2014 NOW Regional Conferences

Attend the conference in your region this spring and help elect national leadership!

NOW’s grassroots base is divided into nine U.S. regions. In even years, these regions elect members to serve two-year terms on the National NOW Board. Regional conferences take place in the months of March, April and May and are open to any NOW member. Find out more about your region’s conference below. Updated information will be posted as it becomes available. Bookmark this page and check back periodically.

Eligibility to vote: All members of the region in good standing whose dues are received by the national organization or its appropriate subunits at least 90 days prior to the conference and who are present may vote. Eligibility to run for the National NOW Board: Any member who has been a member in good standing for at least two years immediately prior to the date of the election may run. Board members must remain residents of the region from which they are elected.

Regions: Northeast | Mid-Atlantic | Southeast | Mid-South | South Central | Great Lakes | Prairie | Northwest | Southwest


Northeast Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

April 6, 2014 from 12:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn College James Hall, Room 3416 (3rd floor), Brooklyn, NY

Moving Feminism into the Future! (PDF)

Request more information: Noreen Connell – Regional Director – norconnell [at] aol [dot] com or 212-586-3257

Mid-Atlantic Region
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Programmatic Meeting – Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
The NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Council will host the programmatic aspect of the Regional Meeting via webinar.

There will be two sessions:
Recruiting Diverse Members to Grow Our Organization: A Discussion on Strategies for Bringing in New Members
Atima Omara, President, Young Democrats of America
Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President, NOW

A Presentation and Discussion on bylaws Led by members of the NOW Modernizing Working Group
Patricia Ireland, Co-Chair, National NOW Advisory Committee
Joanne Tosti-Vasey, NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Member

Register for the webinar

NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Election Meeting – Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
DC NOW and 51st State NOW invite you to the NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Election meeting at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, home of the historic National Woman’s Party. The Museum is accessible, meeting the standards of the accessibility checklist.

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Museum is located on a corner that offers street parking nearby, and is a 10-15 minute walk or brief cab ride from Union Station Metro on the Red Line and Capitol South Metro on the Blue and Orange Lines. Union Station is the location of Amtrak trains arriving to and departing from DC, and the Museum is also accessible via metro and cab from National Airport in Virginia.

The meeting will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Here is the agenda:

1:00 p.m. – opening and call for nominations to the Board
1:15 p.m. (estimate) – close of nominations, candidate speeches
1:45 p.m. (estimate) – close of candidate speeches, voting begins
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – voting, guided tours
3:00 p.m. – election announcement

Southeast Region
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

“The Future of Feminism: Forward Together”
Hosted by Georgia NOW

April 26, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Atlanta, GA (Closest Marta station – Edgewood Candler Park Station, 1475 Dekalb Avenue NE, Atlanta GA, 30307. Dekalb Avenue at Oakdale Road)

Main Event: Election of National Board Members
Want to run for the National Board? Please submit your name to one of the nominating committee members for verification of requirements:
Jackie Rodriguez – jackie[dot]rodriguez[at]hotmail[dot]com
Donna Slutiak – dslutiak[at]cfl[dot]rr[dot]com

Patricia Ireland – Keynote Speaker – “The Future of Feminism: Forward Together”

A call to action to work in coalition toward American women’s equality. This exciting conference features keynote speaker, Ms Patricia Ireland, author of What Women Want and long time president of NOW. NOW activists and leaders at this conference will engage in the continuing process of modernizing the organization’s structure. Workshops covering how to use social media to the best effect, Paycheck Fairness Act activism and working in coalition state-wide are offered. The feminist movement is still toiling to unseat privileged men and women in office who would stall and end women’s reproductive freedoms, block the end to gender discrimination in pay affecting women and their families, allow religion to discriminate in many areas of women’s lives including hiring; the list goes on. How do we best deal with and bring to an end ancient thinking and obstruction of women’s advancement?

Please come, learn, share, teach. The movement needs you.

Patricia Ireland has been improving women’s lives for most of her own. As the longest-serving president from 1991 to 2001, Ireland helped move NOW to the forefront of the political scene, build a strong, effective women’s movement and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist. With a deep understanding of the connections between women’s rights and other human rights issues, Ireland forged bonds between NOW and allies in the anti-poverty, civil rights, disability rights and LGBT communities, strengthening and broadening NOW’s commitment to justice for women in all of our multiple, often overlapping, communities. Her activism ranged from serving on the board of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to getting arrested at the White House over the continued ban on lesbians and gays in the military. She led the 1992 Global Feminist Conference in the U.S. and represented NOW around the world. Ireland created NOW’s Elect Women for a Change campaign, which played a pivotal role in making 1992 the “Year of the Woman.” Today Ireland continues fighting for social justice, in her professional work — as a labor attorney in Miami, she represents unions and their members — and in her volunteer activism. She co-chairs the National NOW Board Advisory Committee and is a key advisor to the NOW/PAC. In Florida, she is organizing the women’s community in support of Nan Rich’s campaign to oust Rick Scott from the governor’s mansion.

Tickets are $45 and breakfast and lunch will be included. There is also a sliding fee scale available.
RSVP today and pre-pay by clicking the Donate button!
Facebook Event
Georgia NOW website event information

Hotel Information: Hotel Indigo, 683 Peachtree St Atlanta, GA 30308

Room rates: $126 for 2 double beds, or $116 for 1 king bed for the nights of Apr. 25 and Apr. 26. NOW is holding a block until April. 10. Cancellation policy 24 hours prior to arrival. Rates and rooms may or may not be available after cut off date.

To make a reservation call 800-972-2404 or book online.

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. Taxi is $35 each way.
Cross Streets: Between Ponce de Leon Ave NE and 3rd St NE
Neighborhood: Midtown.

MARTA train is $2.50 each way (+$1.00 for reload able card). NORTH AVENUE Station is one block from the hotel.

Your guest will enjoy hotel features at Hotel Indigo including:

  • Plush Bedding
  • Complimentary Wireless Wi Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel
  • 24hr Business Center
  • 24hr Fitness Center
  • 24hr Grab-n-Go snack area
  • Complimentary Chilled bottle water at the front desk
  • Modern Furniture and Decor
  • Made to order Bar & Bistro with room service for breakfast and dinner

Our central location is convenient access to the Marta Subway station for easy transportation to and from the airport. We are within walking distance to a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, night lounges, and shopping.

Mid-South Region
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

May 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CT via telephone

Dial the toll free number (855)212-0212 then enter the Meeting ID: 354-117-083. You will be asked to announce your arrival.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Roll Call – Determine Active Members
  • Introduce Nominees
  • Nominees’ Speeches
  • Questions for Nominees
  • Election – Active members vote
  • Congrats and Celebration
  • Adjourn

South Central Region
Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

May 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. MT via Webinar

Request more information: Gilda Yazzie – aircod1 [at] frontier [dot] com
or April Emmert Maguire – april [dot] now [at] verizon [dot] net

Register for the NOW South Central Regional Webinar to be held online May 3, 2014 at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. MT

Great Lakes Region
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

April 4 and 5, 2014

Inn on the Park, 22 S Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703-3309

Website & Registration

Facebook Event

Prairie States Region
Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

April 19, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO

Northwest Region
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

May 17, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center (Formerly South Park Community Center), 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

Southwest Region
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, American Samoa, Guam, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

May 3, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center, 147 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Southwest Regional Conference Schedule & Registration Information (PDF)

For more information call: 520-572-1881
Register by email: catalinahall_9 [at] msn [dot] com