Category: Advocate Stories

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;

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

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

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,

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Video Series: Using the Statehouse Website

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 7, 2018

We get it, the Statehouse website probably hasn’t made your list of most frequent stops.  Read below to see how you can better utilize this free resource, and become a #superadvocate this legislative session. You can also click here to access our Advocacy 101 Toolkit. Watch Live Video While the Statehouse website can’t stream movies

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity

Importance of Community Development Tax Credit

by Guest Author, Amber Stewart (SCACED) on Feb 6, 2018

Read below to learn from our guest author, Amber Stewart, Masters of Social Work Student Intern for the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development. Please join SCACED (South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development) in supporting the reauthorization of the Community Development (CD) Tax Credit; House Bill 3842 and Senate Bill 412. Every day,

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Be a Part of Our Journey

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 28, 2018

Exhibition Timeline Through Seen and Heard, “photovoice” methodology was used as a means of expressing the opportunities and barriers that women, girls, and gender minorities face within the Midlands region.  Our first exhibition of project photography and videography opened at Tapp’s Art Center on February 1st. Since then, project photos have become a catalyst for

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Women’s March Unifies State

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 22, 2018

This weekend, South Carolinians gathered for the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March on Washington and to call for electoral justice, dedicated to civil rights activist Septima P. Clark.  From rallies in Charleston, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, organizers stood for empowerment, equality, and centering the voices of those who often go unheard. Read below to see

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

2018 Advocacy Asks

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 2, 2018

I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to make 2018 the year of positive change. Looking back at 2017 it felt as if we were taking hit after hit and I am ready to go on the offense! The best way I know how to start making positive change is to make my