We’ll grapple with these and other questions at the Rural Women’s Summit:

  1. If women are the “backbone” of communities, how do we support them as organizers and leaders?
  2. How is women’s leadership different? What are the values, strategies, and tactics that women are bringing to community building?
  3. What are some concrete examples and models of tools and resources that are empowering rural women?
  4. How do we build power for the values of inclusion, justice, and equity?

Program at a Glance

October 27

October 28

October 29

The Peace Center

Reception with cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres

The Peace Center

A conversation with women journalists who cover rural stories and topics. We’ll ask that they ground us in the purpose of this gathering by offering candid analysis of the trends, challenges, and realities rural women are facing and addressing everyday. Panelists include: 

  1. Lyndsey Gilpin, Founder of Southerly Magazine, @lyndseygilpin
  2. Mary Annette Pember, contributor to Indian Country News, The Daily Yonder, @mapember
  3.  April Simpson, reporter, Stateline/Pew Trust, @aprilleticia
  4. Ruxandra Guidi, contributor to High Country News, @HomelandsProd
  5. Leah Douglas (moderator), reporter, Food and Environment Reporting Network, @leahjdouglas

The Peace Center

The Peace Center

Find the workshop that speaks to you right now, in this moment:

1. Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate: “Curating Your Story”

2. Southern Rural Organizing Workshop

3. Rural Matters: Live podcast recording

The Peace Center

The Embassy Suites

We’ll offer two rounds of breakout sessions on topics that emerged through our conference engagement survey. These sessions are meant to spark dialogue, provide concrete examples and models of how women build and exercise their power in communities, and offer actionable takeaways for participants. 

The Embassy Suites

Reception with cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres

The Peace Center

A conversation between Edyael Casaperalta, fellow with the American Indian Law program at Colorado Law School, and Kristen Carpenter, Professor of Law and Chair of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

The Peace Center

The Peace Center

1. “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”:  A film showing and talk back with Mimi Pickering

2. Women leading the anti-incarceration movement with the Vera Institute for Justice

3. VoteRunLead, The 90 Day Challenge with Prairie Rose Seminole and Nevada Littlewolf, trainers

The Summit will be closed with lunch and Firestarter talks with six rural women including Marlene Chavez of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Wendi Everson of the Danville Regional Foundation, Madeline Moore of Rethinking Rural, Kathy Annette of the Blandin Foundation, and Michele Anderson of Springboard for the Arts. The talks are designed to inspire and challenge the audience to look at the ways rural women are agents of change and the powerful role they play in creating compassionate communities.