On behalf of the NACW Board of Directors, I invite you to attend our 47th Annual Conference & Empowerment Summit. We are so excited to be holding our conference in Buffalo, NY, - the heart of Erie County - this year! Not far from our conference location, a group of over 300 women and men gathered 169 years ago to discuss the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life. In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women's rights convention in American history where committed individuals traveled to Seneca Falls, NY. There, they signed and issued the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, which was modeled after the Declaration of Independence, detailing the "injuries and usurpations" that had been inflicted on women and demanded women be granted all of the rights and privileges that men possessed, including the right to vote. It marked the beginning of the concerted efforts by dedicated women's rights advocates that led up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
Hosted by the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, the theme of this year's Annual Conference is Embracing our Past, Empowering our Future, which is such an an appropriate theme given the history of the region because the women in Western New York have played a pivotal role in the history and development of the region and the nation, and continue to make impactful and enriching contributions to our community. The conference is sure to be an outstanding opportunity to connect with other commissions from across the country, as well as provide you with workshops and resources to further your professional development as Commissioners or Commission Staff. No one ever leaves without learning best practices, making new lifelong contacts and creating strong bonds of support. It will be a time to renew our commitment to sustain, strengthen and advocate for women’s commissions in their work to promote equality and justice for all women and girls and ensure they are represented and empowered in their communities. Together, in NACW, we are powerful!
While we will be offering some great workshops, Erie County offers some exciting summer activities for the whole family. Hotel Rates have been generously extended before and after conference so that you can plan this conference along with your summer vacation. So, bring the family for this unique opportunity to visit western New York!
We look forward to welcoming you to Erie County, NY, and to a productive and fulfilling conference full of informative skill-building workshops for professional development and issue education. NACW is here to help sustain, strengthen and advocate for your commission and its important work!
Keep on checking back for updates on conference registration, workshops and programs, NACW elections, and other important membership updates. We hope to see you soon!
Kristin Garvey, NACW President
PLEASE NOTE: NACW has a new Mailing Address: 1732 1st Ave., #27315, New York, NY 10128