April 22, 2017

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 fourth year of WE Con, and invite you to be part of what is becoming an Austin tradition

Program

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and all programming ends by 5 p.m. Check this space soon for the complete program.

Schedule

Session Time Room #8111 Room #8110 Room #8107 Room #8106 Room #8123
Spanish Room
Room #8101
Teen Room
Registration
9–10 a.m.
Session 1
10–11:15 a.m.
Civics 101 Reproductive Rights Panel Why Supporting LGBT+ Youth is Important to Us All Preparing to Run Cuerpos Vacíos Mind the Bot
Session 2
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
#Illgowithyou and Beyond: Trans Allyship and Advocacy Navigating Safety: The Use and Misuse of Technology & Intimate Partner Violence Self-healing through Artistic Affirmation Save for Yourself First Conozca sus derechos en casos de inmigración A Lion's Voice: Creative Writing Workshop
Lunch
1–2 p.m.
Session 3
2–3:15 p.m.
Freedom's Daughters: From Ally to Co-conspirator For Us By Us: Women of Color Changing Birthing Outcomes Bilingual Yoga/Yoga en español Breathe! A New Moon Meditation Las Mujeres Trans También Somos Mujeres Buttons & Zines!
Networking & Closing Ceremony
3:30–5 p.m.

Additional rooms:

  • 8223: Childcare Room (Second Floor)
  • 8500: Resource Fair & Market

Session Details

About this year's presenters

Session 1 — 10–11:15 a.m.

Room 8101
Workshop
English
Teen

Mind the Bot

Priya Ramamoorthy, Kavya Ramamoorthy, Maanasa Nathan and Smrithi Mahadevan
The workshop combines robotics with hands-on activities to teach participants the importance of maintaining their mental health. Participants will learn to program robots to follow a path upon which materials for the activities will be placed. Sample activities include creating anxiety jars and learning basic yoga moves.
Wellness, Arts, Self-empowerment
Sala 8123
Discussion
Español
Adult

CUERPOS VACÍOS: Cuando el cuerpo vive en los Estados Unidos pero el Corazón y la Mente se quedan en nuestro país de origen

Amhiga Hispana

La presentación es completamente en español para mujeres de habla hispana que son primera generación de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. Nuestros cuerpos viven en los Estados Unidos, pero algunas veces, el corazón y nuestra mente se quedan sincronizados con nuestro país de origen. Amhiga Hispana, una organización sin fines de lucro establecida en Austin, tiene la misión de empoderar a las mujeres que aman a sus países de origen y comienzas a involucrarse cívicamente y emocionalmente en las comunidades que viven actualmente.

Este taller ofrece información y actividades para empoderar y ayudar a desarrollar a las mujeres cívica, emocional, espiritual, física, intelectual, social y financieramente con mujeres con tus mismos intereses y con historias similares. Únete a nuestra conversación y aprende estrategias para estar completamente presente en tu nuevo país.

Advocacy, Self-empowerment
Room 8106
Workshop
English
Teen, Adult

Preparing to Run

Kimberly Caldwell, Annie's List

You want to serve your community — and we want to help you do it. Choosing to run for public office is a big decision that may raise many questions like: How will I fit this in my life? How do I get started? What does a campaign look like? What can I do now to prepare to run for office sometime down the road? Connecting with your peers and hearing from experienced candidates and campaign staff will help you build the confidence, expertise and network to run a great campaign.

Annie’s List is proud to offer Preparing to Run, a program to help women at all stages of leadership start answering questions they have about running for office and take steps toward becoming a strong candidate. The program includes:

  • Basic information about running for local offices, including county commissioner, city council, school board and more
  • Insight into the time, resources and external support needed to run a successful campaign
  • Practical advice to start preparing yourself to run for office
Social Justice, Advocacy
Room 8107
Discussion
English
Adult

Why Supporting LGBT+ Youth is Important to Us All

Sarah Kapostasy, MA, LPC, Out Youth
Come learn more about how to best support LGBTQ+ identified young people in our community, including what parents can do to protect young people and support feelings of hope. We will provide you with information about gender identity and sexual orientation and further resources for learning and support. Interactive conversations and Q & A time will be included in this presentation!
Social Justice, Wellness
Room 8111
Discussion
English
Adult

Civics 101 — Why Local Government Matters, How It Works, and How To Get Involved

Amy Stansbury, Editor-in-Chief of the Austin EcoNetwork

Austin’s local environmental news source, the Austin EcoNetwork, is proud to present its newest initiative — Civics 101. Civics 101 is designed to teach Austinites how to engage with and participate in local government. During this workshop, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to make a real difference in your local community, whether you care about the environment, affordable housing, social justice, or anything in between.

Topics covered will include:

  • Why Local Government Matters — How does local government actually affect my life?
  • City Hall: A User’s Guide — How does our local government system work?
  • 10 Ways to Get More Involved in Local Government — We’ll give you step-by-step instructions to make getting involved easy, even if you’ve never been inside City Hall before.
  • Biggest Issues of 2017 — We’ll cover some of the major local political and eco issues of 2017, as well as explain how you can influence government policy.
Social Justice, Advocacy
Room 8110
Panel
English
Adult

Beyond Pro-Choice: Resisting Oppression & Building Community

Amanda Bennett, Jane’s Due Process; Laila Khalili, Lilith Fund; Heather Frederick, Bridge Collective ATX
At this workshop, learn about the organizations helping people access abortion in Central Texas and how they seek to expand the conversation from choice to liberation. Workshop participants will explore their own values and learn how abortion access fits with other social justice work. We will also begin to build community by talking about how to support people having abortions, how to talk about abortion with people in their lives, and creative ways to show their support.
Social Justice, Wellness, Self-Empowerment

Session 2 — 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Room 8101
Workshop
English
Teen

A Lion’s Voice

Destiny Harris, Youth Rise Texas
A Lion’s Voice is a creative writing activity to release the inner voice, thoughts, and feelings about what happens daily to families not considered "normal." This is a safe place to write and connect with others who are going through similar situations, whether facing violence, racism, or other struggles in their daily lives.
Wellness, Arts, Self-Empowerment
Room 8110
Panel
English
Adult

Navigating Safety: The Use and Misuse of Technology & Intimate Partner Violence

Texas Council on Family Violence
Technology is everywhere and it is important to understand how it may be misused within the context of intimate partner violence. This training will focus on various technologies with an emphasis on strategies to promote survivor’s safer use of social media, phones, and other modalities.
Social Justice, Wellness
Sala 8123
Speaker
Spanish
Adult

Conozca sus derechos en casos de inmigración

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch and Roxana Menchaca, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law
This Know Your Rights workshop will cover basic rights for individuals with or without legal documentation and interactions with the police and ICE agents. Presenters will also discuss briefly on the concepts of sanctuary cities and how recent local and national legislation affects immigrants of various backgrounds.
Social Justice, Advocacy
Room 8106
Workshop
English
Adult

Save Yourself First

Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Among all the bills you pay, what you owe to your future self should be among the first. By setting aside a small but steady amount of money, you'll have the power to reach your dreams. Learn the importance of savings, how to plan your spending to include savings, and some investment options. Nobody will take care of your money like you can. You just need some simple skills so you'll have the money you need to take care of yourself and your family.
Wellness, Self-Empowerment
Room 8111
Workshop
English
Teen, Adult

#Illgowithyou and Beyond: Trans Allyship and Advocacy

Shane Whalley, LMSW
In a political climate where the federal and state governments are trying to pass bathroom and religious freedom bills and stir up an atmosphere of hate and fear it is more important than ever to be a strong ally and advocate for trans and gender non-binary communities. In this interactive workshop, we will explore ways to support trans and gender non-binary individuals as well as how to advocate against bad policy. We will also discuss practices, policies, and strategies that are supportive of trans and gender non-binary folks being able to have full access to public life and the ability to thrive.
Social Justice, Advocacy
Room 8107
Workshop
Bilingual
Teen, Adult

Self-Healing Through Artistic Affirmations

Maribel Falcón, Colectiva Cósmica
A collage making workshop where participants will be given the tools and guidance to make an original art piece intended for the purpose of self-healing through creative expression and affirmations. This workshop will allow for the space and time to reflect on an affirmation that can serve our self-healing and make an art piece that will aid in our healing path. Supplies provided.
Arts, Wellness, Self-Empowerment

Session 3 — 2–3:15 p.m.

Room 8101
Workshop
Bilingual
Teen

Zines & Buttons!

Natasha I. Hernandez and Isabel Ann Castro, St. Sucia & Women’s Community Center of Central Texas
Make a button and zine to fit your unique personality. Zines are historically modes of self-expression. Supplies provided.
Wellness, Arts, Self-Empowerment
Room 8123
Panel
Spanish
Adult

Las Mujeres Trans También Somos Mujeres

Panel led by Anandrea Molina, Organización Latina Trans de Texas (OLTT)

Un panel donde las voces de mujeres trans muestran sus narrativas de vida y las semejantes con la vida de una mujer cisgénero. Las mujeres van a hablar sobre las desventajas del género, la misoginia, la misotrans (el odio de personas trans), y la segregación hasta internalizada.

Nosotras hemos crecido en una sociedad llena de ignorancia y de doble moral. La cultura influye en el aspecto patriarcal, donde la mujer somos solo el complemento de un hombre y también como mujeres trans solo somos parte del feminismo inclusivo y revolucionario.

Social Justice, Wellness, Self-Empowerment
Room 8106
Workshop
English
Adult

Breathe! A New Moon Meditation

Naya Jones, RootWork
Breath, be, and pause with us for this moon meditation. We Con 2017 is just a few days away from the new moon, a time for releasing the old and claiming possibilities. This moon meditation combines guided relaxation, breathwork, and some gentle movement. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Grounded in social justice, our moon work together honors our collective self-care as central to social change. Take away tools for living with the moon. P.S. Trauma-conscious and queer affirming. We start with rhythm and an altar. Feel free to bring an instrument and something for the altar that represents the "new" for you. (You can take your altar item home.) To create a relaxing space, doors close 10 minutes after start time.
Wellness, Arts, Self-Empowerment
Room 8107
Workshop
Bilingual
All Ages

Bilingual Yoga/Yoga en español

Linda Natera, Sol108Yoga
This workshop will focus on the practice of Hatha Yoga, a branch of yoga that concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha Yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (Pranayama), and meditation (dyana.)
Wellness
Room 8111
Discussion
English
Adult

Freedom’s Daughters: From ally to co-conspirator

Fatima Mann, Executive Director of Counter Balance: ATX and Rev. Hannah Bonner, Curator of The Shout
This panel will address why white guilt is selfish and doesn’t help the movement, how we can move through the past and work together. People are the most valuable resources that can change the world. Attendees will learn how to identify their skills and experiences of and how their skill and experience is a viable resource. This session attendees will acknowledge their ability to utilize their experience and skill to improve the community. Discussions will range from addressing the privilege self-identifying women of Euro-centric cultural possess and how to use that privilege to assist systematically oppressed societies.
Social Justice, Wellness
Room 8110
Panel
English
Adult

Us for Us: Women of Color Changing Birthing Outcomes

Mama Sana Vibrant Woman
As an organization that actively works to improve birth outcomes for both Black and Latina women in Austin, we’ll talk about our models of care for women of color. This past year, Texas made national news once again for having the highest maternal mortality rate in the “developed” world — disproportionately affecting Black women. The underlying culprit being tossed around —racism. Mama Sana Vibrant Woman programs culturally appropriate prenatal education, childbirth preparation, and birth companion. Mama Sana actively offsets the trends of racism and lack of access to quality and loving care for Black and Latina women in Austin while working together toward a just and loving world.
Social Justice, Wellness, Self-Empowerment

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 2017 is open to women, girls, femmes, genderqueer and non-binary people, 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 every year. We hire Mom's Best Friend, a local care provider service, to provide excellent childcare, and the ratio of child to care provider is relatively low. 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 introducing a networking hour at the end of the conference, from 3:15 - 5 pm. After a full day of workshops and panel, we invite you to stick around for drinks, conversation with new friends, the Resource Fair and Market, and an awards ceremony.

4. What about food?

Buffet style lunch will be served by Alegria Catering, our generous sponsor this year. Breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided, as well as, an afternoon dessert and cocktail.

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.

Purchase the cost of attendance, lunch, and childcare for someone else

Contact Danea Johnson at danea@womenctx.org for more information

Participate

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!

Volunteer Form

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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 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with setup at 8:30 a.m., at Austin Community College Eastview. We'd love to connect them to your resources!

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