#LeadersMatter Virtual Salon Series

  • Apr 3, 2020
  • Emerge Staff

Emerge Virtual Salon Series

This series will highlight our alumnae who are guiding our communities through the national public health crisis. Democratic women across the country have stepped up and shown leadership where our families and children require it the most. They give us hope and demonstrate why women are the strong and resilient leaders we need now! The series is scheduled to run through November. Stay tuned for upcoming salons.

The #LeadersMatter virtual salon series is an event benefit of the Emerge Leadership Circle*.

We encourage you to invite your children to participate in this virtual salon series.


 Polls and Politics during the Pandemic with former DNC Chair Donna Brazile and Celinda Lake

Donna Brazile is a political strategist, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation and former Chairwoman at the Democratic National Committee. Celinda Lake, founder of Lake Research Partners, is a noted pollster, political strategist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on electing women candidates. Our experts and Advisory Board Members will break down election results for us, assess important trends, provide critical analysis into this year’s elections and share the impacts of these results going into November.

Thursday, May 28th | 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET

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A Conversation with Supermajority Co-Founder Cecile Richards and Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar

Join Cecile Richards and A’shanti Gholar for a one-on-one conversation about Democratic women leadership and the importance of representation in politics and public office.

Thursday, June 4th | 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET

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Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins

When Home is Not Safe: Representative Herod is the first LGBTQ African American to serve in Colorado’s General Assembly, and District Attorney Rollins is the first woman and first person of color to serve as DA in Massachusetts. They are trailblazers, and since taking office, our Emerge alums have championed meaningful criminal justice reform at the state and local level. They are working hard to keep their communities safe during this pandemic and ensure that all Americans have the proper resources to get through this crisis.

Additional speakers may include school board members, Congressional candidates and journalists.

*The Leadership Circle is a core group of supporters who give $1,000 or more each year to support Emerge’s ongoing work. Leadership Circle members receive all-access to the complete #LeadersMatter virtual salon series including one guest pass. Other membership benefits include:

  • VIP ticket to the Emerge 15th Anniversary SF Luncheon rescheduled for November 19
  • Exclusive and regular updates from Emerge Executive Staff
  • Special recognition as a Leadership Circle member
  • Personal access to a Leadership Circle dedicated staff member

Individual tickets for each salon are also available to purchase for non-Leadership Circle members at $100.



5/14: Election Protection with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

Moderated by Emerge Colorado Executive Director Michal Rosenoer

Our Emerge alums and Secretaries of State talked us through the importance of voting by mail and ensuring safe elections during this time. Watch the salon here.

Thursday, May 14th | 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET

5/5: Public Safety Amidst a Public Health Crisis with Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06) & San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani

Moderated by Moms Demand Action Founder and Emerge Advisory Board Member Shannon Watts

Emerge alums Congresswoman Lucy McBath and Supervisor Catherine Stefani discussed the gun safety issues brought to light by the current public health crisis. Watch the salon here.

4/30: What Happens When You Flip a State with Virginia Delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy and Danica Roem

Moderated by Emerge VA Executive Director Veena Lothe

Virginia Delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy and Danica Roem discussed what they are working on now and shared more about their stories as Emerge alums. Watch the salon here.

4/16: Mayors on the Front Line: San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Moderated by Emerge California Executive Director Melanie Ramil

Our incredible Emerge alums are Mayors of two large cities impacted early in this pandemic. They have led the way and gave a full picture of the issues at play. Watch the salon here.

4/7: A Physician’s Perspective: Congresswoman Kim Schrier (WA-08) and Dr. Hiral Tipirneni

Moderated by Emerge New Mexico Executive Director Dr. Sharmin Dharas

The doctors presented their thoughts on the crisis and took questions from the Emerge network and their children. Watch the salon here.