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Vision 2020 National Congress

June 15 @ 11:00 am - June 16 @ 4:00 pm

Public Invited to Mika Brzezinski Interview, Curator’s Exhibition Tour and More!

  • MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will give an exclusive interview for the National Congress audience.
  • Curator Page Talbott will lead a virtual tour of Vision 2020’s acclaimed Seat at the Table Exhibition.
  • A panel of research leaders will discuss “What We Know” as a basis for shaping what comes next.
  • We will announce a rebranding of Vision 2020, with new initiatives to change the attitudes and institutions that perpetuate gender inequality.

That and much more is in store for all who register for free public access to Vision 2020’s 7th National Congress, June 15-16, for online viewing and participation. See program schedule below. Once registered, you can connect at any time to view any and all sessions and, in some sessions, participate by asking questions via chat or email.

The two-day National Congress will convene around the theme “Leveraging Our Power for Positive Change.” It will be the largest and most impactful Congress as well as the first to be a hybrid virtual event. The second day will begin with MSNBC star journalist Mika Brzezinski giving an exclusive interview conducted by Lucy Bustamante, an anchor for NBC10 and Telemundo62. Mika will share insights gained from her Know Your Value book and national initiative empowering women to assert their worth in the workplace.

Vision 2020’s national leaders, professional team and special guests will host the Congress via livestream from the lobby of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. That’s where Vision 2020’s “Seat at the Table” exhibition was installed immediately prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. The public is invited to join the Congress for a curator’s tour of the exhibition, which answers the question “where are we now” 100 years after women won the right to vote.

Since 2010, Vision 2020 has been convening its Delegates and leaders of its Allied Organizations at National Congresses in different locations around the country. At these high-energy gatherings, participants share important information, develop strategies and measure progress toward political, economic and social equality. Each Congress also strengthens connections among the participants and sparks collaborations for collective impact.

Coalition Member Registration General Public Registration View National Congress program book with full event schedule and bios of speakers and panelists

 

June 15: A Decade of Progress and Unfinished Business

10 Years in 45 Minutes

11 am – 11:45 am ET
Vision 2020 Founder and President Lynn Yeakel will take us through a fast-paced program tightly packed with look-backs and impact stories. A highlights video will bring to life a decade of Vision 2020 challenges. We’ll hear from National Leadership Circle members and Delegates as well as leaders of Vision 2020’s Women 100, who will sum up results so far and preview the grand finale coming up in August. Presenters include:

  • Lynn H. Yeakel – President of Vision 2020; director of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University
  • Rosemarie Greco – Executive advisor to Vision 2020
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson – Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania; Vision 2020 national advisor
  • Dianne Semingson – Co-chair of Vision 2020’s Women 100 Advisory Committee

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

BIO
Kathleen Hall Jamieson

In addition to holding three positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the author or co-author of 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press), which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers.

Kathleen is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Political and Social Science (past president), and International Communication Association.

In April 2020, the National Academy of Sciences honored her with its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.” In January 2021, Kathleen received the Benjamin Franklin Founder Award.

Dianne L. Semingson

BIO
Dianne L. Semingson

Following successful careers in both the public and private sectors, Dianne Semingson founded DLS International in 1992. Previously she served the City of Philadelphia as city representative and a member of the mayor’s cabinet. She also served the U.S. Department of Commerce as regional director and, upon leaving government, became director of government and industry affairs for ARCO Chemical Company.

Dianne serves Vision 2020 as chair of its Women 100 Advisory Committee, which helped plan the national 19th Amendment centennial celebration. She serves on the board of directors for several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including Urban Engineers, Avenue of the Arts (chair) and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (former chair). She serves on committees for the Committee of Seventy and Greater Philadelphia YMCA.

Recognition for Dianne’s business and community contributions have included Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business, “Woman of Distinction” from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the 2012 Woman One Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2016, she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians.

In 2020, she received the Y Honors Award from the Greater Philadelphia YMCA.

Rosemarie B. Greco

BIO
Rosemarie B. Greco

Rosemarie B. Greco has a history of “firsts” among her many prestigious titles, awards and accomplishments. She is and always has been determined to use her influence, power and advocacy to ensure that – in addition to being “the first” in any position – she would not be “the last” nor “the only” woman to achieve the same.

In her career, Rosemarie was the CEO of two major financial institutions as well as a corporate board director of nine publicly-traded corporations and many nonprofit entities. She has held several city, state and national positions, to which she was appointed by mayors, governors and a U.S. president.

Rosemarie has given hundreds of keynote speeches locally and nationally. She is renowned as a role model of leadership whose principles and practices have been cited in several articles and books.

Alongside her long-time friend Lynn Yeakel, Rosemarie held to build the infrastructure for Vision 2020. She remains an executive advisor.

Rosemarie attended St. Joseph’s University at night ad graduated magna cum laude. She has been awarded four honorary degrees.

Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM

BIO
Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM

Lynn Yeakel leads Vision 2020, the national gender equity coalition she launched in 2010. Since joining Drexel University in 2002, Lynn also has developed the Woman One Award and Scholarship Fund for underrepresented women in medicine and the university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum. Her second book, Majority Rules: Completing the Journey to Women’s Equality (2020), makes the case for women, who are 52% of the population, to have a 50/50 share of leadership positions.

Lynn was a founder and CEO of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation. In 1992, she ran for U.S. Senate, drawing national attention in what was called the “Year of the Woman,” winning the primary and nearly beating the incumbent.

In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to be mid-Atlantic regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lynn has been named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and has received the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award, the Lucretia Mott Award and the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause. She a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned a master’s in management from the American College.

What We’ve Learned

11:45 am – 12:45 pm ET
We are still learning the potential long-term effects of pandemic setbacks for women at home and in the workplace. In a virtual, interactive panel discussion, we will place the current moment in context by exploring what we know about women’s position in society, the changing landscape women must navigate and the particular barriers faced by women of color. We’ll hear from some of the sharpest analytical minds in the country, gaining the insights we need to seize this moment as an inflection point for positive change. The public is invited to join the conversation via chat. Vision 2020 program manager Elowyn Corby will introduce the panel, which will be moderated by Seramount CEO Subha Barry. See links to research by our moderator and panelists at the bottom of this page. Panelists are:

  • Nicole Mason – President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy and Research
  • Juliana Menasce Horowitz – Associate director of research, Pew Research Center
  • Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg – Senior partner at Fine, Kaplan, and Black; principal at the Red Bee Group; Vision 2020 National Leadership Circle

Elowyn Corby

BIO
Elowyn Corby

As the Vision 2020 Program Manager, Elowyn works to boost women’s civic engagement and turn out record numbers of women to vote. While managing a portfolio of Vision 2020’s Women 100 events, including the Women’s Leadership Forums and SHE Leads Road Rally, Elowyn works to ensure that Vision 2020’s programming empowers women to participate in the democratic process.

Prior to joining the Vision 2020 team, Elowyn ran grassroots advocacy campaigns around a range of issues, including fighting climate change, protecting workers’ rights and increasing public education funding. She has held leadership positions in electoral programs across the country.

Elowyn earned degrees in political science and peace education from Swarthmore College. While she grew up in Northern California, she’s been happy to call Philadelphia home for the last decade.

Subha V. Barry

BIO
Subha V. Barry

Subha V. Barry is CEO of Seramount, a comprehensive end-to-end provider of diversity, equity and inclusion services. During her seven-year leadership, Seramount dramatically improved margins, expanded its portfolio of offerings by building a consulting and learning business and refined its diversity best practices recurring membership platform.

Subha has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and NBC’s Know Your Value. Previously, Subha was SVP and chief diversity officer at Freddie Mac and led the firm’s foundation.

During 20+ years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was a managing director and the firm’s first global head of diversity and inclusion. She created the firm’s Multicultural Business Development Group to focus on wealth management in diverse and multicultural communities, bringing in over $8 billion in assets and $50+ million in annual revenues in three years.

A former adjunct professor at Columbia University’s SIPA, where she taught gender policy, Subha now serves on nonprofit boards aligned with her passions – education, cancer research and the advancement of women and girls.

A native of India, Subha holds a BA in math, economics and accounting from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in accounting from Rice University.

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

BIO
Dr. C. Nicole Mason

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). She is also an inaugural Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

A noted intersectional researcher and scholar, Nicole brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to IWPR. For two decades, she has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women, entitlement reforms and racial equity as well as policy formation and political participation among women and communities of color.

Previously, Nicole was executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

At the start of the pandemic, she coined the term she-cession to describe the disproportionate impact of employment and income losses on women.

Nicole is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and has written hundreds of articles on women, poverty and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been published by the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, The Progressive, ESSENCE, Bustle, BIG THINK, Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates.

Juliana Menasce Horowitz

BIO
Juliana Menasce Horowitz

Juliana Menasce Horowitz is associate director of research at Pew Research Center, where she helps oversee research on social and demographic trends. She is involved in all stages of the research process, including designing and managing major survey projects, developing questionnaires, analyzing polling data, writing reports and presenting survey results.

Juliana has conducted research and written on various social issues, including racial attitudes, cross-national views of gender equality, and the changing American family. She also has worked on the center’s U.S. politics and global attitudes research efforts.

Juliana regularly presents findings from the center’s studies to the policy and academic communities. She has been interviewed by numerous domestic and international media outlets.

Before joining Pew Research Center in 2006, Juliana worked at the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland.

She received a doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

BIO
Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

Roberta (Bobbi) Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on antitrust, complex commercial litigation, and class actions. She is also a principal in The Red Bee Group, a women-owned consulting firm that uses data-based initiatives and solutions to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues with respect to leadership, organizational and board excellence.

Currently a member of Vision 2020’s National Leadership Circle, Bobbi has served the organization since its creation in various volunteer leadership role. She has spoken and written extensively about gender equality and has chaired numerous organizations devoted to gender equality in the legal profession.

Bobbi has received many prestigious awards and honors, including being named as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and being inducted into the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame. The National Law Journal named her one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and also one of the country’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” and she was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar.”

Curator’s Tour of Equality Exhibition

1 pm – 2 pm ET
Curator Page Talbott will take us on a very special virtual tour of the stunningly designed “Seat at the Table” exhibition that shows how far women have come in their quest for equality and the unfinished business that remains. Vision 2020 executive assistant Keyonna Douglas joins Page and asks questions along the way. After the tour, Page will host a live Q&A with the audience. Page has been a curator, exhibition developer and interpretive planner for museums, historical societies, and historic house museums for nearly 40 years.

Page Talbott

BIO
Page Talbott

Page Talbott is director of museum outreach at Drexel University’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships and currently serves as project director for the Philadelphia History Museum Collection Evaluation.

Page and her Lenfest colleague Melissa Clemmer curated and managed the production of “Seat at the Table,” Vision 2020’s exhibition commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which is installed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Previously, Page served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary; chief curator of “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday; and creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in 2013.

Page earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and a master’s and doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Keyonna Douglas

BIO
Keyonna Douglas

Keyonna Douglas is the executive assistant to Lynn Yeakel, founder and president of Vision 2020. She provides high-level administrative coordination to support the planning and implementation of Vision 2020 programs and events.

Previously she served as a legislative analyst for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she assisted with drafting Pennsylvania legislation.

Keyonna also has been an education specialist in Iowa and assisted with a mentor violence prevention program which trained men and women to combat a variety of discrimination issues.

Keyonna earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy/criminology from Millersville University, and a Master’s degree from Drexel University in legal studies/criminal law..

What’s On Our Minds

2 pm – 5 pm ET
Members of the Vision 2020 coalition will engage in structured conversations on topics selected from a survey of their top concerns.Speakers include:

  • Terese Casey – Vision 2020 national fundraising consultant
  • Michael Chamberlain – Social impact, marketing, communications and branding strategist; NY Delegate
  • Rosemarie Greco – Executive advisor to Vision 2020
  • Robin Guadagnini – AR Delegate
  • Jeanie Heffernan – Executive VP and chief human resources officer at Independence Blue Cross; Vision 2020 Visionary Leaders Committee
  • Michelle Hong – Senior VP and managing wealth advisor at Northern Trust; Vision 2020 Visionary Leaders Committee
  • Joyce Lewandowski – Vision 2020 program director
  • Nicole Stephenson – Director of Society of Professional Women, an  Allied Organization; PA Delegate
  • Rachelle Suissa – President and founder of Dare to Run, an Allied Organization
  • Allen Riddick – Director of supplier inclusion at Drexel University; PA Delegate
  • Patience Talley – Director of Community Centers and Programs, City of Monroe; LA Delegate

Terese Casey

BIO
Terese Casey

Terese Casey is the national fundraising consultant for Vision 2020.

For over 20 years, Terese has been an integral part of U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s statewide political campaigns, participating as a surrogate speaker, fundraiser and trusted advisor.

Previously, as a CPA, she practiced with KPMG in Boston and Washington. She later worked in the corporate office of The Washington Post Company.

For over 30 years, Terese has been an active community volunteer for nonprofit organizations, including Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Dress for Success in both Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Terese serves on the boards of St. Joseph’s Center Foundation and the NativityMiguel School of Scranton.

She earned a degree in economics/accounting from the College of the Holy Cross,

Rosemarie B. Greco

BIO
Rosemarie B. Greco

Rosemarie B. Greco has a history of “firsts” among her many prestigious titles, awards and accomplishments. She is and always has been determined to use her influence, power and advocacy to ensure that – in addition to being “the first” in any position – she would not be “the last” nor “the only” woman to achieve the same.

In her career, Rosemarie was the CEO of two major financial institutions as well as a corporate board director of nine publicly-traded corporations and many nonprofit entities. She has held several city, state and national positions, to which she was appointed by mayors, governors and a U.S. president.

Rosemarie has given hundreds of keynote speeches locally and nationally. She is renowned as a role model of leadership whose principles and practices have been cited in several articles and books.

Alongside her long-time friend Lynn Yeakel, Rosemarie held to build the infrastructure for Vision 2020. She remains an executive advisor.

Rosemarie attended St. Joseph’s University at night ad graduated magna cum laude. She has been awarded four honorary degrees.

Michelle Hong

BIO
Michelle Hong

Michelle Hong is a founding partner and co-head of the Philadelphia office of Northern Trust, a global financial services firm. She has worked closely with business owners, corporate executives and high-net-worth investors for over 20 years, advising them on matters relating to wealth management, estate planning and philanthropy.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Michelle spent 12 years at the Brown Brothers Harriman investment bank. She began her career in private legal practice at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City and at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.

Michelle serves Vision 2020 on its Visionary Leaders Committee. She also serves other nonprofits: currently on the boards of Main Line Health and the Committee of Seventy, and previously on boards and committees of Philabundance, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Mural Arts Program, Independence Public Media Foundation and Pig Iron Theatre. In 2021, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to his Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Michelle earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and her B.A. from Duke University.

Joyce Lewandowski photo

Joyce Lewandowski, MA

BIO
Joyce Lewandowski photo
Joyce Lewandowski, MA

In her role as Program Director for Vision 2020, Joyce Lewandowski oversees recruitment, onboarding and support of coalition members including delegates, Allied Organizations and Women 100 Proud Partners. She brings nearly 15 years of experience in partnership development, strategic programming, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, building strong cross-organizational relationships.

Joyce’s approach to coalition building and program development is to foster a genuine and inclusive environment for underrepresented team members and constituents. This approach led to her success as the team lead on Women 100’s Spring Breakthru program for undergraduate college students.

Before joining Vision 2020 at Drexel University, Joyce held positions at Barnard College, The Masters School, and The City College of New York.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Millersville University and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Rachelle Suissa

BIO
Rachelle Suissa

Rachelle Suissa founded Dare to Run, a nonprofit that trains women how to run for public office in New York City. She wrote the business plan while studying in the graduate nonprofit management program at the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy. Dare to Run was launched shortly after she graduated in 2017 and its first cohort completed training in 2019.

Her current responsibilities involve overseeing activities of the Dare to Run board, recruitment of trainees and volunteer instructors, as well as monthly events and social media campaigns. Rachelle also manages fundraising operations for START Treatment and Recovery centers.

Her previous experience includes roles in nonprofit, educational and government entities. Rachelle served as board president of the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of NOW and has volunteered with NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. She was a political science professor in Brooklyn College’s College NOW and STAR programs. She has worked for the Henry Street Settlement, ROADS Charter High School and the NYC Department of Human Resources Administration.

In addition to her master’s degree from the Milano School, Rachelle has earned a master’s in political science from Brooklyn College and a bachelor’s from Pace University.

Allen Riddick

BIO
Allen Riddick

Allen Riddick is director, supplier inclusion, at Drexel University. He is responsible for internal and external supplier diversity, local and small business inclusion and sustainability alignment within Drexel’s Procurement Services. Allen works to ensure equal and open contracting opportunities for small, minority, women, veteran, service disabled and LGBTQ+ owned businesses.

Previously, Allen was the category manager of supplier diversity for Ricoh Americas, a global technology and office product company and director of operations for Alpha Enterprise Group. He was recognized in 2014 with the President’s Award, given to employees who successfully demonstrate collaborative efforts that improve efficiency.

Allen is involved with key organizations geared toward supplier diversity, procurement and civic engagement. He is the current council chair and board member for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council East (WBEC East), a member and former board member of ISM-Philadelphia and board secretary for The Philadelphia Frontiers International.

Allen is a graduate of the University of Delaware and a certified professional in supplier diversity through the Supplier Diversity Institute. He is currently working toward a master’s in supply chain at Drexel.

Michael Chamberlain

BIO
Michael Chamberlain

As an independent social impact, marketing, communications and branding strategist, Michael Chamberlain works with clients to design custom, replicable, scalable, sustainable and transformational workplace culture initiatives as well as associated brand and communication strategies.

Previously, Michael spent 16 years at Catalyst, the global nonprofit committed to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. His roles included vice president, community and convening programs, Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) community and strategic partnerships. Michael worked on institutionalizing the organization’s first brand management discipline to serve a growing global operation; developing Catalyst’s MARC initiative, its member community, brand and packaging; building the organization’s strategic partnership model and re-strategizing its global community and event model to serve as a best-in-class model for convening during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael also directly served Catalyst clients as a strategy consultant on programs related to social justice and employer-of-choice branding and communications. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of workplace inclusion, inclusive leadership and allyship, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and engaging men in workplace gender equity partnerships.

Nicole Stephenson

BIO
Nicole Stephenson

Nicole Stephenson, a Vision 2020 Delegate from Pennsylvania, has over a decade of experience leading and executing marketing, promotions, sales and events. Her passion is helping others overcome obstacles to achieve success.

She leads the Society of Professional Women™(SPW) for The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, which presents engaging and impactful programs to accelerate and expand the influence of women leaders, strengthen the business community and support the region’s nonprofit organizations.

In her other role as chief people officer for CollegeCast LLC, she presents college students with the opportunity to empower their own voices and take charge of their own outcomes through an experiential learning program in the podcast industry.

As a volunteer, Nicole serves on the Delaware County Regional Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. She is also an ambassador for Girls Spark, a nonprofit helping teenage girls learn, collaborate and overcome adversity.

Nicole previously worked at KYW Newsradio in both marketing and programming for over six years. She graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Robin C. (Hall) Guadagnini

BIO
Robin C. (Hall) Guadagnini

Robin C. (Hall) Guadagnini, a Vision 2020 Delegate from Arkansas, found her first job after college as an agent with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, the same firm her father had served – and both are still agents.In their family business, Hall & Hall, Robin handles pension plan administration, and provides life insurance products and services for individuals and businesses.

Robin has been involved with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for over 26 years and is a past board member. In her volunteer work, she is a Vision 2020 Delegate and has served the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Womenade, a group of local women leaders helping women and girls in need.

After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2002 at the age of 41, Robin became an advocate for women’s health, specifically breast imaging and early detection. She volunteers with Komen Ozark Race for the Cure and Casting for Recovery, which teaches breast cancer survivors how to fly fish.

Robin has launched two Vision 2020 projects for local junior high students: MEE (Mentoring and Empowering by Experience) Career Café and the Girls Who Code Club.

She was the second woman to obtain a degree in finance and insurance from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Patience Talley

BIO
Patience Talley

Patience Talley is the Director of Community Centers and Programs for the City of Monroe Louisiana. She manages and creates programs, policies and procedures for the seven community centers in her area. She is also on the steering committee of city leaders that are helping to build an early learning community for underprivileged children and families.

Her previous professional experience includes working as the Coordinator of Student Life and Spirit Groups for the University of Louisiana Monroe where she coached the ULM Cheerleading program to be named the 2020 Collegiate World Cup Champions in Orlando, Florida. In her role as coordinator, she also worked very closely with the athletic department and multisport game day operations.

Patience received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University where she also served as a student athlete cheering on the LSU Tigers from 2012-2015. She is a recent graduate of the Sports Management program at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Her passion and interest include empowering women and minorities to reach their full potential and seek leadership in their communities. She is a member of the ULM Women’s Symposium board, which is an organization that seeks to empower, motivate, and encourage girls and women from all backgrounds and all educational and professional levels to pursue their passions and seek leadership roles in their desired career paths. As a Women’s Symposium board member, she serves as a liaison between the board and the students at ULM and helped establish the Empower Board to garner student involvement. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Monroe and currently serves on the committee that prepares provisional JLM members to enter into their active year prepared and ready to serve our community. Within her role in the Junior League of Monroe she has worked with programs to help mentor and foster relationships with children, support the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank, and encourage growth in the Northeast Louisiana economy. She is also a former Rotarian and currently acts as the ULM Rotaract Campus Advisor.

She is the wife of Pastor DeRon L. Talley and she enjoys serving the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church of West Monroe through ministry and song. She and her husband are the co-founders of Journey 4 Success, a non-profit organization designed to develop, inform and empower young adults and teens professionally and socially through providing resources that can guide them to success. She is a proud mother of one daughter Demi Lee and loves serving her community with her family.

Jeanie Heffernan

BIO
Jeanie Heffernan

Jeanie Heffernan leads the People Strategy for Independence Health Group. In this role, she helps the organization attract and develop talent; advance a culture of engagement, inclusion, and innovation; and achieve business strategy and goals. Jeanie began leading human resources at Independence in 2011, with 25 years of experience in multiple business sectors, including health care insurance, technology, and banking.

Previously, she was senior vice president of human resources for Keystone Mercy/AmeriHealth Mercy Health plans, now known as AmeriHealth Caritas. Prior to that, she was chief people officer for Coretech Consulting Group, an IT staffing and project solutions company, and a vice president at CoreStates Financial Corporation.

Jeanie has been active in the nonprofit arena throughout her career. She currently serves on the boards of West Catholic Preparatory High School and Graduate! Philadelphia, She previously was on the boards of the People’s Emergency Center and The Veterans Group. Jeanie also has been an active volunteer with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia for more than a decade.

June 16: Completing the Journey: A Bold New Agenda

Our Value – Individually and Collectively

12:30 pm – 12:35 pm ET
Vision 2020 president Lynn Yeakel opens the second day of the National Congress with remarks about the afternoon agenda and introductions of the featured speaker and interviewer.

12:35 pm – 1:05 pm ET
In an exclusive interview for the Vision 2020 National Congress, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski talks with NBC10 and Telemundo62 anchor Lucy Bustamante about her Know Your Value book and national initiative empowering women to assert their worth in the workplace. Tune in for take-aways on playing by the rules (or not), adopting strategies men use to get ahead, avoiding hidden traps, who can (and can’t) negotiate aggressively, and how to stop sabotaging your own success.

Lucy Bustamante

BIO
Lucy Bustamante

Lucy Bustamante is the daughter of Cuban refugees who migrated to the U.S. in 1969. She was born and raised in New Orleans in a home that spoke only Spanish. The skills she learned as a child translating between Spanish and English were foundational to her vibrant role as a bilingual news anchor at NBC10 and Telemundo62.

Previously, Lucy was an anchor at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, VA. At the same time, she was a news anchor for La Selecta 103.3 at WVXX-FM, a Spanish language radio station. Prior to that, she was an anchor for WWL-TV in New Orleans, where she and her colleagues won a Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She also has co-hosted LIVE with Regis and Kelly.

Lucy is a two-time Emmy award winner, honored for her work anchoring the 2019 explosion of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions plant in South Philly. She also has received several Associated Press awards for best anchor and three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

She is passionate about serving the Hispanic/Latinx community and military families. She was the founding president, Philadelphia Chapter, of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has been involved with the Naval Officers Spouses Association.

Lucy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University.

Mika Brzezinski

BIO
Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the author of three best-selling books: her memoir All Things At Once (2010); Knowing Your Value (2011), which examines the role of women in the workplace, and was updated and re-released as Know Your Value in 2018; and Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own (2013). Mika released a sequel to Knowing Your Value in 2015. Titled Grow Your Value, it explores the intersection between self-fulfillment, family and career.

Most recently, Mika and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough were inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

Partnering with NBCUniversal, Mika has turned Know Your Value into a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth through her events and the website nbcnews.com/know-your-value.

Prior to joining MSNBC in 2007, Mika was an anchor for “CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes”. She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Mika is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a graduate of Williams College.

Where Are We Now and What Holds Us Back?

1:05 pm – 1:55 pm ET
There’s good news and bad news about women’s progress. Vision 2020 president Lynn Yeakel will lead a panel discussion with four charter members of the Vision 2020 National Leadership Circle in which we get clear on the barriers women have overcome in just the last few years, and we get clear on the barriers that still hold us back. Panelists are:

  • Barbara Roberts – Former governor of Oregon
  • Deborah Brittain – Past president and board chair of AJLI
  • Karen Kaplowitz – President of The New Ellis Group
  • Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg – Senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black; principal at the Red Bee Group

Barbara Roberts

BIO
Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts was elected governor of Oregon in 1990, becoming the first woman governor in her state and one of the first 10 women governors in the nation. During her four-year term, Governor Roberts was recognized as a strong advocate for environmental management, human and civil rights, and affordable housing.

Previously, Barbara had been Oregon’s Secretary of State, a state representative, House Majority Leader, Multnomah County Commissioner, a 10-year school board member, and a member of the Mt. Hood Community College board. She began her public service as a successful advocate for children with disabilities, working to help her autistic son.

Following her time as governor, Barbara spent a decade in higher education, focusing on state and local government leadership. She held positions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government.

A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Barbara is the author of three books and an active public speaker on leadership, women’s history and community teamwork.
Among her many honors, Governor Roberts holds honorary degrees from Willamette University and Portland State University. The Oregon Legislature named the Oregon Human Services building in her honor in 2006.

Karen Kaplowitz

BIO
Karen Kaplowitz

Karen Kaplowitz is a member of Vision 2020’s Leadership Circle and has been involved with Vision 2020’s mission since its inception in 2010 with a particular focus on recruiting national women’s non-profit organizations to support Vision 2020 as allies.

Karen is an attorney and business development strategist and coach to law firms and law firm partners. She has been an ardent feminist and advocate for civil rights throughout her professional life. She was the plaintiff in a landmark Title VII suit challenging the failure of her law school to bar discriminatory law firms from recruiting on campus, Kaplowitz vs. University of Chicago. She co-founded one of the first women-owned law firms in Los Angeles in 1974. Her civil rights work was recognized by California Women Lawyers with its first Fay Stender award in 1982. She created and has organized the Aiming High Awards in 2001 to support Legal Momentum’s civil rights work on behalf of women and girls since 2001.

Karen Kaplowitz has provided coaching support to hundreds of lawyers on professional development first as a law firm partner, and for the last 20+ years, as President of The New Ellis Group which specializes in business development strategy and lateral integration. She has worked with lawyers at a wide range of firms and has worked with lawyers at every stage from associates to counsel to partners to law firm leaders. She was recognized as one of the Lawdragon’s Global 100 Leading Consultants and Strategists to the Legal Profession in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Karen is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Barnard College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has been a senior advisor to the Seramount [formerly Working Mother Media] Best Law Firms for Women Initiative since 2016. Karen and her husband and business partner Alan Cohen live in New Hope, Pennsylvania and have one daughter, Elizabeth Cohen, who is a Philadelphia-based floral and plant designer.

Deborah Brittain

BIO
Deborah Brittain

As a 2010 Charter Member of Vision 2020 and the Leadership Circle, Deborah is the Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Association of Junior Leagues International and the former Executive Vice President of Preod Corporation, an executive search firm founded by her late husband Willard Brittain. Her volunteer service has expanded the fields of education, family and child services, health, social justice and the arts. In part, she served 15 years as a trustee of Simmons College where she earned her MSW; 10 years on the Advisory Board to the Dean of Harvard Business School; 7 years on the board of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation; 5 years on the board of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra; and 17 years and counting on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army. Since 2013, Deborah has managed private scholarships in partnership with the NAACP of Arlington, Virginia; the Progressive Life Center of Washington, DC and Delaware; The KEO Foundation of Maryland and The Women of the Dream program in Camden, New Jersey. In addition, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the NAACP. She is an Alumna member of the Links, Incorporated and a Sustaining member of The Junior League of Northern Virginia.

Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

BIO
Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

Roberta (Bobbi) Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on antitrust, complex commercial litigation, and class actions. She is also a principal in The Red Bee Group, a women-owned consulting firm that uses data-based initiatives and solutions to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues with respect to leadership, organizational and board excellence.

Currently a member of Vision 2020’s National Leadership Circle, Bobbi has served the organization since its creation in various volunteer leadership role. She has spoken and written extensively about gender equality and has chaired numerous organizations devoted to gender equality in the legal profession.

Bobbi has received many prestigious awards and honors, including being named as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and being inducted into the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame. The National Law Journal named her one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and also one of the country’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” and she was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar.”

The Future of Vision 2020 and Our Bold New Agenda

1:55 pm – 2 pm
Vision 2020 president Lynn Yeakel announces a new name, new logo, refined gender equity mission, and refocused strategies to address economic equity and civic participation.

Where Are We Going? FORWARD!

2 – 2:05 pm ET
Vision 2020 program director Joyce Lewandowski will introduce this session, in which members of the Vision 2020 coalition will engage in a panel discussion about civic participation and hear a presentation on economic equity. Virtual participants are invited to ask questions throughout.

2:05 – 2:45 pm ET
Civic Participation Panel Discussion
Moderated by FL Delegate Madelon Stewart, the panel will focus on getting more women into elected office. Panelists will share their experiences in training to run for office and running. They also will discuss voting trends and voter suppression bills that continue to be introduced across the nation. Participants can ask questions throughout. Panelists include:

  • Kimberly Olson – Retired colonel, U.S. Air Force; TX Delegate
  • Krysta Jones – Founder and CEO of Vote Lead Impact, an Allied Organization

Krysta Jones

BIO
Krysta Jones

Krysta Jones has committed her life to public service and developing leaders. She is passionate about the power of politics to change lives.

Krysta serves as inaugural director of the Virginia Promise Partnership, a coalition that aims to achieve access to affordable, quality childcare for all Virginia families by 2030. She is the voice of the coalition before policymakers and the media, and she oversees the Virginia Promise advocate community.

In 2006, Krysta founded Vote Lead Impact to educate Black leaders about the political process. She has served as director of outreach for two members of the U.S. Congress.

Krysta has held leadership roles in several local, state and national organizations. Currently, she is president of the National Women’s Political Caucus – Virginia, and national co-chair of the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative.

Madelon V. Stewart

BIO
Madelon V. Stewart

Madelon V. (Maddie) Stewart has enjoyed a meaningful career with a variety of roles and responsibilities at educational institutions in NY, NJ, and PA. She has been an active community member wherever she has lived. Upon retiring in 2013, she moved to Fort Myers, FL, where she pursues her love of nature and archaeology.

Her experiences in education include director of a Head Start Center; mentor and supervisor of aspiring teachers at Teachers College, City College of NY and Rider University; director of non-credit programs for Temple University; and consultant on development and implementation of a national performance-based Assessment for Learning project.

A longtime community volunteer, she currently sits on the Fort Myers Mayor’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the governing board of the Progressive Women of SW FL, the SWFL Community Foundation and the board of the Sanibel League of Women Voters.

A Vision 2020 delegate since 2017, she is inspired by Vision 2020’s goal to gain full equality for women and by the resources available from all the Allied Organizations.

Maddie earned a master’s degree from the Bank Street College of Education in NYC as well as an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Kim Olson

BIO
Kim Olson

Kim Olson is a 25-year combat veteran, trail-blazer in the first generation of female military pilots and staunch advocate for women.

She has run for office at the local, state and federal level. In 2020, she ran in Texas’ 24th Congressional District, won an 7-way primary, but lost the run-off. In 2018, she ran a statewide campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, garnering more votes than any woman in the state’s history. Previously she won election and served two terms on a suburban school board.

During a two-year tour promoting her book Iraq and Back, Inside the War to Win the Peace (Naval Institute Press, 2006) Kim was featured on CNN, FOX radio, and national talk shows.

A strong advocate for women veterans, she founded Grace After Fire, a nonprofit helping them gain equitable access to care. During the 2018 election cycle, she started WomenWin, a political action committee that supported over 100 women candidates across the state.

Today, Olson works to train the next generation of women leaders and teaches on her sustainable Texas ranch, which grows organic pecans and peaches.

Recognitions for Kim have included induction into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame and the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. She holds three master’s degrees and is a graduate of MIT Seminar XXI and Board Superintendent Academy.

2:45 – 3:15 pm ET
Economic Equity Presentation
TBD

3:15 – 3:30 pm ET
Closing Remarks
Vision 2020 president Lynn Yeakel will wrap up the National Congress and encourage participation in the next steps.

 

Links to research shared by “What We’ve Learned” moderator and panelists

 

Subha Barry, Seramount

 

Nicole Mason, PhD, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research

 

Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center

 

Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg, Fine, Kaplan, and Black

Details

Start:
June 15 @ 11:00 am
End:
June 16 @ 4:00 pm
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Website:
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Organizer

Women 100

Additional Info

Event Sponsor
SEI, QVC/Qurate, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Registration required
Yes

Venue

The Kimmel Center
300 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Website:
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