Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Call for Submissions: 2019 WREN Summit

by Eme Crawford on Oct 11, 2018

“If we continue on the current path, women will not receive equal pay to men until 2059… [A]nd if the rate of progress of electing women to statewide office continues at the same pace as it has since 1975, it will be 200 years before we reach gender parity in South Carolina. So what do we tell our daughters and granddaughters? Do we tell them, ‘it’s not your turn yet. You need to wait.’? No, we should not have to wait for basic equality. The time is now.” –Ann Warner, WREN launch event, 2016


WREN is now accepting presentation submissions for our 2019 summit on April 1 in downtown Columbia.

We welcome submissions that explore how we can build both individual and collective commitments on women’s economic empowerment from speakers from the community and public and private sectors, poets, musicians, researchers, and breakout sessions that explore the theme of The Time is Now through a cross section of issues like:

Click here to see examples of panels and breakout sessions from last year’s summit.

Proposals should:

Diverse voices build sustainable movements. WREN values and encourages intersectional, interactive, and participatory proposals from a diverse set of presenters. Based on the pool of submissions, WREN may ask that accepted presenters partner with others and adjust their presentation based on the needs of the overall Summit.

How to Submit

Send the following information to by 1/7/19:

Selection Process

Selections will be made by the WREN Summit’s Planning Committee using a blind submission process base on the bulleted criteria above.  Presenters who have been selected will be notified by 2/7/19.

To learn more about last year’s Summit, click here.

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