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Letters of Welcome

Letter from the Hon. Gloria Fox

MA State Representative, The Honorable Gloria Fox

Letter from CEDAW Education Project

Letter from June Zeitlin, Director of the CEDAW Education Project

Women’s Progress is Human Progress:
When women have equal rights, nations are more stable, peaceful and secure…. We believe that women are critical to solving virtually every challenge we face, and that strategies that ignore the lives and contributions of women have little chance of succeeding.
– Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

8:00AM – 9:00AM       Registration

9:00AM – 10:00AM     Welcome &  Panel 1:  Global and National Women’s Movement

  • History and Progress

10:00AM – 10:15AM    Young Women’s Program Begins – exit Ellsworth Theater

  • Discussions of the 12 critical areas
  • Become an effective advocate
  • Speak with legislators
  • Expand your network

10:15AM – 11:15AM      Panel 2: Successful Strategies in the Commonwealth

11:15AM – 11:30AM      Adult Women’s Program begins

  • Pick up Lunch and Head to Breakout Sessions

11:30AM – 1:00PM      Working Lunch and Break out Sessions

Young Women’s Session: Participants follow a separate strand from the adults to discuss the 12 critical areas of concern from the Platform for Action; from 10:15AM – 1:00PM with lunch in between.

Adult Women’s Sessions: Participants choose an area within the 12 critical areas of concern from the Platform for Action.  The 12 areas are paired up to create 6 areas of concern:


  • Connie Chow, Executive Director, Science Club for Girls
  • Susan Webber, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Pine Manor College

Institutional Mechanism & Power Sharing:

  • Rev. Cheng Imm Tan, Executive Director, City of Boston, Office of New Bostonians
  • Marta Rosa, Director of Government Affairs, Wheelock College

Girl-Child & Media:

  • Michelle Harrington, Executive Director, Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Kimberly Zouzoua, Director of Diversity and Community Collaborations, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Violence & Armed Conflicts:

  • Sayre Sheldon, Co-Founder, WAND
  • Brenda Lett, Former President of Manchester NAACP

Health & Environment:

  • Elisa Choi, Infectious Disease Medicine and Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
  • Leah Hart Tennen, MPH, CHES, LICSW, Manager of Group Mentoring, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Poverty & Economy:

  • Phyllis Killam-Abell, UNH former Commissioner of CSW
  • Marie Turley, Executive Director, City of Boston, Women’s Commission

1:00PM – 1:15PM          Report Out

1:30PM – 2:00PM         Closing Keynote Address

Reverend Dr. Gloria White Hammond

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