“I am woman, hear me roar..” – Helen Reddy
And so, women have roared. And women have been heard. For a year, Dayton audiences have listened to the voices of women across the Miami Valley at Empower HER talk show events. Discussing topics ranging from traveling solo to parenthood to entrepreneurship to sexuality, Empower HER has hosted more than a dozen panel conversations. These real life, local, conversations have brought together hundreds of people to hear and be heard.
On September 19, 2018, Empower HER will be giving the microphone to men. Empower HER has always encouraged men to attend and participate, believing that the conversation is inclusive. At this one year anniversary special event, they will give men the platform so that their voices, too, will be heard.
The panel includes 4 men in the Dayton community who passionately dedicate their time in support of other men.
Aaron Paschal, owner of AP2Photography, created a platform for men to share their stories through his photo essay creation, Mortal Man. His work has been published in ESPN the Magazine, Ambition Magazine, Afropunk, CincyMusic and numerous online publications. Husband and father of 2 daughters, Aaron seeks to nurture the women in his life and believes that “being a man doesn’t give you a right to be jerk.”
Andrew White, founder of Indigo Life and Indigo Life TV, founded Dudes of Dayton as a way for men in the Dayton area to get together and support one another. Andrew believes that his key to his success is in serving others. With Dudes of Dayton, Andrew is creating a community where “you don’t have to have your shit together.”
Antoine Edmonson, hip hop artist, husband and father, creates music that explores the challenges, triumphs, and the mundane of balancing big dreams of touching the world with his music, being an intentional husband, and present father. Antoine admits that he is not perfect and that he is working things out. “I am evolving. I don’t have all the answers. Here is what I have learned.”
Tony Cali, owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency for 14 years, husband, and father to two grown sons, has provided service to the community via coaching soccer and softball, active with boy scouts, youth ministry, various business service clubs, and his newest relationship is now developing with Artemis of Dayton. When describing raising his sons, he talked about protecting yourself “without a foul” and having the courage to visualize the paths ahead of you and make a choice.
Join Empower HER at this special, one-year anniversary event, on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 6PM at the new Brightside Event and Music Venue at 905 East Third Street Suite B, Dayton. Tickets run $10 and you can reserve online.
Empower HER was founded by Bridget Flaherty (Purple Shirt) and Jessika Meyer (Orange Shirt) of Dayton, OH. Their friendship sparked this movement with the intention of inspiring women to overcome their challenges and fears by facilitating conversations that remind you that you are not alone. At every event you will hear inspirational stories to remind you that your struggles, fears and challenges are normal.
For more information, visit www.empowerhertoday.com