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History and Background

VisionForward was previously Vision 2020. 


Vision 2020 originated in 2009 at the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership on the campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, which continues to serve as its institutional home. It was founded by Lynn Yeakel, Director of the Institute.


Vision 2020 was launched publicly in 2010 when it held its first national event on Oct. 21 to 22. A congress of Delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for "An American Conversation about Women and Leadership." Its intent was to ignite a national discussion and accelerate the pace of women's progress by illuminating and eliminating the bias and barriers that perpetuate gender inequality in the United States. That discussion is ongoing and growing.