Spotlight Workshops

The Power of Influence Workshop

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Tiffany Janay

The Power of Influence (#PowerOfInfluence): Seven years ago, Tiffany quit her high paying career in corporate America and embarked on a journey toward self-discovery and personal wellness. During this period, Tiffany moved around the country and was essentially homeless. However, she never allowed her circumstances to become a road block. Not long after, Tiffany stumbled upon yoni eggs, and became excited to learn about how they’ve been used since antiquity as a powerful tool to heal women and manifest their best selves. Realizing it was her calling, Tiffany helped to pioneer the yoni egg movement, through her company Organic Blood Yoni Eggs.  She became the first person to market yoni eggs through e-commerce, and was able to transition from homelessness to becoming the CEO of a six figure, internationally distributed brand.

Today, Tiffany Janay is a sought after Motivational Speaker and Women’s Empowerment Guide who travels around the world to teach others how they can sustain their lifestyles through the power of influence.  During the workshop, Tiffany will share her best practices, tips and experiences to help others learn how they can build their own tribes and become leaders in their field.

Disability Justice Informing Practices of Self and Community Care

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Lydia X. Z. Brown

[Photo: Lydia Brown, a young East Asian person wearing navy blue suit and retro-patterned necktie, smiling. Photo by Rachel Mondragon, February 2017, Denver, Colorado.]

Disability Justice Informing Practices of Self and Community Care(#DisabilityJustice): Sick, disabled, deaf, mad, and neurodivergent cultures are constantly working to develop practices and models of self-care and community care that center and affirm people impacted by multiple oppressions and complex traumas. Sexuality professionals can learn to affirm, uplift, and value all forms of bodymind knowledge and wisdom from crip cultures and communities, and become better able to provide care and support that directly addresses the violence of ableism and its intersections with white supremacy, transmisogyny, class oppression, patriarchy, and empire. Disability Justice offers powerful frameworks for challenging harm and embracing the full human diversity of bodymind experiences and identities across, around, and beyond genders and (a)sexualities.


Workshops

Car Seats and High Chairs: Finding our Seat at the Table as Mothers in Academia and Beyond

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Hillary Grumbine, Maria Marcelin, Olivia Loneman

Car Seats and High Chairs: Finding our Seat at the Table as Mothers in Academia and Beyond(#MothersinAcademia): Modern sexology affirms many facets of an individuals’ life. This presentation will explore the ways in which women with children experience sexology, both in academia and their post-academic pursuits. All three presenters had children while in the CHSS program and all three are at varying places in their career. The presentations will discuss barriers, stigma, stereotypes, and the individual experiences of the women presenting and how that might help inform educators, clinicians, and those who might plan (or not plan!) to go through a similar experience.

Cultivating a Culture of Consent

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Nastassja Schmiedt & Lea Roth

Cultivating a Culture of Consent (#ConsentCulture): Much dialogue around sexual violence focuses on seeking justice and individual trauma healing after experiencing abuse. But if we want to uproot the foundations of rape culture and reclaim the empowering potential of sexuality, we need to bring more stakeholders to the table through inclusive and accessible prevention work. Comprehensive, nonjudgmental sex education is the most powerful tool for sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention, as well as bias reduction around queerphobia. In this session, the authors of Millenial Sex (Education), will share the insights of their emerging program which uses fictional story-based modeling and open facilitated dialogue to help youth populations uproot rape culture and bias in their psyches, relationships, and communities.

First Steps to Starting a Business

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Peter Hornberger and Lenin Agudo

First Steps to Starting a Business(#SmallBizBasics): This workshop serves as an introduction to the basic elements of starting a small business. It covers the 5 most common questions the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Widener University receives:
What legal concerns should I have?
Why is my business legal entity important?
Why do I need a business plan?
What is the SBDC?
How can the SBDC assist me?

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up to Glitter: Purple Boots, Harry Potter, & Queering Professionalism

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Dr. Brent A. Satterly

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up to Glitter: Purple Boots, Harry Potter, & Queering Professionalism (#QueeringProfessionalism): The experience of being authentic in the workforce is one that should be without question. However, the reality of navigating the sociopolitical waters of higher education and employment for sexuality professionals is fraught with protean pitfalls for promotion, tenuous tasks for tenure, and even generational Horcruxes of separation within, and ultimately from, oneself. Risking unapologetic queer narcissism, I will present my professional identity development and expression as a Halloween-obsessed, Harry Potter-loving, glittery purple boots-wearing out queer sexuality professional as an exemplar of successes and failures. This workshop will confront one of the most basic questions about being a sexuality professional: How can I be myself–in all of the glorious ways that I am me–and still be successful?


Military Identity Development and the Implications for Sexual Wellness 

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Cherisse Red Bennett

Military Identity Development and the Implications for Sexual Wellness(#MilitarySexualID): This workshop uses Case Theory of Homosexual Identity to describe the development, advantages, and disadvantages of military identity. Becoming enmeshed in military culture is a process that can help develop or alter core values and beliefs. After years of military service, reintegrating into civilian life requires support, patience, and understanding from those around them especially from those providing sexual wellness education.


No Body Needs Gender:Building Comfort Using Gender Neutral Language

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Quentin Cruz, M.Ed.

No Body Needs Gender: Building Comfort Using Gender Neutral Language (#NoBodyNeedsGender): When sexuality professionals want to be inclusive but are afraid of messing up or accidentally offending someone, they tend to give up before they even try. Don’t let doubt hold you back from creating a safe space for gender expansive students and/or clients! This workshop aims to help sexuality professionals learn gender neutral language used to speak about bodies, affirm sexuality professionals who are unsure if they’re saying the “right” things when they are, and address participant concerns about the use of gender neutral language when talking about bodies.


Sexuality in Stanzas: Poetry’s Place in Education & Healing

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Tayllor Johnson

Sexuality in Stanzas: Poetry’s Place in Education & Healing (#SexualityInStanzas): The Sexuality in Stanzas: Poetry’s Place in Education & Healing is an interactive workshop that introduces poetry’s place in expressing, navigating, and healing within sexuality work and education. Poetry and spoken word break the silence that exists in the human experience. This workshop will address poetry’s place in sexuality education and sexuality healing spaces.


Speak Out with Comfort, Confidence, and Joy! 7 Steps to Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

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Terry Nicholetti

Speak Out with Comfort, Confidence, and Joy! 7 Steps to Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety(#SpeakOut): Have you ever turned down a “seat at the table” because you get butterflies (or big flapping birds!) in the pit of your stomach when you are offered an opportunity to speak in public? Do you tremble at the thought of giving your “elevator (Introduction) speech” at professional networking events? Would you have more opportunity to be heard and make an impact if you could give a “signature speech” about your expertise at a meeting or conference? If any of these questions ring a bell with you, you’re not alone! You can learn to SPEAK OUT to your audience of one or hundreds with comfort, confidence, and even joy when you learn and practice Terry Nicholetti’s “7 Steps to Overcome Speaking Anxiety.”


Panels 


Securing Your Seat at the Table: Lessons from the CHSS Faculty

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Dr. Betsy Crane, Dr. Don Dyson, Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman,
Dr. Erika Evans-Weaver and Dr. Brooke E. Wells

Securing Your Seat at the Table: Lessons from the CHSS Faculty(#SeatAtTheFacultyTable):This influential panel features some of Widener’s most notable faculty members. Each panelist will share their respective areas of interest, education, research, and clinical work. The discussion will focus on topics such as funding/grant writing, networking, how to become published, starting your own private practice and so much more! Come to this panel with all of your burning questions about the field of sexuality as the panel will be closing with a 30 minute Q&A.


Changemakers in the Field of Human Sexuality

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Julissa Coriano, Dr. Jane Fleishman, Mark Levand
and Dr. Donna Oriowo

Changemakers in the Field of Human Sexuality(#SexuALumni) This dynamic panel features just a few of Widener’s CHSS (Center for Sexuality Studies) alumni. Each panelist will share their current work in the field of sexuality. Additionally, the discussion will focus on their individual journeys, the obstacles they had to overcome in the field, as well as some advice on networking, reputation and business building, and so much more! Come to this panel with all of your burning questions about the field of sexuality as the panel will be closing with a 30 minute Q&A.

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