It Was Never A Dress Panel Discussion With Tania Katan

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It Was Never A Dress Panel Discussion With Tania Katan
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Join Tania Katan, the creator of #ItWasNeveraDress, as she leads a conversation with local leaders about super heroes in our community.

Katan, a Valley resident, turned social media attention away from celebrities and pet photos to get people thinking about female empowerment. Her medium is a near-universal symbol that Katan, the curator of code at Scottsdale-based technology company Axosoft, says needs re-interpreting:

It’s that figure on the doors of women’s restrooms, which Katan said to her was not a woman in a dress, but a woman in pants and a blue top wearing a red cape! Tania Katan created the campaign #ItWasNeverADress that was an Internet sensation earlier in 2015.

And so last winter #ItWasNeverADress was born. Her campaign for Axosoft was picked up by national news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, Time magazine and Yahoo!

Katan notes that “#ItWasNeverADress is an invitation to shift perceptions and assumptions about women and the audacious, sensitive, and powerful gestures they make every single day. In science, technology, arts, mathematics, politics, houses of worship, on the streets, and in our homes, insightful women are often uninvited, overlooked, or just plain dismissed. Through storytelling, community building, innovation and creative disruptions, #ItWasNeverADress will foster necessary conversations, vital voices, and images from around the world that honor ALL women. When we see women differently… we see the world differently!”

Also participating in the panel:
Megan Finnerty is a journalist, emcee and storytelling consultant. Essentially, she’s a professional listener. She is a reporter at the Arizona Republic, and founder of the Arizona Storytellers Project. These nights blend the authenticity and hype-free discipline of storytelling as an art form with the truthfulness, community-building and empowerment that’s at the heart of great journalism. As a consultant, she works with individuals, businesses and community groups to find, hone and share their most important stories. She prefers a bold lip to a smoky eye.

Christian Vera worked as a reporter and host for E! News Now and for KTLA-TV as a red-carpet correspondent at the Grammys before joining RightThisMinute. Fluent in Spanish, she produced and hosted On the Up News for the Latin cable network NuvoTV (formerly Si TV) and appeared on shows for mun2, the cable network owned by NBC Universal and aimed at young Latinos.

Debbie Nez-Manuel, enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Morning Star Leadership Foundation. With nearly fifteen years of experience working directly within tribal communities, Ms. Manuel has dedicated her life’s work to empowering the lives of youth and young adults through various community based services.

Learn more: http://heard.org/event/itwasneveradress/
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