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YWCA’s Panelists For Our YWomenVote: A Non-Partisan Discussion on Economic Security

You can join CapTech and YWCA Central Carolinas for a panel discussion about Economic Security on August 13 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

This event will feature policy and subject matter experts discussing economic issues impacting women. The panelists will dive into efforts to improve equal pay laws, national paid leave (family or medical), and affordable childcare. Our panelists will also share examples of how to increase women’s economic security and how attendees can advocate on behalf of women’s economic issues.

This is a virtual event hosted on WebEx. You can register here. Our panelists include Dr. Michelle Meggs and Pamela Yuen, with a conversation moderated by Elena Broscious.

Dr. Michelle Meggs

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In February 2020, Dr. Michelle Meggs was named Executive Director of the Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) at UNC Charlotte. The W+GRA is an organization that works collaboratively with faculty, students and the community to provide opportunities for research and education on policy issues affecting women.

Her diverse background includes work in academia, the nonprofit world and ministry. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Meggs served as Associate Minister at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. In 2008-09, she worked as a Research Associate at Morehouse College in Atlanta, then spent 8 years as a Resident Director at Clark Atlanta University, supervising single-sex and co-ed residential halls. And just prior to joining W+GRA, Dr. Meggs served as JA Finance Park Coordinator for Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas in Charlotte.

She envisions the W+GRA becoming the place where scholars across the state and across the nation can come together to advance gender equity and social mobility. She hopes to connect community organizations doing work on the ground with university researchers whose research relates to women’s health, economic security, employment, civic and political engagement and violence against women.

“I believe research should have legs. The objective of the W+GRA is to share research and put that research to work by empowering local leaders to carry on this work to make a lasting impact,” Dr. Meggs said.

Dr. Meggs earned her B.A. in Political Science & Government from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University, and a Doctor of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University.

Pamela Yuen

Pamela Yuen is the Government Relations Manager at YWCA USA where she focuses on national policies relevant to YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. She has almost a decade of government relations and advocacy experience and regularly liaises with Capitol Hill on a diverse range of issues ranging from racial and gender-based violence and economic security to women’s health and safety.

Prior to joining YWCA, Pam served as the Senior Government Relations Coordinator at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she led the work with key stakeholders and advocates to advance the organization’s public policy platform on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. She also managed the AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps, organizing local AAUW members who speak out on Capitol Hill on a weekly basis concerning issues that affect women and girls.

Before joining AAUW, Pam served as Scheduler and Staff Assistant on Capitol Hill. Pam is a graduate of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she earned a dual degree in strategic public relations and campaign strategy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking, and adventures that will satisfy her sweet tooth.  

Elena Broscious, Moderator

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Elena Broscious is a Principal, Marketing & Operations at CapTech. She is an accomplished leader known for developing innovative strategies and best-in-class product solutions that delight customers. Her experience spans tech delivery, risk management, supply chain optimization, and product management; having driven $1B+ in value generation across her career. Elena has a passion for coaching and development, and is known for fostering innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Elena enjoys going to the mountains with her husband and three girls. She studied Renewable Energy at James Madison University and holds an M.S. in Program Management from The George Washington University. She will be moderating the YWomenVote Series: A Non-Partisan Conversation on Economic Security conversation.