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Past Speakers

Since 1996, YWCA Hartford Region has been hosting its annual In the Company of Women signature event to bring the community together to support our mission. We are so grateful for all our speakers who have shared their inspiring stories throughout the years!

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
April 20, 2023 | Equity Isn’t A Game

Sonia Manzano
April 7, 2022 | Our Learners Today, Become Leaders Tomorrow

Teresa C. Younger
September 30, 2021 | Virtual | HERStory is OUrStory: The Future is Now!

Cecile Richards
September 9, 2020 | Virtual | Together We’re Unlimited!

Soledad O’Brien
April 17, 2019 | It’s Our Time To Take the Lead!

Gloria Steinem
April 12, 2018 | It’s Our Turn – A Conversation with Gloria Steinem

Cokie Roberts
April 6, 2017 | Fearless Leadership

Angélique Kidjo
April 7, 2016 | Lift Every Voice

Viola Davis
April 9, 2015
Photo credit: Art Streiber

Camryn Manheim
April 8, 2014 | Living Life Generously

Laura Ling
April 9, 2013 | Journey of Hope

Rosie Perez
March 20, 2012 | Celebrating Culture, Diversity, and the Empowerment of All Women

Lee Woodruff
April 6, 2011 | Author and Advocate

Michele Norris
April 7, 2010 | Together We Stand

Jeannette Walls
March 26, 2009 | Against All Odds

Anna Deavere Smith
April 1, 2008 | Expressions from the Soul

Isabel Allende
April 13, 2007 | All Women are Connected; Stories, Dreams and Inspiration

Dr. Mae Jemison
March 31, 2006 | Challenging the Limits

Anna Quindlen
April 21, 2005 | A Woman, A Writer, and A Mother

Lesley Stahl
April 2, 2004 | 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl

Candice Bergen
March 12, 2003 | An Afternoon with Candice Bergen

Lani Guinier
April 5, 2002 | Race, Gender, & Democratic Decision-Making

Linda Ellerbee
March 29, 2001 | Hope and Victory

Maya Angelou
March 23, 2000 | Love, Humanity, Community, History, and Pride

Ann Curry
March 25, 1999 | Empowerment

Molly Ivins
March 20, 1998 | Provocative, Witty, Outspoken

Maya Angelou
March 7, 1997 | Love and the Universality of All Lives

Anna Quindlen
March 1, 1996 | Women’s Issues