National Speaker Forum

The Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati

author and journalist DENISE KIERNAN

“Grit & Grace: Feminist Inspiration from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age”

*New Date-Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine 

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Following federal, state and local directives, Woman’s City Club has postponed its annual National Speaker Forum originally scheduled for March 30 and featuring Denise Kiernan. Woman’s City Club successfully negotiated a new date with Memorial Hall and Ms. Kiernan; the forum will take place Tuesday, May 18, 2021 same time, same place.

For those who have already purchased tickets to see Ms. Kiernan; thank you.  Your tickets(March 30, 2020) will work for the new date; you need do nothing to  change your tickets to the new date.

Feel free to contact Memorial Hall for questions and concerns by leaving a message for the box office at (513) 977-8838, and they will return your call as soon as they can. Cosponsors can contact Woman’s City Club by email ( or phone (513) 751-0100.

Thank you for your continued support of Woman’s City Club and for your understanding during this difficult time.

Underwriter and individual tickets can be purchased online at Memorial Hall or by calling (513) 977-8838. 

Co-sponsoring organizations only: order below.  The price of co-sponsorship is $300. That includes a listing in the event program, six program tickets, and two tickets to the private reception with Ms. Kiernan.

National Speaker


Origins of the National Speaker Forum

The club’s annual fund-raising National Speaker Forum brings to the community nationally-known women who speak on topics of current interest.

Each spring, Woman’s City Club invites a nationally known woman leader to speak to our community at its Annual National Speaker Forum. The event has become a time-honored tradition in the Greater Cincinnati area over time, drawing thousands of people to the events.

The Forum has become our major fundraising event, enabling the Club to fulfill its ongoing mission: to educate, empower and engage the citizens of Cincinnati to participate as active stakeholders in promoting the common good. Each year, we invite citizens and organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to support and cosponsor the event so that we can continue to provide the public leadership and civic education programs so important for our area.

The Status of Women Committee, under the leadership of Mary Wells in 1993, established the National Speaker Forum as an annual event. WCC and 28 co-sponsoring organizations brought Lani Guinier to Cincinnati for the event. Guinier had just testified at the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas for the U.S. Supreme Court. She  spoke about “her version of civil rights, as opposed to conservative opponents’ views” to a sold-out venue. This forum surpassed the organization’s initial fundraising expectations and netted a large profit. ”  Subsequent speakers and their topics are listed below.

— from “Lighting the Fire, Leading the Way” by Rachel Powell

National Speakers — 1994 to 2017

2019 Helen Thorpe “Searching for Refuge, Friendship, and Hope:Perspectives on Immigration-What does it Mean to “Be American” Today?”
2018 Martha Raddatz “What in the World:  Global Hot Spots and U.S. Foreign Policy”
2017 Maria Hinojosa   “Latinos and Immigration:  The US Mambo
2016    Isabel Wilkerson  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian  Black Migration to Racial Justice: Are We There Yet?”
2015   Mariel Hemingway, author, writer, mental health advocate: “Running from Crazy: A Life Journey with Mariel Hemingway”
2014   Candy Crowley, CNN political news anchor, correspondent: “The White House vs. Capitol Hill”
2013   Robin Wright, American foreign affairs analyst, journalist,  author: “U.S. Intervention: When is Enough Really Enough”
2012   Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist and writer, daughter of Robert Kennedy: “The Power of One: Stories of Inspiration for Women on the Cutting Edge of Social Change”
2011   Naomi Tutu, author, granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “Striving for Social Justice: Searching for Common Ground”
2010   Katty Kay, BBC America news host: “Washington from a Different Angle”
2009   Gail Collins, New York Times journalist, op-ed columnist, author: “Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics”
2008   Ellen Goodman, author, columnist: “The Political is (Too) Personal, the Media are (Too) Polarized and Television News is an Oxymoron”
2007   Diane Rehm, NPR host: “A Conversation with Diane Rehm”
2006   Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress: “Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change”
2005 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, National Public Radio reporter, South African correspondent: “Africa on the Edge”
2004 Michel Martin, ABC and NPR journalist: “Healing the Racial Divide: The Role of Hard Truths”
2003 Collaborative Agreement Forum with Ruth Cronenberg and panel: “Justice in Cincinnati: Progress and Challenges” [Barbara Ehrenreich canceled because of boycott against Cincinnati]
2002  Halima Addou, human rights activist: “A Woman Caught Between Military Repression and Islamic Extremism”
2001  Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation: “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof: The Requirements of Leadership”
2000 Terri Gross, National Public Radio Host of Fresh Air: “Terry Gross,—She’s Got People Talking”
1999 Molly Ivins
, author columnist: “Molly Ivins Can’t Say That — Can She?”
1998  Faye Wattleton, president, Planned Parenthood of America: “Sexual Politics: The Control of Women’s Lives”
1997  Pat Schroeder, Congresswoman: “Challenges in America’s Future: Women in Leadership”
1996 Dr. Joycelyn Elders, U.S. Surgeon General: “The Cycles of Poverty, Drugs and Violence”
1995  Susan Stamberg, National Public Radio commentator: “Talk, Talk, and More Talk”
1994 Lani Guinier, law professor, author: “The New Civil Rights”  









Co-sponsorship Organization Letter and Form

Past Speaker Programs