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DWT Workshop 2015

We are excited to share that our website has gotten a brand new look! On behalf of DWT, we would like to thank CSD for their tremendous in-kind service in the development of this website. Thank you, CSD! Please take a moment to check out the website which tickets may be purchased for the DWT 2015 Workshop scheduled for February 28, 2015. Tickets are FREE for all deaf and hard-of-hearing women in Austin and surrounding communities! Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. We ask that you make a donation to the SafePlace’s #whowillanswer campaign. You can make the donation at the event or online right now! Click the “Donate” button below!

Here are the details for the workshops below:

Saturday, February 28, 2015
9AM – 4PM

Workshop #1: “Unwrapping your Passion – At Any Age”
Presenter: Karen Putz
9AM – 12PM @ CTE MPR room at Texas School for the Deaf

This fun, interactive workshop is designed to provide clarity about your life purpose and passions. You will learn your top 5 Passions through a self-assessment test and create a life you love.

karenputzPresenter: Karen Putz is one of 40 Deaf Pearls and the author of six books including Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Happiness. Karen is a highly recognized motivational and dynamic speaker who has been personally trained by co-author Janet Attwood of New York Times bestselling book, “The Passion Test.” Karen’s greatest passion is barefooting which you may learn more about via her website

LUNCH BREAK: 12 PM – 1PM (lunch is on your own)

Workshop #2: “Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense Workshop”
Presenter: Angela maria Nardolillo
1PM – 4PM @ Texas School for the Deaf – Clinger Gym

Have you ever wanted to learn how to protect yourself against a much larger and stronger opponent? Come learn the world’s most efficient form of self defense against the 15 most common attacks identified by law enforcement and survivors. From hair grabs, choke holds and being pinned to the ground with a weapon.

angelanardolilloPresenter: Angela Maria Nardolillo is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu “Women Empowered” Self Defense Instructor. She is Hard-of-Hearing, fluent in various languages including ASL, a Game Designer and travels the world to bring supplies, support and empowerment to the Deaf/HOH and CODAs. You can learn more about her adventures at Angela Maria Off The Grid.

What to wear: Yoga or sweat pants, T-shirt that covers your shoulders, no jewelry and bare feet.

Should you have any questions, please contact event coordinator, AnnMarie Killian, at

Highlights of DWT

We recently hosted, along with DWU, a Backyard Soiree in Austin that was a smashing success. More than fifty people attended and the funds raised are going towards deaf youth in Austin and to build a DWU scholarship fund so more deaf women are able to attend DWU conferences and get a lifetime opportunity of professional and personal growth. Continue Reading…

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