Empowering women, shaping the future
By Nichole Dunn, Cheryl Grosman and Antoinette Wilson
On August 12 and 13, women from across Ohio will descend on Columbus to strategize, celebrate, educate, inspire and empower. They’ll be with us at the United State of Women (USOW) Galvanize Summit, where we will work together to achieve gender equity.
To galvanize means to stimulate into action. As the Ohio co-hosts for The Galvanize summit, we have stepped forward to lead a national effort on a local level and create change in our community. We are here to stimulate Ohio’s change makers into action. Which is what USOW’s Galvanize Program is all about — it’s a nationwide effort to turn the passion of women across the country into strategic action.
Galvanize will bring people together to tackle the challenges women face nationally and locally; arming women with the tools and resources they need to keep organizing and fighting for gender equity, whether that’s through elected office or entrepreneurship, and everything in between.
Using a racial and social justice lens, Galvanize will include a briefing on the current state of women according to the six USOW pillars: economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement. At the end of the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to network with organizers at an engagement fair, while also connecting with fellow attendees to keep the momentum of the summit going beyond the two days of training. Galvanize is as much about the two days as it is about what’s next; igniting a commitment in participants to act beyond the weekend to create change.
Galvanize offers comprehensive training through a well-rounded curriculum that provides future leaders with the strategy and tools to continue their paths forward. The community partnerships formed through Galvanize will provide future opportunities for ongoing conversations for each participant as they advance in their careers.
Above all, Galvanize will train women to change tomorrow. By coming together, women will create more opportunities to engage and lead in our communities. It’s our intent for Galvanize to provide the roadmap for opportunities for our future leaders. As we continue to expand women's voices within our communities, it is critical to provide the leadership training and mentoring to create a solid foundation for future successes.
Following the summit, attendees are invited to join The Galvanize Program Alumni Network. The Alumni Network provides attendees a way to communicate with their peers and get involved with partner groups working on the issues they care about. With access to training webinars, volunteer opportunities, and action-oriented toolkits, the Alumni Network will help attendees continue to turn their passion into action.
By convening voices ready to advocate for women and girls, we will come forward as a community and influence the greater conversation. The only question that remains: will yours be one of those voices?
Click here to take your stand and register to join us as we empower women and change tomorrow.
Nicole Dunn is President and CEO of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Cheryl Grossman is a former Ohio State Representative. Antoinette Wilson is the President and co-founder of Triumph Communications.