Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

2018 International Women's Day Forum "Uplift and Empower Women in 2018"

Both the event and parking are free, and light refreshments will be provided

Time: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Seventh Day Adventist Headquarters Amphitheater
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

In celebration of the United Nation's International Women's Day, the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives is hosting the 2018 International Women's Day Forum. The theme of the forum is "Uplift and Empower Women in 2018."

The forum will feature speakers covering topics including:

- The Journey to Self-Discovery and Personal Empowerment

- Career Transitions

- The Path to Self Actualization

- Overcoming Present Challenges to Achieve Your Purpose

- Exploring Your Inner Talents

- Finding Your Direction

- Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships

- How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Strategic Decisions

For more information contact:

Jennifer Gray, Director of Interfaith Outreach, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please RSVP here (required)


“Leftover in China: The women shaping the world’s next superpower” A conversation with author Roseann Lake

Free event and open to the public

Time: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Reception with light fare 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Presentation, discussion and book signing 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Church in Bethesda
5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Maryland

Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. One unintended consequence is an enormous gender imbalance with 20 million more men of marriage age by 2020. For families with an only daughter, the parents push these girls to study, excel in college and careers as if they were sons. Now living in economically powerful China, enough of these women have decided to postpone or forego marriage to spawn the label: “leftovers.”

Part critique of China’s paternalistic ideals, part playful portrait of the romantic travails of China’s trailblazing women and their well-meaning parents, Leftover in China focuses on the lives of four individual women against a backdrop of colorful anecdotes, with hundreds of interviews, and rigorous historical and demographic research to show how these “leftovers” are the linchpin to China’s future.

RSVP ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 3/11/18 due to limited space.

RSVP Today for the 2018 Governor's Ethnic Commissions' Joint Legislative Night

Time: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: House Office Building, Room 170 and 180
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Join the Governor's Commissions on African Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, Middle Eastern American Affairs, South Asian American Affairs, and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs as they host the 2018 Governor's Ethnic Commissions' Joint Legislative Night

Please RSVP here

Questions? Please contact Agnes Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


BAPS Women's Conference 2018 - Save the Date April 21

Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

This year's annual Women's Conference themed Resolutions: Bonds that Liberate, focused on positive resolutions that transform lives by transforming habits: accepting ownership, performing hard work, and making sacrifices.