International Women’s Day Conference 2016

IHSF International Women's Day Conference


Saturday March 12, 2016 9am-5pm
Oakton Community College 1600 East Golf Road Des Plaines, Il 60016

Join In Her Shoes Foundation for inspiration to critically analyze what both “feminism” and “femininity” mean in the 21st century. The conference will host a variety of speakers and workshops covering topics ranging from practical advice about navigating the workplace to developing healthy relationships and embracing one’s gender identity.

Light Breakfast and Lunch Served

Space is limited to 45 people.

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Keynote: Dr. Stacee Reicherzer

Women's Self-Sabotage on the Road to Success

Dr. Stacee Reicherzer is a recognized expert in the developing concept of “otherness,” the method by which people are made to feel left out, less than, humiliated, and immobilized in mind and spirit. She is currently a licensed professional counselor-supervisor as well as a transgender psychotherapist, author, and speaker who has worked with diverse clients and student communities since her start with Phoenix-area homeless in 1999. She later provided community-based counseling to those who had newly-immigrated to the U.S., disabled people, the urban poor, and the LGBTQIQ community.

In 2010, Dr. Reicherzer was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence from Walden University, and that same year, she received the Faculty Research Initiative Grant for her innovative research with transsexual Latinas. She holds a distinguished record of publications and presentations on diverse topics, such as workplace equality, immigration, and lesbian and gay couples counseling.



Survivor: The Mental, Physical, And Emotional Struggles Of Abuse 
Renée Bolton

Bolton is a beauty maven who exudes splendor in all things beauty. Her purpose is to empower women and girls to make the best choices in life to improve their lifestyles from head to toe as well as from the inside out. The brand Beauty School Scarlet is more than a beauty blog - it's a movement to inspire women and girls to embrace their inner beauty and to promote and affirm them from their developmental ages through adulthood. She encourages women to realize that beauty is not complicated or complex; it is simple.


7 Feminine Superpowers: Use Them To Rock Your Work And Your Life 
Erin Dubich

Erin is a licensed dietician-nutritionist and self-proclaimed self-love expert. Over the years, she has learned and cultivated self-love in mind, body, and soul. She says loving yourself inside and out requires daily - even hourly - attention as well as intention. The effort women put into, though, is worth it in her eyes. She aims to educate women on how to have more vibrant lives and bodies, to regain power over their thoughts, and to develop a healthy mind-body-soul connection to achieve their goals. "I have it all. I feel amazing, I look amazing, and I love myself," she says. "I realize this is rare, and it’s why God put me here — to help women achieve a similar happy, peaceful feeling in their minds, bodies and spirits."


Reclaiming Me
Maggie Zayas

Maggie Zayas is the volunteer event coordinator at WAR Chest Boutique, the retail arm of the non-profit organization Women at Risk, International. She has been responsible for creating more than 40 events for the boutique as well as coordinating educational programs focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Setting Goals: Choose Where You Want to Go In Life 
Karolina Buczek


Fempower Yourself: Transforming Your Life Through Self-Love and Empowerment 
Jillian Johnston

Jillian Johnston started "Love Letters to Yourself," a local group that works to promote self-love and self-confidence in women of all ages. Johnston, 25, founded the group after overcoming sexual abuse, the divorce of her parents, and after witnessing friends’ struggles with self-harm and eating disorders. Her primary motivation in founding the group was to seek an answer to the question, "Does love really exist, and if so, what can it mean to me?" Initially, this question inspired Johnston to write a “love letter to herself," which allowed her to list the things she loved and valued about herself.


Creating Community: A Female Affair
Alexandra Eisenberg

Alexandra Eidenberg, founder and president of Mom+Baby, is taking on the world one step at a time with a focus on supporting women, children, and small businesses.  As the co-founder and president of The Insurance People, she has been a licensed insurance agent for over eight years and prepares people to make the best decisions for their families and businesses. Her passion to help others is evident in everything she pursues and the networking community of Chicagoland knows her well for her bubbly personality and giving nature.  Many know Alexandra for her community involvement and work with eWomenNetwork, a professional organization that supports men and women in business, among other programs.


Understanding Rape Culture And Gender Socialization In The U.S.
Karishma Kamath & Bev Sleep

Karishma Brownlee joined Oakton Community College as a coordinator for access, equity, and students' rights. She serves as an advocate for students’ rights, engages with students to create a more inclusive college environment, and coordinates key training for faculty and staff. Prior to Oakton, Brownlee worked for two years as an outreach educator at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee, where she coordinated and facilitated violence prevention programs, trained and mentored interns, and provided crisis counseling to survivors of sexual violence. In addition, Brownlee has served as the residence director at Lake Forest College.


Feminine Individuation: A Quest For Sovereignty
Shannon Sloan-Spice, Ph.D.

Shannon Sloan-Spice holds a Ph.D. in mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, in California. Shannon received classical acting training at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, where she was directed in scenework by Sir Ben Kingsley, and taught by Alan Rickman, Kevin Spacey, David Leaveaux, Fiona Shaw, and Sir Derek Jacobi. She was also the 2013-14 Christine Downing Dissertation Fellow at OPUS Archives. She has been a theatre educator for 20 years for First Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Waukesha Civic Theater, and for UW-Waukesha Continuing Education. She has also worked with Bunny Gumbo, Off the Wall Productions, Renaissance Theatreworks and Milwaukee Chamber Theater to name a few.


Space is limited to 45 people.
$25 General Admission
$15 In Her Shoes Foundation Members (use code IntWomensDayIHSF12)
Free for Oakton Community College Students and Faculty with ID (use code OaktonWomenDay2016)


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