AAUW-NYS Convention Workshops

There will be six workshops altogether, four at each of two sessions with two of them repeating.  More details coming!

Getting the Inside Scoop
Justin Wilcox, Monroe County Legislator
Cynthia Herriott, AAUW NYS Board Vice President of Public Policy

This workshop describes the power structures that are responsible for social, economic and political decisions that impact our daily lives and rights. Attendees will learn about the implicit and explicit rules of patriarchal power structures and learn the strategies and tools that they can use to engage power structures for more successful outcomes. Attendees will understand the value of participating as equals in formulating policy and advocating for their rights, and will learn how they can change the balance of power which will result in more inclusive decision-making structures 

Blueprint for Intention and Action
Presenter: Ariana Blossom, Program Director, Passenger to Pilot: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, Center for Regional Economic Advancement, New York State, (CREA).

This workshop will help attendees understand that they can accomplish their goals in personal, professional, volunteer and advocacy development through intention, intuition, knowledge and skills. Attendees will learn how to turn personal and professional challenges into strengths and opportunities. A blueprint for action, feedback and evaluation will help them become less “risk averse” as will the understanding of the roles of advocates, mentors, coaches and other support systems.

Power and Group Dynamics
Presenter: Natalie Hofmeister: Ph.D. student in Irby Lovette’s lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, President of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Association, Fundraising Coordinator for Graduate Women in Science Ithaca, Secretary of the University Assembly Campus Welfare Committee 

This workshop will help attendees understand that making a real change in their personal and professional lives in their community, country and the world requires women to work with groups of men and other women. Attendees will learn the value of having interdependent relationships and how to cultivate them. They will understand that real personal power lies in the understanding of the group’s social structure, norms, expectations, values, attitudes and beliefs. This knowledge is indispensable to women who want to lead and influence.

Team Building and Movement
Mary Holland,  Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Activities at Syracuse University where she assists with the leadership development and event management of over 300 student organizations. 
Cate O’Connor,  Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Activities. Her primary role is developing and implementing leadership workshops for student leaders.

The focus of this workshop activity is on an interactive, problem- solving, hands-on activity to understand the importance of collaboration and team building in attaining a common goal.  Participants will work together in a creative environment.

Policing in the 21st Century
Cynthia Herriott – Facilitator

Kara Anglin – Police Sergeant, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

This workshop features women law enforcement officers in positions of decision-making authority. These leaders will share their paths to the upper echelons of law enforcement and the skills and experiences they utilized to get ahead in a predominantly male field. They will help attendees understand the importance of women officers in the framing of policies, because policy-making and implementation are not gender- neutral.

Cope Project (Coalition on Pay Equity)
Regine Calvar

Elizabeth Sciavolino

This workshop will review COPE’s pay equity survey data with the audience, provide a tool kit, and have six scenarios that people move through in teams to brainstorm how to resolve issues of pay equity. This is an interactive workshop in which participants will be working in small groups to solve big problems, driven by vignettes created for the purpose of the conference.