Ohio University

Women in Grad School Conference

Registration for the 2020 Women in Grad School Conference is now closed. 


Save the Date: February 14 & 15, 2020

Registration is now open at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/ohiowc?=cnameWIGSC

Join us for this conference with co-occurring presentations and workshops to support your personal and professional development. Whether you are a current graduate student, alumni, an undergraduate, staff, faculty, or a community member, we have programming to support you!

We are excited to expand our day conference to include an evening reception the night prior. This year's reception is sponsored by the Alumni Association. The conference itself is supported by the Women's Center, the Graduate College, Graduate Student Senate, Alumni Association, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center. 

Registration will close on February 1, 2020. We strive to keep costs low for participants in the conference, and hope that participants who are currently enrolled Ohio University students are able to take advantage of our early bird rate. Registration helps to cover the cost of lunch, coffee, and water for the day. If you are unable to afford the conference, we encourage you to reach out to us so that we can support you in looking for scholarships. The fee structure for the program is below:

Registration (currently enrolled Ohio University students) (closes 2/01/2020) $20
Ohio University Alumni $30
Public/Other Registrations $45

Ohio University is committed to providing programs and services that are accessible to all participating individuals. Please notify us in the conference registration prior to February 1, 2020 if you require an American Sign Language interpreter or other reasonable accommodations for the event. Or, if you would like to confirm that accommodations can be made prior to registering, you may email us at womenscenter@ohio.edu or call us at 740-593-9625.

February 14, 2020: Opening Reception Keynote

Galentine's Day Reception with Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor entitled "Sisterly Love"

Headshot of Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor

5:30PM-7:00PM, including Q&A, networking, and book signing

Baker Ballroom B

Dr. King-Taylor will discuss sisterhood in action, both personally and professionally. She will provide practical ways that women can build each other up and bring each other with you. Dr. King-Taylor will share personal life stories, from grad school, work and sorority life, all of which will motivate and inspire sisterly love. Dr. King-Taylor's book "Out of Battle into Freedom" will be for sale at this event, courtesy of The Little Professor.

Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor is a three-time alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign having earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, a Master's degree in Social Work and a Ph.D in Education Policy Organization and Leadership. Her research centered Black women, microaggressions and the myth of the Strong Black woman. Tanisha is an Author, Speaker, and Consultant who currently serves as the Interim Chief Inclusion Officer for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine with Ohio University. Dr. King-Taylor has served as a professor and Field Advisor for Fordham University as well as Adjunct Professor for the University of Illinois School of Social Work. Her inaugural book "Out of Battle into Freedom" was accepted into the 2017 NAACP Author Pavilion and has been described on Amazon reviews as "incredible" and a "must read". Tanisha is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and has been featured on WEFT 90.1 FM, has served as a panelist on a Black Lives Matter news special which aired on WCIA 3 and is also a member of the Champaign County Board. Her podcast The Tanisha King-Taylor Show will launch soon where she will discuss social justice, politics, women empowerment and more. Most importantly, Tanisha is a wife and mother of three. 

February 15, 2020

The schedule, with descriptions of each session, may be viewed in full here.

February 15, 2020

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Registration in Walter Hall Rotunda

9:30AM - 10:15AM

Keynote:  You and Your Best Self with Jenn Bennett, MS, in Walter Hall Rotunda



Professional/Personal  Development

Job Market


10:20AM – 11:15AM

Preparing for Graduate School: Applying for Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships

What Made You Say That? Interrupting Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in Everyday Life

Dealing with Bias on the Job Market: Race, Gender, Family, Sexuality, and Class

Identifying Your Pedagogical Approach

11:20AM - 11:45AM

Pick-up food and network, Walter Hall Rotunda

11:45AM - 1:00PM

Lunch Keynote: The Gender Penalty, with Claire Kamp Dush, Ph.D.

1:10PM - 2:05PM

Graduate School Mapping with Beyoncé

Managing High Stress Situations: What is Your Fear Factor?

American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop


This workshop is scheduled for 1:10PM-3:05PM.

Designing Inclusive Curriculum

2:10PM – 3:05PM

Leveraging Alumni Connections for Success in Graduate School

Panel: Finding Leadership Opportunities within Graduate School

Virtual Reality Classroom Management

3:10PM – 4:05PM

Panel: Navigating Graduate School with a Family

What's Your Brand?: How Assessing Your Professional Presentation of Self Can Help You Get Ahead

Panel: Navigating STEM Fields as a Woman

Making the Most of Mentors and Responding to Difficult Advisors

4:10PM - 5:00PM

Closing Keynote: Rhiannon Childs

Walter Hall Rotunda

Jenn Bennett headshot




Morning Keynote: You & Your Best Self

When is the last time you took a good look at yourself in the mirror? Some of you will respond, “this morning”; while others might say, “I’d rather not”. This interactive keynote will help you become the best version of you, by reclaiming self-care in an evidence-based way while keeping everything simple and tangible (without all of the inflated price tags). 



  • Assess your current self-care habits and routines in multiple dimensions of wellness
  • Identify strategies to sustainably implement self-care
  • Name and understand university and community resources for self-care and wellbeing
  • Create your very own personal mantra

 Jenn Bennett has over 15 years of experience in fitness and wellbeing.  She has received her degrees, with concentration in Exercise Physiology, a  BS from Ohio University ’05 and a MS from the University of Tennessee ‘08. She worked at one of the fastest growing YMCA in Tacoma Washington specializing in active seniors and behavior change programming.  At Cornell University, Jenn worked with their wellness team to design campus-wide employee challenges, life coaching, and manage Cornell’s Healthy Aging Classes for retirees.  Currently, Director of WellWorks, Ohio University’s employee wellness programming and two facilities in Athens, OH. With her leadership,  her team enhances wellness experiences for members and employees while providing an experiential learning opportunity for students.  Jenn is a facilitator in Resilience & Thriving and a Nationally Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach.  Her passion is connecting with others and find their inner awesomeness.

Lunch Keynote: The Gender Penalty with Claire Kamp Dush, PhD

Headshot of Dr. Claire Kamp Dush

Women are more likely than men to receive bachelors and advanced degrees. Yet women continue to be paid less than men, and are underrepresented in tenure-track and administrative positions in higher ed, as well as in senior management positions outside academia. Further, even among highly educated, dual earner [heterosexual] couples, women continue to do more housework and childcare than their partners. Why is this happening? And what can women, and their allies, do about it? This talk will cover the gender penalty that women face in the labor market, and outline concrete strategies for overcoming some of the penalties at work and home.


Claire Kamp Dush is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. She is the PI of the NIH-funded National Couples’ Health and Time Study, the first population-representative study of same and different-gender couples in the US. The multi-method project will collect survey, time-diary, and biological data from over 2500 couples. A 2019 recipient of Ohio State’s highest honor for teaching excellence, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, Claire is a passionate instructor and mentor. Claire and her husband Aaron have four boys ages 6 to 16 and still like each other #winning! She makes time for reading, camping, karaoke, her book club, Crossfit, and Beyoncé. Follow her on Twitter @ClaireKampDush, or her blog: http://u.osu.edu/adventuresinhdfs

Rhiannon Childs Headshot

Closing Keynote: Rhiannon Childs

Rhiannon Childs is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Community Engagement and Social Impact for the Ohio Women's Alliance (OWA), a statewide coalition of female and femme community builders, and leaders. OWA was developed to uncover new leaders, and support and connect existing organizers, and activists. Together, OWA is pushing the needle towards a more gender-equitable Ohio, strengthening the collective power of women and femmes across the state. 

Rhiannon's background in the United States Air Force as a healthcare professional serving our country, and caring for veterans was the beginning of her compassion and dedication to social justice. Since then, Rhiannon has worked to center the voices of those who are underserved and left forgotten.

In 2016 Rhiannon began organizing as the Executive Director for Women's March Ohio. She mobilized over 20,000 people throughout the state of Ohio an onward to Washington D.C. for the largest protest march in United States History. 

Rhiannon's ambitions are to continue the fight to dismantle injustice. She is dedicated to increasing a prosperous cultural shift, no matter your identity, zip code, who you love, or disability. She is also a board member of New Leaders Council Columbus as the Recruitment Deputy Chair 2019, the Chair of Community Outreach for Lean In Ohio 2017, a member of the King Arts Complex 2017 Women's Service Board, and the former Central Ohio Regional Field Manager of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.