PeriodCon 2018

February 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

PeriodCon is a new conference that will focus on the business and policy of menstruation. The conference will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, product innovators, community advocates and practitioners to learn about and discuss common challenges and emerging innovations that address menstrual hygiene globally. PeriodCon envisions a future where everyone has the information, confidence, and ability to access safe, innovative solutions for menstruation.

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, menstrual equity advocate and author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

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Tickets

Thank you for your overwhelming support of PeriodCon 2018!  Tickets to the main conference are now sold out.  However, in order to give more people the opportunity to view programming, we’ve provided a new option to sit in the “Strawberry Lounge,” a nearby room that will be livestreaming the program.  Tickets to the “Strawberry Lounge” are $12 and also provide access to in-person networking and all meals throughout the day.

Tickets are: $30 for Students (Valid ID required at check-in), $50 for Professionals
 
If you would like to support PeriodCon, but are unable to make it out to New Haven for the conference, you can sponsor a student to attend at the Professional ticket price.
 
Our goal is to make this event inclusive in price while also creating an impactful conference for all—if you are a student who needs assistance with the cost of the event ticket, please reach out to christine.m.chen@yale.edu.
 

Edward P. Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
United States
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Speakers

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

Dubbed the “architect of the U.S. campaign to squash the tampon tax” by Newsweek, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading voice and advocate for equitable menstrual pol­icy in America. She is the author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for...

Dubbed the “architect of the U.S. campaign to squash the tampon tax” by Newsweek, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading voice and advocate for equitable menstrual pol­icy in America. She is the author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity (Arcade, Oct. 2017). Lauded by Gloria Steinem as “the beginning of liberation for us all,” Periods Gone Public earned a starred review by Publishers Weekly, which credited its “thorough research and detailed history, coupled with practical suggestions for advocating for menstrual equity.” The Washington Post called it “a riveting read ... and a rich picture of the current menstrual landscape and a promising call to smart activism.” Weiss-Wolf’s writing and work have appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Salon, International Business Times, Bloomberg, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. and NPR among others. She is a contributor to the forthcoming YA book, Period.: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth (Henry Holt and Co., May 2018). A lawyer and vice president for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Weiss-Wolf is also the cofounder of Period Equity, the only national law and policy organization dedicated to menstrual access, affordability and safety.

Chiara Bercu

Program Officer, Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health

Chiara Bercu has extensive experience working in menstrual hygiene management (MHM) education. She began her career in this field at the very early age of 11, when she started working as a Teen Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood in her hometown...

Chiara Bercu has extensive experience working in menstrual hygiene management (MHM) education. She began her career in this field at the very early age of 11, when she started working as a Teen Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Her passion for menstrual health stems from her experience helping her own peers through this extremely challenging time. Chiara went on to work with Save the Children to develop their first MHM education program in El Salvador. She has also worked on MHM research with Save the Children in Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines in hopes of developing better tools for monitoring and evaluation of MHM education programs. Additionally, Chiara helped Sesame Street Workshop and World Vision International to develop their first MHM education program in Zimbabwe. Chiara holds an MPA in International Development from Columbia University.

Kaleigh S. Heard

Co-Founder and CEO, The Unmentionables

Kaleigh S. Heard is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Unmentionables, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UnFiltered. While leading a research project concerning the prevalence of survival sex amongst forcibly displaced...

Kaleigh S. Heard is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Unmentionables, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UnFiltered. While leading a research project concerning the prevalence of survival sex amongst forcibly displaced youth, the enormity of the sexual and reproductive health crisis facing forcibly displaced communities around the world amounted to what Kaleigh termed ‘a crisis within a crisis.’ The lack of knowledge of NGOS of these issues and the importance of safe, consistent, and well-adapted provision processes were alarming to Kaleigh. The inaccessibility and, in many cases, non-existence, of sexual and reproductive health products and education programs were equally concerning. In response, Ms. Heard co-founded The Unmentionables, a global non-profit organization that provides intimate health and hygiene products, education, and empowerment programs to forcibly displaced communities around the world. She has also founded UnFiltered, a multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-communication method ed-tech platform to ensure communities around the world have safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health information and education regardless of background or ability. Ms. Heard is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of British Columbia, a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, and a Fox International Fellow at Yale University. She has been recognized with various accolades, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, a University of British Columbia Four Year Fellowship, and as a Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholar.

Marika Klein

Program Associate, The Monthly

Marika Klein, MPH, serves as Program Associate for The Monthly, the program of Greater DC Diaper Bank dedicated to the distribution of menstrual products to homeless and low-income individuals in the Washington, DC area. Greater DC Diaper Bank...

Marika Klein, MPH, serves as Program Associate for The Monthly, the program of Greater DC Diaper Bank dedicated to the distribution of menstrual products to homeless and low-income individuals in the Washington, DC area. Greater DC Diaper Bank began distributing menstrual products upon hearing anecdotally that families in need of diapers also needed other basic hygiene supplies, including pads and tampons. To help quantify this need, Marika conducted a community-level needs assessment, evaluating local nonprofit experience of client demand for menstrual products as part of her graduate thesis research. Marika also works full time as a senior research analyst at a global market research firm, specializing in social impact evaluations.

Nitasha Mehta

Head of Re-Engagement, boxed.com

Nitasha Mehta is an experienced digital marketer with over 10 years of expertise in e-commerce, digital media, email marketing, product marketing, and CRM strategies. Nitasha graduated from New York University with a BS in Communications, and...

Nitasha Mehta is an experienced digital marketer with over 10 years of expertise in e-commerce, digital media, email marketing, product marketing, and CRM strategies. Nitasha graduated from New York University with a BS in Communications, and received her MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She has previously worked in marketing at Amazon and Samsung, and she now heads Reengagement and Vendor Marketing at Boxed. She's extremely passionate about technology, gender equality, and equal opportunity.

Alexandra Geertz

Director, FSG

Alexandra is a Director at FSG and advises leading corporations, nonprofits, and philanthropic foundations on applying a gender lens to drive business and social outcomes. She’s provided strategic recommendations to the Bill & Melinda...

Alexandra is a Director at FSG and advises leading corporations, nonprofits, and philanthropic foundations on applying a gender lens to drive business and social outcomes. She’s provided strategic recommendations to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation across a range of health and development issues. Notable projects include (1) leading a global and regional landscape analysis of menstrual health and its impact on adolescent girls; (2) advising health teams on demand-side solutions and the impact of discriminatory social norms on adolescent girls; (3) and conducting an evidence review on gendered differences in sanitation for the Gender Equality and Water Sanitation and Hygiene teams. Upcoming projects include a partnership with Y-Bank and VotoMobile for a Grand Challenges Exploration grant to understand men’s preferences and contraceptive uptake. Alexandra has also conducted strategy development for Merck & Co., the St. David’s Foundation, and a leading social media platform. Prior to FSG, Alexandra led sales and strategic planning for a social media firm in Shanghai and served as a consultant in New York. She has an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, a Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Asian Studies and Mathematics from Hamilton College. Alexandra is proficient and professionally conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

Author

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff explores new kinds of community through performance and writing. She is the editor of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009), an anthology of first period stories from people around the world, and co-editor of The Feminist...

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff explores new kinds of community through performance and writing. She is the editor of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009), an anthology of first period stories from people around the world, and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015) with Alexandra Brodsky. Her project The Bumps (PRELUDE 2017) is a durational play about waiting for an unknown future, made for a cast of pregnant actors who rotate through the production. Behind the scenes, the project creates a small economy for pregnant artists and invites us to imagine alternatives to the American workplace. Most recently, her original adaptation of The Birds (NYU Performance as Therapy Department commission, 2017) made for residents of a nursing home, creates a model for making theatre at the end of life. Her work has been supported and presented by PRELUDE, the BBC, the Steirischer Herbst Festival, the National Performance Network, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs. www.itsrachelkaudernalebuff.com

Amanda Skinner ’08

President and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Amanda moved to Connecticut in 1995 to attend Yale School of Nursing. She spent 10 wonderful years as a certified nurse-midwife in...

Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Amanda moved to Connecticut in 1995 to attend Yale School of Nursing. She spent 10 wonderful years as a certified nurse-midwife in Waterbury, CT, caring for countless women, delivering over a 1000 babies, chairing her state professional organization, the CT Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and earning an MBA from Yale School of Management along the way. Since graduating from business school in 2008, Amanda has worked as a healthcare strategy and operations consultant at The Chartis Group, led the population health and value-based care efforts for Yale New Haven Health System, and took a brief turn at Optum as Vice President and General Manager of a new-to-market managed analytics business before being honored with the opportunity to have her dream job at Planned Parenthood. Amanda lives in Connecticut with her husband and their dog, Baxter.

Connie Lewin

Director of Strategy at Sustainable Health Enterprises

Connie Lewin, MBA, is the Director of Strategy at Sustainable Health Enterprises, or SHE. SHE is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of socio-economic change. Their first...

Connie Lewin, MBA, is the Director of Strategy at Sustainable Health Enterprises, or SHE. SHE is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of socio-economic change. Their first initiative, SHE28, addresses girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads resulting in significant costs to their reproductive health, educational achievements, work productivity, and dignity. Connie leads strategic planning, institutional fundraising, and global expansion initiatives. Prior to joining SHE, Connie was at L’Occitane USA, where she executed on e-commerce and digital strategy for the U.S. market entrance of the Melvita brand, and managed all marketing operations for fragrance and limited edition product launches for L’Occitane. Connie earned her MBA in 2010 from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. She graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with a B.A. in Politics.

Marni Sommer

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to...

Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Dr. Sommer's particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. Her doctoral research explored girls' experiences of menstruation, puberty and schooling in Tanzania, and the ways in which the onset of puberty might be disrupting girls' academic performance and healthy transition to adulthood. Dr. Sommer's current research focuses on the intersections of gender, health and education for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Janet Lieberman

Chief Technology Officer, Dame Products

Janet Lieberman, Dame Products’ Chief Technology Officer, knows how to get things made. After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, Janet honed her skills and developed new ones at an impressive roster of...

Janet Lieberman, Dame Products’ Chief Technology Officer, knows how to get things made. After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, Janet honed her skills and developed new ones at an impressive roster of companies. She’s designed 3D printers at Z Corporation and Makerbot, notably serving as the lead engineer and project manager for MakerBot’s award-winning Replicator Mini Compact Desktop 3D Printer. She was one of the first ten employees at the crowdsourcing consumer product development company Quirky, and spent time as quality engineer for multinational soft-goods brand Microdry. Intimately familiar with the consumer electronics industry, Janet had an epiphany: vibratorsweren’t being developed, manufactured, or marketed the way a quality consumer good should be. While pornography (traditionally aimed at men) has always been at the forefront of technology, the sex toy industry (largely targeted at women), lagged behind in quality and innovation. A firm believer that you must be the change you want to see in the world, Lieberman founded Dame Products to try to catalyze that shift.

Shama Amalean

Chief Operating Officer, Thinx

Shama Amalean is the Chief Operating Officer of Thinx, the revolutionary period and pee-proof underwear company. In her capacity as COO, Shama is responsible for driving strategy, sales, product innovation and supply chain. Shama held a key role...

Shama Amalean is the Chief Operating Officer of Thinx, the revolutionary period and pee-proof underwear company. In her capacity as COO, Shama is responsible for driving strategy, sales, product innovation and supply chain. Shama held a key role in Thinx's transition from startup to a growth stage company, overseeing operations at a time when Thinx sales grew exponentially. Prior to joining Thinx, Shama was based out of Dubai, where she was a merchant for Bath and Body Works International, supporting 10 countries in the Middle East. Previously, she worked in product development and merchandising for L Brands (formerly Limited Brands). Shama received her university education in England and France. She lives in Brooklyn, is an avid swimmer and a TRX instructor in her spare time.

Tara Pokras

Founder, Period Portraits

Tara Pokras is the founder of Period Portraits, a community media project breaking down the stigma of menstruation through vulnerable storytelling and empowering photographed portraits. Participants tap into a deeper part of themselves through...

Tara Pokras is the founder of Period Portraits, a community media project breaking down the stigma of menstruation through vulnerable storytelling and empowering photographed portraits. Participants tap into a deeper part of themselves through intimate interviews, affirmations and storytelling activities. They connect to a community while sharing a very sacred story of their own period journey. Tara has conducted interviews both globally and locally from rural Ghana to refugees in Greece to women and teens in Washington DC. In addition, she is the Women's Health Advocate for The Unmentionables, and an Advisory Board Member of the The Monthly an initiative of the DC Diaper Bank. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at The George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health.

Katy Linquist

Head of Communications, AFRIpads

Katy is the Head of Communications at AFRIpads, a social business that specializes in the local manufacture and global supply of reusable sanitary pads as a cost-effective, feminine hygiene solution. All AFRIpads products are manufactured locally...

Katy is the Head of Communications at AFRIpads, a social business that specializes in the local manufacture and global supply of reusable sanitary pads as a cost-effective, feminine hygiene solution. All AFRIpads products are manufactured locally in Uganda, where over 200 people - 96% of whom are women - have gained meaningful employment. To date, AFRIpads has enabled more than two million girls and women across over thirty countries to live more productive and dignified lives through our innovative product solution. Katy has over five years of experience supporting NGOS and social businesses in east Africa to achieve their communication goals and amplify their social impact. Katy has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology from Colby College.

Carinne Chambers-Saini

CEO and co-founder, Diva International Inc.

As CEO and co-founder of Diva International Inc., Carinne Chambers-Saini has persevered through a 15 year journey to create and market the revolutionary product and brand, DivaCup. As the only real innovation in feminine hygiene in decades,...

As CEO and co-founder of Diva International Inc., Carinne Chambers-Saini has persevered through a 15 year journey to create and market the revolutionary product and brand, DivaCup. As the only real innovation in feminine hygiene in decades, Carinne along with her mother Francine have completely disrupted the industry by providing the most eco-friendly, clean and comfortable way to address menstrual care on the market today. Her journey of a lifetime began in 2001 after graduating from the Lazaridis School of Business in Waterloo, Ontario. The incredible growth of the company and DivaCup brand have received much recognition in 2016/17. To name a few, Carinne has been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year for Sustainable Products and Services, EY national Special Citation Award for Industry Disruptor, in addition to being recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 and ranking #103 on the PROFIT 500 list. Along with her 30-plus member team, Carinne has led the company to triple digit growth over the last three years, outselling established brands and positioning Diva International Inc. as a company to follow.

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