The Women's Empowerment Conference

April 21, 2018

Austin Community College Eastview

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 10 PM ON APRIL 20.

Tickets will be availble at the door on April 21. Registration includes access to 18 workshops and panels lead by Central Texas women! It also includes light breakfast and lunch, childcare, Spanish-English interpretation, and a networking hour. Student admission is for university students. *Admission is free for teens (12-18); email info@womenctx.org if you're a teen (12-18) who would like to attend the teen workshops.

Regular Admission

$25

Student Admission

$15

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About WE Con

The annual Women's Empowerment Conference (WE Con) is presented every spring by the Women's Community Center of Central Texas. WE Con strives to be a welcoming community event where women, girls, femmes, and those who care about them can share knowledge and insights, build community, and find self-empowerment. We are celebrating the fifth year of WE Con, and invite you to be part of what is becoming an Austin tradition.

Program

Registration opens at 9 a.m., and all programming ends by 5 p.m. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:40 a.m. Lunch is 1 to 2 p.m. Networking Hour is 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Learn more about this year's presenters.

Schedule

Session Time Room #8105 Room #8110 Room #8107 Room #8106 Room #8111
Spanish Room
Room #8103
Teen Room
Registration
9–10 a.m. Opening Remarks beging at 9:40 a.m. in 8500
Session 1
10–11:15 a.m.
Emergency Preparedness Transgender, Through a Woman's Eyes Honoring Our Origin Stories Atrévete a comenzar aun cuando no sepas a dónde vas Robotics and Resilience: Artistic Expression Through Technology
Session 2
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
We are the Magic We’ve Been Waiting For Hiding In Plain Sight - A History of Transgender Peoples Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence Financial Strength: From Eyeballing to a Clear Picture Estrategias Practicas Para Prosperar en una Cultura Adversa Make a Perzine with St.Sucia
Lunch
1–2 p.m.
Session 3
2–3:15 p.m.
Women and Community Art Spaces Cultivating LGBTQ Inclusivity in the Workplace, Home, and Beyond Paint Your Thoughts to Inspire and Empower Self-Care Circle for Parents and Caretakers Sanando heridas: como nuestra historia y familia afectan nuestra salud mental
ROOM 8500: Networking & Closing Ceremony
3:30–5 p.m.

Additional rooms:

  • 8123: Childcare Room
  • 8500: Resource Fair & Market, Networking, Opening & Closing Ceremonies
  • 8101: Lounge

WE Con Sessions

Session 1 — 10-11:15 A.M.

Room 8105
English
Adult

Emergency Preparedness

Cristina Schooler from Rooted Method

Website | @rootedmethod | @ATXvibehikes

Are you ready to spend more time outdoors? Have you always wanted to learn camping and survival skills so you can be the most prepared on your outdoor adventures? Come join this workshop session for an interactive experience that will equip you with the knowledge and confidence for all of your outdoor adventures!
Skill Building, Empowerment
Room 8110
English
Adult

Transgender, Through a Woman's Eyes

Stephanie Elise Freno

This workshop will go over terminology, history, and questions that hurt transwomen. Stephanie will speak about the experience of being transgender, diagnostic criteria, myths, and a transgender journey in her own words.
Skill Building, Empowerment, Transgender Activism
Room 8106
English
Adult

Honoring Our Origin Stories

Leticia Urieta and Marilyse V. Figueroa

@LeticiaUrieta | Leticia's Website | @marilysefig

In this writer’s workshop, participants will read short pieces about the importance of honoring our ancestors and their influence on our current lives. They will respond to a prompt related to the readings as they address their ancestors and their hopes for their futures and will have the option to share their work at the end of the workshop. Materials provided.
Skill Building, Health, Wellness & Self-Care
Room 8111
Spanish
Adult

Atrévete a comenzar aun cuando no sepas a dónde vas

Anjanette Gautier

Lo hemos oído antes, “haz tu sueño realidad y no mires atrás. Así serás feliz”. Pero ¿qué sucede cuando no sabemos cuál es nuestro sueño? ¿no tenemos idea de qué nos apasiona? O tal vez, nos gustan demasiadas cosas y no pensamos que seremos buenas en ninguna de ellas. De todas formas, debemos de comenzar. Exploraremos cómo descubrir lo que nos hace únicas y especiales, qué es lo que anhelamos, establecer nuestras metas, conseguir aliados y aprender a defender nuestras ideas venciendo nuestros miedos al fracaso, el rechazo y la crítica.
Empoderamiento (Self-Empowerment), Salud (Wellness)
Room 8103
English
Teen

Robotics and Resilience: Artistic Expression Through Technology

Priya Ramamoorthy, Kavya Ramamoorthy, Smrithi Mahadevan, and Maanasa Nathan

Empower Advocates

Color is a powerful form of expression and technology is an innovative way to make it come to life. Participants will learn to program NXT Lego Mindstorm robots to draw their own reflections of resilience. Starting with more somber tones and layering on brighter colors and 3D-materials, participants will turn negative thoughts/lines into a positive work of art. At the center of the workshop is the idea that resilience is born out of adapting to dynamic environments and thriving comes with letting go of smaller imperfections to focus on the bigger picture. Materials provided.
Skill Building, Empowerment, Teen

Session Two — 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Room 8105
English
Adult

We are the Magic We’ve Been Waiting For

Leah Brock-White, DAOM (Chosen Eyes), Yacellys "Bunny" Cabrera, tk tunchez (Las Ofrendas), and Lucero Archuleta Valle (Little Details Austin)

@choseneyes9 | @bunnyscakeshop | @lasofrendas | @thelittledetailsaustin

Come chat with us and hear about our processes, best practices and our thoughts on why it is important to for WOC to build alternative economic spaces/ businesses in the ever-changing face of ATX. This will be an open discussion, we are excited to hear from our audience, and want to share practical skills and experience to support others who are also growing their own alternative and creative economic practices.
Skill Building, Empowerment, Economic Justice
Room 8106
English
Adult

Hiding In Plain Sight - A History of Transgender Peoples

Claire Bow

It suddenly seems like transgender people and issues are everywhere doesn’t it? Where did they all come from? You might be forgiven for thinking Caitlyn Jenner was the “World’s First Trans Person." After all, she was the first non-fictional trans person to be seen in the mainstream media in decades. But she wasn’t the first. She wasn’t even the first “famous” trans person. Do you know trans people served in the military during the Civil War? No?

Join us to learn about the untold lives, accomplishments, and contributions trans people have made over the centuries.

Skill Building, Self-Empowerment, Transgender Activism
Room 8107
English
Adult

Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence

SAFE Alliance

SAFE Austin Website

The #Metoo movement has had a huge impact on the way our society views sexual violence. This panel aims to discuss the ways in which community agencies are empowering survivors of sexual violence and what the future holds after the start of the #metoo movement. Panelists include: Lupe Salazar, a Travis County Victim’s Services Advocate; and Hanna Senko, a Sexual Assault Survivor; Teressa Graves, Letricia Bynoe, and Paula Marks. RN.
Skill Building, Empowerment
Room 8106
English
Adult

Financial Strength: From Eyeballing to a Clear Picture

“When I live my life from a thriving position of financial strength, I will___ .” How would you fill in the blank? Eighty to ninety percent of women will find themselves the sole providers of their finances at some point in their lives. In addition, many women are not always aware of financial abuse by a partner. Resilient women are invited to learn more about signs of financial abuse, and have fun while developing smart financial goals and a budget. We’ll talk about savings for times when life happens, savings for paying ourselves first, and more.
Skill Building, Self-Empowerment
Room 8111
Spanish
Adult

Estrategias Practicas Para Prosperar en una Cultura Adversa

Larissa Davila

BCO Consulting Group

Una persona que prospera y sigue a pesar de las adversidades es una persona que debe tener alta inteligencia emocional y mucha estrategia. Como mujeres, debemos entender que (1)querer, (2)tener tiempo y/o (3) tener dinero y/o (4) saber como y tener la (5) mentalidad prosperar no se consolida al mismo tiempo en la misma persona y si no estamos concientes de esto, podemos enfrascarnos en una lucha que esta destinada al fracaso. La resiliencia es cuestion de perserverancia, informacion, recursos y estrategia. En mi conferencia hablaremos de los retos que tenemos como mujeres y de como podemos superarlos sin perder el objetivo
Empoderamiento (Self-Empowerment), Salud (Wellness)
Room 8103
English
Teen

Make a Perzine with St.Sucia

St. Sucia

@stsucia

St.Sucia will review a brief history of zine culture with an emphasis on feminist zines. They will discuss promotion and distribution of self published materials and their importance to underrepresented voices as a tool to make space, find community, elevate diverse narratives, and promote visibility. You will learn how to make a mini zine that will be completed by the end of the workshop. Materials provided.
Skill Building, Empowerment

Session Three — 2 - 3:15 PM

Room 8105
English
Adult

Women and Community Art Spaces

Moderator Larissa Stephens

| @lurissu | @roshi_k| @sixsquareatx

Austin is no stranger to community art and street art. But, how is the landscape for these artistic genres changing as the city grows and pushes artists and artist spaces out? What power does community art hold? Hear from three women from across the spectrum of Austin community art spaces: Nefertitti Jackmon, Executive Director of Six Square, Lindsay Palmer, Director of Color Squad at Creative Action, and Roshi K, local artist and muralist. Audience Q&A will follow. Moderated by Larissa Stephens, an Austin-based cartoonist and muralist.
Skill Building, Self-Empowerment
Room 8110
English
Adult

Cultivating LGBTQ Inclusivity in the Workplace, Home, and Beyond

This workshop will explore ways in which social justice advocates can better ally through linguistic visibility and dialogue. Participants will explore how to bring advocacy into their daily lives through conversation practices, work policies, and social media presence. This will include looking over work policies (gendered language in intake forms, adding signature line for pronouns, advocating for inclusivity training, and gender-neutral bathrooms), social interactions (asking pronouns upon meeting, fighting against microaggressions, shifting gender norms and expectations), and engaging constructively in online dialogue. Participants will be engaged in groups to create an interactive community building session.
Skill Building, Social Justice, Activism by Transgender Women & Gender Non-Conforming
Room 8107
English
Adult

Paint Your Thoughts to Inspire and Empower

Create wood signs with powerful messages or quotes to give a sense of motivation and self-empowerment. Materials provided, including templates, paints and wooden pallets.
Skill Building;Social Justice;Health, Wellness & Self-Care
Room 8106
English
Adult

Self-Care Circle for Parents and Caretakers

Parents and caretakers will explore the concept of self-care in their daily lives and routines. Through a restorative circle, we will build a community of support. Attendees will have the time and space to reflect, refill, and commit to self-care practices. This session will be process-oriented, meaning that participants will be active in creating the experience, as opposed to lecture-style. I will also provide parents and caregivers strategies and tools for implementing self-care in their busy lives. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of “circles,” which they can use in their home to invite family communication and connection.
Skill Building, Self-Empowerment, Wellness
Room 8111
Spanish
Adult

Sanando heridas: como nuestra historia y familia afectan nuestra salud mental

Joanna Beltrán Girón

Me gustaría embarcar el tema de la vulnerabilidad como una estrategia política, y de sanación. Individualmente escribiremos sobre un evento que nos dejó una herida. En esta actividad lxs participantxs pueden escribir una carta a la persona que lxs hirió, una carta hacia ellxs mismxs, o puede ser un ‘freewrite.’ Lxs participantxs podrán quemar, romper, o guardar esta carta. No estarán forzadxs a compartir lo que escribieron, pero si se preguntará si hay voluntarixs que les gustaría compartir su historia. Para poner cierre emocional, platicaremos como nuestrxs experiencias están arraigadas en una historia de colonización y trauma transgeneracional. Y que nosotrxs somos fuertes porque a pesar de todo, hemos salido adelante.
Desarrollo de Habilidades (Skill Building), Empoderamiento (Self-Empowerment), Salud (Wellness)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attend?
  2. What accommodations do you provide?
  3. What is new this year?
  4. What about food?
  5. Where do I park?

1. Who can attend?

WE Con 2018 is open to women and girls (cis and trans), and those who are interested in learning about issues affecting these communities in Austin and the surrounding areas. Even if you're not part of these communities, this is your chance to learn what you can do to support them.

2. What accommodations do you provide?

WE Con offers complimentary childcare, Spanish-English translation, and snacks every year. A local care provider service, Mom's Best Friend provides childcare, and the ratio of child to care provider is relatively low. This year we will also be introducing children's programmming in the childcare room! Spanish-English interpretation is available, and included with ticket costs. The ACC Eastview campus has entrances for people with disabilities.

3. What is new this year?

This year we are introducting select programming in the childcare room. Your child will be able to participate in a reading circle, yoga, and more! Also, we are continuting a networking hour at the end of the conference, from 3:15 - 5 p.m. After a full day of workshops and panels, we invite you to stick around for drinks, conversation with new friends and the presenters, and the Resource Fair and Market.

4. What about food?

Buffet style lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Light breakfast, snacks, and beverages will be provided at 9 a.m., and an afternoon dessert and coffee provided during the Networking hour.

5. Where do I park?

Parking is free! Yes, free parking in Austin is still a thing. There are two lots, Lot E and F, with plenty of space. Street parking is metered, and available on Webberville Road. Disabled parking is available in Lot G.The ADA accessible entrance to building 8000/8500 is on the Webberville side. Bike racks are located behind building 3000.

Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Directly sponsor snacks and lunch, childcare, the cost of attendance, and Spanish-English interpreting services for all participants.

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Contact us at info@womenctx.org for more information.

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Volunteer

Volunteers help make it possible for us to keep WE Con affordable to attend and it's a great way to get to know people and support the event. We would really appreciate your help! For future volunteer opportunities, email info@womenctx.org.

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WE Con brings great exposure to your business or organization, with an expected attendance of 250 people. The Resource Fair & Market is on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with setup at 10 a.m., at Austin Community College Eastview. Let's connect your business or organization!

Resource Fair & Market 2018: AAUW Austin Branch, AIDS Services of Austin, Austin Public Health, Bridge Collective, City of Austin - Office of the Police Monitor, Circle of Health International COHINTL, Crafter's Paradise, Divine Luxury Bath & Body, DSA feminist action committee, Las Ofrendas, Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, Monkeywrench Books, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, SAFE Alliance, Sara Saylor Writing Coach, Stephanie Elise Freno, Todos Juntos Learning Center

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