Category: Advocate Stories

Advocate Stories, Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Welcome Table

by Jennifer H. Gunter, PhD on Jul 16, 2018

In February of this year I became the Director of The South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation (SCCRR), which is starting its third year on the University of South Carolina campus. Begun in the wake of the horrific tragedy at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, the Collaborative launched The Welcome Table SC. This initiative, based… Read more

Advocate Stories, Health and Education

HIV Is Not A Crime

by Guest Author, Stacy Jennings (South Carolina Positive Women's Network) on Jun 27, 2018

Stacy Jennings is a 23 year survivor of HIV. The day Stacy received her diagnosis in the year of 1995, she thought her life would be over. Little did she know that what started out being a devastating diagnosis ended up being a blessing. She is able to speak out about her disease and is… Read more

Advocate Stories, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Men for WREN

by Ashley Lidow on Jun 15, 2018

Recently a local politician was doing an interview about South Carolina candidates and made the comment that a man was “abandoning” his newborn son by running for Congress. Cue the: SAY WHAT?! Many folks were dismayed by the allegation and some even went so far to say that this was a “new low” of an… Read more

Advocate Stories, Seen and Heard

Be a Seen and Heard Superfan

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jun 5, 2018

As the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands photovoice project continues, I want to make sure you have access to new opportunities. Want to be a Seen and Heard superfan?  Here’s a quick check-list to make sure you’re getting our behind the scenes content and event information. Click here to reserve your… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Why We Fight

by Ashley Lidow on Apr 27, 2018

At WREN we are constantly trying to educate our members on the importance of using your voice and taking action. . One of our key focus areas is leadership because when there is diversity in leadership we get better results. Some may say that diversity will happen organically, but unfortunately that is not the case;… Read more

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Seven Questions with Courtney

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 12, 2018

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member, Courtney Thomas.  As our Upstate Liaison, Courtney will be spending a majority of her time doing community engagement work in the Upstate area. Stay tuned for information regarding an upcoming local meet and greet. 1.Where are you from? I’m originally from Irmo, SC.  After graduating… Read more

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Special Events

2018 WREN Summit Highlights

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 11, 2018

On April 9th-10th, 2018,  the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) hosted their annual summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and USC Alumni Center. Registrants had the opportunity to engage in conversation with diverse business owners, community leaders, students, and advocates, while taking part in hands-on skill building activities designed to address and increase… Read more

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Summit Destination Guide 2018

by WREN Staff on Apr 4, 2018

We are just days away from our 2018 WREN Summit, and it’s no secret that some of our state’s top leaders in business, nonprofit, and education will be leading ground-breaking sessions and panels. So how do you decide what to take?  Check out our staff’s ” Summit Destination Guide” for a first-look at the classes, activities,… Read more