The launch of The GIVEN Institute was featured in many news outlets, as was the 2016 GIVEN Forum. Here is a sampling of those articles and interviews.

The Catholic Feminist

The Importance of Women in Leadership, featuring Elise Italiano

November 28, 2018

Women don’t need a collar to lead. That’s just ONE of the wisdom nuggets today’s guest drops. Elise Italiano is the director of The GIVEN Institute, a non-profit aimed at activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. A former theology and bioethics teacher, Elise is on the show to chat about the necessity of women as leaders in the Church.

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McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

Church Life Today – Elise Italiano

November 24, 2018

We need more leaders in the church. In fact we need the best leadership for The Church, but where will these leaders be found? And how will we prepare them for giving a credible witness to the Gospel? These questions are not foreign to Elise Italiano, who serves as Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute. Host, Leonard DeLorenzo talks with her about leadership in the Church and the mission of her institute, which is dedicated to activating the gifts of young women for the Church and for the world.

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Catholic women are leaving the church. This group wants them to lead it.

November 16, 2018

A groundbreaking survey of Catholic women published by America earlier this year found that 26 percent rarely or never attend Mass; 27 percent only attend a few times a year; and 67 percent of Catholic women have never served in any parish ministry. The GIVEN Institute is trying to fix that. This week we chat with Elise Italiano, the group’s executive director, about what they’re doing to help Catholic women lead inside and outside the church.

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Young Adults, Identity, Community, and Purpose: An Interview with Elise Italiano

October 4, 2018

In the days leading up to the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, Millennial editor Robert Christian interviewed Elise Italiano, the founding Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute, on young adults and the Church.

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A new institute dedicated to inspiring and supporting young Catholic women is taking off

September 14, 2018

The GIVEN Institute is a new nonprofit dedicated to mentoring young Catholic women to “receive the gift that they are; realize the gifts they’ve been given; and respond with the gift that only they can give.” It is a blossoming of a seed planted in 2016 at the GIVEN Catholic Young Women Leadership Forum, organized by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious.

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Relevant Radio: A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas

Empowering the Next Generation of Catholic Women

September 13, 2018

Elise Italiano, Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute, on creating the next generation of Catholic women leaders. Elise shares about how The GIVEN Institute forms young women in their faith, and the move toward mentoring. What young women need to know: They are noticed, they are necessary, they are loved.

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Catholic News Agency

New Catholic group aims to form next generation of women leaders

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C.  — The GIVEN Institute hopes to shape a new generation of Catholic leaders through a program of faith formation, mentoring, and leadership for young women.

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Catholic News Service

Women’s Catholic Leadership Program Officially Launches

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Catholic women’s leadership organization, the GIVEN Institute, which aims to encourage and train young women in leadership roles in the church and society, officially launched Sept. 12. “There are plenty of leadership programs in the private sector; there is no reason…”

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Crux | Taking the Pulse

New Institute Hopes to Build Women Leaders for the Church

September 12, 2018

NEW YORK – Ahead of next month’s much-discussed Vatican summit on young people, a new organization targeted at forming the next generation of women leaders within the Church and the wider culture was launched on Wednesday.

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National Review

September 12, 2018

Women on Divine Mission | A new institute is dedicated to mentoring young Catholic women for the future of the Church and the world.

Do young people know the gifts they have been given? The newly launched GIVEN Institute is dedicated to helping young women be good stewards of their talents, through mentorship and interaction with consecrated women in the Catholic Church. With so much scandal in the news, what will the next generation of leaders look like? GIVEN exists to help with formation and flourishing, building a network of women who seek to be part of the solution, following God’s call to each one of them. I spoke with Elise Italiano, the executive director of the institute, about what it hopes to accomplish

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National Catholic Register

August 29, 2017

GIVEN Forum Affirms Young Women in Christ’s Love
Gathering for Catholic women continues to bear fruit.

More than a year has passed since the “GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum,” and the fruits continue to show in the lives of Catholic women inspired by its 21st-century approach to emboldening disciples, centered in a radical encounter with Jesus Christ’s love.

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Crux | Taking the Pulse

Catholic young women launch self-led initiatives across U.S. after forum

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attending a Catholic young women’s leadership forum taught Michelle Nunez, 23, that “our vocation as women is to be receptive to God’s gifts.” What Nunez learned about the “feminine genius,” a term used by St. John Paul II to describe the gifts of women, helps her, a year later, in her volunteer work with immigrants at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas.

Nunez and 300 young women representing dioceses from all 50 states are using their specific gifts to carry out their “action plans” following the June 2016 Given Forum at The Catholic University of America. An initiative of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the forum brought young Catholic women together for a weeklong immersion in “faith formation, leadership training and networking.”

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National Catholic Reporter/Global Sisters Report

June 15, 2016

GIVEN forum creates space for young Catholic women to embrace ‘feminine genius’

On the first night of GIVEN, Matt Maher’s “Hold Us Together” played softly over the speakers as women ambled into the great room at The Catholic University of America’s Pryzbyla Center. A few days later, two GIVEN attendees would have an impromptu dance party in this same room, twirling to this same song.

But on the first night, there was no dancing, only laughter and hugs as old friends reconnected and new friends met for the first time.

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Catholic News Agency

June 11, 2016

Religious sisters dare young women to share their God-given gifts

Young women and religious sisters from around the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to discover and share their unique talents, training them to use those gifts for the good of the Church and of the world.

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