AAUW-NYS Convention Workshops

There will be six workshops altogether, four at each of two sessions with two of them repeating. Here's the schedule. Workshop details below.

2:15 - 3:30 PM 3:45 - 5:00 PM
"Getting the Inside Scoop"
 "Blueprint for Intention and Action"
 "Sparrow's Nest"
 "Team Building and Movement"
"Policing in the 21st Century"
"Cope Project" 
"Blueprint for Intention and Action" 
"Team Building and Movement"

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.

Sparrow’s Nest: One woman’s passionate journey to fulfill her purpose
Presenter: Krista Jones, Executive Director, Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley

Krista Jones created Sparrow’s Nest in 2012 to provide dinners for the family of a friend diagnosed with cancer. Soon she was cooking for six families of local moms with cancer. Sparrow’s Nest now provides food for over 200 families in similar situations and no family is ever turned away. This is the story of one woman who was called upon to serve a much higher purpose than she could have ever imagined for herself and how she rose to meet this challenge. Her journey has led her from self-doubt to confidence as she faced down new business challenges every day, developed organizational solutions, found new friends, allies and mentors, balanced her personal life with the life that called to her, inspired volunteers with her passion and served a community. It is the story of a woman who found her power.

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.