The #metoo movement that gained momentum last year made it clear that women aren't treated equally in the workplace. What are we doing in Charlotte to make sure women are respected in any industry? Join us for an open discussion with our expert panelists on where we are, and what still needs to be done. Scroll down to read about our panelists!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Catawba Brewing Co. 933 Louise Ave Ste. 105      
COST: Free — but you must RSVP below



KAREN PARKER is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Safe Alliance in Charlotte, NC, which provides sexual assault and domestic violence services to over 10,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman.

At Safe Alliance Karen oversees an agency budget of over $4.8 million and directs over 75 staff. Additionally she represents Safe Alliance through local, state and national activities and serves as the organization’s lead decision maker and spokesperson.

Karen also participates on a number of state and local committees focusing on policy development and advocacy. In 2009 she was appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue to chair the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission. Karen is also a member of the board of directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program and is the past board co-chair of the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.


JADE JACKSON  began serving people as a fighter and advocate for others in 1985. At that time she helped lead 500 students and residents through the streets of Ypsilanti, MI in an Anti- Apartheid March.  She also began a labor leader for A.F.S.C.M.E. Local 1583 as she fought for workers' rights at the University of Michigan.  She served in several leadership capacities from 1989-1998.  Jade also is an advocate for the Transgender Community. In 2012,  she authored her book "Climbing Life's Mountains: Overcoming Challenges of Bi-racial Birth, Adoption, Gender Identity, and Depression".   Ms. Jackson has been heavily involved in both local and national politics.  Among numerous other positions, Jade serves as Executive Director of The Coalition of United Progressives CharMeck.


JAN ANDERSON has more than 35 years of experience as a traffic engineer and transportation planner working for private consulting firms preparing corridor studies, environmental impact studies and urban area transportation plans. Before retiring in 2008, she opened and managed the North Carolina office for a Fortune 500 engineering firm and was responsible for the management of public and private sector projects and for business development.

Most recently, after participating in the Women’s March on Washington, she formed the Charlotte Women’s March, a group of 1600 women who are working to change the dialogue about women and others in Charlotte and North Carolina.


MURIEL HUGHES is a Charlotte Native and a graduate of Winston Salem State University. She is a Sergeant with the CMPD Sexual Assault Unit and she has spent over 27 years working for the CMPD. She is married with two children and one grandchild.





KRISTEN WILE is editor of Charlotte magazine. You can read her work here.








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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our August event, Charlotte Media Matters.

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