There is power in online community. Now it’s time to take it to the next level.
#girlmedtwitter has brought you here. Maybe you’ve been following the hashtag from the beginning, or maybe you’re brand new to the community—all you know is, you’ve found your people. Navigating the complex world of healthcare? Narrowing the chasm between professionalism, feminism, and femininity? Needing a little help and support along the way?
Enter Girl Med Media, a non-profit organization formed by five women who live and breathe #girlmedtwitter. Joannie, Jen, Dehra, Amanda, and Pearl have made it our mission to turn the idea of a conference into a reality.
Taking place in Dallas, Texas from November 2-4, 2018, we are building Girl Med Live to bring together all of the wonderful women (and men!) who believe in promoting and supporting women, discussing issues affecting women in healthcare, and making sure we all have a seat at the table.
At Girl Med Live, we welcome everyone who wants to join in the community we’ve built online. We are here to grow our careers and make progress toward gender equity together.
The conference itself will consist of professional lectures that will provide CME credits for physicians, nurses, and advanced providers to learn evidence based ways for women in medicine to grow and amplify each other’s voices and needs. We will also feature events geared towards helping you build your professional network, on and off Twitter. And, of course, we will have the experts you know and love to help you create that perfect cat eye, find the best shoes for standing in the hospital all day, and otherwise maximize your professional appearance and experiment with some off-duty looks! #selfie, anyone?
All financial contributions go toward financing the conference, including venue fees, speaker fees, and other expenses that we need to make this event worthy of your delightful attendance. We are in process of seeking tax-exempt status, so your contribution may be tax deductible. Any pledge of $5 or more secures advanced access to registration! Is there any better way to ensure you’ll meet your faves, and maybe even find new ones? We don’t think so.
Translating the community that has surrounded #girlmedtwitter into a real-life forum is a tall order. We want to create an event that’s not only professional and educational, but also a whole lot of fun—kind of like you. In return for your generous contribution, we promise to do our best to make this event safe for anons and non-anons alike, to provide education that you can use, and to provide an opportunity to make and build meaningful social and professional connections.
Help us reach our goals so we can give you the conference you deserve!
All of our rewards come with a behind the scenes look at our journey to Girl Med Live 2018, as well as exclusive early access to conference registration once it goes live.
STRETCH GOALS (UPDATED!!!)
*Achieved!!!* At our first $1000, we will reveal the Girl Med Media promo video!
*Achieved!!!* Once we meet our minimum funding goal of $2500, we will be able to make the required deposit to secure the venue. The venue name will be revealed to the public once we hit $3000!
*Achieved!!!!* Reaching $4000 means we can advance-reveal the crowning achievement, and our favorite event, of this conference. We’re dying to tell you what it is!
At $5,000, we will be able to provide a dedicated pumping station for nursing mothers to pump in quiet and privacy, if they so choose. (In case it was not otherwise clear, breastfeeding or pumping is always allowed at all Girl Med Media events, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing. This just gives you a particular space to use if you want it.)
If we manage to get to $6000, we will reveal our second Super Secret Awesome Project that we plan to share with you!!!!
Once we hit $7500, the lovely Dehra will be hosting a live-stream exclusively for our Kickstarter backers, an AMA of sorts for you to get to know Girl Med Media even better.
In the event we make it to $10,000 or more, we will open up conference registration to EVERYONE. Premeds, high school students, family members--if you want to come, and we have the space, you’re in.
At $12500, we will reveal a new set of limited edition rewards, carefully created by each of our founders.
And if we make to $15,000, we will be able to bring Girl Med Live 2018 to you with online streaming and interactive events.
So help us get there.
Risks and challenges
This project is the springboard to Girl Med Live 2018. Your support here helps get a foot in the door with securing our venue, CME credit, and everything else that is going to make this conference amazing and worthwhile.
However, if we do not meet our fundraising goals, we will be unable to carry out the conference this year. Postponement to 2019--or indefinitely--would be necessary. We don’t want to see that happen, and if you’re contributing here, we know you don’t either!
In addition to putting great effort into event planning, including this Kickstarter, we have worked to find suppliers that offer products that we are proud to have in our scrubs, white coats, or vest pockets. In doing so, we have identified backups and contingencies that will allow us to fulfill our rewards, even if stretch goals are not met. If the minimum funding goal is not met, backers will not be charged, and therefore no rewards will be distributed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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