Women's History Month and More March Commemorations
Women's History Month and More March Commemorations
March 2 2023

Dear Students:
Yesterday was the first day of Women’s History Month, and also the first day of the GW Diversity Summit (March 1-3, 2023). I hope you will have a chance to join some of these enriching DEI events. In this month, we also raise awareness on Developmental Disabilities, and on March 31st, we observe Transgender Day of Visibility.

Women's History Month – Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

The National Women’s History Alliance declared the theme of 2023 Women's History Month as Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories. For a detailed series of events and resources on Women's History Month, please look into Women in American History, a joint initiative by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to explore the role of women in American history, and to celebrate women who tell our stories.

We will celebrate women who tell our stories with several GW School of Business events. We will hear from Globant Technology Award Winners
a George Talks Business event, about their experiences as entrepreneurs and leaders on International Women’s Day, March 8th. We will conclude the month with our book event on March 31st, with Lisa Wise discussing her book, Self Elected, which she describes as “part memoir, part business, and part manifesto, it invites the reader to explore the convergence of social justice and profit”. Finally, we will segue into April with the GW Women in Business 14th Annual Spring Conference on April 1st, with the theme “Aspire”. Details on all these events are below.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness month

This month is also Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. March was recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness by President Ronald Reagan in 1987: “For many of these people with developmental disabilities there is now the prospect of a brighter future and greater opportunity. Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.” The theme this year is “Beyond Conversation”. Please take some time and reflect on what we can do beyond conversation to have an impact. You can find more details and events on NACDD Website - Developmental Disabilities Awareness.

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31st is dedicated to Transgender Day of Visibility to raise awareness as well as recognize and celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of transgender and non-binary people. Here is a link to resources on Transgender Day of Visibility by GLSEN. Please take time to reflect and learn on transgender visibility, how you can be an ally for transgender and non-binary people, use proper pronouns, and understand the experiences of transgender people in education and in society at large.

GWSB and GW Organized Events 

I share below some wonderful DEI events happening in the coming weeks – we hope you can join some of them.
March 1st: - March 3rd: GW Diversity Summit
Please join these insightful series of events on DEI with the theme “Toward a More Perfect Union: With Liberty, Justice & Civility for All”  
In these series of events, GW School of Business Professor Sharon Hill will be presenting “Advancing Equality in Virtual Work” together with Ph.D. students on March 3rd 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. at the University Student Center, Room 405

March 8th: George Talks Business: Globant ‘Women that Build’ Award Panelists, 12:30pm-1pm Virtual

This panel discussion will feature this year's Women that Build award-winners, "who advance careers in technology, manage innovation and collaboration, and promote diversity and inclusion”. Professor Kathy Korman Frey, director of the Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) is the lead-moderator. Co-moderators are CFEE Student Leadership Fellows Lena Ebadi, Alexis Nazitto, and Maiah Zaky.

March 22nd: Raise High for Social Justice - GW Supporting the Women of Iran, Jack Morton Auditorium, 5pm-7pm

Organized by the GW Global Women Institute, this event will increase awareness for social justice and support for women in Iran, and feature remarks from GW President Mark Wrighton, Roya Hakakian, Mahnaz Afkhami, and Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues and Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Melanne Verneer.

March 31st: Celebrate Women Who Tell Our Stories - Book Event: Self Elected, by Lisa Wise (exploring convergence of social justice and profit).
Please RSVP here. In this book challenge event, we will have a presentation and discussion by author, Lisa Wise on her book Self Elected, which she describes as “memoir, business, manifesto”, and learn from her experiences and her leadership in bringing together social justice and entrepreneurship.  We hope to see you in this book challenge event!

April 1st: GW Women in Business 14th Annual Spring Conference, with the theme “Aspire”, organized by GWWIB
“The daylong conference begins with a distinguished keynote speaker and speaker series, then leads into a series of workshops and 9 industry focused panels in areas that range from fashion to finance.”
I would like to end my note with the logo for the 2023 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month featuring DC Art Enables artist Jamila Rahimi.
Artwork by Jamila Rahimi with shapes and a solid background.Text written includes
Şenay Ağca digital signature
Şenay Ağca, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Chief Diversity Officer
Chair, Dean’s Diversity Council 
George Washington University School of Business
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