OWN IT 2017 Sneak Peek

The OWN IT Summit will be on March 18th with main stage speakers in Gaston Hall, breakout sessions around campus and a marketplace in HSFC. Do you find yourself asking what exactly is OWN IT? Well, here is its mission statement:

“Preparing the next generation of female leaders: OWN IT is bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing accessible events for college-aged women.”

That’s got me ~feelin myself~.

Last year two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach helped ~kick off~ the Summit. She sat down for an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell and received the OWN IT award.

A few of her fellow speakers from OWN IT 2016 will be in attendance this year, including Amani Al-Khatatbeh, founder & Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl,

and Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign.

Now back to 2017. Before reading any further, I highly suggest you click this link and play “The Future is Female” by Madame Gandhi. Madame Gandhi will be performing at the summit this year. On top of that, she, herself, is a Hoya.

She graduated in 2011 after majoring in Math. Before she launched her solo career, she was a drummer for MIA (brb transferring schools to become a math major).

So, if that hasn’t gotten you excited to #OWNIT, we at 4E are here to update you on some of the speakers, vendors and other happenings at the Summit this year.

Madame Gandhi will not be the sole Hoya to speak at OWN IT. She will be joined by one of the founders of Misfit Juicery, Anne Yang, who graduated just last year. Misfit Juicery uses fruit that was deemed unsuitable to sell due to its appearance to make juice (pro tip: don’t judge a fruit by its cover).

Anastasia Somozoa is another Hoya returning to the Hilltop for the Summit. You might recognize her as one of the speakers at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She is also an international disability rights activist.

Current Hoya Summer Durant (C ’17), who spoke at TEDxGeorgetown this fall, will reprise parts of her talk at the Summit.

These Hoyas will be joined by the following leading ladies:

Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Correspondent and Former Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

Congresswoman Stephanie Murray, a Democrat from Florida who has earned the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

These are just a few of the accomplished and game-changing women that will be speaking at OWN IT. If you’d like to see the other speakers, check out the Facebook page.

Not only do they get to listen to women leaders speak on Gaston, but attendees partake in two breakout sessions, smaller, topic-focused panels where they have the chance to interact with speakers and become their best friend.

The Summit will also have a marketplace with over twenty vendors including Sweetgreen, POLITICO and Maracas Ice Pops. Sweetgreen is a sponsor of the event and will be providing lunch for the day. POLITICO will conduct video interviews with attendees for their upcoming website and will present print issues and provide promotional items. Three student groups will also be a part of the marketplace: Bossier, McDonough Women, and Bassigue. Bossier is creating a magazine issue specifically for the Summit which they will feature at the marketplace. McDonough Women will provide promotional items and Bassigue will present their merchandise.

If that doesn’t seem like enough, attendees get swag bags, which last year included an OWN IT pen and definitely helped me #own my finals.

So get ready to #OWNIT! And if you were unable to acquire a ticket, but still want to watch the day unfold, follow the Summit online through #ownit2017.

Photos/gifs: Giphy.com, OWNITSummit.com, TEDXGeorgetown.org, Facebook.com/theownitsummit.com, buquad.com

An Interview with Bossier

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Last month, a group of Georgetown students launched Bossier – “a student magazine on campus that is devoted to promoting discourse about women’s issues and publishing work by women.” The creators of the magazine Tiffany Tao & Michele Dale, came up with the idea of Bossier because they thought it was something lacking from Georgetown.

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To learn more about Bossier – pronounced BOSS-ee-ay – I sat down with the creators. Before reading this interview (and of course after reading this interview and every couple of days), I suggest you check out the ‘zine. (-zine is short for magazine, don’t worry it took me 20 minutes to figure it out too).

The interview began with some biographical information. Both Tiffany and Michele are SFS ’19 and share the same favorite professor – Lahra Smith who taught their freshman proseminar where they met. Michele is from New York and plans to major in STIA and Tiffany hails from New Hope, PA and will major in CULP.

They decided to create Bossier, because they thought it filled a space on campus that was missing: the creative side of the female experience. It has the potential to connect professional lives, as well as personal interests. Tiffany added that they want a platform for different voices and to foster dialogue around issues. It’s a place where ideas can be shared, but not sanitized.

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As the founders, they are obviously very excited for their baby to take off. Michele is pumped to read people’s submissions and see what Georgetown students will bring to the table. Tiffany can’t wait till the physical magazine itself is published next semester. The magazine, displaying students’ art, is itself a work of art. I know! I’m hype and you should be too!

For the last ~serious~ question, I wanted to know what Bossier meant to them. To Tiffany, it is the club that was missing from her freshman year. A community with similar interests and different ways of expressing them with a platform to do so. Michele, sees it as incredibly touching to watch people’s reactions to the platform and to see what members of the community want to share. Both are excited to provide this platform and give students a creative outlet.

Now it’s time for some ~fun facts~ about the founders:
If Michele could be Tina Fey she would be. So naturally her favorite female lead in a TV show is Liz Lemon. She also loves Beyoncé (maybe Bossier could have an interview with her one day – just a suggestion). Tiffany loves Sandra Oh on Grey’s Anatomy, Cher from Clueless and the Spice Girls. This sounds like the dinner party of the year waiting to happen.

And finally some of their favorite authors.
Michele: Joan Diddion & including her work: Slouching Toward Bethlehem. She also loves Norah Ephron who has written works such as When Harry Met Sally. Tiffany agrees with Michele’s choices and is a big fan of the bloggers Rebbeller Leandra Nedine and Emily Weiss.

So if you haven’t already checked Bossier out, 4E suggests you put off studying for that midterm a little longer, and check it out.

Note: Anyone is welcome to submit, so if you are considering, they both highly encourage it.

GIFs/Photos: giphy.com, facebook.com, bossiermag.com