Spend some time watching videos of the 2016 GIVEN Forum speakers!
I. Keynote Addresses
Keynote speeches are delivered by leading Catholic women across a diversity of professional fields and religious orders who share their faith and leadership experience. Each talk is designed to equip Catholic women with the confidence and skills necessary to advance their careers and strengthen their vocations in light of the Church’s teaching on the dignity of women and its vision for their flourishing.
II. Power Sessions
These talks are patterned after the popular style of “TED Talks” and are meant to provide personal testimonies that cover a range of topics relevant to the contemporary Catholic woman.
III. Training Sessions
These sessions provide attendees with concrete skills for their growth in leadership roles. Attendees receive practical tools that can be applied in a variety of professions and ministries.
At the 2016 Forum, Audrey Assad shared her conversion story and some of the hurt she has overcome in her journey. Witness is an important aspect of GIVEN, and Assad’s story is a testament to the healing power of God as well as a reminder to participants that they are not alone in their life’s struggles and ambitions.
V. Action Plan
Women arrive to the GIVEN Forum with an Action Plan in mind and receive feedback and support in implementing their plan while in attendance. Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV offers steps to putting a concrete plan into effect while recognizing the need to respond to change. She encourages women to stay focused and courageous in pursuing their plan while trusting in God’s plan throughout the process.
VI. Closing Remarks
GIVEN participants are tasked with implementing a post-Forum action plan in a community of their choosing. Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV offers encouragement for moving forward in God’s plan, emphasizing the importance of staying rooted in Him to live out authentic leadership.