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. We're thrilled to welcome Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley as a special guest and keynote speaker at the event.

Governor Madeleine Kunin will present the 2nd Annual Governor Madeleine M. Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award to Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce. We will welcome 29 new alumnae to Emerge Vermont with the graduation of the 29 women in our Class of 2018.

5:00 - Cash bar, generous hors d'oeuvre, and mingling

6:00 - 8:00 Program of speakers & performers

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!

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.

Additional speakers and performers include:

Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint - Emerge Vermont Class of 2014

Ruth Hardy - Emerge Vermont Executive Director

Democratic Party Committeeman Tim Jerman - Emerge Vermont Advisory Councilor & Leader of Men for Emerge

Former State Representatives Joan Lenes - Emerge Vermont Board Chair

Winooski Planning Commissioner Lauren Sampson - Emerge Vermont Class of 2018

Featuring a special slam poetry performance by the Muslim Girls Making Change!

Event Sponsors

Fabulous Champion Level - $2,500
Phoenix Book Stores and Owners Michael DeSanto & Renee Reiner
Brave Trailblazer - $1,000
Inspiring Mentor Level - $500
Dottie Deans and Lydia Spitzer
Rep. Mary Hooper and Jim Slinkman
Joan Lenes
Susan Ritz
Shap Smith
Invaluable Partner Level - $250
Betsy Allen-Pennebaker
Rep. Jessica Brumsted
Rep. Maureen Dakin
James Ehlers
State's Attorney Sarah George
Lisa Hagerty
Christine Hallquist
Council President Ashley Hill
Senator Debbie Ingram
Tim Jerman
Speaker Mitzi Johnson
Governor Madeleine Kunin
Sue Minter
Lisa Patlis and Ken Braverman
Councilor Karen Paul
Treasurer Beth Pearce
Councilor Joan Shannon

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.
Emerge Vermont does not endorse or fund candidates.
Ayanna Pressley appears as a special guest. She has not provided or solicited funds for this event. 

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