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Women Engaged! is a series of salon-style conversations on topics of social urgency that may be of particular interest to women.

Programs are held in private homes and include wine, coffee and dessert.

They take place on Tuesday evenings, once a month. Location addresses are provided upon registration.

The second Women Engaged! salon-style conversation series begins Sept. 26.

The first series sold out nearly every meeting and there has been great call for the program to take on a number of additional topics.

One notable difference from the first series is that, while each of the initial six meetings stood entirely alone in the issue of social urgency that was addressed, this series will be loosely themed to connect to one another, though it is still entirely possible to attend one or more events without committing to the series.


The inaugural series' topics and speakers:

Part 1: Gender Wage Gap, featuring Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director, Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy

Part 2: Violence Against Women, featuring Tanis Crosby, CEO, YWCA Silicon Valley

Part 3: Women, Girls and Public Education, featuring Jennifer Thomas, President, San Jose Teacher's Association

Part 4: Justice Involved Women and Girls, featuring Chandra Lopez-Brooks, Commissioner, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women

Part 5: Campus Sexual Assault "Rape Culture," featuring Crystal Riggins, Attorney at Hoge Fenton, Jones & Appel

Part 6: The Politics of Women's Health, featuring Guadalupe Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Read more about it here.