The Xavier Women's Center is co-sponsoring the Ohio Women's Summit on March 8

White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett is the keynote speaker on International Women's Day | February 5, 2010

The Xavier University Women’s Center is co-hosting Momentum 2010: Ohio Women’s Summit taking place in Columbus on March 8. The summit, presented by the Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach and First Lady Frances Strickland, is a statewide event to discuss and promote the status of Ohio women and girls in economics, education and health.

The all-day forum takes place on March 8, International Women’s Day, at the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus. The cost to attend is $45.

Momentum 2010 offers a series of workshops, panel discussions and speakers addressing access to higher education, women and leadership, violence against women, and the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and math careers. It offers strategies to lead healthy, safe and financially stable lives, as well as to enhance collaboration among women and women’s organizations. Participants will be able to network with female members of Gov. Strickland’s Cabinet.

A statewide Young Women’s Summit for girls ages 12-18 is also being held at the Columbus School for Girls on Sunday, March 7. Cost to attend is $5. Registration for both events and a detailed schedule of events and speakers for both days is available at the summit web site.

The Women’s Center is providing transportation to the event. Men and women throughout the Cincinnati community interested in attending should contact the Women's Center at 745-3940 by Feb. 19 to reserve a seat. Summit reservations and payment are the responsibility of the attendee.

“The Xavier University Women's Center works to create a more gender equitable world through programs, advocacy, and research,” says Center director Jennifer Wies, PhD. “Initiatives such as Momentum 2010 illustrate that the issues of gender discrimination, unequal distributions of resources, and disparate health outcomes are recognized by others throughout our state, and that the women and men of Ohio are poised to create positive social change.”

The Xavier Women's Center has worked with the Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach for the past year to develop and implement the vision for Momentum 2010. As a host committee member, the center has actively recruited other organizations to participate. Wies has served as a regional co-chair to facilitate participation of a diverse group of young women during the Young Women’s Day Summit.

A diverse range of speakers are participating, including Gov. Strickland, First Lady Frances Strickland, Pulitzer Prize winner and Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz, philanthropist Mavis Leno, and diversity and inclusion expert Audra Bohannon.

Valerie Jarrett, White House senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, is the keynote speaker. She is also chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Jarrett served as President/CEO of the Habitat Company before joining the White House. She also served Chicago city government in several roles, including deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley. She held membership on several corporate and non-profit boards prior to joining the Obama administration.