Save the Date
Please mark your calendar for Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 in Raleigh.
A Note from President Pat Orrange and President-Elect Carol Spruill:
The program starts with a networking reception and chance to tour the exhibit “Story of North Carolina” on Friday, October 28, 2011 at the North Carolina Museum of History, Demo Gallery from 5:30 until 7:30. We have planned this very special evening as an opportunity for you to invite a guest who you believe should be a member of the Women’s Forum.
For our Saturday program, we will return to Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh, Room 313. (Continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., business meeting at 8:30, program at 9:45.) Our program emphasizes the importance of having women on our boards and commissions and sets out the roadmap for how to get there. This program is a follow-up to our 2009 report that documented only a 5% increase in women’s appointments to super boards since the Forum’s first report in 1999, and also that from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, only 7 of 51 appointees to “super boards” were women. Has the representation of women increased since then?
Our kick-off speaker is Lucy T. Allen. She was Mayor of Louisburg for 16 years and has served as President of the League of Municipalities and in the General Assembly. Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Allen to the North Carolina Utilities Commission in April 2010. She will talk about serving on a “super board” and the importance of having women on these boards. She is joined by our stellar panelists: Jackie Hunt Kohler, the appointments Secretary for Governor Perdue; Kendra Hill, the Governor’s Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer; and Tracy Kimbrell, General Counsel to Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger. They will tell us exactly how the process works and encourage more applications from women. Then former Women’s Forum President Robin Hudson and current President Pat Orrange will discuss what’s next in our effort to increase the number of women serving.
The second part of the program is a brief update on the redistricting battle by Jane Pinsky, Director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. For our final program segment, Pat Orrange will lead us in an interactive session on how we can work with other organizations in a women’s GOTV effort for next year’s election. Whew! Our agenda is jam-packed! Following the program, we will enjoy lunch and will adjourn around 2:00 p.m.