Recognition is long overdue for the unique role women have played in addressing environmental issues. From protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and protecting their families from toxic tap water in Washington D.C., to work on climate change around the world, women have been front and center on environmental justice issues. Across the globe, women are implementing effective and affordable solutions, but are less likely than men to receive resources for their work.
In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s Unlikely Allies event will highlight the unique role women play in tackling environmental issues. In addition to an amazing panel discussion, the event will also feature a live artistic performance, and networking session sponsored by Stella Artois. Join Space is limited, so get your tickets today.
Implementing change requires a constant infusion of new ideas and differing perspectives. It’s through these collaborations that lasting change can benefit local and global communities. In this spirit, Impact Hub DC’s Unlikely Allies series gathers leaders from different sectors to discuss issues in need of innovation on the last Thursday of each month.
Wendy McIntyre, Artist
Wendy McIntyre has been sharing her gift with audiences all over the DC area, and throughout the region, since she began singing professionally in 2000. She is known for her smooth, soulful delivery of contemporary R&B songs with splashes of jazz and neo-soul thrown in for good measure. Not only a talented vocalist and performer, Wendy is also known for her songwriting abilities, having written of co-written every song on her debut EP, The.Anthem, released in 2009.
The.Anthem fluently conveys the artistry of a woman, through an introspective collection of R&B songs, set against a backdrop of thought-provoking lyrics and lush orchestration. The.Anthem is the soundtrack of Wendy McIntyre’s life and times.
Kari Fulton, Empower DC
Kari Fulton, Environmental Justice Organizer is an award winning environmental and Climate Justice advocate, organizer, writer, and cultural historian. Fulton has worked with various domestic and global coalitions to coordinate campaigns, leadership development programs and conferences including Power Shift, the largest youth climate summits in the United States. She has traveled across the United States, Europe, Latin America and South Africa attending and reporting on International Environmental Conferences. Her work was featured in various media including Black Entertainment Television (BET), Glamour Magazine, Essence Magazine, and Chinese Cable Television America (CCTV).
Andrea Zinn, Oikocredit
As the Agricultural Monitoring Officer with Oikocredit, Andrea works to provide social lending and capacity building to a variety of actors across agricultural value chains in 35 countries. The common thread amongst selected partners is their commitment to both environmental sustainability and supporting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Currently, Andrea is focusing specifically on agricultural financing for responsible palm oil production. Previous to Oikocredit, Andrea was a Fulbright grantee to Southeast Asia, has supported advocacy efforts with Catholic Relief Services, and continues to manage a nonprofit in northern Peru that provides supplemental education for impoverished youth.
Kathryn Weatherly, Stella Artois
Kathryn Weatherly lead the Buy a Lady a Drink campaign for the DMV. Buy a Lady a Drink Limited Edition Chalices were created to Highlight the Partnership between Stella Artois and Water.org. For every Chalice sold, Stella Artois will donate 5 years of clean drinking water to women in the developing world. Each Chalice Pattern was Modeled from a Piece of Art Specific to that Country.
Kerene Tayloe, We Act for Environmental Justice
Kerene Tayloe is currently the Federal Policy Associate for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, in their Washington, DC office. In this role, she helps advance the federal agenda of WE ACT and the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change to ensure that the needs of environmental justice communities are taken into consideration in legislation and rulemaking. She is a graduate of the Florida A&M University College of Law and a member of American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. Kerene is a strong advocate for civil rights, understanding that environmental justice is a direct extension of the civil rights movement.
OpenIDEO DC — Design Thinking Facilitator
OpenIDEO DC is the Washington, DC Chapter of the OpenIDEO community. We use Design Thinking methods and Human-Centered research to collaboratively tackle problems facing underserved people and communities:
• Nurturing Human-Centered Design (HCD) in the DC area by offering hands-on opportunities to learn, practice, use, and teach HCD methods for developing stakeholder empathy and solving tough social problems.
• Encouraging social entrepreneurs to develop solutions to problems facing typically disenfranchised groups and to join our community, collaborate, and share lessons learned.
• Developing partnerships with local businesses, government, and nonprofits to advance HCD, social entrepreneurship, and promote social justice.
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