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

We will be pausing our salon series until November. You can check out highlight reels on our YouTube channel, or view full recordings from past salons below. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to connect with you at our post-election virtual event, Emerge 15: When Women Run, We All Win.


9/24: A Conversation with SURGE film producers: Alyssa Milano, Hannah Rosenzweig & Wendy Sachs

Moderated by Emerge Board Member Regina Montoya

SURGE follows three candidates in Texas, Indiana, and Illinois who were looking to flip their red district to blue, including Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever be elected to Congress. On this salon, Alyssa, Hannah and Wendy discussed the importance of sharing women’s stories, the work we need to do leading up to election day, and the film’s central question: is this a moment or a movement? Watch the salon here.

9/10: Representation Matters: First Native American Women in Congress featuring Rep. Sharice Davids and Rep. Deb Haaland in conversation with A’shanti Gholar

Congresswomen Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland discussed their experience as the first two Native American women in Congress and the importance of representation in office. Watch the salon here.

9/3: Georgia & Southern Expansion with Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams, Georgia State Representative Shelly Hutchinson & Georgia State House Candidate Julie Jordan

Sen. Williams, Rep. Hutchinson, and Julie discussed Georgia and the key role Democrats in the South will play in elections in 2020 and beyond. Watch the salon here.

8/12: Keeping it Local with Emerge alums Colorado Representative Daneya Esgar, Maryland Delegate Brooke Lierman and Kentucky Representative Attica Scott

All politics is local. Our Emerge alums discussed the importance of getting involved at the state and local levels. Watch the salon here.

8/6: A Conversation with Senator Cory Booker and Emerge President A’shanti Gholar

Senator Booker sat down with A’shanti to discuss racial justice and the ways men can support women running for office. Watch the salon here.

7/28: Making History with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Moderated by Emerge alum and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis

Mayor Pete discussed his historic Presidential run and the importance of empowering young people to run for office and supporting down-ballot candidates. Watch the salon here.

7/21: The Road to the Senate with Emerge alum and Speaker of the Maine State House Sara Gideon

Moderated by Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar

Speaker Sara Gideon discussed the importance of flipping the Senate and take your questions surrounding her decision to take on Susan Collins and her journey towards Election Day.

7/10: Why Women for Attorney General? with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Moderated by January Contreras, Emerge alum and candidate for Arizona Attorney General

Attorneys General Healey and Rosenblum discussed the importance of equal representation, their work standing up against the Trump administration, and how they protect and serve their constituents as women AGs amidst a pandemic. Watch the salon here.

6/26: When Home with Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins

Moderated by Emerge Massachusetts Executive Director Nina Liang

Representative Herod and District Attorney Rollins discussed the rise in domestic violence during shelter in place, criminal justice, racial equity, and why we need more women leaders who will protect and defend communities who need them most Watch the salon here.

6/16: A Conversation with “That Woman from Michigan” featuring Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Moderated by Former Governor of Michigan and Emerge Advisory Board Member Jennifer Granholm

Governor Whitmer discussed how she dealt with targeted attacks from the White House and her own constituents and reclaimed her title as “that woman from Michigan.” Watch the salon here.

6/4: A Conversation with Supermajority Co-Founder Cecile Richards and Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar

Cecile Richards sat down with A’shanti to discuss Democratic women leadership and the importance of representation in politics and public office. Watch the salon here.

5/28: Polls and Politics during the Pandemic with former DNC Chair Donna Brazile and Celinda Lake

Moderated by Emerge President A’shanti Gholar

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile and noted pollster Celinda Lake provided critical analysis into this year’s elections and shared the impacts of these results going into November. Watch the salon here.

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.

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.

*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:

  • 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.