The Zonta District 1 Fall Conference will feature a range of amazing individuals who will share their insights with attendees.
Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.
Vice President 2016–2018
Zonta International & Zonta International Foundation
"I am honored to be at your District Conference in Pittsfield, MA as your International Representative and Board Liaison. It is a pleasure to work closely with Governor Joanne and to learn more about District 1. The strength of the organization is built on relationships and collaborations. The conference provides an opportunity to share your club’s activities, successes and future plans --- let your voice be heard. Our impact is greater when we work collectively."
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and spend time with the woman in line to be our next International President! She will lead Zonta International during its Centennial anniversary ~ and we will be among the first to hear what that will look like and how we can participate.
Child Marriage in Massachusetts – Yes, It Happens Here
State Representative Kay Khan, RN, MS
State Representative Kay Khan has represented the City of Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995. She was originally appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo in 2009 to serve as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, and has served in this capacity ever since. It is Rep. Kahn’s hope that you will be inspired by her talk and that you will contact your State Legislators to advocate to end the marriage of minors, and to educate your community about this issue and the legislation.
The Power of Arts as Activism
Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of WAM Theatre
Kristen van Ginhoven will share the story of how a theatre company in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts found a way to empower women with economic opportunity by becoming philanthropists. WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company whose vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy.
In eight years, WAM has produced twelve mainstage productions, provided paid work for over 200 theatre professionals, and donated over $32,500 to local and global organizations taking action for women and girls in areas such as girls education, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training and more. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series.
Ending Homelessness for Female Veterans
Stephanie Ovitt, Soldier On Women’s Program
Stephanie Ovitt will talk about homeless female veterans in general, informing us what the statistics look like and the challenges these women face; the future of female veteran homelessness; and specific needs and barriers to care. She will also share what wellness services are offered and how they have positively affected the lives of residents.
Opioid Epidemic— Insights from a Panel of Experts: Perspective, Resources and Call to Action ideas
Dr. Ruth Potee, Healthcare Solutions—video clip
Chantal Silloway, Director CHD’s Goodwin House
Debra McLaughlin, Coordinator Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County and North Quabbin Region
Dr. Maria Gallo, Opioid Dependence Treatment
Jennifer Kimball, Senior Public Health Planner
Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program to Support Girls’ Education
Jessica Morris, UNICEF USA Representative
As the Boston Community Engagement Fellow for UNICEF USA, Jessica implements the organization’s national campaigns in the New England region while encouraging New Englanders to be more globally-minded citizens.
Zonta International has committed US$1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF during the 2016-2018 Biennium to address the barriers to girls' education in Madagascar. Together, we are creating opportunities for girls to realize their rights to an education in a secure and protective environment.