2017 Convention Speakers

There are already outstanding speakers lined up already (and we're not done!)

Friday evening our featured speaker will be Mark Hopkins, interim CEO of AAUW. Click HERE for a short  bio. Mark joined the AAUW staff in January of 2013 as the Chief Strategy Officer. In July of 2016 he additionally took on the position of Interim CEO after the retirement of Linda Hallman.

NEW - view a video of the Sunday morning Town Hall with Mark - click HERE!


 Saturday morning the opening plenary topic will be:

"The Streets Belong To the People" 1912 BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
What today's activists can learn from the New York City suffrage campaign leading to state-wide victory in 1917"

presented by by Louise Bernikow. Ms Bernikow writes and speaks about American women and social movements, especially Women’s liberation, Second Wave Feminism and the fight for women’s voting rights. She connects the past to the present, seeing historical roots in today’s conflicts: she can expound on the uneven distribution of power and how to change this paradigm in women’s favor. She is the author of nine books, including Among Women and the World Split Open, a former Fulbright Fellow, a Lowenstein Fellow at the Jewish Archives, the founder of two women’s studies programs and has been in print from the debut of Ms Magazine to her blog in the Huffington Post. Read more about her HERE or check her website HERE. She also has a very interesting article on the CNN website - read it HERE!

Our LAF litigant, speaker at the Saturday lunch, is Susan Daria Landino (formerly Burhans). She accepted a position at Yale to develop campus safety programs and strategies to ensure Yale’s compliance with Title IX and related laws. Unfortunately, she did her job too well and found herself a victim. Read more about her and her AAUW-supported discrimination suit HERE or check for updates on the AAUW website HERE.


" Doing Power Differently"
The keynote speaker for our Saturday dinner is Michelle Rivera Clonch, PhD, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. With 20 years experience in higher education and non-profit organizations, she combines her leadership expertise with deep research in the fields of mental health, gender justice, peace and conflict analysis, mindfulness, and capacity building to develop curriculum and facilitate workshops. Read more about her HERE or read about the center on their website - click HERE.