Emerge Vermont Annual Celebration of Women in Politics 2018

Mar 24 2018 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
UVM Alumni House
61 Summit Street
Burlington, VT, 05401

The Emerge Vermont Annual Celebration of Women in Politics 2018 will be an inspiring evening honoring Vermont Democratic women past, present, and future. The event will feature the presentation of the 2nd Annual Governor Madeleine M. Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award; an inspiring program of guests, speakers, and performers; and the graduation of the 29 women in our Class of 2018. This is the largest annual gathering of the Emerge Vermont Network and our largest fundraiser. We can't wait to share the excitement with all of you!

We're thrilled to announce that Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley will be a special guest and keynote speaker at the event!

Councilor Pressley is a Founding Board Member of Emerge Massachusetts and in 2009 became the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council. Since then, five additional women of color have been elected to the Council, four of them Emerge MA alumnae. In 2011, Councilor Pressley became the first woman of color, and first woman in 30 years, to top the ticket in a Boston election. During her time in office, she has created the City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities; worked on programs to provide pathways to graduation for pregnant and parenting teens, ensure Boston high school students receive comprehensive sexual health education, diversify economic and wealth building opportunities for women and people of color, and strengthen support services for families of homicide victims and sexual assault survivors. In 2013, she formed the Elevate Boston coalition to ensure issues uniquely impacting women and girls and the LGBTQ community were part of the 2013 Boston mayoral race debate. In 2015, Pressley earned the EMIILY’s List Rising Star Award and was named one of Boston Magazine’s Power Players. In 2012, Pressley was an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership and selected as a Truman National Security Project Partner. Just last month, Councilor Pressley announced she is running for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

The program will also feature remarks by Governor Madeleine Kunin and the winner of the Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as Emerge Vermont Class of 2018 Speaker Lauren Sampson, and former state representatives Joan Lenes and Tim Jerman. The Muslim Girls Making Change will also perform some of their incredible slam poetry.

We are seeking event sponsors and supporters to be recognized on program materials. Please contact Executive Director Ruth Hardy if interested (ruth@emergevt.org). Tickets can be purchased here. Early Bird Friend rate available until March 1, 2018.

Organizing Committee Members
Joan Lenes, Board Chair
Lisa Patlis, Board Member
Stephanie Thompson, Board Member
Valerie Carzello, Alumna
DeShan Foret, Alumna
Thea Wurzburg, Alumna
Ruth Hardy, Executive Director
Contributions are not tax deductible.
Paid for by Emerge Vermont, a non-profit, political organization.
Ayanna Pressley appears as a special guest. She has not provided or solicited funds for this event. 

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