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Cost: $20 ($15 VMFA members); ticket includes a boxed lunch

Ascend and Lead: A Women’s Empowerment Forum

Sat, Oct 19 | 10 am–3:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Conversation and storytelling have informed and empowered women of color for generations. These same forms of communication are at the heart of a provocative and inspiring leadership forum featuring panel discussions, reflections, and talks.

The exciting lineup of leaders in the arts, education and policy, and business includes Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency; Linda Hines, CEO, Virginia Premier; Melody Barnes, Co-Director, University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative; and many others. In addition, Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Francis Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will have a conversation with Mary Margaret Pettway. Pettway is a third-generation quilter, a member of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, and the Chair of the Board of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. As curator and artist, they will speak to various aspects of art, culture, and business. VMFA’s forum follows American Evolution 2019 Women’s Achieve Summit, October 14-15, at the Richmond Convention Center.

VMFA’s day-long forum, Ascend & Lead: A Women’s Empowerment Forum, takes place October 19. The cost is $20 ($15 VMFA members) and includes a box lunch.