March 2021 Summit

Our 2021 Post-Summit Report is now available.

The report details the recommendations for our 2021-2023

research cycle focus and future planning.


Link to 2021 Post-Summit Report


Thank you for helping make the 2021 Summit great!

March 10th was a day of sharing, learning, and community dialogue.

Click here for more information about our panels, speakers, and activities.

Our e-Program is available online or on this page.  The Zoom links are no longer active but all of the recorded sessions will be online soon!




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March 10, 2021

8:30 am - 4:00 pm on Zoom


The Women + Girls Research Alliance partnered with Ally Financial and Bank of America to present a research summit in March 2021, focused on education, employment, health, the impact of COVID-19, and dialogue centered around the economic mobility of women and girls in our community. 

The Summit, a biennial event that brings together researchers, students, and community partners to focus on national, state and local issues affecting women and children, took place Wednesday, March 10  from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. 

The Summit Schedule:

Time Session Detail
8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome and Call-to-Action

  • Dr. Michelle Meggs, Executive Director of Women + Girls Research Alliance
  • Dr. Byron White, Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement
  • Ms. Natalie Brown, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Ally Financial
  • Ms. Christine Katziff, Chief Audit Executive, Bank of America
9:00 - 10:00 am

Women in Leadership Plenary Conversation

Supported by Ally and Bank of America

  • Dr. Sharon Gaber, Chancellor
  • Dr. Joan Lorden, Provost
  • Ms. Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager
10:30 - 11:30 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

A. Reporting on the Status of Women and Girls in North Carolina

B. COVID-19 and the Spanish Speaking Diaspora

C. Educational Equity: Technological Access as a Social Determinant of Health

D. Economic Equity: Closing the Gender Pay Gap


11:45 am - 1:00 pm

12:45 - 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

Seed Funding Recipient Presentations on YouTube

Conversations and Trivia

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

E. The State of Our Girls

F. A Pandemic Within a Pandemic: Intimate Partner Violence

G. A Gendered Lens on Affordable Housing and Homeslessness

2:30 - 3:00 pm Breakout for Conversational Sessions - What do You Think?
3:15 - 3:30 pm Closing and Report-Out
3:30 - 4:00 pm Thank You


“The summit’s theme, Recovery and Discovery: Women and Girls in a Dual Pandemic, hopes to examine what policies and practices are successes, as well as what we can collectively learn from the challenges this unique moment in history has presented to us. Moreover, it is our hope that participants will leave the summit with definitive ideas on how to build a strong future for women and girls and help guide the Alliance’s research agenda for the next two years. said Dr. Michelle Meggs, who was named Executive Director of the Alliance in Feb. 2020.