January 30, 2018:
“The Summit was so powerful! The organizers of the summit worked to make it a space welcoming for those of differing levels of comfort with their HIV status, familiarity with advocacy and participation in a large group setting.”
“The PWN Summit lived up to its commitments in bringing a diverse group of women together in power and solidarity.”
“My roots and passions have grown. I cannot wait to go next time and represent [my home state]!”
If you are a woman or person of trans experience living with HIV, you won’t want to miss SPEAK UP! 2018, the ONLY national leadership summit by and for women living with HIV, happening April 12-15 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Organizations and agencies sponsoring 5 or more women living with HIV to attend SPEAK UP! 2018 will get a special discounted group rate–and you’ll save even more by registering your group before midnight tomorrow, Jan. 31. (Participant names and info can be submitted after Jan. 31; act now to lock in savings.)
Whether you have never participated in advocacy before or are a seasoned advocate; whether your HIV status is public or secret; SPEAK UP! 2018 is your opportunity to learn more about the issues facing women living with HIV in the U.S. today, get the information and skills you need to make a difference, and join a community of hundreds of other women living with HIV from across the U.S. and Canada.
What are folks saying about the Speak Up! Summit?
Hear from Maria Mejia
Hear from Stacy Jennings
Hear from Olga Irwin
Watch Davina Conner’s Speak Up! 2016 video
“Where do I begin in even trying to describe this empowering, engaging and amazingly awesome women’s leadership summit? There were over 250 women living with HIV from 30 states, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands gathered in unity sharing a safe space where we were able to learn, share, laugh, cry and rejuvenate. We had the opportunity to participate in numerous workshops facilitated by women who are vivacious leaders. These workshops helped us to build our skills in leadership and learn about our current local, state and federal policy concerns that affect women living with HIV. We developed a better understanding of social justice and human rights for women living with HIV while also having the opportunity to bond as a sisterhood and get to know one another on more intimate levels,” describes Alicia Diggs of North Carolina.
“A month has passed since Speak Up! 2016, and I am still feeling the effects,” reflects Asha Molock of Pennsylvania. “On brisk mornings in the Northeast, I fondly remember the humid air of Florida, the warm ocean and the sand between my toes as I jogged on the beach. I can still see the smiling faces and friendly greetings of my PWN sisters as we walked pass each other on our way to the various workshops. Sometimes not really knowing one another but still feeling the sisterhood, solidarity and connection. Since I have returned, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the workshops that I attended. A great deal of what I heard and saw has stayed on my mind and I’m still in processing mode.”
“What would I tell another woman diagnosed with HIV about the PWN Speak Up Summit? I would tell her that it was the most refreshing, vivid and comforting conference and will give her hope in so many ways,” said Davina Conner of Colorado. “It will help in so many ways by allowing her to find her place and who she is. It will lift up her spirits and make her cry, but her cries will be of joy knowing that she is not alone in this fight. I would tell her she will find sister love among so many other women who care so much about her.” Watch the video Davina made of SPEAK UP! 2016 above or here.
LOCK IN SAVINGS–REGISTER TODAY!
If you register and complete your registration payment before midnight, January 31, you will qualify for the early bird rate ($200). As of February 1, the rate will increase to $250. The registration fee includes shared accommodations, meals and snacks throughout the Summit and all training materials. It does not include travel, room service or other incidental expenses.
Need to do some fundraising to complete your registration payment or to fund your travel to the Summit? We have tips for you here.
Already registered with a deposit and want to finish paying before the end of early-bird?Complete your payment here.
Work for an organization, clinic or agency and want to sponsor a group of women to attend the Summit? Register them here.
Questions? You may find your answers here on our FAQs. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact email@example.com or call our office at 510.698.3811.
We can’t wait to see you in April in Myrtle Beach, SC!
In sisterhood and solidarity,