SPEAK UP! National Summit for Women Living with HIV

SPEAK UP! A National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIVPositive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) is thrilled to announce SPEAK UP! A National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV! It’s our first-ever national summit: 200 women living with HIV from across the country will gather in Fort Walton Beach, FL, for three days in September 2014. We will build leadership skills, address critical policy, advocacy and research issues relevant to women’s lives, and foster a growing national community among women living with HIV. Read on, and register by clicking this link!

[For those who have visited this page before June 12, the registration form has moved and is no longer below, but at the link provided in the last sentence. Here's the link again!]

Visit the SPEAK UP! Summit website for even more information and updates!

Wondering if the SPEAK UP! Summit is for you? Read these frequently asked questions about the Summit. (PDF)

Want to submit a workshop? Find out more about presenting at SPEAK UP! Submission deadline is June 27! (PDF)

-   Convocatoria de Propuestas de Talleres (Versión español) (PDF)


PWN-USA Southern Summit attendees!

PWN-USA Southern Summit attendees!

In March 2012, 60 women living with HIV from the South convened to change the response to the HIV epidemic among women. The Southern Summit successfully sparked community organizing efforts, mobilized advocates and created a stronger network of women living with HIV in the U.S. South committed to upholding human rights. Before the end of the Summit, advocates asked us: “When is the next Summit?

Back by popular demand, SPEAK UP! A National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV will bring together 200 advocates from Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Fort Walton Beach, FL. All women living with HIV are invited to join this herstoric gathering.  

After SPEAK UP! ends on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19, the Positive Living Conference will begin. The Positive Living Conference is the largest annual gathering of people living with HIV, and will run from Friday evening, Sept. 19, through noon on Sunday, Sept. 21.  If you are registering for both conferences, PWN-USA offers a discount of $5 on our registration fee. 

A separate registration process and fee of $100 will be required for the Positive Living Conference. Registration for Positive Living will open later this year. Let us know below if you want to be updated when Positive Living registration opens!

hand-drawn workshop learning tools

Developing holistic leadership at the Southern Summit in March 2012.

Registration fee for SPEAK UP! is sliding scale, beginning at $75, which includes: 

  • shared accommodations for two nights, Sept. 17 and 18
  • all meals during the Summit (dinner on Sept. 17, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sept. 18, and breakfast and lunch on Sept. 19)
  • all Summit materials

Register today by clicking this link to fill out the form!

Questions? Contact our Summit Coordinator, Tanya Diaz by email, or call her at 510-768-7671.

Whether you are attending the Summit or not, can you help support the leadership pipeline of women living with HIV? Donate to invest in women’s leadership today.

$20 secures a packet of materials for one attendee 
$40 funds a participant’s meals for one day of the Summit
$75 supports a registration scholarship for one leader
$150 pays for a leader’s lodging for the entire duration of the Summit
$500 helps us provide childcare, so that attendees with young families can be at the table
$750 will support a day’s audiovisual costs, to make SPEAK UP! A National Summit for Women Living with HIV a rich multimedia learning experience

Giving any of the amounts above is a significant contribution to women’s leadership! Show your love for women with HIV by taking a bold step with us toward our goal: $10,000 by PWN-USA’s birthday on June 17! 

Sponsorships are also available.  Sponsors will be acknowledged on program materials and on PWN-USA’s website; details follow:

$5,000 Sister Circle

  • Name and logo will be included in Summit program
  • Name and logo will be included on Summit webpage
  • Will be acknowledged during Summit
  • Opportunity to share materials on a table or in resources folder
  • Will be acknowledged in Summit report

$2,500 Solidarity Circle

  • Name and logo will be included in Summit program
  • Name and logo will be included on Summit webpage
  • Opportunity to share materials on a table or in resources folder

$1,000 Ally Circle

  • Name will be included on Summit webpage
  • Opportunity to share materials on a table or in resources folder

Invest in women leaders living with HIV! Donate online or by mail.

To donate online, please choose an amount and select “Support for National Summit” under the “I want my donation to be designated toward” option.

To donate by mail, make checks payable to Positive Women’s Network – USA and mail to:

Positive Women’s Network – USA
c/o Movement Strategy Center
436 14th St., 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Thank you for your support!

In Sisterhood & Solidarity,
Positive Women’s Network – USA

16 thoughts on “SPEAK UP! National Summit for Women Living with HIV

  1. I attended the Positively Living in 2012 and didn’t know about the Summit. But, I’m so excited to attend this year! Thanks PWN for the work that you’ve already done. Looking forward to more.

  2. I was at the Summit in Dallas a few years back and it was so amazing and empowering- I hope this year there would be a larger transgender presence because in Dallas I was the only woman of transgender experience- So looking forward to Sept!!

  3. Where can I find the information regarding the Positive Living Conference. I would love to be apart of both events. I am 24 years old and I am trying to find as much resources and information as I can to help the youth of Broward County, Fl, which is now #1 in HIV cases. I have taken the step to help by speaking about the importance of bringing HIV out of the closet and informing others of my own status. These events can be very good for me to attend and learn!

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