March 8th, 2014 - International Women's Day Aruba 2014

The Aruba Women's Day Conference continues to be an important event attended by women from all walks of life, that combines a celebratory atmosphere with inspiring and engaging guest speakers.

This year's theme "Being the Change" will provide the backdrop to further explore how women in Aruba and around the world can be a catalyst for change that leads to improvement in the lives of other women, children and even communities at large.

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Conference Program

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March 8th, 2014
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Entrance is FREE

8:00 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 9:20 am

Welcome MC's & Opening Remarks Sponsor

9:20 – 9:55 am

Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar

Speaker: Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar The Minister of Education

"Women's Influence: Creating Positive Change in our Society"

Minister Hooyboer-Winklaar provides an update on the condition of women and girls on the island, and talks about how women can positively influence change across a broad range of issues we face locally and globally.

9:55 – 10:15 am

Film "Women and Education" Aruba Scholarship Foundation

10:20 – 11:45 am

Monica Parker

Speaker: Monica Parker Actor, Writer & Producer

Monica Parker (Los Angeles and Toronto) is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably All Dogs Go to Heaven, and A Perfect Murder (Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow).

As a producer, Monica has focused on socially relevant television movies such as Hunger Point about anorexia, starring Barbara Hershey and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks; and The Party Never Stops, a story about the deadly results of binge drinking which garnered a Prism award nomination for its star, Nancy Travis.

Monica is currently starring in her insightful and funny one-woman show; Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies which spawned her soon-to-be published funny but true non-fiction anti-diet book, Getting Waisted - A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin. It's a book that speaks to everyone who can identify with having struggled over and over to lose weight only to gain it back time after time. Her story is funny and painful but it's also inspirational She believes that some people are just not meant to be sylph-like and she is only too happy to be their "Pie" Piper.

11:45 – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 2:00 pm

Dr. Sue Morter

Speaker: Dr. Sue Morter Master of Bioenergetic Medicine

Dr. Sue Morter (Los Angeles) is an internationally known authority on bridging science, spirit and human possibility. Through her seminars, retreats and presentations she illuminates the relationships of quantum thoughts and energy medicine; the elevation of human consciousness and life mastery; the sole purpose and practical living. Dr. Sue's visionary model and techniques ignite an entirely new approach to living in creative genius and personal freedom through the embodiment of high-frequency energy patterns. Her body of work draws from her experience as a doctor for over 30 years, inspiration from a life-changing awakening during meditation, and her personal passion for cracking the code of life itself. Her greatest joy is sharing her discoveries with others.

2:00 – 2:15 pm


2:15 – 3:00 pm

Jeannette Richardson-Baars

Speaker: Jeannette Richardson-Baars
Director of the Aruba Police Academy
National Coordinator Anti-Human Trafficking and Smuggling

Jeannette is a law enforcement professional with over 23 years of experience who has captured international attention for her work in combating Human Trafficking. In June 2012 she received the '2012 Hero Acting To End Modern-Day Slavery Award' from Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton for Aruba's commitment to uncover human trafficking cases, to raise public awareness and to provide protection services to trafficking victims. In 2013 she was invited by former president Mr. Bill Clinton to speak at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University on the possibilities for small island states to effectively fight human trafficking. Jeannette shares her insights on this subject, as well as her journey in a male-dominated field.

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Sandra Brown

Speaker: Sandra Brown Director, CEDEHM
"Dare to Dream"

Director of Aruba's Women's Development Centre (CEDEHM) and single mom who raised 3 successful children including famous Red Sox 3rd baseman, Xander Bogaerts, shares with us the value of empowering women on Aruba. In addition, she shares information on the successful Big Sister program and an upcoming program. In her words: "Dare to dream. Making your dreams become reality begins with believing in yourself and speaking positively about yourself and your life."

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Male Champions

Male Champions
The importance of men's involvement in efforts towards advancement of women are undisputed. Listen to what men believe is their contribution to a fairer and healthier society.

4:00 – 4:10 pm

Closing Remarks Sponsor

4:15 – 4:30 pm


Conference Pictures 2014

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