Young Women Run New York 2020 | February 1, 2020

John Jay College of Criminal Justice | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Are you ready to flex your political power and ramp up your civic engagement? Young Women Run New York will connect you to elected leaders, train you on strategies to mobilize for 2020, and more. You'll build a squad of politically ambitious young women and leave empowered, activated, and ready to run for office - or campaign for a candidate you admire. Onward, to Young Women Run and 2020!

Agenda and Sessions Speakers Lunch with Women in Politics

Keynote Speaker: Valerie B. Jarrett

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, published in April 2019. She is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn and serves as the Board Chair of When We All Vote and the Co-Chair of The United State of Women. Jarrett also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Ms. Jarrett was the longest-serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. Read her full bio

Morning Plenary: Breaking Glass Ceilings 

Women in politics and business share one thing in common: they are both stalled at the same glass ceiling of 25% representation. Hear advice from three c-suite leaders on how to navigate male-dominated environments and make space for the next generation of female executives.

Panelists: Carla Serrano, CEO, North America, Publicis New York; Seema Hingorani, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; and Liza Landsman, Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Moderated by: Johanna Mayer-Jones, SVP of Partnerships at The Atlantic

Afternoon Plenary: Young and Running 

Women are running for office younger than ever. Meet friends of IGNITE and alumni who recently won or are running now, and hear how they are managing their grassroots campaigns.

Panelists: Samantha Perlman, Councilor at Large, Marlborough City Council; Amanda Septimo, candidate for NYS Assembly; Tricia Shimamura, candidate for NY City Council; Jessica Weaver, Newington Board of Education

Facilitated by: Zunera Ahmed, Community Board #13 Member

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