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SAVE the Date! March 8, 2017 Isuroon celebrates International Women's Day!
Our theme will be GRATITUDE. #BeBoldForChange
The event’s purpose is to honor and express our gratitude to local s/heroes, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women within our community.
Keynote Speaker Wokie Weah
As president of Youthprise, Wokie Weah provides executive leadership and vision, works in partnership with the board and brokers relationships to accelerate leadership, innovation and systems in learning beyond the classroom. Prior to joining Youthprise, Wokie worked for 18 years at the National Youth Leadership Council, serving as senior vice president. For part of that time she also worked for UNICEF in Liberia, where she coordinated the Support to War-Affected Youth Project, the Juvenile Justice Initiative, African Girl Education Initiative, and Child Friendly Spaces for internally displaced children. Wokie received her master’s degree in education administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in New York. Wokie is a widely-traveled speaker and author, who has written extensively on service-learning and diversity. She is a native of Liberia, married and has five children.
MN Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Senator Patricia Torres Ray was born in Pasto, Columbia. She met and married her husband, Jack, who was in Columbia completing an internship, and together they moved to Minnesota in 1987. Torres Ray earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies from the U of M and a Master's of Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute. Prior to her election to the Senate, she worked as a State Program Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She has twenty years experience in public service and community organizing, and vast experience in building partnerships between agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal reservations, and other organizations that serve children and families. In addition, she has served on several boards. She and Jack are the parents of two teenage boys, Tomás and Carlos.
MN Senator Jim Abeler
Senator Jim Abeler was born in Minneapolis. He graduated from Anoka High School, then attended the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. He earned his DC for Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1979. In the late 1990s, he founded PACT Charter School in Anoka. Abeler was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representative in 1998 and was re-elected every two years since then until retiring in 2014. He served as chair of the Health Policy and Finance Subcommittee for the Health Care Cost Containment Division during the 2005 to 2006 biennium. He was elected to the MN Senate in a special election in 2016 and assumed office on February 22, 2016. Abeler is married to Barb and together they have six children: Jamie, Jesse, Jordan, Josiah (died in 2011), Jude, and Judson.
MN State Representative Peggy Flanagan
Representative Peggy Flanagan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian studies and child psychology. A noted community and political organizer, Flanagan currently serves as the V.P. of Training Services for The Management Center. She formerly served as the executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, a nonprofit child-advocacy organization working to level the playing field for all children in our region and state, and at Wellstone Action, America’s leading progressive training and development organization, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program, then as director of external affairs. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy lives in the Bronx Park neighborhood of St. Louis Park with her husband Tim Hellendrung, daughter Siobhan, and dog Reuben.
Minneapolis Board of Education, Director Tracine Asberry
Tracine Asberry, Ed.D., grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of eight children. While teaching full time for Minneapolis Public Schools (W. Harry Davis Academy, 1998 – 2007), Tracine earned both a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate Degree in Critical Pedagogy to improve her classroom instruction and family engagement. She has since completed a Bush Leadership Fellowship, established herself as an Adjunct/Community Faculty in college/university teacher education programs, and collaborated with local community organizations. Tracine’s three school-age children attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Tracine knows that families are stakeholders in both the formal and informal education of their students. She believes that all families should be treated equitably and have opportunities to engage in decision-making regarding their children’s education.
Music by Robert Everest
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The evening will include a social hour, an ethnic dinner, and an awards ceremony.
Location: Grandview Restaurant; 312 W Lake Street; Minneapolis MN 55408
Event sponsored by Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Youthprise, Smitten Kitten, Davis Law Office and Tayo Consulting.
When & Where
Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond. Led by the very women we serve, our group has earned a trusted place in the community because of our cultural insightand collaborative approach.
Isuroon is a registered non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information please visit our website at www.isuroon.org.