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A Girls Inc. Celebration of International Women's Day

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Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street

Madison, WI 53703

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The age of strong, smart & bold women is here! Join Girls Inc. of Greater Madison in celebrating the positive influence we all have in our community and on each other!

Dine and connect with young girls and other exceptional women, learn about what Girls Inc. has accomplished and the growth of the program city-wide, and engage in activities designed to encourage strong, smart & bold conversation and participation.

This year we are featuring three strong, smart & bold women speakers an ultra-marathoner/author, a photographer/activist, and a singer/songwriter. Their messages about overcoming challenges in order to succeed are certain to empower all in attendance. Learn more about these women below.

We hope you can join in this special celebration! Whether you can make the event or not, please consider sponsoring a Girls Inc. participant (or her family member) to attend — we have an easy option to donate this opportunity in the ticketing section. All proceeds from the event will support Girls Inc. of Greater Madison programming.

Mirna Valerio : STRONG

Mirna, aka @TheMirnavator, is an educator, coach, diversity practitioner, blogger, author of "A Beautiful Work In Progress" and ultra-marathoner who believes that many of life's lessons can be learned by engaging oneself in the pursuit of wisdom gained through moving your body in nature. Learn more at Fat Girl Running and in this REI film.

Eunique Jones Gibson : SMART

Eunique uses her work with photography and digital marketing to build community through culturally conscious media. In 2013, Eunique launched the Because of Them, We Can™ campaign during Black History Month with a mission to empower the next generation to honor the legacy of their ancestors through their own pursuit of greatness. View Eunique's work.

Karen Rodriguez : BOLD

Singer/songwriter Karen Rodriguez reached national attention on season 10 of American Idol, where she became the first bilingual finalist. In 2015, Karen began releasing 'Spanglish' covers of popular songs on her YouTube channel. Karen is currently signed with Roc Nation Latin, an entertainment company founded by Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, and releasing original songs in both Spanish and in English. Learn more about Karen.

This celebration is generously sponsored by:

American Family Insurance, Overture Center for the Arts
Summit Credit Union, Zendesk
CapSpecialty, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Ipswitch


What's the schedule of the evening?

While the particular order of speakers may change, we anticipate the schedule as follow:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Reception and interactive Girls Inc. activities, including an art gallery

  • 6:20 p.m. – Welcome and introductions to International Women’s Day and Girls Inc.

  • 6:30 p.m. – Meal and program, with our strong, smart & bold speakers

  • 7:45 p.m. – Closing remarks

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The best parking options for this event are in the Overture Center ramp between West Dayton and Mifflin Streets and the State Street Capitol ramp on the corner of State and East Dayton.

Metered parking spaces are also available. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours daily, 7 day per week. Street meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vehicles with disabled plates or hang tags are exempt from time limitations and may park at no charge at parking meters designated for 30 minutes or more.

For a list of bus lines to the Overture Center for the Arts, use this Google maps link and select the transit icon. Stops are located near Overture Center’s entrances.

How do I check in?

You do not need a paper ticket for this event. Simply check in with our registration table upon arrival and we will direct you to your table.

What are my meal options?

When you purchase a ticket, you can select your choice of dinner entree, prepared by Catering a Fresco, the exclusive caterer of Overture Center. All adult entrees will include a special salad created for this event. Your choices are:

  • Glazed Chicken (roasted with a glazes of honey thyme and butter)

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli (served with a sweet corn and spinach cream sauce)

  • Children meal: Chicken Strips and French Fries (ages 12 & under)

How does seating work?

You will be directed to an assigned table when you register. If you purchased tickets after March 1 we will do our best but cannot guarantee seating requests or your meal choice.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We'd love to help you with whatever questions you may have! Contact Edith Hilliard, Goodman Community Center Executive Assistant, at edith@goodmancenter.org or 608-204-8038.

What's the refund policy?

We are not able to offer refunds to this event, but will happily credit your purchase as a tax deductible donation to the Goodman Community Center.

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Overture Center for the Arts

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