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Oct 28, 2021

This month, Jason and I reached out to speak with three of the co-founders of Women’s March SLO. These three women--Dawn Addis, Andrea Chmelick, and Jen Ford--are movers and shakers in our midst, dedicated to advancing the status of women and girls, speaking truth to power and weaving a legacy of justice and democracy in action!

Dawn Addis reminds us of the importance of continuing to make change when she says, “From representation, to the wage gap, to childcare, to reproductive rights and the #MeToo movement, there is no shortage of ways we must continue to make change.” Whatever can be accomplished, will be accomplished by our guests! Join us to find out how!



Andrea Chmelik is an activist, writer, speaker and communications professional. She grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, a country that no longer exists. Bearing witness to changing regimes, and both the rise and crumbling of democracy, she is passionate about social justice and community engagement. Andrea's work is focused on empowering, supporting and advancing women through policy, education and direct action. She is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Women's March SLO, Chair of the SLO County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and a Principal Officer at Shatter PAC. As a communications professional and social media strategist, she leverages the power of positive messaging to amplify diverse voices and encourage peaceful action. She is an ardent cat lover, eternal optimist, and considers coffee essential. Contact Andrea at

Jen Ford is the CEO of Rock Harbor Marketing (a female-majority owned company), Co-Founder of Women's March San Luis Obispo, and was recently appointed to the Morro Bay City Council. She has participated in the community in various ways, from PTA to serving on the Morro Bay Planning Commission. Jen enjoys troubleshooting, planning, bringing people together, and lending a hand when there's a need. Watching scary movies and hiking local trails with friends and family are a few of her favorite ways to unwind. Contact Jen at

Dawn Addis is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Women’s March San Luis Obispo. She is also a Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund Board Member, founder of Shatter PAC, a new Central Coast initiative focused on electing women, and a Morro Bay City Councilmember. She has been a 24th District Congressional Woman of the Year and State of the Union guest. In 2020 she was a candidate for State Assembly District 35 and earned the most votes of any candidate from her party ever. Ms Addis has served the community in a variety of ways from youth soccer coach to Finance Advisory Committee appointee. Dawn Addis has a deep passion for community building, change-making, and chocolate. Say hello to her at



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