Leading Change: Women, Politics, Advocacy, & Social Justice

Women’s voices are largely missing from the executive branches of governments and parliaments worldwide. This social justice event is intended to explore women’s role in politics and why women are needed now more than ever in the political arena.

Keynote Speaker: Marianne Williamson

Creator of Sister Giant and the Love America tour, Marianne Williamson will discuss how a revolution in consciousness is needed to pave the way to both personal and national renewal. Marianne will teach us how to create whole-person politics and break free from a paradigm based on a decidedly outdated view of the world.

In 2018, Marianne is launching a national tour called the Love America Campaign during which she’ll be articulating an evolutionary wave of new possibility as principles of higher consciousness are brought to bear on our politics.

By the end of Marianne Williamson’s talk participants will:

  • be better equipped to embrace a more enlightened understanding of themselves in relation to the universe;
  • have a deeper, multi-dimensional understanding of our national story: where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go now;
  • understand that women are critical to this change in consciousness.


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Dr. Joan M. Prince

Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion & Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

On September 12, 2012, Dr. Joan M. Prince was nominated by President Barack Obama to the key administrative post of Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, with the honorary rank of Ambassador. This diplomatic position also maintains an appointment as a Senior Advisor to the State Department and Public Delegate. Her roles and responsibilities included serving as a United States representative to UN committees and related organizations such as ECOSOC, UN Women, UNESCO, and UNICEF, delivering statements on US policy, and engaging other diplomats and advisors in discussions focusing on global issues.

She also served as a member of the 2013 United States Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), appointed by Secretary John Kerry and Ambassador Susan E. Rice. In this role, Dr. Joan Prince has met several women presidents of other countries. She will discuss what she learned as an ambassador and what women need to know to be effective in public office.

Kathy Flores

Statewide LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager for Diverse & Resilient’s Room to be Safe Program

Kathy began her career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1993 focused on Diversity and Inclusion. Realizing her heart and passion were rooted within community advocacy and activism, Kathy left Kimberly-Clark to begin full-time work an advocate within racial justice, LGBTQ, and domestic violence movements and eventually within government as the City of Appleton’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. Currently, Kathy currently serves as the statewide LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager for Diverse & Resilient’s Room to Be Safe Program. Kathy’s current service on boards includes the Governance Committee Board of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and the board of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin.

Kathy identifies as a Queer Latinx person with a disability trying to make movements and spaces more accessible for all. She recently gave a workshop at the Northeast Wisconsin Women’s March titled “Queer & POC Identities: How White Feminism Leaves Us Behind.”

Dr. Susan J. Rose

Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

As part of her commitment to public service as a practicing social worker, Dr. Rose served as an Alderman in the City of Elmhurst, Illinois from 1991 – 2011. She was elected to five consecutive terms on the City Council, the longest serving alderman in the city’s history. In 2009, she ran for Mayor, one of only four women to run for this office. She then served as the President of the Elmhurst League of Women Voters from 2012 – 2014. She was appointed to the Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission in 2014 and appointed Chair of the Commission in 2017.

Dr. Rose also worked as an advocate for various social work agencies before receiving her doctorate in social work in 1990. She has published professional articles, urging social workers to run for public office and has served as a mentor for other women in local political office.

Annia Leonard

Activist and UWM student

Annia Leonard, in alignment with her personal mission to connect all organizations in Milwaukee with community members, has helped organize marches and rallies in Milwaukee, including: Black Women’s Empowerment March, the Women’s March, and Solidarity with Selma Bloody Sunday March.

A graduate of Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Annia is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from UWM to teach social studies while employed at Woodlands School as a teacher’s assistant. Her favorite quote was written by an anonymous author “Asking you to give me equal rights implies they are yours to give. Instead, I must demand that you stop trying to deny me the rights all people deserve.”

Annia organizes for the rights all people deserve by serving as a core member of UBLAC (Uplifting Black Liberation and Black Community) Milwaukee. UBLACs mission is to equip, connect, and educate Black communities with resources and opportunities that will help provide a sustainable environment free from oppressive systems.

Event Details
    • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
      Doors Open: 5:00
      Event: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
      UWM Ballroom
      2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
      Milwaukee, WI 5321
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 “The times in which we’re living
are dramatic and unstable, yet pregnant with new possibilities.”
– Marianne Williamson