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Women in Philanthrophy: OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference

Julia Paxton (2)

Luncheon Keynote:  

Julia Paxton - "What Makes People Altruistic?"

Julia Paxton is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ohio University where she teaches classes on poverty and international development.  Dr. Paxton has published extensively in academic journals and has engaged in various consulting projects for the World Bank, the United Nations, USAID, and foreign governments.  Her most recent research focuses on financial behavior and understanding motivations for giving.  She is a 2012/2013 University Professor at Ohio University which enabled her to create a new class entitled "The Economics of Altruism."  She holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics, specializing in microfinance, from The Ohio State University.

Marcia Cham (2)

 Evening Networking Reception Keynote:  

Marcia Cham

Marcia Cham graduated from Ohio University and taught science and mathematics for five years.  She designed and carved Christmas ornaments during the years her three children were young.  At the age of forty she began graduate school and graduated seven years later with her Masters of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.  The United Church of Christ ordained her in 1991.  She served two churches and is now retired and lives in North Carolina.  For the past six years she has worked as an on-call chaplain at the local hospital and has completed two books.  her first, You Mean I Have to Look at the Body?! Stories of Dying and Living, has been well received.  Her second, Tarnished Pulpit, is ready for publication.  Over many years she has studied and presented seminars on Finding More in the Writing of Dr. Seuss and The Enneagram.  She and her husband enjoy travel and time with family including six grandchildren.

Kennedy Lecture Series Event

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Lilly Ledbetter

The story of the courageous woman whose discrimination battle inspired the Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:30pm
Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

In 1998, after Lilly Ledbetter had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note delivered to her showed that she made 40% less than her male counterparts. For 10 years, she fought to close the gap between women's and men's wages, sparring with the Supreme Court, lobbying Capitol Hill in a historic discrimination case against Goodyear. Lilly Ledbetter's story inspired President Obama which prompted him, as his first act in office, to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act for equal rights in the workplace!

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