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Conference Schedule

Schedule and speakers are subject to change. 


4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Arrival & Check-In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)

7:45 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Welcome with Carla Goldstein

Spoken Word with Azure Antoinette and Carlos Andrés Gómez

Keynotes with Elizabeth Lesser Women and Men: Let’s Start a New Conversation and Tony Porter Breaking out of the Man Box

Conversation with Elizabeth Lesser and Tony Porter moderated by Mallika Dutt


9:00 a.m.–Noon

Keynotes with Diana Nyad Find a WayBarbara Annis Gender IntelligenceMichael Kimmel Gender Equality

Panel conversation Women and Men in a New Millennium with Barbara AnnisMichael Kimmel, and Carlos Andrés Gómez moderated by Courtney Martin

Interactive exercise with Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Panel Conversation Toward a Culture of Care with Esther ArmahTony PorterShabana Basij-Rasikh,and Vinny Ferraro moderated by Mallika Dutt

3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Interactive Session #1 
Experiencing Gender Reconciliation with Cynthia BrixWill KeepinJennifer BuffettPeter BuffettZanele Khumalo, and John Tsungme Guy

Concurrent Interactive Session #2
Moving Beyond Our Stories with Vinny Ferraro and Pam Dunn

Concurrent Interactive Session #3
Embodying Dialoguewith Hudson River Playback Theatre

7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

          Remarks & Conversation led by Pat Mitchell with Ted Turner, Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, and Kevin Rudd

Concert with India.Arie


9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Keynotes with Stephanie Coontz and Zach Wahls The Changing Family, Sarah Peter, and Sarah Jane Glynn Toward an Economy of Care, and Panel Conversation The Changing Family moderated by Carla Goldstein

12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Check Out



Concurrent Sessions
Saturday 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Interactive Session #1 - Experiencing Gender Reconciliation
Cynthia Brix, Will Keepin, Jennifer Buffett, Peter Buffett, Zanele Khumalo, and John Tsungme Guy

Gender Reconciliation creates safe spaces for women and men to engage in experiential, interactive exercises and dialogues to address issues rarely discussed aloud. This session builds trust and authentic communication where we can speak truth to our pain without blame and shame, and move beyond to reclaim mutual harmony and beloved community. There will also be a powerful dialogue with Jennifer Buffett and Peter Buffett on intimate relationships, and an interactive conversation with leaders of Gender Reconciliation based in the U.S. and South Africa. 

Concurrent Interactive Session #2 - Moving Beyond Our Stories
Vinny Ferraro and Pam Dunn

It is one thing to know a person by their gender, race, accomplishments, or “image.”  It is a completely different process to connect to each other’s humanity and learn who we really are through the details that are often missing in our day-to-day encounters. Many of us are so afraid of becoming vulnerable that we end up settling for superficial relationships and conversations. As a result, we may spend our lives feeling separate. In this session—in small and large groups, through discussion, mindfulness meditation, and other exercises—we explore taking the risk to see past our conditioning, our assumptions, and our stories in order to truly connect and heal that which divides us. 

Concurrent Interactive Session #3 - Embodying the Dialogue
Hudson River Playback Theatre: Jo Salas, Matteo Undici, Jody Satriani, Lauren Ardman, Ricardo Perez Gonzalez, and Ann Belmont

Participants are invited to give voice to reflections and memories prompted by conference themes. Hudson River Playback Theatre’s gifted and diverse improvisers will listen deeply, then skillfully co-create short theatre pieces using movement, imagery, spoken word, and music. There will also be opportunities for dialogue and creative expression in small groups. The respectful process of Playback Theatre honors divergent voices, illuminates commonalities, and weaves a tapestry of shared vision in action.