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Justice and Equality: Rising NOW!

2016 MI NOW Conference

Keynote Speaker

Get details about the 2016 Conference lineup,
including Keynote Speaker Mira Krishnan.

Mira Krishnan

Welcome to the Revolution

At the state and national levels, Mira Krishnan co-chairs the American Psychological Association Committee for Transgender People and Gender Diversity. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Equality Michigan. She is Board Advisor to the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the Trans100, a list of 100 influential transgender Americans chosen annually.

Mira KrishnanMira is a social entrepreneur, feminist activist, and board-certified neuropsychologist. At Hope Network, in her primary role, she directs the Center for Autism, West Michigan’s leading provider of early diagnostic and early intervention (ABA) services for preschool-aged autistic children, teaching them to talk and listen and learn and play, and preparing them to chase their dreams. She also consults in the community, with clients including The Network (Greater Grand Rapids’ LGBT Community Center), and she has provided training services to numerous local, state, and national organizations, including Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Ottawa County, YWCA of West Central Michigan, Safely Home, GVSU, and more.

Mira is an accomplished public speaker. Her credits include Lady Parts Justice, NOW Grand Rapids Chapter, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Grand Rapids, and numerous lectures at regional, state, and national/international conferences. Learn more about Mira at http://miracharlotte.com/about.

Conference Highlights:

  • Panel Discussion with social justice activists from Michigan. Talking dirt & breaking ground: Working for greater inclusion, representation, and collaboration.
  • Skills-Based Break-Out Sessions led by social justice activists. Skills such as leadership, messaging, grass-roots organizing, and effective social networking will be addressed. Participants will leave with action plans they can implement in their community.
  • Concert and Communal Sing with Natalee Baetens.
  • MI NOW Award to recognize the Flint five — the women who started the fight for water justice in Flint.
  • Chapters Showcase will display items brought by our local chapters
  • Then and NOW Display A display of vintage NOW items (photos, T-shirts, buttons…).
  • Door Prizes given away each hour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW
  • $500 Video Contest winner will be announced

Conference Scholarhips Available

Conference scholarships are available for those who can’t afford the conference registration fee. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, then email your name and contact information to Michigan NOW at MINOW@danamgt.com and type scholarship request in the subject line. Requests must be received by March 13th, 2016.


Individuals and groups are encouraged to create a YouTube video that is 5 minutes maximum. Videos should focus on feminism and the theme of the 2016 MI NOW annual conference (Justice & Equality: Rising NOW!). Entries must mention the 50th anniversary of NOW, the Michigan NOW conference theme and date, and the name of the individual/group that created the video. Videos/links will be uploaded to the Michigan NOW website and Facebook page and may be played at the state conference. The video with the greatest number of likes as of 12:00 on April 9th, 2016 will be declared the winner.

Michigan NOW reserves the right to reject any entries that contain material that is deemed inappropriate and also reserves the right to use videos for future use. Send video links to MINOW@danamgt.com. Note video contest in the subject line and include the name of the individual/group submitting the video and your contact information.

Conference T-shirts Are Available!

Shirts are light grey, V-neck, and are 100% pre-shrunk cotton. They are printed in a union shop. The conference design is on the front, and the NOW logo is on the sleeve with MICHIGAN printed under it. Women’s and Men’s shirts are available in sizes S-2XL.

T-shirts are only $13.00 and must be ordered on the conference registration form. T-shirts must be ordered before the conference. T-shirts WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE CONFERENCE. Order yours today!