Auburn University network of women’s initiatives presenting webcast of international speakers

A network of campus women’s initiatives, Global Leadership of Women, or GLOW, will host a webcast of speakers from around the world who will speak to women of all ages on a variety of subjects that especially affect women’s lives. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 in Ballroom A of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The free public event is the university’s first TEDxAuburnUniversityWomen event.

Webcast speakers will include Jane Fonda; Lamis Lein, head of an all-female bomb-disposal unit in Lebanon; Barbara Walters; Gloria Steinem; Shamila Kohestani , captain of Afghanistan’s first national women’s football team; Tan Le, a Vietnam refugee and tech entrepreneur; Jennifer Newsom, documentatrian; Mary Catherine Bateson, cultural anthropologist; Dr. Oz; and Tavi Gevinson, fashion icon.

Melissa Johnson, the morning reporter for WSFA 12 News in Montgomery Alabama, will serve as host for the day. Johnson, who has been with WSFA 12 News since 2008, graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 2009 with a degree in radio, television and film. While at Auburn, she served as the station manager for Eagle Eye News, the on-campus television station. She also served the university in variety of roles, including the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, The Cater Society and the Student Government Association.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a discussion based on the theme of rebirth – how women compose and recompose their lives, especially in what has come to be called the “third act,” as they continue to live better and longer.

At 2 p.m., the topic of discussion will be resilience – the way women regroup, rebound and rebuild after experiencing setbacks or loss.

At 3 p.m. the subject will be relationships – the ties that bind women to each other, to their communities and to their most important institutions.

At 4 p.m. discussion will revolve around the theme of reimagining – the new way women and men are viewing and shaping the world through science, art and politics.

At 5:30 p.m., Christy Carlisle, a head designer at Kay Unger New York who is serving as the GLOW speaker for this event, will be in the auditorium of the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center to give an inspirational talk. Carlisle has been with the company for eight years in a variety of capacities during which she has traveled to Europe and Asia. Carlisle is a 2003 summa cum laude graduate from Auburn University with a B.S. in apparel merchandising, design and product development and an international minor from the College of Human Sciences.

Individuals and organizations have an opportunity to serve as a host and to sponsor a table of 10. Sponsorship is free. For more information, contact Julia Wiard at  for more details.

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