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June Breakfast

 Kris Hermanns


"Ensuring the Freedom for All to Live Safely,
Openly, and Genuinely

Featuring Kris Hermanns, CEO of Pride Foundation

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When: June 9, 2016 -  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where:  Women's University Club

What does it mean to be a woman and who gets to decide how that is defined? Kris Hermanns spends every day grappling with different iterations of this question as she works for the right of every person to be able to define for themselves who they are and how they live their daily lives. For many, there are pieces of ourselves that are not able to be expressed, or expressed fully, in the world and society in which we live.

Through her career advocating for equity, including for LGBTQ people, Kris has given us all a gift. She is a tireless advocate, educator, and “gracious provocateur”, challenging aspects of belief systems and creating inclusive spaces for all people to pursue their joy—and their true selves.

Kris is guided by the words of activist and artist, Lilla Watson, who said, “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” In her life and in her work, Kris carefully and intentionally finds ways to remind people that we are—and have to be—in this together.

Join us for breakfast as Kris discusses the concepts of self-censorship and self-determination, while posing the questions: Who gets to define you? Is that definition true to who you are? How can we construct a world in which we all enjoy the freedom to live safely, openly, and genuinely?

She will encourage us to consider the ways in which some of the “rules” that we have been taught throughout our lives may lay the groundwork for us to make assumptions about other people and even contribute to limiting the ways we can express our true selves. She will update us on current legislative issues that are having a broad and significant impact on our communities and every individual’s right to feel safe and able to flourish in a supportive environment, free of prejudice.

Cool fact about Kris is she is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers NFL team.

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