For the inaugural public seminar in Atlanta, GA this past Saturday — co-sponsored by the Center for Women and the Center for Ethics at Emory University — The OpEd Project sent the fabulous Zeba Khan to facilitate and 20 folks from around Atlanta and farther afield attended. Among the participants were professors, administrators and students from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, and Clayton State University, as well as community representatives from the health department, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Emory Health Care, and the Carter Center. Other participants were innovative social change leaders including the founder of Soma Goods, which supports refugee women in creating home products, and the founder of the Change Rocks Foundation, which empowers vulnerable youth. One participant traveled all the way from the Virgin Islands.
The day-long seminar focused on building confidence in owning expertise and walked participants through the fundamental process for building an argument. This lesson was applicable to many forums, but especially pertinent to writing. Across the board, the participants were excited about the prospect of contributing their voices to larger conversations by way of op-ed writing as a tool for thought leadership.
–Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Atlanta Regional Management Intern