EmPower Luncheon featuring Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Date(s) - 04/28/2021
11:30 am - 1:30 pm


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The EmPower Luncheon honors the courageous voices of survivors, those who advocate for survivors, and those who speak out to effect change. We are very excited to host Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault and abuse for the New York Times. Their book, “She Said, Breaking the Sexual Harrassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,” revisits their landmark investigative reporting into sexual assault and the “complicity machine” that often surrounds it. Painstakingly researched, their account is less about Weinstein himself and more about the structures that enabled him to thrive while so many people in his world were very aware of what he was doing – perpetuating blatant rape culture, victim shaming and blaming. Kantor and Twohey looked for answers to the question, “What does it take for victims of sexual assault and harassment to be believed?”

This year’s speakers embody The Women’s Center’s message that anyone can be empowered by truth and our belief that every single one of us has a role to play in eliminating the rape culture that revictimizes survivors. We all have the ability to help turn the tide from victim blaming and shaming to one that creates safe spaces and systems to believe and support survivors of sexual assault and abuse. The event will be emceed by WISN 12 anchor, Toya Washington.

Each year, thousands of people find safety, shelter, and support through our doors. We are the only agency of our kind in Waukesha County and we are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. By supporting this event, you are adding your voice to a movement that seeks to #CancelRapeCulture. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit adult and child survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking through The Women’s Center’s trauma informed, comprehensive programs which are always offered at no cost.

*An ASL interpreter will be present to translate throughout the event.

Download our 2021 EmPower Luncheon Program Book

What’s the “Luncheon” part all about?

Due to logistical and health concerns, we are not able to provide you with lunch. However, for sponsors over $1,500, we are working on securing discounts for “take out lunch” from local restaurants that you can enjoy during the program.

How do I attend?

Registered guests will receive a Zoom link in an email prior to the event.

Sounds awesome! What else can I do?

Become a Virtual Table Host and commit to inviting 10 or more friends to join you at your virtual table. How do you host a table at a virtual event?  Here are some ideas:

  • Ask your friends to commit to watching the program on their own from their own homes.
  • Invite your friends to join you on Zoom or another video platform and watch the program together virtually.
  • Invite your friends to your home or backyard for a casual social distancing lunch and watch the program together.

The goal is to let your friends know that you support The Women’s Center and invite them to learn more by watching the program. There will be opportunities for your friends to donate during and after the program. Regardless of how you choose to host, we will make sure that you and your guests all receive the link to watch the event. And because we will not have food and beverage costs, your entire donation is tax-deductible!

Want a sneak preview of our speakers?

Our EmPower Luncheon speakers, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, joined Audrey Nowakowski at WUWM’s Lake Effect to discuss their book “She Said,” which takes readers behind the scenes of how they broke the Harvey Weinstein story. You can stream the full interview here.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

American Transmission Company

Bonnie Birk

Ana Escudero and Alan Johnson

First Business Bank

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Bronze Sponsors:

Associated Bank

Bank Five Nine

Carroll University

In Memory of Patty Downham from Mary Korkor

Julia Kellogg

Marie Kingsbury

Dipti Krishnan

Eaton Corporation

Ellenbecker Investment Group

George and Emily Lorenz

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Harwood Engineering Consultants & Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Landmark Credit Union

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

We Energies

Wintrust Commercial Banking at Town Bank

Richard and Sharon Wood

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Sponsorships provide meaningful support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and with our event being virtual this year, our sponsors have new and increased opportunities to be recognized. Beginning at $1,500, there are other new benefits at each level. Email Mollie your completed registration form to secure your spot today!


2021 Sponsorship Benefits Menu