By Lynn Yeakel
Completing the unfinished business of women’s equality is not a simple task. While Vision 2020's national reach provides resources and touchpoints in each state, managing collaboration among many groups all over the country has its challenges. Nothing can replace face-to-face meetings and planning sessions for action—which is why the Vision 2020 National Congress is so important.
From September 27-29, Vision 2020 will convene its national coalition of Delegates and Allied Organizations from across the U.S. at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The Congress theme, "Paths to Shared Leadership," reflects a focus on the work to achieve Vision 2020's goal of 50-50 shared leadership among women and men in business and government.
I am pleased to announce some highlights of the evolving agenda that demonstrate our commitment to connecting and collaborating for positive change.
- Keynote address by Jewelle Bickford of Paradigm for Parity. If the name Paradigm for Parity sounds familiar, it may be because it was featured in an an April 15th “60 Minutes” story about addressing the gender wage gap. Jewelle Bickford is a founding member and co-chair of Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of business leaders committed to achieving gender parity at the senior levels of all major corporations by 2030.
- Engaging men as allies to achieve gender equality. Ted Bunch, chief development officer at A Call to Men, is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. He will share the work that his organization is doing and provide insights on how to engage men as allies of women in the workplace. A shared leadership panel discussion, moderated by Take the Lead’s Gloria Feldt, will include Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane of Thirty Percent Coalition and Joycelyn Tate of Black Women’s Roundtable.
- 19th Amendment centennial plans. Vision 2020’s Women 100—celebrating 100 years of women’s voting rights—is less than two years away. In addition to events planned for Philadelphia, Vision 2020 has nationwide programming such as the Toast to Tenacity™ and a voter mobilization initiative to turn out record numbers of women in the 2020 election. This session invites others to describe their plans to commemorate the 19th Amendment centennial. It’s all about collective impact!
When and How to Register
Reservations for the three-day Congress may be made online as of May 1. Space is limited, so mark your calendars to sign up next week! The early bird registration fee is $150; starting on August 1, the standard registration fee is $250.
Non-Congress attendees who would like to attend the keynote addresses can do so for a fee of $30; registration for those events will be handled separately.
Stay tuned for registration to open on Tuesday, May 1. Feel free to contact Joyce Lewandowski if you have any questions about National Congress or the public sessions. See you in Miami!