June 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lisa Attonito

Check out the video recap below:

As we continue to protect our families and community by staying at home and social distancing, this event is virtual.

Our theme remains INCLUSIVENESS.

However, the PBS documentary, One Woman, One Vote will not be shown. Instead, we have a panel of experts to comment on voting inclusiveness and it will be followed by an open discussion.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILM, HERE IS A SYNOPSIS: This PBS documentary is a sweeping look at the women’s suffrage movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s famous Seneca Falls call to arms to the passage/ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women voting rights. The film delves into the deep divisions within the suffrage movement, like the one over the question of whether to support voting rights for black men. In addition, the film looks at regional differences within the movement and differences over whether to use militant tactics. This documentary is available for purchase online.

No event fee; registration required.

Participation information will be provided to all registered attendees before the event occurs. Please register by Wednesday, June 3, 2020, if possible.

Opening Remarks by:

Denise Thomas

President and Owner, The Effective Communication Coach

We know the 19th Amendment was intended to guarantee all women the right to vote; however, it did not. Denise shares her life experiences and insights about voting. Her remarks set the tone for exploration and discovery with a theme of INCLUSIVENESS in 2020.

Our Guest Panelists:

Peggy Creer

President, League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County

Formed in 1920, the League is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to empower voters and defend democracy. The League has a long-standing reputation for providing unbiased information on elections and voting. As a volunteer-powered organization, the League is known for its voter registration efforts in the community. The focus is to engage voters who are underrepresented in the polls. For example, young people are a target population, so the League is active on social media and works with dozens of schools through a partnership with MPS and the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

The League also advocates for government policies that promote the public interest. Although launched as an organization for women, today the membership includes men as well. Peggy was named president of the Milwaukee County League in 2018.

Debbie Patel, JD

President, Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

Debbie graduated summa cum laude from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and holds a JD degree from George Washington Law School (in Washington DC,) where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of The Journal of International Law & Economics. After graduation, Debbie practiced law at Foley & Lardner, and was “Of Counsel” to Banta Corporation for several years thereafter.

Currently, Debbie is President of the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, which is the longest functioning woman’s club in the Nation and first club in Milwaukee. Through financial support and volunteer involvement, Milwaukee benefits from the generosity of hundreds of women annually. Since 1876, the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin has been for the thoughtful and socially conscious women of the greater Milwaukee area. The Club’s founding members were leaders with foresight who recognized the need for social and intellectual exchange. They were poised to play their part in the groundswell of change sweeping the nation.

Shauntay Nelson

Wisconsin State Director, All Voting is Local

Prior to joining the campaign, Nelson was the Democracy Director at Wisconsin Voices where she worked with a network of progressive organizations to ensure a greater impact of civic and voter engagement. She promoted expansion to the ballot and voter education, judicial ethics, fair maps, and rights restoration through policy, advocacy, and speaking engagements throughout Wisconsin and nationwide.

Her accomplishments include lobbying for the expansion of early voting locations in Milwaukee, influencing legislative action about automatic voter registration, redistricting, and voting rights, and influencing the outcome of Executive Orders from the Governor’s office in 2019.

Dr. Chia Vang

Professor, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Chia Youyee Vang is a Vang is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is the university’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion and Engagement. Her research and writing deals with the Hmong diaspora, other Southeast Asian diasporas and refugees and on community-building efforts among Hmong people in the United States.

She is an internationally known expert on Hmong history, culture and contemporary life. She founded UWM’s Hmong Diaspora Studies program in 2009 and serves as its director. Dr. Vang also has extensive experience facilitating groups and developing opportunities for diverse communities to dialogue about matters important to them. Since 1999, she has provided research, evaluation, and planning consulting services to more than 40-community based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and government entities in the human services, health, and education areas. The wide range of projects has enabled her to be knowledgeable about and sensitive to issues that affect Americans from diverse backgrounds.

As before, our Event Host, Northwestern Mutual Women’s Employee Resource Group is helping to design the virtual experience.

Additional support is from the Women’s ERG at Michael Best & Friedrich.