I took a leap and showed up at a three-day Agile Open Northwest tech conference and decided to fully participate. My intention in participation was to learn about Open Space conference format with an eye toward introducing this format of information exchange into the lawyer community. I'm now convinced that the open conference format has the potential to disrupt the white supremacist patriarchal structures that plague the lawyer learning environment.
While at the conference, I gave a presentation on Intersectionality on the second day. The result was amazing. I am deeply moved by the warm and welcoming response I got from folks both during and after the session. The reception of my presentation far exceeded my expectation. In fact, I had folks ask for me to present again because of the positive feedback rolling through the conference. My presentation got called out to the larger group as noteworthy. I connected with some wonderful folks who are very engaged and imaginative about process and movement. Frankly, I'm a bit blown away by this. #AONW 2018
I'm including a copy of my presentation slides for folks who may find it helpful.
I'm so excited to be speaking about an issue that is close to my heart with Oregon NOW (National Organization for Women) on April 9, 2017, at the Annual Meeting.
My presentation will be a focused discussion centered on a marginalized voice on issues of intersectionality within the legal community. What can we learn about the struggles of those individuals tasked with waging legal battles on behalf of others when the warriors themselves are kept at the margins of the community? An examination of the burden of working towards equity while being subject to systems of oppression.
This year I have the privilege of being one of five presenters at the OAAP's The Tenth Annual Women’s Wellness Retreat for Lawyers: Mind-Body Connection for Relaxing at Home and Work. I will focus my discussion on the need for safe spaces, especially for those us warriors who hail from the margins and regularly find ourselves on the battlefield.
Update: Read about this event in OWLS AdvanceSheet on page 24.