Women from across Tennessee will join the Mayor’s Council for Women for two days of discussion on policy issues affecting women at the fifth annual Statewide Women’s Policy Conference in downtown Chattanooga at The Chattanooga Westin, 801 Pine St., on Thursday and Friday.
Hosted by the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women, the annual event brings together hundreds of researchers, advocates and community members for two days of discussion on policies affecting women.
“It is up to us to be among the change-agents for all women in our communities,” said Mayor’s Council for Women Chair and City Councilwoman Carol Berz.
“We can no longer wait for others to do our work. It is our task to be among those who shape policy that changes the present and impacts the future.”
The council was launched in 2015 and hosted its first conference in 2018.
“While great strides have been made toward gender equality, the fight is far from over,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “The Statewide Women’s Policy Conference is a great way for women in our region to collaborate and learn from each other, as we work together to promote policies that empower women to succeed and thrive. I’m grateful to Councilwoman Berz and the Mayor’s Council for Women for making this important event possible.”
Conference speakers include:
• Judge Glenda Hatchett, renowned judge and TV personality;
• Laurel Graefe, Federal Reserve;
• Dr. Eve Valera, Harvard Medical School;
• Dr. Jaquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; and
• Kimberly Ellis, director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women