Saturday, January 26, 2019

Hosted at Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210


Join us for an action-oriented conference focused on strategies for stepping up and owning your political power.

Elected leaders and politically ambitious young women, like you, will share how to best position yourselves as public leaders. You will leave inspired, activated, and ready to run!

Young women’s political leadership conferences are a core component of IGNITE's training strategy. These conferences include skill-building workshops, plenaries on policy topics, roundtable lunch discussions with elected women, and keynote addresses from prominent female political leaders.



More to be announced soon!

Speaker Bios

Catalina Cruz

New York State Assemblywoman-elect
New York State Assembly, 39th Assembly District

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Candidate, Public Advocate for the City of New York; and Former Speaker, New York City Council

Morning Plenary: Gen Z organizers at the forefront of national activism

Young female activists share how they are channeling their passion and mobilizing their peers to make lasting positive change on their campuses and across communities - paving the way to their own runs for office in the near future.  

Zunera Ahmed

Field Manager, Max Rose for Congress

Deja Foxx

Activist and Organizer

Jazmin Kay

Executive Director of

Afternoon Plenary: Lessons Learned from My 2018 Race

2018 saw a dramatic increase in the number of women who ran for office at the local, state and federal level. Meet first-time candidates - some who won and some who lost - and hear what lessons they learned from their first time on the campaign trail. Panel moderated by Andrea Stanley of Cosmopolitan.

Senator Jessica Ramos

New York State Senate

Amanda Nora Septimo

Community Activist and Former Candidate

Nayma Silver

Democratic State Committee Woman at Silver Consulting Services, Inc.

Panel: Staffing a Campaign

It takes a village to run for office, and there’s no better way to learn how to run than working on a campaign. Explore campaign staff roles and learn how they come together to implement a winning strategy. Moderated by Zunera Ahmed, Field Manager with Max Rose for Congress.

Abbey Cook

Campaign Manager, Max Rose for Congress

Sharon Lee

Deputy Borough President, Office of the Queens Borough President

Rebecca Nieves

Chief of Staff, New York Assembly

Elected Guests & Candidates

Elected Bios

  • Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, New York Assembly District 72 
  • Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens, New York Assembly District 70
  • Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Bronx’s 16th Council District
  • President Melinda Katz, Queens Borough
  • Nomiki Konst, Candidate at Public Advocate for the City of New York
  • Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino, New York Assembly District 9 
  • Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson, New York Assembly District 43
  • Jasi Robinson, Candidate, New York State Senate
  • Tricia Shimamura, Candidate, New York City Council, 2021
  • Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, New York Assembly District 22
  • Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, New York Assembly District 55 

More elected guests to be announced.

An invitation to Elected Officials 

We invite elected officials to join us and connect with our women over lunch 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Student moderators sit at each table and facilitate thoughtful conversation between elected officials and 6-8 politically ambitious high school and college students. Your presence as a mentor is invaluable to our young women who plan to run for office one day! Elected officials are specially requested to attend the Curated Conversations lunchtime session but are invited to stay for the entire conference if they wish.

If you are able to join us or would like to receive conference updates unique to Elected Officials, please contact Sara Guillermo at


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Sponsorship Opportunities 

The time is now to inspire and activate the next generation of women leaders. We invite you to join us as a partner in this worthwhile and energizing community event. Learn more about these opportunities and contact with any questions.