Tina Tchen in Toronto

Join us for the 2017 Canadian Women’s Foundation Toronto Breakfast, featuring Tina Tchen!

A champion of equality for women and girls in the Obama Administration, Tina Tchen was Assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear how Tina’s work in the White House shaped her thoughts on the future of leadership, public policy, and empowering women and girls locally and globally. 

Friday, October 27, 2017
7:30 a.m. Coffee Reception
8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation 

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Constitution Hall, North Building
255 Front Street West 

Tables of eight: $2,500
Single tickets: $325

Tax receipts will be issued for the charitable portion of your purchase within 60 days following the event.

The Canadian Women's Foundation Toronto Breakfast is an inspiring, eye-opening, sell-out event for people who care about gender equality and diversity. Past breakfasts have featured notable speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Maysoon Zayid, Sally Armstrong, Geena Davis, Ashley Judd, and Michael Kimmel.

Funds raised will go to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to support programs that help women move themselves out of poverty, and into financial independence, confidence, and leadership.

Her passion for gender equality and advocacy helped earn Tina Tchen the role of a lifetime: working in the Obama Administration to improve the lives of women and girls. 

Tchen was Assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. During her eight years at the White House, Tchen served as the Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, as well as the United State of Women Summit.

The Summit brought together leaders, activists, businesspeople, and entertainers to rally for more work toward gender equality. Tchen also helped launch Let Girls Learn, a government project aimed at helping teen girls get quality education. She was also the first Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement during the Obama Administration.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tchen has said that her parents always encouraged her to make her community a better place. “You should care about what’s going on around you in the world and if you see something that troubles you, you should get involved.” 

After Tchen graduated from Harvard University, she worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and got involved in women’s groups. “We organized marches, we were doing phone banking, I really learned how to do political organizing,” she said. She went on to practise law for many years, but stayed involved with advocacy. It was along the way that she first met Barack Obama as an up-and-coming organizer.

Before being appointed to her role at the White House, Tchen received numerous awards for her work, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (1999), the Women of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League (1996), and the Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year (1994).

For more information, please contact Erin Burgess at events@canadianwomen.org  or 416-365-1444 x221

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