Vision 2020 Project Searches for Women Leaders

Also read: women executives, leaders, women, suffrage


In 10 years, our nation will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. While winning this battle for suffrage was monumental, it wasn’t just a step for women in the voting boothsit had a greater significance for social, economic, educational and political equality.

Starting next fall, a group of women leaders in Philadelphia will make sure that this work continues in the future.

On Oct. 2122, 2010, a congress of national delegates, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, will meet at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for “Vision 2020: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership.” Vision 2020 is a national project to celebrate the 2020 Centennial of the Suffrage Amendment. It will focus on advancing gender equality through dialogue about women and leadership.

To prepare for this leadership event, Vision 2020 is conducting a nationwide search for women to be part of the delegation that will contribute to the “conversation.”

The two women co-chairing the delegation selection are Subha Barry, who recently left Merrill Lynch & Co., where she served most recently as a managing director and the global head of diversity and inclusion, and Karen Kaplowitz, president of The New Ellis Group, a business-development consulting firm.

Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to and passion for helping women and girls. These women will represent their point of view during the American Conversation and should ideally be in a position through their activities professionally and/or as volunteers to lead the implementation of an agenda for change in their states or within their respective areas of expertise and focus.

The ideal Vision 2020 National Delegate selected would meet the following criteria:

  • Be a leader in or affiliated with an organization (professional, social or grassroots) that is working in one of the topic areas: Arts and Culture, Business, Law and Finance, Communications and Media, Health, Education, Faith, Family, Philanthropy and Volunteerism, Politics and Government, Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Must be willing to mobilize their individual and professional resources to bring about positive change as defined in the action agenda the delegates will develop
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to helping women and/or girls
  • Must commit to serving a minimum three-year term as a delegate with Vision 2020 (20102013), attending the 2010 Conversation and the follow-up conferences in subsequent years, as an active participant and advocate for their positions
  • Must contribute to a diverse group of delegates who reflect the full range of American women in age, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation

There is no cost to participate; Vision 2020 pays for National Delegates’ travel and hotel expenses.

For more details on the National Delegates, how to nominate a delegate and to access the online application form, click here.

Nominations for National Delegates must be received by March 1.

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