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Carinne Chambers - Founder and CEO of DivaCup International

Carinne Chambers - Founder and CEO of DivaCup International

Nadya Okamoto - Founder & Executive Director of PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.

Nadya Okamoto - Founder & Executive Director of PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.

 
FEATURED PANELISTS:
 
INGRID NILSEN
"The fact that PERIOD Con is happening is a huge step in the fight for menstrual equity. The way our society views menstruation has always been in direct correlation to where we are politically, socially, and culturally. Progress has been made, but our bodies are still being restricted and shamed on public and private levels. By collectively combining our voices and reaching for empowerment through education, we can work to end the stigma around periods and move forward together." - Ingrid Nilsen, Lifestyle Expert and Online Video Personality. We are thrilled to announce that Ingrid Nilsen will be speaking as our Featured Panelist at PERIOD Con 2017! Ingrid has amassed over 7 million followers across all her social channels and over 4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel alone. Since coming out on her channel, Ingrid has become a voice for strong, independent young women. Nilsen was named a Change Ambassador to the UN focusing on the global fight for gender equality and regularly speaks out on advancing the awareness of the tampon tax. Her voice on the matter has been featured in publications such as Newsweek, TIME and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Ingrid was recently featured in the 2016 OUT 100 list. On November 18, 2017, Ingrid will be participate in a Q&A with 100 youth leaders of the Menstrual Movement at PERIOD Con 2017 to share her story, advice, and journey into menstrual hygiene advocacy!

"The fact that PERIOD Con is happening is a huge step in the fight for menstrual equity. The way our society views menstruation has always been in direct correlation to where we are politically, socially, and culturally. Progress has been made, but our bodies are still being restricted and shamed on public and private levels. By collectively combining our voices and reaching for empowerment through education, we can work to end the stigma around periods and move forward together." - Ingrid Nilsen, Lifestyle Expert and Online Video Personality.

We are thrilled to announce that Ingrid Nilsen will be speaking as our Featured Panelist at PERIOD Con 2017! Ingrid has amassed over 7 million followers across all her social channels and over 4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel alone. Since coming out on her channel, Ingrid has become a voice for strong, independent young women. Nilsen was named a Change Ambassador to the UN focusing on the global fight for gender equality and regularly speaks out on advancing the awareness of the tampon tax. Her voice on the matter has been featured in publications such as Newsweek, TIME and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Ingrid was recently featured in the 2016 OUT 100 list.

On November 18, 2017, Ingrid will be participate in a Q&A with 100 youth leaders of the Menstrual Movement at PERIOD Con 2017 to share her story, advice, and journey into menstrual hygiene advocacy!

GRACE MENG

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. In addition, Grace helped obtain increased funding for Israel’s defense systems, acquired additional resources for small businesses, improved access to feminine hygiene products and worked to create new New York City school holidays for Lunar New Year and Eid. Further, she helped improve mail delivery, secured resources to combat airplane noise, advocated for the new ban on African Elephant Ivory and the slaughter of “downer” calves, and obtained a probe that outlined needed improvements to local railroad safety. Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

In addition, Grace helped obtain increased funding for Israel’s defense systems, acquired additional resources for small businesses, improved access to feminine hygiene products and worked to create new New York City school holidays for Lunar New Year and Eid. Further, she helped improve mail delivery, secured resources to combat airplane noise, advocated for the new ban on African Elephant Ivory and the slaughter of “downer” calves, and obtained a probe that outlined needed improvements to local railroad safety. Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.

 
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How do we open up the conversation, and why does it matter? How do you break down the stigma? Why is it important to have uncomfortable conversations? These panelists have made it their life’s work to talk about periods. Learn how to talk about periods like it’s your job. Introducing...

How do we open up the conversation, and why does it matter? How do you break down the stigma? Why is it important to have uncomfortable conversations? These panelists have made it their life’s work to talk about periods. Learn how to talk about periods like it’s your job. Introducing...

THE PANELISTS

Nicole Cushman (Executive Director of Answer), Alma Gottlieb (Cultural Anthropologist), Damaris Lewis (Top Model and CEO of Gorudo Candles), David Linton (Co-Editor for the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research), Elizabeth Yuko (Health & Sex Editor at SheKnows)

Menstruation is a universal issue, but is in no way universalizable. In order to better understand ourselves and our work, we have to better understand other cultural treatments of menstruation. These activists and educators have dedicated their lives to propelling the menstrual movement onto the global stage. Learn about their boundary-breaking work to advocate for menstruators around the world. Moderated by PERIOD Programs Director, Eudora Olsen.

Menstruation is a universal issue, but is in no way universalizable. In order to better understand ourselves and our work, we have to better understand other cultural treatments of menstruation. These activists and educators have dedicated their lives to propelling the menstrual movement onto the global stage. Learn about their boundary-breaking work to advocate for menstruators around the world. Moderated by PERIOD Programs Director, Eudora Olsen.

THE PANELISTS

Alison Nakamura Netter (Chief Communications Officer of ZanaAfrica), Alaina Wayland (Educator in Buffalo, NY), Sarah Hillware (Founder and Executive of Girls Health Ed), Mari Malek (Model)

 
PERIOD presents Period Powerhouses: a conversation with some of the biggest founders and CEOs in the menstrual sphere. If just a little of their brilliance rubs off, we’d be set to rule the world. What does it mean to have a corporate social responsibility? How did they start? How do you sell a silenced issue?

PERIOD presents Period Powerhouses: a conversation with some of the biggest founders and CEOs in the menstrual sphere. If just a little of their brilliance rubs off, we’d be set to rule the world. What does it mean to have a corporate social responsibility? How did they start? How do you sell a silenced issue?

THE PANELISTS


Tracy Puhl (CEO - GladRags)
Kenneth Alvandi (CEO - Maxim Hygiene)
Siobhan Lonergan (VP of Brand for Thinx)
Cathy Chapman (President of Lunette Cup)

 
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1. Not all women menstruate
2. Not just women menstruate. (Shix EtShalom).
Moderated by Chief of Staff, Margaret Hassel.

THE PANELISTS

Cass Clemmer (Creator of Toni the Tampon), Jax Gonzalez (Ph.D. Student and Gender Studies Scholar), Mason Pierce (President of Portland Menstrual Society)

When access to period products becomes an access to education or access to equal job opportunities issue, these activists have stepped in to change the norms forever. They have worked ceaselessly to provide products for ALL menstruators--to raise the issues and lower the barriers surrounding access to menstrual hygiene. Their mantra? Menstrual hygiene is a RIGHT, not a privilege. Moderated by Director of Engagement, Tara Zic.  

When access to period products becomes an access to education or access to equal job opportunities issue, these activists have stepped in to change the norms forever. They have worked ceaselessly to provide products for ALL menstruators--to raise the issues and lower the barriers surrounding access to menstrual hygiene. Their mantra? Menstrual hygiene is a RIGHT, not a privilege. Moderated by Director of Engagement, Tara Zic.

 

THE PANELISTS

Claire Coder (Founder and CEO of Aunt Flow), Nancy Kramer (Founder of Free the Tampons)