Conference Program and Summary

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2018
Friday, November 16th
8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Welcome

Ann Bookman, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
James Roth, Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Katherine Newman, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Martin Walsh, Mayor of Boston
Denise Schultz, Director, New England Women’s Policy Initiative

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Morning Plenary: Young and Running

Sara Guillermo, Moderator, Chief Program Officer, IGNITE
Sumbul Siddiqui, Cambridge City Council
Kesha Ram, former Vermont State Representative
Alexandra Curtis, Rhode Island National Guard

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Keynote Introductions

David W. Cash, Dean, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Rachael Rollins, Introduction, Suffolk County District Attorney Elect

10:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

Tarana Burke, founder #MeToo Movement, Social Justice Activist / Director of Girls for Gender Equity

Smith Hall, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

11:45 AM

Lunch and Coordinated Networking

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Achieving Equal Pay: State Legislative Lessons and Wins

Maya Raghu, Moderator, National Women’s Law Center
Kate Farrar, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
Cary Brown, Vermont Commission on Women
Genevieve Nadeau, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Policy Solutions for Low-Wage Workers: Fight for $15 and Beyond

Lily Huang, Moderator, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Georgia Hollister Isman, Rhode Island Working Families Party
Melissa Battah, Raise the Wage Coalition – Vermont
Yessenia Alfaro, Deputy Director, Chelsea Collaborative (invited)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Training

Kelly Nevins, Moderator, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
Judith Kaye, Judith Kaye Training and Consulting

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Young Women's Political Leadership Track Powered by IGNITE: Change the World as a Political Leader

Amy M. Zucchero, Chief of Resource Development & Communications, IGNITE
Sara Guillermo, Chief Program Officer, IGNITE

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Achieving Equal Pay – Salary Negotiation Workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment and the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Advancement

Samantha Washburn-Baronie, Facilitator, Women’s Office of Economic Empowerment, State Treasurer’s Office
Alexandra Howley, Facilitator, AAUW WorkSmart Boston office

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Policy Solutions for Low-Wage Workers: Fair Scheduling Challenges and Opportunities

Tania Del Rio, Moderator, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office on Women’s Advancement, Boston
Renee Ullea, Parenting Journey, Massachusetts
Dan Feltes, State Senator, New Hampshire
Mea Johnson, Restaurant Opportunities Council, Massachusetts [invited]

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Addressing Sexual Harassment

Andrea Johnson, Moderator, National Women’s Law Center
Teresa Tanzi, Rhode Island House of Representatives
Lisa Senecal, Vermont Commission on Women
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Vermont House of Representatives
Eliza Townsend, Maine Women's Lobby

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Young Women's Political Leadership Track Powered by IGNITE: Legislative Advocacy as a Political Leader

Amy Zucchero, Chief of Resource Development & Communications, IGNITE
Sara Guillermo, Chief Program Officer, IGNITE

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

4:00 PM

Closing Plenary: Is this A Moment or A Movement? A conversation on electoral strategies and grassroots organizing for transformative change

Honorable Charlotte Golar Richie, Former State Representative, former Mayoral Candidate, former Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination
Jahana Hayes, Congresswoman-Elect, Connecticut Congressional District 5
Moira Walsh, Rhode Island State Representative
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, former candidate for Congress, Massachusetts Congressional District 1
Nika Elugardo, Representative-elect, Massachusetts House of Representatives

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception honoring “Women Who Dared to Run” at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM