Women Leaders in Government conference features Benson, Nessel, state and national leaders

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Andrew A. Mazarra Administrative Services and Conference Center (ASCC) (Bldg. L)
From L-R: Zena Aljilehawi, Representative Erin Byrnes, Irene Watts HFC Board of Trustee, Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch and Shaquila Myers, Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Joe Tate

HFC will host a public Women Leaders in Government Conference on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Forfa Auditorium on the First Floor of the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) (Building L) on the main campus.

The conference will feature leading women in elected office at the local, state, and national level who will discuss their perspectives on politics. This conference will focus on women in public service today, which brings many challenges. At the conference, we will hear from women leaders in government who have decided to take on these challenges to effectively and professionally serve our community, the state, and the nation.

Conference Agenda

  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Registration and Social Venture Challenge Fair
  • 6:00-6:45 p.m.: State Panel 1, featuring Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch; Senator Sylvia Santana; Representative Erin Byrnes; and Shaquila Myers, Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Joe Tate
  • 6:50-7:35 p.m.: State Panel 2, featuring Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
  • 7:45-8:30 p.m.: Federal Panel, featuring U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell

The panels will be moderated by Irene Watts, who serves on several state and regional committees and boards, including the HFC Board of Trustees, the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation Executive Committee, and the Executive Board of the Michigan Community College Association. She is the Development Director for the Arc of Northwestern Wayne County.

The list of panelists is subject to change. The Women Leaders in Government Conference is free and open to the public. Enter campus through the South entrance and park in Lot 12.

Registration is requested but not required. Register today for the Women Leaders in Government Conference

For questions or more information, contact Dr. Anthony Perry at 313-845-6383 or adperry1@hfcc.edu.