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The 2021 Passionistas Project Women’s Equality Summit

August 20, 2021 August 22, 2021

The Passionistas Project Women’s Equality Summit is a three-day event from August 20-August 22, 2021 with live expert panels addressing areas of equality affecting women culminating awards presentations and intimate conversations with Margaret Cho and Dr. Jane Goodall. Through relevant discussions, presentations and storytelling the summit creates a safe environment for individuals to have tough and vital conversations about prevalent gender issues, including AAPI and Jewish hate crimes, disability rights, transgender issues, financial equality, racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy related death, ageism, mental health issues and more.

Access to:
• All on-demand presentations (see details below)
• Virtual Marketplace
• Pay It Forward Portal
NOTE: Attendees need to register for the free tier to get access to the link to view all on-demand presentations.

(All entertainment events start at 8pm EST/5 pm PST)
Everything in the FREE tier PLUS:
• Access to all 3 entertainment events — The LUNAFEST short film festival (Friday, August 20), The Passionistas Profiles Storyteller Event (Saturday, August 21) and the Passionistas Persist Awards ceremony featuring intimate conversations with recipients Margaret Cho and Dr. Jane Goodall (Sunday, August 22).
• Bonus materials from presenters
• Digital gift bag

Everything in the FREE tier PLUS:
• Access to all 6 daytime panels (see descriptions and schedule below)
• Bonus materials from presenters
• Digital gift bag

Everything in the FREE tier PLUS:
• Access every event all weekend
• Lifetime access to all content
• Bonus materials from presenters
• Digital gift bag

Schedule subject to change.

• Call the ADA: A Frank Conversation About Disability Rights (Friday, August 20 at 1pm EST/10 am PST — Presenters: Selene Luna and Cara Reedy) : A frank discussion about disability rights with Selene Luna and Cara Reedy.

• Stop Jewish Hate (Friday, August 20 at 3:30pm EST/12:30pm PST — Moderator: Dana Kaplan): Jewish: a religion, a culture, a nationality. Microaggressions occur daily towards humans collectively, and as a collective, we must take radical personal responsibility to listen and learn about prior and current day experiences in order to hold space and rich awareness around what and how we can change our current paradigm. *Being Jewish is not an age, a gender, or a race.”

• Expanding the Gender Equity Conversations to Include All Women (Saturday, August 21 at 1pm EST/10 am PST —Moderator: Gabrielle Claiborne, Panelist: Jessie Jacobson): You will hear the personal stories from women of different lived experiences and intersections from the perspective of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. Through these stories, you will learn about their marginalized experiences, as well as the common threads that connect ALL of us, regardless of our differences, and how we can leverage our uniqueness to advocate for a more inclusive and welcoming sisterhood.

• 19, 20, 21: COVID-19 and Its Effects on the Classes of 2020 and 2021 (Saturday, August 21 at 4pm EST/1pm PST — Moderator: Meredith Struewing): Recent female college graduates share their experiences about graduating into a pandemic-filled life and the obstacles they’re undergoing to find their evolving definition of success as women.

• Her Legacy: Women & Wealth (Sunday August 22 at 1pm EST/10am PST — Presenters: Nekei Lewis and Kimberly Gilgeours): A conversation about women and finance and how you can create a legacy by understanding through finance literacy wealth strategies.

• Kitchen Table Talk in the AAPI Community (Sunday, August 22 at 4pm EST/1pm PST — Moderator: Sara Ku): Five women of diverse backgrounds discuss issues impacting AAPI communities.



Friday, August 20 | 8:00PM EDT | 5:00pm PDT

A short film festival featuring an all-documentary lineup of seven short films by women filmmakers. Followed by a roundtable with the filmmakers.


Saturday, August 21 | 8:00PM EDT | 5:00pm PDT Moderated by Cara Reedy.

Storytellers Andrea Briscoe, Kimberly Gilgeours, Elle Johnson, Nekei Lewis, Cara Reedy and Kim Roxie share their experiences as Black women. Followed by a roundtable with the storytellers.


Sunday, August 22 | 8:00pm EDT | 5:00pm PDT

We are presenting the Passionistas Persist Icon Award and Passionistas Persist Humanitarian Award to two women who have proven to be unstoppable in following their passions and inspiring women around the world.


Presented to Dr. Jane Goodall by Amy & Nancy Harrington Dr. Jane Goodall’s landmark study of chimpanzee behavior at Gombe Stream became the foundation of future primatological research and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977,

Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute — widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa.

In 1991, she founded Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program dedicated to taking action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.


Presented to Margaret Cho by Selene Luna

As a trailblazing comedian, actress, musician and activist, Margaret Cho has five Grammy Award nominations and one Emmy nod for her groundbreaking work on 30 Rock. Rolling Stone magazine named Margaret one of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics calling her “the sort of funny, sex-positive feminist and LGBT activist younger comics continue to look up to.”


• An ADHD Entrepreneur — Victoria Moreno-Jackson

• Budgeting for Digital Nomads — Kirsten Barrie

• Do Business Beautifully — Claudia Cordova Rucker

• Empowering Women Birth by Birth — Danica Ivanovska Lepojevikj

• Equality for the Unhoused — Erica Wright

• Fundamentals of Feminism and Why We Still Need It Today — Kaitlynne Altman

• Get Your Health and Wellness Solid — Suzanne Carpenter

• Her Personal Experience with Equality — Laura Friedman

• How One Wind Turbine Created 500,000+ Green Jobs — Elena Christopoulos

• How to Turn Your Disadvantages into Advantages— Aleksandra Di Gesaro

• An Interview with Artist and Activst Quest Skinner

• Microagressions Towards Female Caregivers — Carolyn Koppel

• Overcoming Voter Suppression — Zoe Harter-Saunders

• Nothing Is Handed to Us. What’s Your Strategy? — Lynn McLaughlin

• Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy Related Deaths — Adrienne Obey

• Saying No So You Can Say Yes: How Boundaries Can Set You Free! — Sarah Wall

• Selfish or Self-Honoring? — Gabrielle Claiborne

• Starting Young in the Fight for Social Justice — Charlotte Harrington

• Stop Fixing Me! I’m Just Getting Older! — Heike Yates

• The Unchartered Leader — Kylee Stone

• Using Your Intuition to Engage in Graceful Revolution — Dr. Melissa Bird

• Walk Like a Normal: Visible and Not So Visible Disabilities — CinDiLo

• The Workscape Is New and Works Best with Feminine Energy Skills — Yvette De Luna, Esq.

Visit the official Passionistas Project Women’s Equality Summit website for more details.


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