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Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, this event will only be presented virtually. In addition to the full day conference, all paid participants will receive additional pre-recorded BONUS sessions to watch at their own pace.

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

Join us as we create a space for you to enhance your personal, familial, and community lives at this one day empowerment conference. 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. It also serves as a wonderful networking opportunity in Green Bay. Funds from this conference support the Greater Green Bay community.

This third annual conference brings together a broad range of community members from all sectors (e.g. homemakers; socialites; educators; community organizer; systems practitioners; peace officers; health and medical practitioners and others…) to laugh; learn; and share current realities, information, and strategies, while networking with peers around issues that impact the lives of women and girls. The goal is to encourage learning and dialogue to address and respond to the empowerment of women and girls. This conference will provide participants with opportunities to build knowledge, skills and behaviors to identify and remove barriers that often prevent women and girls from being everything they were created to be.

Wherever you are in your life journey, connect with others who are similar and different from you. Share space with women who can contribute to your personal and professional development. Hear stories of successful women in a range of professions who have been right where you are and experienced success where you would like to go.

The 2020 Women’s Empowerment (WE) Conference offerings provides information on:

  • Education and Empowerment (EE)
  • Business and Services (BS)
  • Culture and Advocacy (CA)
  • Health and Wellness (HW)

Keeping Everyone Safe

We are moving this event completely online for 2020. The live events will still take place as planned remotely via Zoom. Several educational breakout sessions will be pre-recorded, and all paid participants will have access to the pre-recorded sessions the morning of the event and the full conference after its conclusion to watch at their own pace.


2020 Keynote Speaker, Carol Bruess, PhD

Resident Scholar | Cassandra Voss Center, St. Norbert College

The YWCA Greater Green Bay is excited to welcome back Carol Bruess, PhD as the keynote speaker for this year’s 2020 Women’s Empowerment Conference. Carol is the 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.

In her keynote speech, Be the One, she will share research on the power of relationships. It highlights that we are responsible for ourselves and the importance of caring for ourselves well before we can connect with others. Infused with research and passion, you will understand your capacity differently than you ever have before.


Conference Agenda – Workshops and Presentation Descriptions

Downloadable 2020 Conference Agenda

Please note the agenda was created for the in-person event and the language may not reflect the new online only format.

Agenda for Live Conference (In person and via Zoom)

BONUS Pre-Recorded Online Sessions - Sent to Paid Participants at the Beginning of the Conference

About the Workshop Presenters

Comments from 2019 Conference Attendees

“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

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Workshop Sponsors

Chris Woleske / Bellin Health

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Peace Sponsors

St. Norbert College Logo

Investors Community Bank Logo

Marco Logo

Media Sponsors

Woodward Radio Group

Cumulus Media

Midwest Communications



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.