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Spark Talk: Owning Expertise

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Monday, Sep 24, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Qatar Ballroom, LBCMap Location

Join Taylor and Newcomb College Institute for a keynote featuring Katie Orenstein. Katie will host a live experiment in how credibility works and how ideas rise.

During the workshop, Orenstein will share observations and raise questions generated by The OpEd Project’s work with over 2,500 women experts from all over the world about why this imbalance exists, why marginalized voices and women in particular tend to write themselves out of the story, and how to reverse the "culture of self abnegation" - in which marginalized voices of all kinds, and particularly women, rationalize and internalize their own marginality.

Attendees will walk away with these ideas/questions, as well as actionable steps:
1) What is the source of credibility, and how do you establish it?
2) How do you construct an evidence-based, contribution-driven argument (as opposed to rhetoric)?
3) What's the difference between being "right" and being effective? (What factors determine which you will be?)
4) What's the bigger picture - and how do you and your ideas fit into it?
5) What is the power of your knowledge and experience in terms of its value to others?

Katie Orenstein, founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of "Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale."

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, email us at

Date: September 24, 2018
Time: 6 PM
Location: Qatar Ballroom, LBC Tulane University