INSPIRED is the foundation's annual fundraising and educational event presenting powerful women speaking on meaningful topics. INSPIRED is our opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of these remarkable women. Past speakers have included athletes, journalists, astronauts, first responders, authors, and civil rights activists including Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Tererai Trent, Dolores Huerta, and Dr. Angela Davis.
2021 INSPIRED Event - save the date
friday, september 10, 2021
Plan to join us at this powerful virtual experience where we'll recognize women who have been first responders as we mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
more information coming soon!
If you are interested in serving on the Chrysalis Inspired Event Committee,
please reach out to Lynn Knudsen. Meetings will begin in May 2021.
Past INSPIRED Events
2020 inspired event: sunny hostin
friday october 20, 2020
virtual event emceed by Sabrina Ahmed
Sunny Hostin’s own story as a self-described Afro-Latina lawyer frames her perspective on life, family, career, and society. Known for her informed analysis of the law as well as her emotional intelligence, she believes she is not a role model but a “possibility model.”
Hostin is a 3-time Emmy Award winner and has co-hosted ABC’s popular talk show The View since 2016.
Originally from the South Bronx in New York, Hostin graduated from Notre Dame Law School and became an attorney for the United States Department of Justice. Moving into a position as a federal prosecutor, she received the Special Achievement Award by Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators.
Hostin’s work as a legal correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America and for the ABC News Special The President and the People provided her an opportunity to report on some of the most compelling stories of the past decade including the civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Bernie Madoff and Bill Cosby scandals, and the George Zimmerman trial.
A gifted storyteller, Hostin hosted, and executive produced a 6-episode documentary series, Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin on Investigation Discovery.
2019 inspired event: dolores huerta
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activist. feminist. mother.
chrysalis was proud to partner with drake university's women's and gender studies department to host a screening of the documentary, "Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother."
over 100 students, staff, and friends gathered to view the 2017 film co-produced by musician Carlos Santana and actor Benjamin Bratt. the film was directed by Peter Bratt, award-winning screenwriter and independent filmmaker.
as co-founder of the first farm workers unions, dolores huerta is one of the most important, yet least well known, activists in united states' history.