EVENTS: Upcoming chances to hear me speak

Goodness that title is so full of myself! haha! Honestly, I do love to see friendly faces in the crowds when I speak and I love, love, love meeting my online friends in person. So here is a run down of where you can catch me in action in the next few months:

1] Netroots Nation Chicago
Pushing a Progressive Agenda in the Obama Administration
Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)
No Exit Cafe, 6970 North Glenwood, Chicago

With a Democratic president, House and Senate, we have a historic opportunity for progressive change. But how do liberals and progressives make sure their voice is heard? This panel will discuss constructive ways of pushing a progressive agenda and holding our elected officials' feet to the fire. Panelists include:

Veronica Arreola, Viva La Feminista
Greg Palast, BBC, author of Armed Madhouse
Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, Before The Storm
Matthew Filipowicz, Huffington Post,
Ed Yohnka, ACLU-IL, Director of Communications And Public Policy

Admission is free. Dinner and drinks available for purchase. A Drinking Liberally cocktail hour to follow the event. Click here to RSVP for the event.

National Council for Research on Women Annual Conference

Thursday, June 11
CUNY Graduate Center, New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016


Breakout Groups
3. Science, Environment and Technology

Veronica Arreola; Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia, Institute of Women's Studies; Xuan Nguyen, Women's Environment and Development Organization; Allannah Thomas, Helicon Inc.; Soon-Young Yoon, NGO Committee on the Status of Women

Full conference information

Hosted by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York,
The Center for the Study of Women and Society

3] Mujeres Del Cambio: Women Of Change
A Platica Hosted by Chicago Foundation for Women's Latina Leadership Council

6-9 p.m.
Friday, June 12, 2009
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.

Online ticket sales and more information coming soon!

About Mujeres del Cambio: Women of Change
Latinas in Chicago represent the next wave of leadership. Their emergence in politics, the arts, education, media and beyond is setting the pace for an inclusive social change agenda. Join the Chicago Foundation for Women's Latina Leadership Council as they host a "platica"--community conversation--with dynamic women that are paving new paths for Latina empowerment. The Latina Leadership Council will also be unveiling the new name of their fund to honor feminist and social activist Maria Mangual. Grants from the fund will benefit programs for Latina women and girls in the Chicagoland area. This will be an evening of inspiration, networking and music. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


* Neli Vazquez-Rowland, CEO of Be! Products, Inc. and co-founder of A Safe Haven
* Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney
* Aurora Aguilar, senior producer of 848, Chicago Public Radio
* Veronica Arreola
* Moderated by Catalina Maria Johnson, host and producer of "Beat Latino"

Accessibility information TBA. For more information, contact Marisol Ybarra at (312) 577-2836 or

4] 2009 National NOW Conference
I am still finalizing 1-2 workshops where I will be speaking and/or moderating. Once I get details, I'll post it.

June 19-21
Indianapolis, IN
at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

5] Blogher 2009
Leadership: What is "Pro-Woman" in a Post-Palin World?
Friday, July 24th
2:45-4:00 PM Break-Out Session #3

2008 was a volatile year for women in the public eye. Not just for those women, but for all women as we watched them in action and the reaction to them. featured substantive, weighty and (mostly) civil conversations that dug up ongoing questions that dog all of us that consider ourselves “Pro-Woman”:
  • How do we address the rift between many women of color and the perception of the mainstream feminist movement?
  • Can pro-choice and pro-life women find common “pro-woman” ground?
  • If we believe that women are true thought leaders and change agents for the world and that women’s leadership is more important than ever in turbulent times, how do we reconcile this with the fact that women certainly do not all agree?!
  • What does it mean to be “pro-woman” when woman are anything but a monolithic bloc who think…or vote the same?

  • Join the conversation to answer all these questions and more, and hear what conservative libertarian blogger Emily Zanotti, liberal feminist blogger Veronica Arreola, Republican activist Princella D. Smith and liberal civil rights activist Joan Garry have to say about being Pro-Woman in today's world.