Michiana Women Leaders to host WomenSpace on May 17

Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. will host WomenSpace on May 17, 2019, at 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Dr. Lorraine Celis at Jefferson Dental Center, 2628 E. Jefferson, South Bend, WomenSpace is an informal gathering that provides an opportunity for women to share stories, build community, and come together in celebration of the myriad ways women lead.

Offered in response to encouragement from attendees at the Michiana Women Leaders Meet and Greet event held in March, WomenSpace opens up a space for sharing stories of leadership – the good and the bad – through informal conversation. Unlike a typical networking event that can often focus on self-promotion, WomenSpace encourages women to share and build community. Although a table will be available for business cards and promotional materials, guests are encouraged to take this time to meet and talk with others.

Terri Russ, founder and president of Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. had this to say about WomenSpace: “In some ways, it’s not surprising that women’s contributions to society are often ignored. Women often lead quietly behind the scenes in ways that look different from typical historical narratives, and their contributions are often overlooked or soon forgotten. Michiana Women Leaders exists to give those stories the place in history they deserve, and WomenSpace is one way for us to encourage the telling of our stories.”

This first Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. WomenSpace is sponsored by Dr. Lorraine Celis and Jefferson Dental Center. Born in El Salvador, Dr. Celis and her family immigrated to the United States in 1970. She graduated from Indiana School of Dentistry in 1996 and established Jefferson Dental Center in 2002. Her practice provides comprehensive dental care and also serves patients with special needs and language barriers. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Women have driven Michiana history since its beginning, and Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. collects oral life stories of living women and mines our history for the stories of those who have passed. On a mission to make sure the unforgettable stories of Michiana women are never forgotten, we’re sharing stories, celebrating women, and building community. We hope you’ll join us for WomenSpace May 17, 2019, at 5:30 pm, at Jefferson Dental Center, 2628 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend. Questions? Send an email to leaders@michianawomenleaders.org.

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