2021 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum

June 9-13, 2021 | Washington, D.C.

The GIVEN Forum 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. Acceptance to a GIVEN cohort includes a year of one-on-one mentorship after the Forum, when women grow in leadership skills as they implement an Action Plan.

Join us via livestream at the 2021 GIVEN Forum Meet & Greet night! Featuring opening remarks from Helen Alvaré, our first-ever Catholic Female Leaders Celebration, and a big announcement from our sponsor, OSV Institute. Click here for more information.

Who can attend the GIVEN Forum?

Young adult Catholic women, ages 21-30, seeking leadership training, faith formation, and mentoring to better understand and pursue their particular mission and vocation. The application deadline is February 12, 2021.

What can you expect?

  • Talks by lay and religious female Catholic leaders
  • Professional leadership training sessions
  • Identification of your particular gifts and strengths
  • Networking with peers and leading Catholic women
  • Opportunities for prayer, the sacraments, and spiritual direction
  • Support and guidance to implement a post-forum Action Plan. Click to hear Ann and Laura talk about their Action Plans!
  • Opportunities for mentoring through the GIVEN network

View highlights from the 2019 GIVEN Forum!

Interested in covering the Forum? GIVEN Forum Press Release

2021 GIVEN Forum Speakers

  • Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, OP
  • Michelle Benzinger
  • Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV
    Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV
  • Gloria Purvis
  • Mother Clare Matthiass, CFR
  • Denise Espinoza
  • Dr. Mary Ann Sorra
  • Anna Carter
  • Helen Alvaré
  • Marie Miller
  • Sr. Maria Juan Anderson, RSM
  • Sr. Charity, SV
  • Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV
  • Fr. John Burns
  • Fr. Luke Joseph Leighton, CFR
  • Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP
  • Michelle Riestra
  • Justina Kopp
  • Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN
  • Sr. Maria Theotókos Adams, SSVM
  • Stephen Giordano
  • Julie Larkin
  • Sr. Gabriela Ramirez de la Rosa, CSJ
  • Andréa Polito
  • Sr. Maria Goretti, OCD
  • Lauren Costabile
  • Catherine Hadro
  • Katie Woltornist
  • Mary Hallan FioRito
  • Lauren Merz
  • Kimberly Cook
  • Jona Winkelman
  • Joshua Miller
  • Dorrie Donahue
  • Laura Prejean
  • Leah Jacobson
  • Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC

“I left feeling not only incredibly empowered and ready to take on my entrepreneurial action plan, but ready to enter into the vocation of marriage, as well! GIVEN was hands down the most transformative, empowering, and inspiring Christian women’s conference I have ever been to.”

Corynne Staresinic, GIVEN '16

“God used GIVEN to really form my identity as a woman and to show me His will in my life.”

Michelle Nunez, GIVEN '16

“GIVEN provided role models, testimonies, and tangible tools to navigate the world as a Catholic woman of this generation.”

Pamela Rose Suresca, GIVEN '16

“Women have a place of leadership in the Church, and the Lord has given each of us a unique gift and call in order to serve and love him. The GIVEN Forum gave me permission to dream with the Lord, to open my heart, and to hear his call for my life in prayer.”

Samantha Kelley, GIVEN '16