Affinity Group Alliance Meeting 1 Agenda

Tuesday, May 21: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM Affinity Groups Influencing the Broader Public via Counterpublics

Come explore how and affinity groups can move beyond traditional networking roles to also function as “counterpublics." Counterpublics are places where groups who are underrepresented in the larger “public” (e.g., workplace or technology field at large) can temporarily retreat, recharge, discuss common problems, and rehearse (or strategize) how they might work together to address these problems in the larger public.  We will look at the potential for these counterpublics to drive organizational change and to counteract common problems in larger tech environments, such as stereotype threat. 

As part of this session, we will start with a quick overview of the vision, mission, and objectives of the Alliance – there will also be an update on leadership, members, projects and goals for the meeting, including an opportunity for you to introduce yourselves, your organizations, and what you hope to take-away from the Summit generally and our Alliance meeting specifically. 

Finally, there will be a high-level overview of existing NCWIT resources successfully used within Affinity Groups. Members will share with each other how to best use resources to solve specific problems. Updates on current and future NCWIT resources will be provided.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  Social Media and the Affinity Group Alliance

An overview of the new Affinity Group Alliance LinkedIn page and a discussion of how you can use it to get the most out of your Alliance membership.  Bring your laptop, tablet or Smartphone – this will be an interactive session!

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM  Sit With Me in 2013

Have you heard about Sit With Me but are not sure how to make it come alive for your organization?   Members who have already hosted an event will share what worked for them and you will leave with ideas and plans for your own Sit With Me event.