Join us in Connecticut!

In the lead-up to the 2020 United State of Women Summit, USOW is convening communities across the country and equipping women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity.

Join USOW, in partnership with the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls and the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, at Galvanize Connecticut in East Hartford, CT on Saturday, December 7th to learn about the work being done in your communities and across the country, as well as connect with local activists, community leaders, and Connecticuters looking to make a difference.

The cost to attend the Galvanize Program is $50. Scholarships are available and will be awarded on a rolling basis. Please click here to apply for a Galvanize Connecticut Scholarship!

Please note that when selecting your Galvanize ticket, you are also selecting your breakout track. Attendees will only be able to attend one training.

To donate to the scholarship fund and ensure all your fellow activists can attend Galvanize Connecticut, click here.


The day begins with an engagement fair and local marketplace for attendees to network with local organizations and partners before transitioning to a high-energy mainstage session. The afternoon has attendees break into tracks to in-depth and skill-based trainings. Please note that when selecting your Galvanize ticket, you are also selecting your breakout track. Attendees will only be able to attend one training.

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and Engagement Fair
  • 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Morning Mainstage
    • Opening Remarks
    • Building Community, Holding Space
    • Message from the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls
    • State of Gender Equity in Connecticut
    • Women in Business
    • Message from the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls
    • Next Gen Leads Connecticut
    • Investing in Women and Girls
    • Fireside Chat with Valerie Jarrett and Joelle Murchinson
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Engagement Fair and Book Signing
    • Valerie Jarrett, author of Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, will sign copies of her book sold by RJ Julia Bookstore
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Breakout Trainings and Lunch
  • 4 p.m – 6:00 p.m. Afternoon Mainstage
    • Women’s Campaign School at Yale University
    • The State of Planned Parenthood
    • Moving Forward: Creating Change to Address Violence, Health, and Justice
    • Women in Unions
    • Women at Work: Representation, Leadership, and Equity
    • Closing Remarks

Speakers include:

  • Valerie Jarrett, Co-Chair of the United State of Women, Chair of the Board of When We All Vote, former Senior Advisor to President Obama, and author of Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
  • Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Lieutenant Governor and Chair, Governor’s Council on Women and Girls 
  • Tekisha Everette, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions
  • Patricia Russo, Executive Director, Women’s Campaign School at Yale 
  • Teresa Younger, President and CEO of Ms. Foundation
  • Mariam Azeez, Youth Entrepreneur and Author of Soulful Sydney
  • Cassandra Martineau, Women’s March and Windham NAACP
  • Rebecca Kelly Golfman, Rebecca KellyG Facilitation

And, more!

Accessibility Information

Closed captioning and ASL interpretation are available upon request during event check-out. Service animals are welcome. Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) are also welcome at no additional charge. There will be wheelchair-accessible seating spaces throughout both the main stage speaker sessions and the breakout sessions. Larger chairs with no arms will be available to participants as well. There will be no flashing lights used in this event.

We will provide alternative material formats (including large font and electronic text files) – please request your format of choice in your registration.

The mainstage and breakout training spaces are ADA accessible. There is one wheelchair-accessible on the first floor and all-gender bathrooms will be available.

Please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. This helps ensure that attendees with chemical sensitivities are able to participate safely! Registered attendees will receive additional information about food in the weeks leading up to the event. Please list any dietary restrictions or required accommodations when registering.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Galvanize Connecticut? Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • I am a representative of a Connecticut-based nonprofit, can I be involved? Yes! Our engagement fair is a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with attendees. Please see our community partner form for more information.

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to the following sponsors for their support and commitment to Galvanize Connecticut!