Convention 2022

Virtual Program

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Thank you for virtually joining Zontians from all over the world for the 65th Zonta International Convention. Here is a guide for the activities and events that you can participate in to make the most of your Convention experience.

Please note: all times on the Convention app are listed in Central European Summer Time as it is based on the Hamburg, Germany location; however, you can change from event time to local time in the app. Sessions will be recorded and posted in the Convention App. Our goal is to post as soon as possible but this could take up to 24 hours. 

Following are highlights of the Zonta International Virtual Convention program. Please check the Whova app to have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips.

Download the Schedule-at-a-Glance (updated 18 May)



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  • Upload your photo and add the virtual attendee photo frame.

  • Find other virtual attendees in the “Attendee” list.

  • Join the conversation by visiting the “Community” tab and select a topic or create a new one.

  • Select events to add to your personal calendar.

1 June

  • WORKSHOP 10:00 AM CDT:  Money, Power, and Purpose: Aligning your Finances with Your Future
    The global pandemic has taught us many things including the critical need to uncover and manage potential risks that could jeopardize our health and well-being. This is also true for your financial well-being. As you focus on creating a sound future for your organization and professional life, it is essential that you prioritize creating your sound personal future, to ensure you can make the most of your one precious life.

  • Learning Objectives:
    Discover essential steps to be in control of your money and fuel your life’s purpose.
    Better understand drivers of your financial behavior and how to cultivate a positive money mindset.
    Develop a framework to create financial resilience, growth and stability.
    Identify actions to optimize your financial resources and align your finances with the vision of your future self.

     Join this engaging session, brought to members by the Zonta Foundation for Women, and learn strategies to fulfill your dreams and create the kind of world you want to live in.

    About the Speakers

    Barbara Best and Nancy Rizzuto are both Founders and Principals of CAP STRAT, and the Founders of the CAP STRAT Women's Forum. Their primary focus is to cultivate awareness and business opportunities for their firm’s institutional investment advisory, private wealth advisory, and asset management services and to co-lead their Women's Forum. They conduct their women’s programing nationally to corporate-based, social or affinity-based groups to feed their passion to empower others, especially women, to attain the freedom to live the life of their dreams and create a meaningful legacy. 

3 June

  • Club Presidents’ Orientation 7:00 AM CDT and 3:00 PM CDT

  • So, you have been elected as president. Are you ready to be president?
     This session will provide tools, tricks and tips that will support your experience not only as president but also give ideas as to how to become a successful leader. Get suggestions on how to improve communications, make better decisions and manage conflict as we share insights and experience on creating a healthy and productive club environment. The session will conclude with tools and resources available to you and show you where to find them.

6 June

  • Keynote Speaker: Carmen Ortiz-McGhee
    3:00 PM CDT

    VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

    Trail-blazing Executive. Authentic Leader. Unwavering Advocate

    A passionate champion of women, Carmen Ortiz-McGhee is a powerful and authentic voice on the subject of uplifting them, gleaned from years of advocating for and empowering women. From Giving Yourself Grace, to Battling Imposter Syndrome, From Straightening Your Crown to Finding Your Tribe, Carmen takes audiences through a compelling journey of lessons learned and skills honed to elevating all of the women around them.

    Now, as Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), the trade association for diverse and women-owned private equity firms and hedge funds, Carmen leads all NAIC programs, initiatives, corporate partnerships and key industry alliances.

7 - 11 June

  • Attend a district meeting (We will not post district meeting recordings unless the district organizer provides the recording to Zonta Headquarters.)
    Check the daily agenda on the Convention app for your district time and meeting link. These meetings will take place on a separate platform outside of the app such as Zoom or GoToMeeting. Note, not all districts will hold a virtual meeting.

8-9 June

  • Speed Networking Session for all convention registrants (Two Sessions – 5:00 PM CEST, 8 June, and 3:00 AM CEST, 9 June)
    Participants can experience the fun of meeting Zontians from other districts and countries. In speed networking, two to four Zontians are placed in a virtual room for five minutes where you can quickly get to know each other. You will switch rooms two more times during this 30-minute session. Be camera ready!  
    Due to attendee limits, we ask that you fill out our poll if you plan to attend one of these sessions. Please note: If you opt to remain anonymous, you will not be able to join a speed networking session. No one will see your answer besides the Zonta Headquarters team.

8 June

  • Speed networking session for Golden Z/Alumnae (One session – 5:00 PM CEST)
    Similar to the above, this session is specific to the Golden Z/Alumnae attendees.

13-14 June

  • Delegates Orientation (Two Sessions – 5:00 PM CEST, 13 June, and 3:00 AM CEST, 14 June)
    This is the essential session for all delegates and alternates, governors and past international presidents to attend to learn about their responsibilities during Convention. This session will review:
    o Fundamentals of the delegate handbook.
    o On-site check in process for a delegate or proxy.
    o Responsibilities when carrying a proxy vote.
    o Details on elections and the SimplyVoting platform.
    o Details on voting for convention business (including bylaws) and the handheld voting devices.
    o An opportunity to ask questions of the elections and credentialing committees.

16 June

  • International Treasurer’s Report (One session – 9:00 PM CEST)
    Join this session to hear the financial update from the Zonta International Treasurer/Secretary Mari McKenzie on behalf of the finance and investment committees of Zonta International and the Zonta Foundation for Women. Learn about:
    o The financial status of the organizations.
    o Work on the 10-year forecast.
    o Strategies and updates made to investment accounts.
    o Revisions made to financial manuals and policies.

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25 June
  • Speed networking session for virtual attendees only (One session – 1:00 PM CEST  )
    Up to 500 participants can experience the fun of meeting Zontians from other districts and countries. In speed networking, two to four Zontians are placed in a virtual room for five minutes where you can quickly get to know each other. You will switch rooms two more times during this 30-minute session. Be camera ready!

  • Workshop for virtual participants (Multiple sessions - TBD)
    Virtual attendees will have their own set of workshop sessions to select to attend and discuss. Organizers are investigating the ability to stream from one of the live workshop rooms in Hamburg.

  • Virtual visit to the Zonta Foundation for Women Booth (One session – 2:30 PM CEST)

26 June – Livestreamed Sessions from the CCH Auditorium
  • Opening Ceremony and Flag Parade – 8:30-10:30 AM CEST
  • Business Session #1 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
    • State of Zonta - International President’s Report 
  • Business Session #2 – 1:30-3:00 PM CEST
    • Remarkable Women, Powerful Stories
    • Awardee Speeches – Amelia Earhart Fellow Stefanie Düssler, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholar Laura Ufer, and Young Women in Public Affairs Awardee Emma Lehbib
    • 2020-2022 Education Program Achievements
  • Business Session #3 – 3:30-5:00 PM CEST
    • International Nominating Committee Report
    • Candidate Speeches

Note: Streaming will end at the conclusion of Business Session #3 and before voting for candidates begins.

27 June - Virtual Workshop
  • Navigating Economic and Cultural Impact of the New Normal: Trends and Innovations in Combating Human Trafficking - 11:00 AM -12:30 PM CEST
    • Organized by the Zonta Club of Pasig, District 17
      As the COVID-19 pandemic leaves a trail of economic poverty, mental health problems, educational disruption and other health-related issues, the world tries to pick up efforts to restore pre-pandemic gains. However, social organizations face the reality that the pandemic has eroded decades of social development gains and magnified pre-existing social issues such as poverty, gender discrimination, modern slavery and the trafficking of women.

      Global and local efforts to end modern slavery and trafficking face new challenges such as, but not limited to: breakdown of family values and cohesion; the rise of the number of young people engaged in social media, making them vulnerable to online sexual abuse and exploitation; the lack of access of communities to government programs and services other than health-related programs; the long-term loss of jobs of parents and family members affecting their resiliency to economic shocks; and challenges in the reintegration of survivors and even by returning migrant workers as they face volatile local job markets, extreme poverty, debt-bondage, and social discrimination in their communities.

      The pandemic is a social mirror that surfaced our deepest values and aspirations as a people. The fight to end human trafficking must remain a priority if humanity must move forward with hope, a sense of justice and equality.
27 June - Livestreamed Sessions from the CCH Auditorium
  • Business Session #4 – 8:30-10:30 AM CEST
    • Share Your Story
    • Keynote Speaker: Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, Environmental justice warrior, Rhodes Scholar and Founder of Black Girl Environmentalist
    • Zonta Activities on Climate Change
  • Election Results – 2:00 PM CEST
  • Workshop for virtual participants only Time to be determined 

    Note: Sessions on proposed amendments to Zonta International Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, as well as proposed resolution discussion, debate and vote will not be streamed due to the technical nature of the set up and voting. Results will be made available to all attendees as soon as possible.

28 June – Orange Out Day - Livestreamed Sessions from the CCH Auditorium
  • Memorial Service – 8:00-8:30 AM CEST
  • Business Session #5 – 9:00-10:30 AM CEST
    • Keynote Speaker: Nankali Maksud, Coordinator, UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage
    • 2020-2022 International Service Projects
      • Presentations and Progress Reports 
  • Business Session #6 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
    • Zonta Says NO – Honoring 10 years of Making a Difference
    • Zonta Service Recognition Awards
  • Business Session #7 – 1:30-3:00 PM CEST
    • International Honorary Members Presentation
    • Meritorious Service Award Presentation 
    • Add Your Voice Membership Recognition
    • Resolution 2 Report
  • Business Session #8 – 3:30 – 5:00 PM CEST
    • 2022-2024 Visions and Biennial Goals
    • Welcome to Brisbane 2024

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