In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Pacific Northwest will act as the home to Nā Wahine o ka Mana: The Power of Women International Summit on March 10-11.
The summit will be held in Haynes’ Hall, which is located in the McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell.
Produced by women of color to bring all women together from all backgrounds, experiences and identities, Nā Wahine o ka Mana (pronounced Na-Va- Hee-Nay Oh Kah-Mah-Na) is Hawaiian for “The Power of Women.”
Co-founders Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell and Henrylyn Kau’i Auwae, both from Hawaii, found deep empowerment in the phrase. From this internal empowerment, they believe women can gather to inspire each other through new initiatives and bring change.
The summit is a two-day event, featuring two keynote and four presenters on each day who will be speaking about topics in line with this year’s theme, “Redefining Our Future: Co-Creating Cohesive Relationships.”
Unlike other women-oriented conferences focused on a single theme, Nā Wahine o ka Mana’s attendees are encouraged to engage in lectures and presentations ranging from artificial intelligence, to women in STEM, to reconciling our differences through indigenous practices.
“The purpose of this summit is to challenge the status quo by shifting paradigms,” Ebalaroza-Tunnell said in a press release. “We believe that change is more profound when action is moved by the need to change something, not by the wanting for something to change. Change does not come from protecting our comfort, but by participating in its disruption.”
Former state superintendent candidate Erin Jones, international documentary photographer Paola Gianturco, Kela Hall from the KD Hall Foundation and members of the T-Mobile Women in Leadership network are among the guest speakers.
For more informaition visit www.NaWahineOKaMana.com.