I can't believe it -- after all the planning and organizing, the 2011 National NOW Conference is just two weeks away! Will you be joining me in sunny Tampa, Florida, June 24-26? I sure hope so, because this is an incredible opportunity for the national officers to connect with the grassroots of NOW, for our members to network with each other, and for those new to NOW to get a feel for what we're all about.
Our line-up of speakers this year is truly stellar. Since our last update, we've added these exciting speakers and honorees: Lois Frankel, former mayor of West Palm Beach and candidate for Congress from Florida; Girls Incorporated of Pinellas, who will receive our Girl-Powered Media Award; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Title IX advocate and recipient of our Woman of Courage Award; Patricia Ireland, former president of NOW, who will moderate our electoral politics plenary; Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor; and Dr. Sheila Overton, an expert on teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Read more about all the conference speakers.
With the 2012 elections already looming, and attacks on women's rights and livelihood coming from all angles, it is critical that we inform ourselves and strategize on key feminist issues. This year's workshops were chosen with that objective in mind, and we just posted descriptions for all our breakout sessions -- so go ahead and get a jump start on choosing which workshops to attend from a wide selection of hot topics.
If you still aren't sold, spend some time exploring our conference site and check out the full agenda -- I am confident that we have something for everyone at this year's conference. We even have a surprise action planned on Friday morning, but I can't say anything more, so you'll just have to show up! Online registration is only open for three more days -- it expires on Monday, June 10 at 6:00 pm EST -- so register NOW. If you miss the deadline, you can always register on-site at the conference hotel.
Don't forget to pack your sunscreen and your feminist outrage -- and I'll see you in Tampa in two short weeks!