Event: Women’s Economic Security Summit 2014


WESA_logo_summitDate: Thursday, Jan. 30
Time: 8 AM to Noon
Place: Kelly Inn, St. Paul

There are too many barriers holding Minnesota women back.  Despite recent progress at both the state and federal level, there is more work to do when it comes to the economic security of women in Minnesota.

From wages and benefits to work-family balance to caring for children and families, we are calling on policy makers in Minnesota to address the challenges we face – which will improve the lives not only of women but of all Minnesotans.

Join us on January 30 to hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss the policies we need now to break down barriers to economic security for all.

8 AM: Registration

8:20 AM: Welcome by Erin Parrish, Executive Director, MN Women’s Consortium and Barbara Battiste, Director, Office on the Economic Status of Women

8:30 AM: Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota with Kim Borton, Director of Programs, Women’s Foundation of MN and Debra Fitzpatrick, Director, Center on Women and Public Policy

8:50 AM: Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act with Speaker of the House Paul Thissen

9:05 AM: Work-Life Balance Panel with Representative John Lesch, Representative Rena Moran, Senator Melissa Franzen, and Tara Duncan, A Minnesota Story.

10:15 AM: Equity and Economic Growth with Moderator: Lorrie Janatopoulos, Planning Director at Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Senator Sandra Pappas, Senator Carla Nelson, Representative Ryan Winkler, and Rachel Shelton, A Minnesota Story.

11:15 AM: Women and Econmic Growth with Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minneosta Department of Employment and Economic Development

11:30 AM: A Promising Future for Women in Minnesota with House Majority Leader Erin Murphy and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben

11:40 PM: A Call to Action: 2014 Legislative Session with Mary Jo George, Government Relations, AARP and Lisa Stratton, Co-founder, Gender Justice

11:50 PM: Close, Lee Roper-Batker, CEO of Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Reducing barriers is not just the right thing to do, it builds a stronger economic foundation for all of us.  Providing equal opportunities and pay for women who make up half of the state’s workforce is critical to our state’s economic future.

With your involvement and support, we can take significant action in the 2014 session to bring down economic barriers for women and build a more productive, stronger Minnesota together.

Interested in learning more about legislation that will increase economic security for women? Please download our fact sheet for more information.

Sponsored by the founding members of the the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security: AARP, the Center on Women and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Gender Justice, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, WomenVenture, and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota