How often do you find that you are holding yourself back from speaking the truth, exploring a new job, pursuing your dream trip, addressing that nagging issue or trying out that new hobby? We often feel stuck by the obligations of our lives, silenced by the rules of our society, our families, our occupation, and our friends. And so we remain quiet, our voices small, our dreams far in the future, and our daily lives a drudgery.
The women behind Empower HER are here to challenge us to face what is holding us back. They have brought together a powerful panel of women who, through overcoming odds, have found their voices and now stand powerfully in their truth. On Thursday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM at La Gota Coffee (804 E Monument Ave Dayton, Ohio 45402) the HER Talks: Finding Your Powerful Voice event will feature the following women:
Tiffany Clark, a recovered heroin addict, will share her powerful story about the emotional strength required to face the darkness that drove her addition and the steps that she has taken to face the depths. She is a successful artist, whose most current project is co-owner and lead artist of The Mural Machine. As a Miami Valley native, Tiffany uses her artwork to beautify and connect with our community creating lasting change on the walls and with our neighbors. She is an alumni of Antioch College specializing in two dimensional forms of art. She has taught at Stivers School for the Arts and currently teaches in her spare time for Decoy Art Studios. Her mantra is: “Create your positive obsession, and paint the world you wish to see”.
Bridget Shingleton grew up in a family environment that stifled her voice leading her to silence herself. Facing the effects of mental illness of family members on her story, Bridget has faced and overcome challenges in order to embrace her personal story. At the 2017 Dayton TEDx event, Bridget spoke about her passion for giving others a voice as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Brunner Literacy Center. A two-time graduate of the University of Dayton, Bridget taught English and creative writing to students of varied ages, ability levels, and native languages for several years before finding her current position. Bridget believes in the power of language and literacy to transform and empower people’s personal and professional lives.
Crystal Michelle Perkins story of social injustice and finding the strength from within to face the pressure from others is powerful and inspiring. At the 2017 Dayton TEDx event, Crystal used her talents as a choreographer, teacher and performer to artfully tell a story of rebirth. Crystal is currently serving as the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. Crystal is a critically recognized choreographer and dancer who has travelled nationally and internationally to research and to share her art with the world. Crystal’s awards and recognitions are extensive and are testament to how finding and using your voice can lead to success.
Empower HER is a group of women that believe that empowered women empower women. Their monthly panel discussions, held on the third Wednesday of each month, bring inspirational women together to tackle an interesting topic. You can find out more about Empower HER at their Facebook page: empowerHERtoday.
When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2017
Where: La Gota Coffee, 804 E. Monument Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45402
Tickets: $10 at the door or $5 online