More information about the 2020 GIVEN Forum can be found in these FAQs.
The GIVEN Forum is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day event that provides leadership training, faith formation, and networking opportunities to emerging female Catholic leaders. It is designed to help young adult Catholic women with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel through their profession or vocation.
“There were so many examples of women in the Church living vibrantly through different vocations. As a single woman with a career in business, being present at GIVEN opened my eyes to see that God can do anything with your ‘Yes’ if you give it to Him.”
“I had been discerning a vocation to the religious life for a few years before attending GIVEN, and although not expecting it at all, it was at GIVEN that God clearly called me to Himself. I went to the forum simply looking for leadership skills and networking opportunities with other Catholic women, and I left joyfully accepting God’s call to be totally His. I am now applying to a religious order!”
“GIVEN helped me to reexamine what I always felt was a tension between the vocation of a wife and mother with professional aspirations. It helped me to understand better the many fruitful ways that women live out their vocations in an integrated way.”
The 2020 GIVEN Forum will begin on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 and end on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Participants must commit to attending the entire Forum.
The GIVEN Forum will be held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Programming will also take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Lodging and meals are included.
The GIVEN Institute welcomes young adult Catholic women to apply for the 2020 Forum who will be between the ages of 21 and 30 as of June 10, 2020, who have significant leadership experience or leadership potential, who are engaged in their Catholic faith, and who desire to cultivate their gifts to enrich the culture, the Church, and those in their care. Women enrolled in RCIA programs may also apply.
Meet the 2020 GIVEN Forum speakers here!
The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 GIVEN Forum is February 3, 2020.
The GIVEN Institute will notify the young women who have applied whether they have been accepted as participants of the Forum in early March.
We want everyone to identify and encourage young women to consider applying. If you are a priest, campus minister, religious sister, or any member of the lay faithful who knows a young woman with exceptional faith and potential, please let her know about the GIVEN Forum and send her the link to our website. Impact Investment sponsorships are also available for those who would like to financially support a young woman who has been accepted to the GIVEN Forum.
The GIVEN Institute will welcome 100-150 young women leaders to participate in the Forum.
Through the generosity of benefactors and philanthropic foundations, the GIVEN Institute is able to subsidize the cost of the leadership Forum and ongoing programming. Participant contribution to the Forum includes:
- $550 registration fee (includes food and lodging)
- Cost of travel
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for participants in need of assistance.
Absolutely. The GIVEN Institute encourages accepted participants to seek support from friends, family, parish members, and others so that they can attend the Forum and bring their gifts back to their local community. Many GIVEN Forum participants have also asked their workplace or diocese to sponsor their attendance.