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Girls Summit header graphicMarch 23, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm
Alverno College Sister Joel Read Center

The inaugural State of Wisconsin Girls Summit 2019 brings together thought leaders, inspiring voices and workshops that young people and adults cannot miss if they want to respond to the issues facing girls.

Registration is now closed!



  • 8:00   Registration Opens, Sister Joel Read Center Rotunda
  • 8:00   Opening of the Showcase Exhibition - All Day

  • 8:30  Opening Welcome, Bucyrus Conference Center

  • 8:45   Ideas into Action Panel Featuring Young Women and Girl Activists of Wisconsin
    Moderated by Carole Barrowman, Alverno Professor of English and Author of the Hollow Earth Trilogy
    • Bria Smith, Franklin High School, President, Milwaukee Youth Council
    • Xin Ju Hippe, Rufus King High School, Poet
    • Violet Kilmurray, Co-Chair, Women's March Wisconsin
    • Nia Kamara, Shorewood High School, FACT anti-smoking campaign
  • 9:30   Session I: Understanding the Issues Facing Girls in Wisconsin
    Jodi Eastberg, Executive Director, Research Center for Women and Girls, Alverno College
    Girls Summit Facilitated Discussions
  • 10:30   Break
  • 10:45   Session II: Transforming Ideas into Action (Choose one of the workshops below-more available)
    • Deanna Singh, Chief Change Agent, Flying Elephant and Author, Workshop: The Power of Words 
    • Carla Eschaveste, Medical College of Wisconsin: From Snapchat to Snapshot: Capture Your Goals for a Career in Medicine
    • Bloom for Girls, Workshop: Love Your Beauty
    • Alverno Humanities Division, Workshop: Poetry Slamming: Fun with Self Expression!
  • 11:45   Break

  • 12:00    Luncheon
    Inagural Dr. Mary Ann Schwartz & Dr. Richard Brewer Endowed Speaker Series 

Keynote by Marley Dias, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!
Marley Dias's talk will be followed by a book signing

Luncheon sponsors Catalyst Construction, Claire S. Turer Charitable Fund, Divine Savior Holy Angels

  • 1:15     Break
  • 1:30     Session III: Transforming Ideas into Action (Choose one of the workshops - more available!)
  • Carole Barrowman, Alverno Professor of English and Author of the Hollow Earth Trilogy, Workshop: Creating Monsters and Magic, Heroes and Villains
  • Jessica Willenbrink, School Psychologist, Whitefish Bay, How to Train Your Brain: A Girls' Guide to Building Resilience through Mindfulness
  • Alverno Natural Science Mathmatics and Technology Department, Workshop: We Can Science, Too! 
  • Melania Klemowitz, Exploit No More Executive Coordinator, Workshop: Community Mapping and Self-Awareness: How You Can Make a Difference in the Anti-Trafficking Fight
  • FACT Shorewood, Workshop: Spreading the Truth about Tobacco
Workshops: Responding to issues facing girls at the individual, organizational and community levels led by Girls Rock, Bloom for Girls, Exploit No More, Alverno Humanities Division, and many more!
  • 3:15     Break
  • 3:30     Closing Session and Activism Celebration Sponsored by the Alverno Humanities Division

Learn how to earn Girl Summit badges.


Registration is now closed

*There will be a registration service fee of $10 for all refunded registrations on or before March 5th.

No refunds can be provided for registrations after March 5th.

Thank you for the support provided by:

The Clarice S. Turer Charitable Fund

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