Fall Speaker Series

We were fortunate to host such wonderful speakers that are experts in the fields of reproductive health care and reproductive rights as part of our Fall Speaker Series! Speaker’s bios, presentation slides, referenced resources, and answers to Q+As can be found below. We hope you enjoy these interesting and informative conversations! *The Fall Speaker Series has concluded*

Carol Bliese, Senior Director of Teacher Programs at Population Connection

Carol is Population Education’s Senior Director of Teacher Programs, overseeing the day to day functioning of the PopEd workshop program. She facilitates teacher training workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has lead over 650 workshops in her 10+ years with the program. Carol is involved with curriculum development, teacher engagement marketing, and manages the program website and blog.

Education for Earth’s Sake: How PopEd Supports Teachers and Inspires Future Generations

How does the Population Education program work within schools and support teachers who are educating today’s young people about population, sustainability and global citizenship? Join us for this engaging hour and find out. We’ll give you an insider look at PopEd’s teacher training workshops and demonstrate some of our favorite classroom activities.

Thursday, December 10th
2:00pm ET

View the recording, presentation slides, and Q+A here

Brian Dixon, Senior Vice President of Media and Government Relations at Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund

Brian began his career working as a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Peter Kostmayer before joining Population Connection, then ZPG, in 1993. An expert on reproductive rights policy, Brian heads the advocacy programs at Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund.

Stacie Murphy, Director of Congressional Relations at Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund

Stacie came to Population Connection in 2007 as a Government Relations Fellow and joined the full time staff in 2008 as a Policy Associate. She represents the organization both on Capitol Hill and in meetings with coalition partners, and particularly enjoys getting outside the Beltway to speak on population issues for general audiences. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University, with a concentration in Gender and Social Policy.

Rebecca Harrington, Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach at Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund

Rebecca oversees Population Connection’s field and outreach team, manages our grassroots efforts-including targeted campaigns in several targeted states-across the U.S., and organizes Capitol Hill Days, Population Connection’s annual advocacy weekend and lobby day.  Prior to working at Population Connection, she worked with students with learning disabilities at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.  She graduated from Bates College.

What Happens Next: A Discussion About Reproductive Rights Advocacy After the 2020 Election

This panel discussion will cover the landscape for reproductive rights advocacy in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as well as Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund’s plans for our grassroots programs in 2021. 

*This presentation is co-sponsored by our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund

Thursday, November 19th
2:00pm ET

View answers from the Q+A here

Pape Amadou Gaye, President Emeritus IntraHealth International Inc.

Serving as President Emeritus of IntraHealth International, Senegal native Pape Gaye has three decades of leadership experience overseeing international health and development work in over 40 countries. Pape earned his master’s degree in business administration from UCLA, and then began his career in the Peace Corps. From there he worked with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and led IntraHealth International’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa before being appointed to CEO of the organization. He has long advocated for a greater focus on the health workforce. In May 2016 at the World Health Assembly, the WHO and member states responded to such advocacy efforts with the first-ever global health workforce strategy, Workforce 2030.

Pape is a frequent international speaker on issues related to capacity-building and the global health workforce. In the United States, his testimony on Capitol Hill during a 2014 Ebola-focused congressional hearing brought the role of frontline health workers to the fore. As a panelist during the White House Global Summit in July 2016, he urged the incoming US president to focus on international aid and human resources for health as powerful investments in our shared future. His editorials appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Devex, and other media outlets.

Family Planning in Francophone West Africa: Progress and Challenges

There have been concerted efforts in the last 10 years to increase access to Family Planning in French-speaking West Africa. The region has been lagging behind the rest of the world and remains one of the few regions in the world with countries that still have single-digit contraceptive prevalence rates. In his presentation, Gaye will explore what governments, civil society, and the donor community have been doing to boost Family Planning uptake. He will draw from lessons learned from initiatives such as the “Ouagadougou Partnership” and the “Challenge Initiative” and offers reflections on what needs to be done to sustain recent gains and accelerate progress.

Thursday, October 29th
2:00pm ET

View the recording and presentation slides here

Dr. Mark Hathaway, Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health at Jhpiego

Dr. Hathaway is Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health at Jhpiego, and an obstetrician-gynecologist. He has served on several national-level work groups and committees, including the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Family Planning and the National Contraceptive Metrics Workgroup. He holds appointments at Johns Hopkins University as Adjunct Professor of OB/GYN and at George Washington University as Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences. Dr. Hathaway is also a member of Population Connection’s Board of Directors.

Contraceptive Mechanism of Action: In The Womb Where it Happens

Drawing on his experiences as a OB/GYN, professor, and advisor, Dr. Hathaway’s presentation will help participants learn more about and better understand: a) the basics of female reproductive system, b) how to be reasonably certain a woman is not pregnant and c) her choices, assuring her that none of the methods cause abortions.

Thursday, September 24th
2:00pm ET

View the recording, presentation slides, and Q+A here

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