The Summit

The 2015 International Intergenerational
“INFORMED & STRONG SUMMIT” for Women and Girls

THANK YOU to all those who joined us!

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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:

Summit Thank You note from attendee

It was a powerful two-day event…here are a few photos, below, be sure to check back soon for our complete gallery!



Special thanks to Aetna, our “Knowledge Is Power” Sponsor!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Aetna, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Generation W, and a special gift from The Frederick DeLuca Foundation

Summit Speakers

Summit Sessions


  • 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
155 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510