The Summer Monster Update Is Here!


While the website and twitter accounts have been still, our heroes, disguised as mild mannered organizers, have been busy behind the scenes seeing to all the details needed to make this a gloriously successful event!

First and foremost, if you did not get your ticket during the Kickstarter, do not fret! It’s not too late. Tickets are available for purchase here! Student rates are available.

We have acquired space in the Historic Humphrey Conference Center on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank. The center is ADA compliant and situated on light rail.

Secular Women Work is committed to making the conference an accessible space, particularly for those from resource-limited settings. Scholarships include paid conference registration and a travel stipend, where available. Despite being a small, first-year conference, we have a selection of scholarships available. Members of underrepresented groups within the secular movement are encouraged to apply.

To make planning your trip as easy as possible, we have included a list of accommodations and dining options which includes many vegan and gluten free choices

Our schedule is starting to take shape as we add more fascinating speakers, including:

  • Debbie Goddard, Director of Outreach for Center for Inquiry and Director of African Americans for Humanism
  • Amy Monsky, Executive Director of Atheist Alliance of America
  • Heather Hegi, past Board Chair and current Secretary of Minnesota Atheists
  • Hiba Krisht, writer, apostate, and mental health advocate
  • Monette Richards, President of the Center for Inquiry, Northeast Ohio and director of Secular Woman
  • Stephanie Montgomery, Vice President of Secular Avenue
  • Miri Mogilevsky, co-founder of Help Without Heaven

The topics for our panels and workshops are coming together as well. Check out:

  • The current challenges facing the secular movement
  • Activism for newbies
  • Assertive communication
  • Self-care and avoiding burnout
  • Lobbying
  • Getting the most out of your social media
  • Managing volunteers
  • Fundraising
  • Making sure your activism is effective
  • Reproductive justice activism beyond clinic escorting
  • Building inclusive communities

We’re adding more speakers and topics every day as we get the final details pinned down.

Our code of conduct is coming soon! If you want a preview, we’re basing it on the policy from Skeptech last April. We’ll be updating it with some guidelines for making discussion in workshops productive and inclusive, but the core of the policy worked well and won’t change.

And now, a word about our sponsors…

Secular Woman Work is made possible, in part,  by C.A.S.H., Minnesota Atheists and Secular Woman. We are highly grateful for the hard work and generosity of each of these organizations and cannot thank them enough.



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