Are you as excited about the 4th Women's Summit as we are?
Join us for our opening program! Get ready to rally for the win and find out what to expect over the next 10 days. The opening program will include hearing from our 2020 candidates, celebrating our past accomplishments, and exploring what we will do together over the next 10 days. It will be exciting, informative, and invigorating.
Can't wait to see you there!
LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP: Owning Chaos
Session1 of 2
Chaos dominates our daily lives through our politics, and even now our public health. Del. Sam Rasoul and The Impact Center team are offering a virtual leadership bootcamp: Owning Chaos.
This leadership bootcamp builds on their Winning with New Power Training. During this 2-part session, we will examine what it means to lead in challenging times.
BADASS Women Organizers Flipping the Nation Blue Join the conversation as women organizers from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia share how they are getting out the vote in 2020.
Women have a unique way of organizing and have been an incredible force behind the blue wave. This empowering session will start off exploring how women were the agents of change by running for office in 2019 and creating an incredible ground game in Loudoun County, VA. Their work (our work and yours!) resulted in an historic Democratic win. Then organizers from Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will join the conversation as they compare and share strategies on how women are going to get out the vote in 2020.
Coalition Conversation Part 1: 2020 Legislative Unpack
Find out what worked and what didn't in the 2020 legislative session.
Come learn what worked and what didn't over the course of this year's legislative session from members of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition. Luisa Boyarski (Virginia Grassroots Coalition Coordinator) will moderate this conversation with Sharon Shuttler (Co-Chair, Clean Energy and Climate Working Group), Michelle Wooley (Leader, Coalition on the Right to Work), Brad Heywood, (Leader, Justice Forward Virginia) and Gary Broderick (Legislative Strategist, Rise for Youth). They will discuss what worked well and what major barriers were faced in advocacy, as well as how to prepare for the 2021 legislative session. After the panel, you'll have the opportunity to network with other summit participants in breakout rooms and discuss your personal experiences and goals with advocacy. Take a front row seat, from the comfort of your couch, and join us for this special and engaging conversation.
Coalition Conversation Part 2: Focus on Climate & Clean Energy Let's dive into the weeds to explore how grassroots voices greatly impacted environmental legislation in 2020 and what is planned for 2021.
Did you know that in 2020 the General Assembly passed the largest slate of clean energy bills ever in Virginia? This panel will discuss how climate change, clean water, and Dominion Energy were legislated during the 2020 session. Join Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Rip Sullivan, Ivy Main (Renewable Energy Chair, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club), Dana Wiggins (Director of Outreach & Consumer Advocacy, Virginia Poverty Law Center), Cliona Robb (Director, Thompson McMullan, P.C.) and Sharon Shutler (Co-Chair of Climate & Clean Energy Working Group, Virginia Grassroots Coalition) as moderator as they explore the important role that grassroots voices played in the process, and their hope for 2021.
Join us for an incredible power lunch discussion on how we need to approach getting out the vote this primary and election season. In the age of COVID-19, we need to be prepared for changes to how we've gotten progressive candidates elected. Neera will provide a national perspective, and Gaby will share her state level recommendations.
POWER LUNCH: 2020 Predictions
Political Forecaster Rachel Bitecofer and Swing Left Political Director Ashlei Blue will share their 2020 predictions.
Curious what current predictions are for 2020 races? This Power Lunch hosts two powerful women who have the answers. Rachel Bitecofer (Christopher Newport University) will give her predictions based on her Bitecofer Election Model, and Political Director Ashlei Blue from Swing Left will follow with a Senate Forecast. Get excited for the data-driven, down and dirty with these brilliant women!
Winning Essential Rights for Essential and "Nonessential" Workers Join the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy to discuss how to win essential economic rights to better protect workers, families, and especially women.
In this time of Covid-19, the absence of paid leave in this country has deepened the effect of this personal and public health catastrophe, leaving no one untouched. It is time to honor honest, hard work and put Virginia's families first. Join the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for a discussion on how to win paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and other essential economic rights for workers and their families.
POWER LUNCH: Getting Real on Race and Class
Come discuss what the last 10 years of racial and class inequality have looked like nationally and the cost of inequity on the lives of people in Virginia
Let's get real about race and class in America. This session, based on the NAACP's program, will discuss what the last 10 years of racial and class inequality have looked like nationally and in Virginia. Join this powerhouse group of black women leaders (Karen Boykin Towns, NAACP; Nayely Lopez, CASA; Dr. Melvena Wilson, Center for Advocacy and Research on Health Equity; and moderator Krysta Jones) as they discuss how Hispanic and African American communities have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, and what we can do as advocates, individually and collectively, to eliminate inequalities.
Raising Rural Voices
It's time we stop and listen to rural voices.
Join a discussion with elected officials (Delegates. Chris Hurst and Wendy Gooditis), advocates (Vee Fry of the Rural Caucus and Sister Simone of Network Lobby), grassroots activists, and moderator Lindsey Davis Stover (Edwards, Davis, Stover & Assoc.) on what it will take to win in rural Virginia. The purpose of this conversation is to raise the profile of Democratic voices in rural communities and come together to make Democrats competitive in every race throughout Virginia.
Cocktails & Conversation with Women Senators
Grab a drink and enjoy our virtual happy hour with all seven of the Democratic women of the Virginia State Senate*.
Curious about the inside scoop on what it's like to be a woman in the Virginia State Senate? Senators Jennifer Boysko, Barbara Favola, Ghazala Hamshi, Janet Howell, Mamie Locke, Louise Lucas, and Jennifer McClellan will share their insights into how women are affecting power in Richmond while still putting up with…well, you know. This entertaining happy hour will be a fun way to relate and to get inspired! It's an opportunity to hear directly from these incredible women in politics.
* Did you know the Virginia Senate has the highest proportion of women occupying seats in its history (11 of 40 seats).
POWER LUNCH: BFFs + Unlikely Partners – How Women Build Community
Collaboration is a powerful means of surmounting daunting challenges and gaining insights into the motivations of others. This session will teach you how to collaborate with your competitors instead of treating them as threats.
Rather than competing with others, why not harness the collective energy through collaboration instead? This is exactly the approach taken by Kate Viggiano-Janich and Amy Dagliano, co-founders of Rowan Tree, a women-focused co-workspace. Women are incredible community builders. In this Power Lunch, Kate and Amy will show how we can build each other up and bridge differences in business, politics, and life.
LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP: Owning Chaos
Session 2 of 2
Chaos dominates our daily lives through our politics, and even now our public health. Del. Sam Rasoul and The Impact Center team are offering a virtual leadership bootcamp: Owning Chaos. This leadership bootcamp builds on their Winning with New Power Training. During this 2-part session, we will examine what it means to lead in challenging times.
Let's Talk ERA – What's Next?
What's next in achieving ratification of the ERA in the wake of the Trump administration's lawsuits? Come learn how we are fighting back, and what you can do to help.
Even though Virginia was the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the Trump administration and ERA opponents are actively constructing roadblocks to ratification. Founders of the newly formed Virginia chapter of National Women's Political Caucus (represented by Andrea Miller, Kati Hornung, and Eileen Davis), along with Attorney General Mark Herring and Deputy Solicitor General Michelle Kallen will review where we are today, the future of the ERA, and how women can use their power to finish what we started nearly 100 years ago.
Media & Disinformation
It's time we stop and listen to rural voices.
Learn how we can counter mistruths and disinformation in the media.
Get excited for a session and a live Q&A with some of the people helping to shine a light on truth in the media. We all know how important it is to be able to distinguish fact from fiction and to identify conspiracy led rumors. Lilly Strieder from New Blue Interactive, Lori Coleman from DemCast and Mindy Burrell of the Woman's National Democratic Club are experts in countering mistruths and incorporating grassroots messaging. In 2020 the greatest threat to our democracy is the propagation of disinformation in social media and in the news.
Black Women Lead
Join Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, Senators Jennifer McClellan and Maime Locke, and a diverse group of girls of color with Girls for Change for a conversation on women and leadership.
Who runs the world? Girls! Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, Senators Jennifer McClellan and Maime Locke, a diverse group of girls of color with Girls for Change, and moderator Lisa Sales, Chair of the Fairfax County Commission for Women, will discuss the importance of messaging, mentoring, and encouraging young women to take leadership roles. They will also discuss public policies that affect young women in Virginia and what they are doing to advocate for these policies.
Finale Rally with 2020 Candidates
After an incredible Summit, let's celebrate by hearing from our 2020 candidates and get ready to win in November.