CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC. In her free time, she enjoys drinking an IPA beer, doing hot yoga, and sewing with vintage fabric (not all at the same time).

Confirmed Workshop Presenters:

  • Robin Davis, President/CEO | United Way of Brown County
  • Susan Dutton, CEO | Smart Relationships LLC
  • Celestine Jeffreys, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office | City of Green Bay
  • Kristin Lyerly, MD, MPH, FACOG OBGYN | Prevea Health
  • Michelle Langenfeld, Superintendent of Schools | Green Bay Area Public Schools
  • Laurie Radke, President/CEO | Green Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Season Russo, Co-Founder/Director | Eye Heart World
  • Kristina Shelton, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant
  • Erin E. Stevens, MD, FACOG, Gynecologic Oncologist | Prevea Health
  • Robin Tinnon, Executive Director | We All Rise African American Resource Center
  • Brenda Warren, President | GBAPS District Board of Education

Download the 2020 Conference Agenda for presentations and descriptions.

Here’s what participants said about our 2019 conference:

“I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to you and your team for Friday. I am always go-go-go so it was a much needed break to focus on myself. I am going to encourage every woman I know to attend next year and to check out all the great things happening at your facility. This community is blessed to have you!” -Samantha

“…I’d like share with you that I greatly appreciate all the hard work you put into setting up that WE conference last Friday. That was a wonderful experience for me….I really enjoyed it….so thank you. I had a challenging week at work and going there on Friday and listening to the speakers was like setting the re-start button on myself. It was exactly what I needed. I look forward to attending more conferences like that at the YWCA.” -Rebecca


Thanks to our sponsors!

Justice Sponsors

University of Wisconsin Green Bay Logo

Workshop Sponsors

Chris Woleske / Bellin Health

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Peace Sponsors

St. Norbert College Logo

Media Sponsors

Woodward Radio Group


If you are interested in sponsoring the Women’s Empowerment Conference, please download this sponsorship levels form. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie Asare, CEO at lasare@ywcagreenbay.org or call (920) 432-5581 x135.