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Women’s Conference Webinars


The Teamsters Women’s Conference is continuing to provide timely, topic-specific webinars that we hope are helpful to you during this unusual and stressful time.  While they do not take the place of our in-person conference, it’s an opportunity to hear from experts in their fields regarding issues that affect all of us.   

Below are links to the webinars we have provided to date, including our latest one on COVID-19.  They have been pre-recorded for you to watch or listen to at your leisure.  The Women’s Conference will continue to produce webinars, so keep and eye out for future topics and feel free to share with others.  

Topic: Teamsters Women’s Conference Highlights JC 25 Women’s Committee

Moderator: Elizabeth Gonzalez, Member, JC 25 Women’s Committee

Panel: Tracy Reed-Bowers, President, JC 25 Women’s Committee

Lesley Tuton, Secretary-Treasurer, JC 25 Women’s Committee

Lisa Beecher, Recording Secretary, JC 25 Women’s Committee

Meet the leaders of the JC 25 Women’s Committee who, before and during COVID-19, have implemented creative programs to engage and involve women throughout the Joint Council. Hear how the committee was established, the roles of board members, the inspiring and thoughtful way they approach their duties, and their dedication to Teamster Sisters in the Chicagoland area and beyond! These leaders are an example of what it means to be Teamster STRONG!

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Topic: History of Women Voting (50 min.)

Presenter: Karin Jones, Manager, Teamsters History Project, IBT Training and Development Department

Our Teamster historian walks us through the history of how we won the right to vote 100 years ago this year, highlighting the many women who sacrificed a great deal to ensure that we have a voice in our representation.

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Topic: Teamster Women and the 2020 Election (27 Min)

Presenters: Christy Bailey, Director, IBT Department of Political and Legislative Action

Jeanette Barnes and Elizabeth Gonzalez, IBT Department of Political and Legislative Action

Royceann Porter, Teamsters Local 238

Jennifer Kimmel, Teamsters Local 710

Annette Kelley, Teamsters Local 988

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Topic: When Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Presenter: Tara Paterson, National Representative for the Domestic Violence at Work Initiative, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

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Topic: Black Lives Matter: A Discussion with Teamster Women (38 min)

Moderator: Robin Cooper, Local 502

Panel: Jeanette Barnes, IBT, Vickie Beavers, Local 728, Catherine Cobb, Local 2010, Bernadette Kelly, Local 210

This webinar is a discussion with Teamster women on what the Black Lives Movement is, how we can support our Teamster Sisters and Brothers and how the labor movement can work to end racism and inequality.

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Topic: COVID-19 Essential Worker Health and Safety Awareness Webinar (75 min)

Presenter: Enjoli DeGrasse, Deputy Director, IBT Safety and Health Department

This webinar is designed to inform workers, who are required to work during the pandemic shutdown, how to protect themselves and co-workers from exposure to the coronavirus. These materials were developed through worker training grants funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

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Topic: Then and Now: Teamsters Respond to Crisis (30 min)

Presenter: Karin Jones, Manager, Teamsters History Project, IBT Training & Development Dept.

Teamster Historian, Karin Jones takes a look back at the service Teamsters have provided to their communities and to the country during times of hardship.

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Topic: Managing Stress During Coronavirus (40 min)

Presenter: Gretchen Grindle, LPC

Some of you may be experiencing higher levels of stress due to concern over illness for yourselves and your families, work, home schooling, just to name a few. Therefore, we have invited Gretchen Grindle, who has run a number of workshops for us at the women’s conference, to present some specific ways to manage ongoing stress.

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