Ohio University

Women in Grad School Conference

Conference Schedule February 9, 2019

Join us for this conference with co-occurring presentations and workshops, including topics as far-ranging as feminist pedagogy, choosing an academic career, an AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop, entrepreneurship, and more! View the full schedule here.

Registration begins at 10AM at Baker Theater (2nd floor, Baker Center). The Conference will end in Baker Ballroom at 5PM.

Please register in advance by January 31st: https://orgsync.com/130803/forms/346671

Co-sponsored with the Graduate College, Graduate Student Senate, Alumni Association, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center. 

Featuring Keynote Speaker Chitra Panjabi

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Keynote: Chitra Panjabi will share her story and experiences growing up a conservative, immigrant household and her path to feminism, eventually leading to a career as a professional feminist advocating for women's rights and social justice. She will also share insights into the challenges that women, and particularly women of color, leaders face; how to navigate those challenges in difficult environments; and the role we each can play in shaping (and demanding!) our society and culture to be more welcoming to diverse leaders and leadership styles.

Chitra Panjabi most recently served as President and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) where she advanced SIECUS’ efforts to reshape social, cultural, and political narratives around sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health. An award-winning feminist activist with a professional background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Chitra has previously served as a national executive officer--Vice President Membership--for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising, and membership engagement. Chitra has also held roles at The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National Woman’s Party at Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, DC (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument).Chitra's volunteer leadership has included service on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation and serving on the Executive Committee for the Women's Information Network (WIN), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advancing young women's personal and professional growth. She was honored to be named a 2018 Fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute's Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellowship and to receive WIN's Young Woman of Achievement Award in 2017 for her work in Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from King’s College London, a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City University, London and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University. Born and raised in Hong Kong by immigrant parents, Chitra has lived in the United States since 2008. In her spare time, she likes to eat good food, indulge in pop culture, and spend time with her husband and adorable dog.




Organizational Leadership Panel: Women in Leadership


To the Nth Degree: What are the Options? Presented by the Ohio University Graduate College.

Get LinkedIn, Not Locked Out, presented by Karen Riggs, Ph.D.

Academic panel: finding your path. Dominique Duvert (Senior Lecturer, Modern Languages), Robin D. Muhhammad, Ph.D. (African American Studies Chair and Associate Professor), Tanya Conrath, JD (Associate Director, Innovation Center), Sarah Lack (Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving), and Maureen Wagner (Assistant Dean of Student Services, Fine Arts).

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Run a Class. Presented by Tim Vickers.


Keynote lunch


Chitra Panjabi presents You Can Go Your Own Way: Leading and Living in your Power and Purpose”


Graduate Student Panel, brought to you by Graduate Student Senate


Ignoring the Voice that Says You Can’t: Combatting Imposter Syndrome. Presented by Stephanie Tikkanen, Ph.D.



American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop.


This session requires two hours; you will need to attend the second part to complete the training.

A Teaser to Teaching Portfolios. Presented by Tim Vickers.



Cultivating a letter of recommendation: are you as good as you think you are? Presented by Tamika Williams, CLDC.

ECRC Case Studies on culture in the classroom. Presented by Kerri Griffin, J.D.

Feminist Pedagogy, or Plain Good Teaching. Presented by M. Geneva Murray, Ph.D.


From bitchy to bold: Presented by the College of Business Graduate Program



Entrepreneurship panel: Jen Yoder, MS (Balanced Living Nutrition, LLC), Myca Haynes Beauvais, JD (MyCakes), Lindsae Metz, MSA/MBA (Lindsae Metz lifestyle blog)



Rejection and Resilience. Presented by Laura Harrison, Ph.D.




Closing Thoughts and End of Day Networking.