AFF-Detroit: All Issues are Women’s Issues

Date(s) - 02/21/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Detroit Beer Company

Women’s issues are in the limelight right now, from the Women’s March to the #MeToo movement. Yet many women, particularly those who identify as independent, libertarian, or conservative, have been left out of many of these efforts. In reality, women are not a special interest group, only interested in a few areas. Women care about all issues affecting our community, state, and country. So how should women on the right get involved and get their message across?

We are excited to have three independent women come together for a dynamic panel to discuss why all issues are women’s issues. Ingrid Jacques, columnist and deputy editorial page editor at The Detroit News, will lead the discussion. She will be joined by State Representative Lana Theis and Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, both who will give their unique insights and passion for why women of all backgrounds should engage in the policy process.

This event is your chance to discuss the real issues that are effecting millennial women in our state. Join us for this discussion and evening to meet and network with other young professionals from across Michigan. As always, we will have lots of food and your first drink is on us…And men are welcome too! RSVP and invite your friends and colleagues on Facebook to the event!

Check out the full bios of our speakers:

Ingrid Jacques is a columnist and deputy editorial page editor at The Detroit News, where she has worked since 2010. She writes frequently on politics, culture and education, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. A native of Salem, Oregon, Ingrid has a degree in English from Hillsdale College and a master’s in journalism from Michigan State University. She currently lives in Royal Oak and was named one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40 in 2014.

Patrice Lee Onwuka currently is senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. She has worked in the advocacy and communications fields for more than a decade. Prior to joining IWF, Patrice served as national spokeswoman and communications director at Generation Opportunity, and worked at The Philanthropy Roundtable and the Fund for American Studies in policy and media roles. She also held consulting roles as a speech writer for a United Nations spokesman and a manager for a student travel program to South Africa. Born in the Caribbean, Patrice immigrated with her family to Boston where she grew up and completed her education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in international relations from Boston College.

State Rep. Lana Theis was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. Theis serves as the chair of the Insurance Committee and vice chair of the Judiciary Committee. She is also a member of the Regulatory Reform and Law and Justice committees. Theis attended California State University Fullerton where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Theis was elected treasurer of Brighton Township in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Theis served on the Brighton Planning Commission and Brighton Area Fire Authority. She is the immediate past chairperson of the Brighton Area Fire Authority, Livingston County Republican Party and Livingston County Treasurers Association.

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