Catt Center co-sponsors three upcoming events

Daniella Levitt
Daniella Levitt

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is co-sponsoring three upcoming events that focus on taking risks for career advancement, serving in the Iowa State Legislature, and research on women’s and gender studies.

The Catt Center is one of eight Iowa State organizations co-sponsoring the University Committee on Women’s “Ready, Set . . . Risk” workshops and seminar on March 22 and 23. The center is the co-sponsor of 50-50 in 2020’s “See Yourself Here” seminar at the state Capitol in Des Moines on March 28 and 29. The center is also co-sponsoring the Iowa State Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s conference on “Transforming Gender and Society” on April 1.

Daniella Levitt, president of Daniella Levitt Enterprises and Ovation Global Strategies, will lead the “Ready, Set . . . Risk” workshops and seminars on March 22 and 23. Daniella Levitt Enterprises focuses on the development and advancement of women in the workplace – specifically leveraging strategies around risk-taking and cross-generational collaboration. Ovation Global Strategies assists corporations with complex transformational change initiatives.

Levitt will present a workshop for students from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union. Also on March 22, she will present a seminar – which is open to all members of the university community as well as the public – from 7-8 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Memorial Union. On Thursday, March 23, Levitt will present a workshop for faculty and staff from 8:30 to noon in the Gallery Room of the Memorial Union. Those interested in participating in the workshops and seminar are asked to RSVP for the student workshop; for the faculty and staff workshop; and for the seminar.

The two-day “See Yourself Here” program in Des Moines on March 28 and 29 is designed to familiarize potential lawmakers with the Iowa Capitol’s layout and legislative routine while also introducing them to the legislative leaders of both political parties, staff, lobbyists and members of the media. The program convenes at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, and ends at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the state Capitol building. The $30 seminar fee includes all materials and the reception and dinner on March 28 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Participants are responsible for their transportation, overnight accommodations and any additional meals. Attendance is capped at 50 participants. Registration is required and available through the 50-50 in 2020 website.

Participants from around the state of Iowa are invited to attend the "Transforming Gender and Society" conference for graduate and undergraduate students on Saturday, April 1. The conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union and ends at 5 p.m. The conference welcomes submissions related to women’s and/or gender studies topics including original research, creative work, pedagogy, activism and thematic discussions that utilize cross-disciplinary approaches. Presentations may take the form of 10-15 minute papers, readings, displays or dramatic readings. Students wishing to present at the conference must have a faculty member sponsor. Submissions to present at the conference are due by Monday, March 20. More information about the conference and the submission form are available here.