Topic: COUNTER STRIKE + GIRL POWER IN E-GAMING – Stephanie Harvey
Description: Stephanie Harvey, also known as missharvey, is a Canadian video game developer and professional gamer. She is best known as a Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player, having won five world championships. She plays for Counter Logic Gaming Red. Outside professional gaming, Harvey works as a designer at video game developer and is an advocate against gender discrimination in professional gaming. In 2013, Harvey and other major female gamers co-founded the online community and streaming site Missclicks to help make gaming more welcoming for women and minorities — and to kick start discussion about the discrepancy in video game prize money for men and women. In December 2016, she won the third season of Canada’s Smartest Person. Stephanie will be interviewed by Liz Plosser, Editor in Chief of Women’s Health.
Topic: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE – The Aurora Games Champions
Presented by Women’s Health
Description: Join this spirited conversation about the rise of women in sports and fitness and its impact on future generations. You’ll have the chance for a Q/A with a group of Aurora Games competitors (to be announced) who will share their personal experiences of what it takes to compete, win and serve as a role model for the next gen of female athletes. Liz Plosser, Editor in Chief of Women’s Health will moderate the panel of world-class champions.
Topic: EMPOWERMENT + SELF-RESPECT – Judge Rosemarie Aqualina
Presented by the Times Union
Description: All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse. Judge Rosemarie Aqualina sentenced Larry Nassar in the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal. She made it her mission to give voices to Larry Nassar’s survivors and, in the process, emerged as a fierce support system, eager to create a safe environment for victims of abuse in her courtroom. Judge Aqualina is a highly outspoken and an engaging personality; she will discuss how athletes have the right to be protected from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She is an empowerment advocate supporting women to find their voices recognize how strong they are, powerful and full of potential. Susan Mehalick, Executive Editor Women@Work and City Editor at the Times Union will interview Judge Aqualina.