August  2017
Employer Alliance sets Oct. 12
for 2017 workplace/DV conference

The Memphis Employer Alliance against Domestic Violence will present the 2017 conference on domestic violence in the workplace on Oct. 12.
The Alliance joins the Memphis Area Women's Council in organizing the 2017 "Violence at Home. Victims at Work." conference to be hosted by Baptist Memorial Health Care in the Baptist Memphis Education and Conference Center, Dr. H. Edward Garrett, Sr. Auditorium located at 6027 Walnut Grove Rd., 38120. Parking is in the adjacent garage       
In this expanded version of the Council's two-hour workshops, employers will learn to "recognize, respond and refer" when employees and colleagues experience intimate partner violence. Expert panels will cover risk and liabilities, security, workplace policies, employers' responses and local resources, including third party orders of protection.
The conference will equip employers to develop policies and share procedures to reduce risk and protect the workplace.  
Alliance leaders will describe their goals, membership benefits and projects going forward.  
Conference content should be applicable for human resource professionals' certification credits. Faith groups and non-profits attending will get a certificate of completion from the Memphis Employers Alliance against Domestic Violence and Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Local crime data show that DV homicides have been between 12% and 17% of all homicides in Memphis the past two years. Nurses, teachers and retail workers seem to be especially at risk.

Alliance founders include Verizon Wireless, Crown Manufacturing, the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Healthcare Faith and Health Division and Splash Creative.  
Alliance membership is open in all categories and donor levels. 
For more information on the alliance or the conference, contact Deborah Clubb,  or  901-378-3866 . Registration will open shortly.
Get ready for 7th annual
Walk in Her Shoes on Oct. 25
Exciting plans are coming for the 7th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in Memphis.
The Walk is set to step off on Wednesday Oct. 25 from the University of Memphis campus.
Special efforts are underway to recruit men from UM, Christian Brothers, LeMoyne Owen College, Rhodes and Southwest to show their support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
Save the date now and invite men from across the community to join the Walk from the Rameses statue on Central west to Highland, north to Poplar, east to Patterson and across again to Central.
The bravest will wear women's shoes. Bring your own or borrow from the Council's inventory.

Walk A Mile 2016
2016 Walk was led down Beale Street by co-chairs Doug McGowen,
chief operating officer of Memphis; City Council member Worth Morgan and Shelby County Judicial Commissioner Kevin Reed with Memphis Police Deputy Chief Don Crowe.

Women's Council welcomes
new board members
The Women's Council has added four new board members who bring a wealth of business, legal and academic experience to the advocacy goals and governance of the organization.
Elected in January were Sheila Bramlitt, retired security executive, and Kelly Pledger Weeks, assistant professor of management at Rhodes College.

Shayla Purifoy, who was appointed a Shelby County judicial commissioner in August 2016, joined the board in April. And Janet Lansky Shipman, associate airport counsel with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, joined the board this summer. 
"With these women providing expertise in research, in domestic violence law, in corporate and political circles, we anticipate exciting strategies and projects in the months ahead," said executive director Deborah Clubb.
Returning directors include Brittany Church, Orpheum Theatre; Dr. Carol Danehower, University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics; Dr. Cathy Meredith, University of Memphis College of Education; Jill Stem, Crown Manufacturing and Linda Williams, RISE Foundation.

Women of Achievement organizers 
grieve passing of  Mimi Dann
The founders and organizers of Women of Achievement note with sadness the recent death of Memphis ceramics artist Mimi Semmes Dann.
Mimi was an award-winning ceramicist known for her thin-walled sculptural porcelain bowls and exquisite glazes. Her work was a special favorite of WA co-founder Deborah Clubb who asked her to create the award to be given when Women of Achievement began in 1984 honoring seven local women annually. Mimi's WA plates, featuring a center with a different color of her crystalline glazes each year, are cherished by honorees.
She continued to create the WA plates for 20 years. Her daughter Katie Dann, a second-generation clay artist, stepped in and continues to craft one-of-a-kind plates for the March Women's History Month awards event.
Mimi was 90. A celebration of her life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7.

MAWC celebrates our interns

The Council celebrated the graduation from the University of Memphis of three 2016-2017 interns who contributed crucial talent and energy to the social media and other outreach of the Memphis Says NO MORE campaign. Tori Hill Anderson earned her BBA in Business Administration and BA in Psychology. Lily Catherine Mastron graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors in Business Management.  Lily received the Dean's Award for Most Outstanding Student from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. Hayley Price graduated cum laude with Bachelor of Art degrees in criminal justice and criminology.

Tori began her career in the Human Resources Division of Memphis City government this summer. Lily enters the University of Florida Levin College of Law this fall where she won a Presidential Scholarship.  Hayley is working in banking with  plans to do graduate study in social work.  

TMAWC interns Tori Hill Anderson (left) and Lily Mastron (with MAWC ED Deborah Clubb) graduated from the University of Memphis in May.

MAWC intern Hayley Price celebrated her degrees in criminal justice and criminology.

Issue: 29
In T his Issue

Employer Alliance DV workplace conference 
Oct. 12

7th annual
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Oct. 25

New Board members on the Women's Council

Women of Achievement grieves Mimi Dann's passing

WomenTalk returns
 Aug. 30

ERA still possible & more 

About MAWC



About Memphis Area Women's Council
The Memphis Area Women's Council is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy to assure equity and opportunity for local women and girls. Our goal is strategic changes in policy, procedure, law and regulations that remove barriers, eliminate sexism and assure equal access.  

For more information or to donate go to
or contact Deborah Clubb at 
901-378-3866 or 

WomenTalk  returns on  Aug. 30
The Women's Council board opens the door on Wednesday Aug. 30 for another gathering of WomenTalk.
Come to our office at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., 38112, at 5:30 p.m. to share a snack, a beverage and whatever is on your mind.
No agenda - no rules. But we will raise a glass to salute the Aug. 26 anniversary of American women's hard-fought right to vote.
Make time to talk with other wonderful women on Wednesday, August 30.
Come when you can - we'll gather from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The September date is Wednesday, Sept. 27, then we'll take a break for DV events and holidays until January 2018.

Clubb on "A Question of Law" panel on WYPL 

Women's Council executive director Deborah Clubb joined a panel to discuss domestic violence on the WYPL TV -18 show hosted by City Court Clerk Kay Robilio.

Robilio, a former City Court judge, discussed laws that address domestic violence and how our community responds to victims and batterers with Clubb; Anna Whalley, administrator of the Shelby County Crime Victim Center and Rape Crisis Center, and Theresa McCusker, chief prosecutor in the Shelby County District Attorney's domestic violence unit.
The program, called "A Question of Law," will repeat through August at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Mondays; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays; 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays; 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays; 5:30 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. on Fridays; 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sundays. 

The ERA Is Still Possible
And Other News of Note

*   The Equal Rights Amendment is still alive - it's proposed in Congress and state legislatures each year.  In fact, in March Nevada passed the ERA! To learn more, go here .   

*   Decades of rock and roll and other modern music have given attention and accolades to male signers and musicians. Take a look and listen to recent work to write women into the canon.

*   Modern medicine sometimes makes childbirth seem a simple matter of booking a C-section and buying a car seat. Some are sounding the alarm about the poor record on maternal health in the United States and the need to intensify attention to women post-delivery.