NYU Washington, DC and the American Association of University Women presented a series of panel conversations March through October 2017 around AAUW's #StandUptoSexism campaign. You can find the entire discussion series online to learn how to fight gender bias in your thoughts, at your workplace, and through your activism.
The second in this series, this panel focused on the challenges women face while navigating their feminism at work.
Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., is the author of the award-winning book How Exceptional Black Women Lead: Unlocking the Secrets to Creating Phenomenal Success in Career and in Life and the founder and CEO of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm grounded in supporting diverse leadership. Jones-DeWeever served as the keynote speaker to President Barack Obama’s inaugural Young African Leaders Summit. She is a regular guest host and contributor to TV One’s NewsOne Now, PBS’ To the Contrary, Sirius XM Radio’s The Agenda, and the Huffington Post. Her views have also been shared on a variety of additional outlets including CNN, C-SPAN, BET, NBC, BBC, NPR, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.
Jennifer Dziura is the founder of GetBullish.com, an advice site for career-minded feminists. She writes about class and gender issues in business, assertiveness, multiple income streams, and the value of women talking openly about money, careers, privilege, and influence. She doesn’t believe in telling women to act like men in order to succeed. She believes in risk taking, negotiating better by being genuinely willing to walk away, gentlewomanly living, gravitas, and helping other women. Dziura started her first company, an internet marketing firm, during her sophomore year at Dartmouth College, where she majored in philosophy (and was, at one point, the first woman captain of the newly reformed boxing team). She is the author or coauthor of many books and products about the GMAT and GRE, math, vocabulary, and logic and speaks at universities about designing your own career, networking without being “fake,” and defining your personal mission.
Nicole Quiroga is a television broadcaster with expertise in media sales, journalism, multicultural marketing, and strategic planning. She is deeply passionate about educating and empowering Washington, D.C.’s Latino community. Quiroga mentors young women on their journey to becoming executives in the fields of media, communications, and journalism. She works with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the Latino Student Fund to provide one-on-one coaching and tutoring sessions to young girls and women between the ages of 12 and 25. In 2014 Quiroga received Governor Martin O’Malley’s Outstanding Media Award, the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Washington Business Journal, and the Public Service Leadership Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Patricia Valoy combines her experiences as a Latina, a feminist, and an engineer to advocate for and inspire girls considering careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She received her bachelor of sciences degree from Columbia University, where she concentrated in construction management and structural engineering. Valoy’s work mostly revolves around the Latino/a community, feminism, cultural identity, gender stereotypes, and workplace sexism. She has been featured as a guest on the NPR show Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa. A speaker on transnational feminism, she has also been the featured speaker at Williams College in Massachusetts and at Columbia University discussing feminism and women in STEM. Her writings can be found at online outlets Mic, Everyday Feminism, Double X Science, and STEMinist.
Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer focused on gender issues, sex and relationships, and women’s health. She writes daily for Glamour, Refinery29, and Bustle and has also been published in the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Vice, Cosmopolitan, and the anthology Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. She holds hold a bachelor of science degree in cognitive neuroscience and a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies and modern culture and media with honors from Brown University, where she received the Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Undergraduate Fellowship. Weiss has conducted research for Brown’s Social Cognitive Science Research Center, Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, and Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.