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Take The Lead Presents: Virtual Happy Hour series, seeks to change the narrative from problems to solutions through thought leadership.


Women In Leadership: Should We Be Angry or Optimistic?

Join us on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 pm ET when New York Times bestselling author of All The Single Ladies and Big Girls Don't Cry Rebecca Traister and activist and musician (of the wonderful band BETTY) Alyson Palmer stop by for our next Virtual Happy Hour. With the arrival of a new year bringing in a new agenda for women's issues, we'll discuss the opportunities and challenges on the horizon for women who care about equal opportunity & leadership parity.

Tune in live to ask them your questions, engage in a powerful conversation, and learn about a new activist initiative you can become a part of. Sign up today!


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

ALYSON PALMER

Alyson Palmer is the singer/songwriter, producer/director and artist/activist best known for her ongoing three decades of work with the popular rock band, BETTY. She tours internationally and records with BETTY, whose music has been featured on dozens of musical collaborations, films, ads and television series, including the L Word, Ugly Betty, Weeds and more. Their latest album “On The Rocks” was released in December 2016 and features the band’s rallying song, “RISE”. In 2014, the band created The BETTY Effect, a non-profit organization for the empowerment and self-advocacy of women, girls and groups striving for equal rights worldwide. As Arts Envoys of the US Department of State, BETTY and The BETTY Effect have worked to advance social justice across Eastern Europe, India, South America and Mexico.

Aly created the feminist musical revue, CHIX, which served as the closing finale set of the last eleven Michigan Womyn’s Music Festivals. Featuring the immense talent showcased at the all-womyn festival, the women’s history-themed CHIX shows featured Holly Near, Cris Williamson, the Indigo Girls, Vicki Randle, Toshi Reagon, Sarah Bettens, Valerie June and countless other brilliant performers and comics. Aly is the creator and director of 1@1, the National Equality Action group for the rights and status of women and girls in America. 1@1 launches with a bipartisan national minute of silence for women’s equality on Saturday, January 21 at 1pm Eastern Time, counted down by Gloria Steinem at the Women’s March on Washington. After that, 1@1 is a weekly action plan designed to inspire sustained activism through small, easy tasks, taken at the same time each week, of Minimial Effort and Maximum Effect, the 1@1 MeMes. In this way, Aly hopes to create offscreen dialogues on a community level, support neighborhood action and leadership, and encourage communication “beyond the bubble” to advance women’s equality. Alyson plays with guitarist Tony Salvatore in the rock lounge pop duo, Tony&Aly . Her all-time favorite project is the constantly unfolding adventures with her beloved daughter Ruby, 13 and son Lake, 9. www.1at1.org

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. Traister’s first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. She lives in New York with her family.

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