An Evening with Women in Leadership
March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for an evening of discussion, reflection, and discourse with a panel of female entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders. You’ll hear their first-hand accounts of their personal journeys and collective experiences across different sectors.
Photo by Rachel Wisniewski
This program honors Women’s History Month and reflects themes found in Welcome The Stranger, the one-woman exhibit reimagining modern and historical “superheroes” at NLM through June. You’ll get exclusive access to the show and experience artist Micaela Amateau Amato’s cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media pieces interpreting figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, and many others who have accepted seemingly impossible challenges of liberty.
Jeri Lynn Johnson – Artistic Director, Black Pearl Orchestra
In 2008 Jeri Lynn Johnson established her own orchestra in Philadelphia, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. With some of the top musicians in the country from diverse cultures and ethnicities, it serves as a model for the 21st-century orchestra. Through Black Pearl, she pioneered a fresh new approach to community engagement that has been imitated and adopted by orchestras across the country. The world-class quality of her concert performances has earned Black Pearl numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her innovative community engagement programs have made Black Pearl the only organization in the nation ever to win three prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grants.
Vernique Fields/Neeek Nyce – Owner & DJ, Into Fields Live Entertainment
Vernique Fields is a local disc jockey and owner of Philly’s #1 “Female Based” mobile DJ company, Into Fields Live Entertainment. She developed her business in a male dominant industry to highlight the talents of Female DJs, both young and old. During her spare time, Vernique mentors and teaches a group of aspiring “girls” to become mobile DJs like herself. She recently collaborated with Philadelphia Parks and Rec and started the 1st International Kidz DJ Cafe chapter for inner-city boys & girls with her team of instructors. Vernique has showcased her skills at the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade with Mitlas Productions, volunteered her services for many non-profit organizations including the Women’s March of Pennsylvania, and participated in career fairs with elementary & middle schools. Vernique’s mission and story of “Paying it Forward” to the next generation of female DJs was recently featured on CBS Philly local news last summer.
Carol Stoudt – Founder & Brewer Stoudt’s Brewing Company
Carol Stoudt is president and founder of Stoudt’s Brewery, Pennsylvania’s first craft brewery since prohibition. Stoudt’s Brewery was established in 1987 in Adamstown, PA. Carol is the first woman in America to oversee the design and development of a craft brewery from start to finish. Stoudt’s beers are made solely with spring water and the finest barley, hops and brewers yeast, to provide an all-natural product with no preservatives and are brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. To quote Carol: “Our mission is to provide fresh authentic European-style lagers and ales of the highest quality.” Stoudt’s Brewery is the winner of 27 gold, silver, and bronze medals from the Great American Beer Festival held annually in Denver, CO. Stoudt’s has also captured gold in 1996 and a bronze in 1998 at the World Beer Cup International Competition, as well as several World Beer Championship awards. 100 percent of Stoudt’s products are brewed and bottled in Adamstown with the highest quality standards possible.
Emily Selvin – Artist/Owner Selvin Glass
Emily Selvin received her first glass commission from a bishop in the Episcopalian Diocese who visited her studio to view her paintings while she was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The bishop saw her glasswork that was alongside her paintings and commissioned stained glass windows to be made for her church. Selvin never turned back and since the opening of Selvin Glass in 1997 her studio has fulfilled hundreds of commissions for architects, designers and homeowners. Selvin also continues to work on her personal artwork where the inspiration comes from her dreams and memories of her childhood.
Alicia Meyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of English with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She received her BA and MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “Common Women: Fugitivity in the Early Modern Atlantic,” examines representations of poor women and maidservants in the early modern Atlantic. Alicia is the coordinator of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies working group for the 2018-19 academic year and the Graduate Assistant for the Penn Women’s Center.