*Per University Policy, ALL Spring Events are postponed until future notice. The Ballam Symposium has been cancelled and refunds will be issued.
Responding to Workplace Disrespect with Strength and Power Speaker: Dr. Tanya Menon Date/time TBD Open to ASFW members. Panera sandwiches (with a vegetarian option), snacks and beverages will be provided
Dr. Menon is Professor at OSU's Fisher College of Business, Her research on decision making, persuasion, negotiations, diversity, culture, teams, and networks has been cited in various media outlets including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, She was the winner of the 2017 Best EMBA professor and 2013 Best Elective Award at the Ohio State University's Fisher School of Business. She wrote a book with Dr. Leigh Thompson, Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to transform wasteful habits (2016, Harvard Business Review Press). Her Ted talk ( go.ted.com/tanyamenon) has reached over 1.9 Million views and was named as one of the top 7 TED talks of 2018 (so far) by entrepreneur.com, and one the most popular Ted talks of 2018 (www.ted.com/playlists/682/the_most_popular_ted_talks_of_2018).
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes flexible work schedules as "an alternative to the traditional, 9-to-5, 40 hour work week." The DOL also states that company policies may require employees to be present during "core hours" with the rest of their schedule up to them. Flexible jobs and work schedules are becoming more and more prevalent in the United States, in fact, Ohio State has its own Flexible Work Policy and a Flexible Work Toolkit. Flexible work schedules can help to decrease stress, ease the burdens of childcare expenses, and help employees avoid lengthy commutes. With modern technology and employees working from home more than ever, remote work and flexible jobs are predicted to be the future, allowing people to work when, where, and how they are the most productive. Flexible work arrangements also save employers money and improve employee happiness and job satisfaction. Sound appealing? Then join us for a casual discussion on flexible work. Those who have flexible work arrangements are encouraged to attend, as well as those who are hoping to incorporate this kind of work into their life. Session led by ASFW Past President, Rachel Kaschner.
Our 16th Annual Ballam Symposium is canceled, but our mission marches on Refunds will be issued.
A message from the person who gave our symposium its name - Dr. Deborah A. Ballam, a four-time OSU graduate, former provost for Women's Policy Initiatives, and director of The Women's Place. She spent her career working tirelessly to improve gender equity and the lives of all Buckeyes. "Last October, I was honored to receive an invitation from Shadia Jallaq to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Symposium. The Association of Staff and Faculty Women was an incredibly important organization for me personally during my years at Ohio State. Since we cannot be together as planned, I would like to offer an abbreviated version of my thoughts.
The theme of my talk was “Influence.” Since the Symposium planned to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, I decided to talk about influence in the context of the suffrage movement as well as my experiences at Ohio State.
Influencing social change, bending the arc towards social justice, is not a solitary pursuit. The flame of a single candle can easily be blown out. The flames from a bonfire cannot be ignored. Influence is not a solitary pursuit.
Everyone who studies the suffrage movement knows the role played by towering historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, Alice Paul, and Sojourner Truth. However, the success of the movement occurred because of the hundreds of thousands of unknown women who marched, lobbied, were jailed, and were beaten, but nevertheless persisted.
For example, on March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as president, thousands of women, along with 20 floats and nine marching bands, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in support of women's right to vote. Some of the marchers were attacked, tripped, and spit upon. Over 100 had to be hospitalized.
Yet, they finished the march.
Alice Paul organized the event, but it would have been meaningless without the thousands of nameless women who participated. Some of those women might have been your great grandmother or great aunt. Such events were replicated for years over the country. The culmination was the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Sisterhood is powerful.
The same dynamic occurred here at Ohio State in the 1990s with the rise of the women’s grassroots network. Over a period of months, women faculty, staff and students of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientation came together over a period of months to form a group to pressure the university to meaningfully address the many human rights inequities at the university. Creating this network took months of meetings, inviting all women’s voices to be meaningful and equal participants in the process, and making all women feel they were the network.
Thousands of Ohio State women had come together as a sisterhood to demand change. One of the key groups in making this happen was the Association of Staff and Faculty Women. Sisterhood is powerful.
Although the end goals are still to be achieved, beginnings were made to address the myriad of issues existing here. One of the results of the women's grassroots network was the creation of The Women's Place.
Influence, then, is not a solitary pursuit. Group action is essential. Sisterhood is indeed powerful. Keep the bonfire burning!"
ASFW is so grateful for Deb and her willingness to share these encouraging words. We look forward to inviting her to speak at a future event.