The 2015 International Intergenerational
“INFORMED & STRONG SUMMIT” for Women and Girls
THANK YOU to all those who joined us!
Click here to see the beautiful video compilation of our phenomenal Summit!
More than 300 women and girls ranging in age from 12-85 gathered at The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut to hear from 32 dynamic female speakers at The Get In Touch Foundation’s 1st International Intergenerational “Informed & Strong Summit” for Women and Girls on October 24-25!
One attendee had this to say:
“Everyone young and young at heart learned something new, made new connections and more importantly walked away from the Informed & Strong Summit feeling empowered. Attendees learned that there are other girls just like themselves who battle similar challenges on a daily basis.
The days were perfectly balanced with topics that addressed healthy bodies, minds and economic empowerment! The Informed & Strong Summit succeeded in starting the dialogue that will continue to make a difference in each and every girl’s life.”
And another young attendee slipped us this note:
It was a powerful two-day event…here are a few photos, below, be sure to check back soon for our complete gallery!
Chisara Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP
Anees Chagpar, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCS (C), FACS
Frances Cole Jones
Stephanie Goins, Ph.D.
Nicole Larizza, MS
Professor Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
Dr. Robyn Silverman
Mary Ann Wasil
The Whiffenpoofs 2016
Teresa C. Younger
Chisara Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP
Chisara N. Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP has spent her life working to improve the health and well-being of populations across the globe, especially for girls and women. She is currently the Acting Director for the Division of Population Health Incentives and Infrastructure at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to her appointment at CMS, Dr. Asomugha served as the Community Services Administrator/Deputy Mayor for the city of New Haven, CT, where she spearheaded the convening of the first city-government led Consortium on the Status of New Haven Women & Girls and the development of the inaugural report on the status of girls and women in New Haven. Dr. Asomugha is also the Vice President of The Asomugha Foundation, Inc., where she works with organizations in Nigeria and South Africa to address the plight of widows and orphans. She provides expertise for numerous committees focused on eliminating violence against women, women’s health and community health and hopes for a day when gender equity will be a reality across the globe. She is a pediatrician, budding polyglot, ordained minister and author. Her first book – a collection of poetry titled “The Evolution of a Saint” – is available in paperback and digital formats on Amazon and iTunes. You can tweet with her on Twitter at @ChisaraAsomugha. #BeTheChange
Jamiah Bennett has been called a leader for her ability to aid and guide others in times of need. At only14-years old, Jamiah started the Connecticut chapter of the Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group, commonly known as Curvy Girls, after being diagnosed with Scoliosis herself. Shortly after being involved with Curvy Girls, she gained a greater understanding of the importance of peer-support and guidance. Now a 17-year-old student at Lauralton Hall, Jamiah makes it a priority to make sure she takes every opportunity to educate others about Scoliosis and peer-support. In an effort to do so, she does presentations about Scoliosis to middle-school girls and she is a actively involved with peer mentors at her school.
Quote“Making the decision to join everyone at The Summit was very easy. Mary Ann has been a huge inspiration to me ever since watching her Get In Touch video in sixth grade. The strength and motivation that she exhibits is powerful. She and her team have a very important goal of empowering females, which is something I am very passionate about. I truly believe this Summit will be life changing for girls. Many girls experience similar situations and do not realize there are others out there who are just like them. By participating in The Summit, I hope that I am able to show the participants how strong each and every one of them are. I hope I am able to inspire girls in a way that Mary Ann has inspired me.”
Kimberly Campbell, Founder and CEO of New York City-based Om Healing and Wellness, is a yoga instructor, wellness coach, speaker, and writer, who before founding Om Healing and Wellness, held a number of key positions in business, philanthropy, and health and human services development within a broad range of industries. Through her work, Kimberly empowers people to live life on their own terms, to be the author of their own experiences, to see that they have a choice in how they react to the external pressures they come up against, and to shed the ‘shoulds' and judgments people place on themselves. She specializes in working with people who are dealing with the physical and emotional complexities of illness or injury, specifically cancer and cancer treatments. Kimberly is a health columnist for the Three Tomatoes and author of the Om Healing and Wellness Blog. She holds a Bachelors of Science from St. Joseph’s College, and a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is a credentialed Master Trainer through the American Society for Training and Development, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.
Quote“I am honored and excited to be a part of the Get In Touch Foundation’s First Intergenerational Summit for Women and Girls! The foundation teaches women and girls of all ages to be more aware of their bodies and their minds and I am passionate about empowering women and girls to live life on their own terms and shed the ‘shoulds’ and self-judgments that keep them from moving forward. So when I was asked to participate, I jumped at the chance to contribute. I am continually inspired by what our young people are capable of when given the right platform and can’t wait to see what comes out of the weekend!”
My name is Sophie Cappello and I'm a rising senior at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. My parents are Kerry Robinson and Michael Cappello, and my brother is Christopher Cappello. All my life, I have had a passion for writing and social justice. I serve as the Managing Editor of Hopkins' student newspaper, The Razor, as well as Head of Students United for Racial Equity (S.U.R.E.) and Senior Class President. I have tutored students for two years through Breakthrough New Haven, a volunteer SSAT tutoring program for seventh and eighth graders from New Haven. Through these different vessels, I have been able to use my privilege to give back to the communities to which I belong, as well as raise awareness about the fight for social justice. In college I plan to study journalism and foreign social policy.
Quote“Right now, achieving gender equality means uniting the voices of all generations who yearn to see a better world for all people. Feminism is a universal issue, and I'm excited to join The Summit and use my voice as a girl on the brink of adulthood to support gender equality and help diminish all forms of identity oppression.”
Anees Chagpar, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCS (C), FACS
Anees is the Director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, the Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Yale University, and the Assistant Director for Global Oncology at Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville. After fellowship, she joined the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor of Surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to Associate Professor with tenure and Academic Advisory Dean. She built the first nationally accredited Breast Center in Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is passionate about global health and leadership in academic medicine, having most recently completed an MBA for Executives with a focus on Leadership in Healthcare at Yale’s School of Management.
Quote“It's incredibly important for women and girls to have strong mentors and role models. As someone who puts a premium on mentorship, it was such an honor for me to be asked to participate in this Summit that brings together a powerhouse of women who have shattered the proverbial glass ceiling. This is a great opportunity to address important issues affecting women, to learn from each other and network, to inspire and be inspired. While I'm not sure that I have "made it" (I'm still working on that!), if I could help one girl leave the Summit thinking, "I can do anything I put my mind to", that would be time well spent.”
Frances Cole Jones
Frances Cole Jones is the author of “How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation”, “The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World”, and “Wow Your Way into the Job of Your Dreams”; she is also the creator of “Interview Wow”: an app for the iPhone and iPad. Forbes.com voted her blog, www.francescolejones.com, one of the top 100 websites for women. In 2014 Speaking.com voted Frances one of the top 5 speakers in Communication. She is an etiquette expert for e-how, a job interview expert for About.com and a body language expert for The Insider.
Frances founded her company, Cole Media Management, in 1997. The company’s focus is cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop more powerful communication skills.
CMM clients have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show, E Entertainment, Oprah, Project Runway, Top Chef and others. Clients' print interviews have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, etc.
CMM’s scope of work includes preparation for television and print interviews, meetings with potential investors, and internal meetings with partners/sales staff/in-house personnel. They also provide presentation skills seminars, sales training, business etiquette training, speechwriting, executive coaching, and team building for clients.
Quote"As women, we know we should be informed and strong-- but we can be less clear on the best way to get informed and strong. This summit offers girls and women practical, immediately applicable tools they can use to give the world the gift of their best selves. I am pleased and proud to be included."
Linda Dickey-Saucier is a dynamic and popular public speaker and Exercise Physiologist.
Ms. Dickey-Saucier has worked independently as a Health Disparity Coordinator for a study involving New Haven community groups, churches and medical providers to increase awareness about cancer. Dickey-Saucier coordinated and designed the Smart Sisters Curriculum, an innovative program to educate women and decrease the health disparities that exist among African American and Hispanic women; the goals of the program are to generate awareness that healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can decrease certain cancer risks and diseases associated with sedentary behavior. A vibrant speaker and personality, Ms. Dickey-Saucier has lectured to breast cancer survivors on the importance of physical activities to reduce recurrence of breast cancer at the Lance Armstrong Building, a Foundation for Health for Breast Cancer Survivors at the Yale School of Nursing.
Having received her Master of Science from Southern Connecticut State University in Exercise Science, Dickey-Saucier has structured and delivered workshops for the Yale School of Nursing on a variety of topics, including proper stretching, breathing techniques and aerobics programs for total fitness. Dickey-Saucier has also worked exclusively with obese African American women to investigate and record family and medical histories, supervising and coordinating physical activity regimens of study participants by setting goals, structuring activities and resolving problems to develop successful exercise protocols.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University in Graphic Design, Dickey-Saucier entered the world of health care by creating many pamphlets and brochures to increase knowledge about clinical trials and health care disparities.
Quote"I have two beautiful young adults in college. My husband and I were with them every step of the journey, from walking them to school every morning to pushing their two bikes back home so they could enjoy the bike ride to school. I’ve always advocated for my children and countless others. Now my voice is echoed through their children, their friends and their children. It is our duty to nurture, support, guide and admonish young minds."
Adaeze Dikko is a senior at Lauralton Hall in Milford, Connecticut. A proud feminist, Adaeze has found herself very empowered to educate herself and others about people who are often misinterpreted in the media and general society. Words, whether they choose to be positive or not, have presented themselves to hold so much power and potential; and after recently reestablishing her love for writing and blogging, Adaeze hopes to be able to enlighten not only herself, but others on some of the struggles that all oppressed groups face in America. A firm believer that education is the solution to ignorance, Adaeze often finds herself researching different people and having deep, thought-provoking conversations with friends. Also a part of The Summit’s Steering Committee, Adaeze is so excited to take part in this amazing event and reach out to other women about issues that interest her so much.
Quote“I am so excited to join you all at The Get In Touch Summit because educating girls and their mother figures is so important to understanding ourselves and each other. We should feel an obligation to recognize and appreciate the countless types of women there are, and I think The Summit is an amazing way to open discussions that can sometimes be difficult to have.”
Grace Figueredo joined Aetna in late 2012 as vice president, chief diversity & inclusion officer in a dual reporting relationship to the chairman, CEO and president and the executive vice president of Human Resources. In 2014, her role was expanded to include workplace culture. In this capacity Figueredo is accountable for shaping workplace culture to align with the company’s transformation efforts, as the company’s operating model shifts to meet the business demands of the future. Figueredo is also responsible for leading Aetna’s global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, and ensuring this work is connected to the company’s values, brand, culture, business strategy and growth objectives. Figueredo is also responsible for the development and execution of cutting- edge strategies that position Aetna’s workplace culture and diversity & inclusion initiatives as a competitive advantage from a talent perspective, to drive innovation, growth and marketplace value.
Figueredo has been recognized as one of Hispanic Business Journal’s Top 100 Executives and by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 100 Chief Diversity Officers. Figueredo was also recognized with a Visionary Award by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hartford, Connecticut and inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in New York City.
Figueredo joined Aetna from The Hartford, where she served as vice president of workforce engagement and inclusion. In addition, Figueredo held various leadership roles in human resources and diversity at United Technologies Corporation. Figueredo holds a master’s of science in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford and a bachelor’s of science from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Quote“The Get In Touch Foundation’s mission aligns well with Aetna’s purpose of Building a Healthier World®. Bringing breast health awareness and education at an early age builds positive habits that proactively influence longer, healthier lives,” says Grace Figueredo, vice president of Workplace Culture and chief Diversity & Inclusion officer at Aetna. “Our partnership with The Get In Touch Foundation strengthens the health of the global communities in which we live, work, and play.”
Stephanie Goins, Ph.D.
Stephanie Goins, Ph.D., serves as Executive Programs Director for Love146. From 1990 to 2010, Stephanie served with Youth With a Mission focusing on children in difficult circumstances, discipling, team building and training, and counseling. She and her husband, J., have worked in Africa, Europe and the United States. Stephanie holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Wales and a Masters in Psychology from the University of West Florida.
Megan Grassell is founder of Yellowberry. As a high school student at the age of 17, she was frustrated with the bras available for tween girls like her younger sister. So, during her junior year in high school, she founded the company to create bras for girls that are meant to celebrate young girls with fun colors, high quality, and innovative designs. She now runs Yellowberry full time. Megan’s vision for the brand, pairing a strong social message with a great product, is to change the entire bra industry for the better.
Quote“I am excited to join this Summit because, from a small-picture perspective, I am always excited to be able to share the story of how I started Yellowberry. But, from big-picture perspective, I think this is an incredible opportunity to bring together inspiring women from all walks of life to share our own stories, paths, and words of wisdom (although I am still striving to find all of those each day!)”
Heather Kristin, a New York-born and home-schooled memoirist and novelist, has written for Glamour, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, Smith, St. Petersburg Times, The L Magazine, Narrative, New York Press, West Side Spirit and for the anthology LIVE AND LET LOVE (Simon and Schuster) which was featured on Good Morning America and reviewed in Kirkus.
She has been interviewed by Oprah live on-camera, in Elle Magazine, on Latino NPR, and on Huffington Post Live with host Nancy Redd.
Before graduating from The New School University and attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Heather worked at an amusement park, as an actress, on an NBC reality show, on SEX AND THE CITY as Kristin Davis stand-in, as a composer for film and theatrical productions, as a playwright, a Park Avenue nanny, a subway busker, a cocktail waitress, and got fired from too many restaurants to list.
Heather has been honored by the State of New Jersey for mentoring at-risk teen girls, for almost a decade, with Girls Write Now. She teaches violin and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters Daisy and Clover.
Quote“When I was homeless, as a young girl, someone once said, "I can't believe in you, until you believe in yourself first." I'm here at this Summit because I want young woman trust their voice and help others find their own.”
Nicole Larizza, MS
Nicole Larizza, MS, is a clinical nutritionist in private practice, and founder of the Nourish Our Girls campaign. Nicole is passionate about the importance of good nutrition across the lifecycle, and believes in the power of smart dietary choices to enhance health and well-being and reduce the risk of disease. Her practice and protocols are built upon a concept of positive nutrition, which focuses on inclusion of wholesome nutrient-rich foods rather than the exclusion of unhealthy or taboo foods or food groups.
Nicole holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Built upon principles of biochemistry and physiology, UB’s rigorous curriculum equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of how nutrition impacts health and disease. Her graduate research there focused specifically on the role of childhood and adolescent diet in breast cancer risk reduction. Based on this research and publication of her Masters thesis, Nicole founded the educational initiative known as Nourish Our Girls.
She also possesses a secondary graduate degree in Health Education from Hawthorn University. She received her BA from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Nicole currently resides in Madison, Connecticut with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Quote"I am thrilled to be a part of the Informed & Strong Summit, because I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of teaching girls how to care for their bodies while they are young, in an effort to ensure their health into adulthood. As mothers and grandmothers and aunts and teachers, we have the unique opportunity to help our daughters establish healthy diet and lifestyle habits that will support optimal health for a lifetime.... to inform them so they can remain strong, both in body and spirit. And that's what this Summit is all about!"
Professor Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
As a 17th-generation daughter of Taiwan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin (林怡君) was expected to follow a life pattern prescribed for her, her mother, her grandmother, and her foremothers: to live a life of obeisance and submission to the Confucian patriarchal order. In the Confucian order, not unlike other patriarchal orders, women and girls do not signify; their roles are at best ancillary to men: as daughters, wives, and mothers. Far from what she was expected to be, she lives a full life in submission to none but peace and justice, which she pursues with fervent passion. She considers her life a magical process of the decolonizing of the mind, which she begins with herself and extends to all the minds, hearts, and souls she encounters.
While she once escaped to graduate school from teaching, today she’s found her calling in teaching for the liberation of the mind, her own included. Her decade of teaching and learning from some of the most brilliant minds she has known at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York (1994-2004) showed her some of the finest moments in the lesson that she continues to be blessed with: teaching and learning are mutual—and teaching is learning. Indeed, her students taught her much about the joy of resistance and the beauty in the struggle for justice.
She is Director and Professor of the Women’s Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University. In that position (since August 2004), she continues her work for gender, racial, socio-economic, and other forms of justice, in the classroom and beyond.
Quote“I have agreed to serve because it is so easy to say yes to you, Mary Ann, and not possible to say no! The invitation was irresistible. How would I ever turn down an opportunity working with such a powerhouse that is you on an international, intergenerational summit on women's and girls' health? After all, isn't that in a nutshell what women's studies is about?”
Amara Majeed is an 18-year-old Muslim-American activist and feminist. She is the author of The Foreigners, a book written in an attempt to eradicate stereotypes about Muslims. At 16, she founded "The Hijab Project," a global initiative that promotes the understanding and empowerment of Muslim women through social experimentation. Miss Majeed has received large-scale attention from the media for this; additionally, she was personally invited to the Senate Floor to receive an official citation for her project. In an effort to empower Muslim women and get them more involved in business and politics, she created a network of English-speaking Americans to teach the English language to Muslim girls from around the world. She has shared her opinions through media outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, and Bustle, covering her perspectives on major events such as September 11th and the terrorist attacks on France. Miss Majeed has been featured by numerous news sources, including but not limited to Global News, MSNBC, and The Washington Post. She was recently named by Business Insider as one of the twenty most impressive high school students graduating in 2015. She graduated from high school recently, and she will be matriculating at Brown University in the fall.
Quote“It has always been my dream to empower young women and help them reach the understanding that they can be powerful not despite, but because of their gender.”
As senior manager, Business Technology Partner (Broadcast Operations & Engineering/News), Disney/ABC Television Group, Concetta Maratta is responsible for developing technical strategies and maintaining key relationships within the Media Technology and Strategy (MT&S) division’s customers and partners.
Prior to joining Disney/ABC Television Group, Maratta was associate director, Development Engineering, ESPN INC., where she was responsible for next generation systems implementations for television and digital media production, often serving as liaison between engineering and production software engineering teams, managing the collaboration on initiatives requiring new systems and custom software.
Maratta began her career at ESPN INC., as a media systems engineer, where she spent ten years in the engineering division. She was responsible for developing new video production systems as part of the launch of ESPN’s Digital Center 2.
Ms. Maratta graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Ms. Maratta currently resides in Manhattan, New York.
Quote“During the course of my career I have been fortunate enough to have some incredibly supportive people in my life. The “Informed & Strong” Summit for Women & Girls is a perfect opportunity for me to encourage and hopefully influence other young women to pursue what they love.”
Ann Nyberg is WTNH-TV’s longest-serving Anchor/Reporter in station history and anchors the 6pm and 10pm nightly newscasts. Nyberg has been a story-teller her entire life, beginning with a diary her Mother gave her for Christmas when she was just eight years old, the rest is history. Ann’s first book, "Slices of Life, a Storyteller's Diary," due out in October 2015, is based on that diary.
Nyberg has been nominated for multiple Emmys, has been voted “Best News Anchor” for a decade in “Connecticut Magazine’s reader’s poll, and hosts her own show “NYBERG.”
She began her journey in broadcast journalism immediately following graduation from Purdue University, where she earned a degree in journalism. Nyberg worked in Indiana and Oklahoma before making Connecticut her home. She and her husband have three daughters and two dogs, Henry Watson, a rescued Coon Hound and Mr. Trip Meeshu, a Golden Retriever.
In 1993 Nyberg founded the Toy Closet Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Thousands of toys and other items are given to children of all ages upon admittance to the hospital to help ease their trauma.
Nyberg is a founding Board of Trustees member of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and the only honorary female member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Nyberg’s website Network Connecticut spotlights people and places and small businesses all over the state.
Nyberg also owns a boutique in Madison, Connecticut called Annie Mame, where she carries a lot of Connecticut-made goodies to help small businesses all over the state.
Nyberg also hosts an online show called NYBERG and is a columnist for Coastal Connecticut Magazine where she invites you to “Get Out Of Your Car And See Connecticut.”
Nyberg believes in connecting to her community and does that off the desk through Facebook and Twitter. You can find her at Ann Nyberg on Facebook and @AnnNyberg on Twitter. Ann is quite the social media “Queen” if you reach out to her, you will find that out.
Quote"Cancer has touched my family just like so many others. Mary Ann Wasil is a symbol of hope while fighting this dreaded disease over and over again. Mary Ann is the reason I am here and want to be a part of this movement helping young girls, and women. I am thrilled to be a part of an event where things get done, people get educated about their bodies, a conversation starts about how to stay connected and network for good. I am so lucky to have been asked to help in this effort."
Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, is an innovator, trailblazer, game changer and highly respected business executive.
She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Newsweeks100 most Influential people in sports. She proudly served as the President of the WNBA, for 6 years, reenergizing the business and leaving the league well positioned for growth. Previously she spent 17 years at the PGA TOUR, where she led global production, programming, digital and brand in the Office of the Commissioner.
Currently the CEO of Orender Unlimited, Donna utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies in leveraging successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries, with a focus on sports, digital, entertainment and diversity. In this capacity she was also responsible for leading the “Connecting With Her” initiative for the PGA of America and the golf industry.
In 2011 Donna launched Generation W, www.genwnow.com, a dynamic platform of education, inspiration and connection for women and girls. In addition to the signature Generation W event, a mentorship program for high school girls called Generation WOW was launched, as well as a leadership volunteer event focused on community change, Generation WORKS.
A sought after speaker, Donna speaks around the country on topics including leadership, change and diversity.
*Donna Orender is also the Chairperson of our Informed & Strong Summit.
Quote"It is women's hands who hold up the world. The opportunity to strengthen those hands, our hands as moms and connect them with our daughters' is indeed powerful. To learn, to love and to lead is the greatest of gifts that we can share with each other. My hand is raised with a full heart and a big thanks to Mary Ann Wasil."
Purple Crayon is the long form improv comedy group made up of Yale University undergraduates. Founded in 1985, Purple Crayon of Yale is the oldest collegiate long form group in the country and have been performing for audiences young and old ever since.
Jessica Queller is the author of the acclaimed memoir PRETTY IS WHAT CHANGES (Random House, 2008), which chronicles her journey of inheriting the BRCA1 mutation from her mother. She is on the Leadership Council of The Basser Research Center for BRCA at University of Pennsylvania. Jessica has written on BRCA for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Jessica is also a television writer/producer, and has written for shows that include FELICITY, GILMORE GIRLS, GOSSIP GIRL, VEGAS, THE CARRIE DIARIES, SATISFACTION, and most recently OIL. She lives in Los Angeles with her 5-year old daughter, Sophie.
Quote"I am deeply inspired by GET IN TOUCH foundation's passion for empowering young women to be their own medical advocates and to write their own destinies."
Kerry Robinson is the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church.
Kerry has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grant making foundations, family philanthropies and charitable nonprofits since 1990 and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization, and Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate and promote the contribution of women to the Church and world.
Kerry served as the Director of Development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center designed by Cesar Pelli on Yale’s campus.
She and her husband, Michael Cappello, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.
Quote“Equipping girls with agency over their own lives positively benefits the world. The Summit promises to inspire, challenge, nurture and encourage girls and women to be agents of change for the good to improve their own lives and the lives of others.”
Jennifer Salke was named President of NBC Entertainment in July 2011. She reports to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Salke is responsible for NBC’s primetime and daytime programming, which includes all drama and comedy development, current programming, and casting for the network.
NBC has won the last two primetime seasons in adults 18-49 after having gone the prior 10 years without a #1 finish. In total viewers, the past two seasons have seen NBC rank #2, marking the first two times the network has finished higher than #4 since 2003-04.
For the 2013-14 season, NBC launched “The Blacklist,” which ranked as the season’s No. 1 new series and No. 1 drama on the broadcast networks counting originals only, while setting broadcast records in live-plus-3 viewing. In addition to “The Blacklist,” other successful scripted series launched under Salke’s regime include “Chicago Fire” and spinoff “Chicago P.D.,” which are set to begin in their fourth and third seasons, respectively.
Salke also oversees the network’s rededication to movies and miniseries, as well as longform programming acquisitions. In addition, she has oversight of scripted series for Universal Television.
Prior to joining NBC Entertainment, Salke served as Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Television, a post she held since 2006. During her tenure with Twentieth Century Fox, the studio enjoyed an incredible run, highlighted by her development and championing of the hit series “Glee” and “Modern Family” in one season.
In 2002, Salke joined Twentieth Century Fox as Senior Vice President of Drama Development, where she was instrumental in the creation of several hits, including the long-running “Bones” and “Prison Break.” She began her career at Aaron Spelling Productions in the early 1990s, where she first worked with Greenblatt (who was then at Fox) on such seminal series as the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” among the many other series Spelling produced at that time.
Salke and her husband, Bert, who is President of Fox 21 Television Studios, reside in Los Angeles and have three children: twin daughters Kate and Georgia, and son Henry.
Quote"When Mary Ann asked me to be part of this incredible Summit, I jumped at the chance. I'm so honored to lend my voice to such an important outreach. As a BRCA positive daughter of a breast cancer survivor, this is a personal and critical issue, but, mostly I'm proud to be a woman standing side by side with Mary Ann and her incredible leadership team to help move us all toward a solution."
Carol Sawdye is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PwC. In her role as PwC's CFO, she is responsible for PwC's financial functions including budgeting and reporting, partnership taxation, treasury, internal audit and real estate and is a member of the U.S. Leadership Team. She has been in this role since November 2012.
Carol rejoined the firm in November 2012 after spending two years with the National Basketball Association (NBA), where she served as the Executive Vice President and CFO. She oversaw the financial affairs of the league and its related entities, including managing the NBA's financial relationships with its 30 teams. Prior to that, she spent eight years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, initially as CFO and later also assuming responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer. Carol began her career at PwC, and spent her first 17 years (the last six as a partner) mostly serving clients in the media and entertainment practice.
Carol is a CPA, licensed to practice in NY. She received her B.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia and her MBA, with specialization in international business and corporate finance, from Columbia University.
Quote"I'm a big believer in setting young people on the right course to become leaders. The "Informed & Strong" Summit is about teaching girls they can make important choices in all areas of their lives and take control of their future. As a cancer survivor, I'm honored to participate, support the fight against breast cancer and deliver the message that information is power, especially when it comes to your health."
Dr. Robyn Silverman
Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to inspire greatness in women, teens and children. After spending more than 15 years researching, writing and working in the areas of leadership development, character education, body image, developmental psychology, social-emotional learning and most recently, grit and success, she has become the go-to person to advise women’s groups, entrepreneurs, teachers, parents and young people about how to set goals, develop their gifts, break through barriers and achieve their dreams.
Dr. Silverman is a frequently featured expert on the national media, often seen on The Today Show and Good Morning America as well as many of the daytime shows and other national media such as U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo and the New York Times. She is best known for being able to explain the scope of a problem while simultaneously providing hands- on tips and take-aways that can be put into use immediately.
From Capital One to the Office of the District Attorney to entire school districts, parenting groups, corporate mentoring programs, nonprofits and Jewish Women’s Foundations, Dr. Robyn Silverman is versatile and accessible. She travels the nation delivering keynotes that are memorable and that leave a lasting impact. She’s been called “the best speaker our conference has ever had” (GenAustin Board Chair), “brilliant and engaging” (Girl Scouts of the USA), “amazing and interactive” (Goryeb Children’s Hospital) and “phenomenal” (Capital One Financial Corp). Dr. Robyn enjoys meeting personally with her clients prior to all speaking engagements in order to create a presentation that meets everyone’s needs according to the audience’s interest and the program’s intended results. If you would like a customized keynote or program, Dr. Robyn is right for you.
As a sought-out expert in her field, Dr. Silverman contributed to or has been the content consultant for 18 books on varied topics such as leadership, relationships, bullying, child/teen development, parenting and body image. Her 2010 book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It, expanded upon her groundbreaking research at Tufts University on girls, women and body image as a barrier to success and acceptance. She has recently written a chapter for the Weinstein Corporation’s book, Bully, the companion guide to the acclaimed film of the same name. Dr. Robyn is currently taking on a new challenge -- writing a fiction book for young adults with strong female characters and an action-packed story line.
Dr. Silverman is the creator of Powerful Words Character Development, a character education and leadership development program for children, teens and adults that runs in 10 countries. She believes that people are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed and you will see that positive outlook in the motivational, knowledgeable and inspirational way she delivers every presentation.
Mary Ann Wasil
Mary Ann Wasil is the founder, president and CEO of the non-profit Get In Touch Foundation. As a breast cancer survivor and health activist since 2004, she seeks to find humor in the face of challenge. Spurred by this optimistic outlook and her passionate commitment to providing free global breast health education for girls, Wasil established The Get In Touch Foundation with her daughters in mind. Ages 12 and 13 at the time of her diagnosis, she determined the need to introduce breast health as a part of their lives for the rest of their lives.
Wasil formulated the foundation with a cornerstone mission – the Get In Touch Girls’ Program and Daisy Wheel. The Daisy Wheel is an unparalleled breast health initiative educating girls in grades 5-12 on the importance of and instruction for breast self-exams.
Since its inception in September 2009, Wasil has guided the Get In Touch Girls’ Program to implementation in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 32 additional countries. She also spearheaded the development of the program’s complementing free Daisy Wheel app, which has been downloaded in 83 countries since launching in June 2011.
Wasil has realized the addition of the Get In Touch Girls’ Program to the curriculum in the Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT, public school systems at no cost to the districts or the students. Her direct efforts in the schools also extend to her leadership among School Nurses.
She has served as the keynote speaker at various school nursing conferences. A sought after presenter worldwide, Wasil was featured at the Overseas School Health Nurses Association in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the International School Nurses of Asia Conference in Malaysia.
Domestically, Wasil has been a multiple-year speaker at the National Association of School Nurses Conference and has shared her message at the Connecticut School Nurse Supervisor’s Conference, the Virginia Association of School Nurses Conference, the New England School Nurses Association Conference and the Virginia Summer Institute for School Nursing.
Wasil conceptualized The International Intergenerational “Informed & Strong” Summit for Women and Girls after speaking with thousands of School Nurses and Health Educators who asked that Get In Touch continue the much-needed conversation with girls to include the women in their lives about issues dear to them.
Despite being diagnosed with a metastatic relapse of breast cancer in May 2011, Wasil remains vigilant in her efforts to change the world one girl at a time. Her memoir, “A Diary of Healing: My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer” was released on the first day of spring 2013.
Wasil is a former Connecticut police officer and actress, having spent nearly 10 years on the soap opera “All My Children,” and lives steps from the beach in Milford, Connecticut with her three children, Betsy, Mary, and Eddy.
Quote“By celebrating what is right, we find the energy to fix what is wrong.” The Get In Touch Foundation’s International Intergenerational “Informed & Strong” Summit for Women and Girls will allow us to present important issues for discussion, celebrate what we are doing right, and leave The Summit energized to fix what is wrong. Bringing women and girls together to hear the same message and leave with a renewed sense of self and mission after spending a day and a half with powerful leaders, brilliant minds, successful artists, and strong female luminaries and visionaries makes The Summit the launching point for a future filled with possibility!”
Alex Witt hosts the MSNBC show "Weekends with Alex Witt" on Saturdays and Sundays. Since joining the network in 1999, Alex has hosted across both dayside and primetime platforms, as well as reported from the field during Presidential election seasons and overseas. Alex contributes to NBC Nightly News' "Making a Difference" series and "TODAY". In the wake of the September 11th terror attacks on America, Witt broadcast from the World Trade Center and has continued to follow the war on terrorism in the Middle East and the War in Iraq. Alex is passionate about the issues of equality for women, education and gun control, and she welcomes those discussions on her broadcasts. Alex was a Consultant on the third and final season of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” on HBO. She is a graduate of University of Southern California and is an avid sports enthusiast, following college football and Major League Baseball.
Quote“If you want to know anything about me, it’s that I am a mom. I have a son and daughter, and their wellbeing is the most important thing in my life. Sure, I love my career and am grateful and honored to deliver the news to my viewers. It is a responsibility I take very seriously. But my responsibility as a parent is even greater. And I hope to inspire the women and girls at the “Informed and Strong Summit” that you can have both – a successful career while being a devoted parent. It’s all about priorities and defining what success means to you.”
The Whiffenpoofs 2016
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale's most celebrated traditions.
The Get In Touch Foundation is thrilled to kick off our Informed & Strong Summit with a "welcome" performance by the world-famous Whiffenpoofs!
Teresa C. Younger
Teresa C. Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic justice. She is a tireless advocate and well-respected feminist leader.
Immediately after joining the Foundation, Younger launched a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women perpetrated by football players. She was the first to publicly call on the league to take a comprehensive approach to preventing violence by examining its advertising, diversity and employment policies. She has commented on NFL in outlets across the country, including ABC World News Tonight, USA Today and The New York Times.
Younger is currently on a national listening tour, reaching out to supporters, grantees, organizational allies and other grassroots women’s rights activists across the country to hear about their work, ideas and the issues women face. She has traveled over 20,000 miles, visiting cities and towns from coast-to- coast building strategic collaborations to strengthen the women’s movement.
A noted speaker, advocate and activist, she has been recognized by many organizations for her commitment to civil rights. She was named to the Older Women’s League Hall of Notables, honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a 2015 Dream Keeper and given Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award among other honors. Younger serves on several boards — including the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and Women’s Campaign School at Yale University — and previously served on the board of the National Association of Commissions for Women. Younger is also a member of The Get In Touch Foundation's Consulting Board.
- Opening Keynote Speaker –
Girls, Guts & Glory: Harnessing Your Power to Lead
No finger-wagging about what not to do on social media in this enlightening session, instead, we’ll ask you to get out your devices and tweet, instagram, facebook and snapchat about girls’ development expert, Dr. Robyn Silverman, who will help you to downplay the negative messages, breakthrough barriers and harness your own power to achieve your goals!
- YOUR Story: Journaling Workshop
Author and television writer/producer Jessica Queller will share her story about what it is like to write for GILMORE GIRLS, GOSSIP GIRL, and THE CARRIE DIARIES, and give you the tools you need to write YOUR story. (Each Summit attendee will receive a journal.)
- My Story: Gender
Transgender teen Jazmine Taylor shares her powerful story.
- Life Hacks: Dos & Dos
Communication, body language, and etiquette expert Frances Cole Jones gives you the tools to give the world the gift of your best self. Author of the “How to Wow” series, Frances will show you how to incorporate more “wow” into your life!
- My Story: Homelessness
Memoirist and novelist Heather Kristin shares her story about what it was like to be homeless as a child.
- GIT Up & Move
Exercise Physiologist Linda Dickey-Saucier will “GIT” us up and out of our seats for lunch!
- Purple Crayon Storytelling
Purple Crayon, the long form improv comedy group made up of Yale University undergraduates, will perform during lunch and all they need to fuel their performance is an enthusiastic audience, aka, YOU!
- Philanthropy: I AM My Sister’s Keeper
Dr. Chisara Asomugha from The Asomugha Foundation talks about their mission “to alleviate the consequences of poverty in vulnerable populations by creating the conditions and environment to support educational opportunities,” while Dr. Stephanie Goins talks about the mission of Love146, “working to prevent child trafficking & exploitation, care for survivors, and empower a growing movement.”
Kerry Robinson, author of “Imagining Abundance,” presents philanthropy as ministry for women and girls of all ages.
- My Story: Race
High school student Adaeze Dikko shares her story of life as a young black woman.
- Afternoon Keynote Speaker – Yellowberry Dream
Teenage entrepreneur Megan Grassell shares her story as the founder of “Yellowberry, a brand built for every girl who has cultivated a passion and has a dream.” She’ll give you tips on how to discover your passion and follow your own dream.
- My Story: Wellness
Get In Touch founder, author, health activist and cancer warrior Mary Ann Wasil shares her story of choosing joy in the midst of life’s unexpected challenges.
- You Are What You Eat
Fact-filled and fascinating information from nutritionist and body-image expert Nicole Larizza will provide you with an eye-opening snapshot that you’ll be thinking about for days and weeks, months and years to come.
- Race: How It Affects Our Lives
High school students Jamiah Bennett and Sophie Cappello moderate an honest and thought-provoking conversation on race with a diverse panel of teens.
- “Miss Representation” Pajamas-After-Party*
After our final session closes on Saturday at 5pm, you’re invited to put on your pajamas and join us at 7pm for the “Miss Representation” Pajamas-After-Party!
MSNBC’s Alex Witt, WTNH’s Ann Nyberg, and Director and Professor of Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, will moderate a lively conversation about the film and the way in which women and girls are treated by the media.
You do not want to miss this!
- My Story: Religion
Teen founder of The Hijab Project, Amara Majeed, shares her story about what it is like to be a young Muslim woman in America.
- Every Day is Namaste
Wear your comfy clothes today – yoga and mediation expert Kimberly Campbell will show you some simple yoga moves you can do in your chair – no mat needed! – and finish with an energizing guided meditation you’ll be able to do on your own from now on!
- Shattering the Glass Ceiling
Teresa Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, moderates this extended and lively conversation of some of America’s most powerful women who hold positions “traditionally held by men.”
Jen Salke, President of NBC Entertainment; Carol Sawdye, CFO of Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and Founder of Generation W; Dr. Anees Chagpar, Director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven; and Concetta Maratta, MIT Alumna and Senior Manager, Business Technology Partner for Disney/ABC Television Group.
- My Story: Feminism
A surprise guest shares their story about why “feminism” isn’t just a word, it’s a way of life.
- Farewell Keynote Speaker – Why Women Matter
Teresa Younger, CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, shares her story, discusses the “F” word and its meaning, and talks about the importance of being a feminist in 2015.
The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
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