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Buy Your LEAP Year Event Tickets

Thank you for joining us at the 2024 LEAP Year Event! We hope you enjoyed your dinners and conversations. With your help, we raised over $400,000 and welcomed over 500 guests in the Greater New Haven area and beyond to gather in support of Creating a New Haven for Our Children. Please email if you are interested in supporting the event next year as a Host, Sponsor, or Guest of Honor.

The following information refers to the 2024
 LEAP Year Event. Please check this page for information about next year's event in January 2025.

Join us on Thursday, February 29th, for our 29th annual LEAP Year Event (with additional conversations on Saturday, March 2nd, and Thursday, April 4th)!

Click here to download a PDF of the invitation. Please reference this page for the most up-to-date information.

Ticket sales closed on Sunday, February 25th for In-Person Dinner tickets and on Monday, February 26th at 7:00 pm for Reception-Only tickets and Virtual Conversation tickets. 

LEAP Year Event In-Person Reception - Come to the Dixwell Community "Q" House for the in-person cocktail reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We encourage all to join us at the reception as we honor Tony Scillia with the LEAP Community Leadership Award and hear from LEAP supporters, staff, and counselors. Parking assistance is available.

Option 1: In-Person Dinner Parties

A traditional LEAP Year Event dinner located at the homes of LEAP supporters or at restaurants in the Greater New Haven area.

Dinner-Included Tickets are required for in-person events, during which the host will provide meals. Each dinner is limited to approximately 20 attendees.

Participants may be required to take an at-home COVID test before in-person dinner parties. It is possible that some in-person dinner parties may shift to virtual events if circumstances require. Check here and in your email inbox for changes.

Schedule of Events (Thursday, 2/29) *There is an in-person reception at 5:00 pm. Please arrive at your hosts' home by 7:30 pm.

  • 5:00-7:00 pm – Arrive at the Dixwell Community "Q" House for the in-person cocktail reception

  • 7:30 pm – Guests arrive at hosts' homes or restaurants for in-person conversations and dinner (unless otherwise noted)

  • 9:30 pm – Conversations end

Note - if your conversation is on Saturday, dinners will start at 7:00 pm and you are still welcome to join the in-person cocktail reception on Thursday 2/29.

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Option 2: Conversations on Zoom

Join a lively conversation with the Guest of Honor and an open audience Q&A from the comfort of your own home.

You may choose a Virtual Conversation Ticket or a First-Time Attendee/Student Ticket for newcomers or students. Note that dinner is not included with these tickets All ticket types include admission to the in-person cocktail reception.

Conversation sizes vary - but all will have a meeting-style format with time for Q & A. Book your ticket early to secure your seat at your conversation of choice!

Schedule of Events *There is an in-person reception at 5:00 pm.

  • 5:00-7:00 pm – Arrive at the Dixwell Community "Q" House for the in-person cocktail reception (optional)

  • 7:30 pm – Join the virtual conversation online from your own home (link will be provided in an email before the event)

  • 8:30 pm/9:00 pm – Conversations end

Note - if your conversation is on Saturday, conversations will start at 7:00 pm and you are still welcome to join the in-person cocktail reception on Thursday 2/29.

Option 1: In-Person Dinner Parties

Conversation Options
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Zoom Conversations
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1. [SOLD OUT] The Peabody Re-emerges!

Gain insights into the redesign of the Peabody Museum guided by lead architect Mark Simon of Centerbrook Architects. The first major changes since it opened in 1925 are nearing completion, and the reopening in Spring 2024, after ten years of master planning, will reveal a complete transformation of the space and exhibits.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read more about Mark Simon's experience with renovating the Peabody Museum in an article by The Architect's Newspaper.

Hosted by JoAnn & Tony Scillia at Adriana’s Restaurant, New Haven

2. [SOLD OUT] Lift Every Voice 

Swing and sway to music performed by the Monk Family Jazz and STEAM Collective, Inc., founded by Thelonious S. Monk III (son of Thelonious Monk, prolific composer of jazz), Marcella Monk Flake, and local members of the Thelonious Sphere Monk Family. You’ll share an uplifting evening of jazz and inspirational music while learning about the family’s work to inspire, educate, and cultivate a multicultural and intergenerational community.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch Monk Family Jazz and STEAM Collective, Inc. perform jazz with community members at the Stetson Branch Library.

Hosted by Lindsay Wright & Braxton Shelley, New Haven

3. [SOLD OUT] Doctor in the House

Join the fight for healthy communities led by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Yale Medical School Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine. In dialogue with dinner guests, Dr. Nunez-Smith will describe her research and advocacy, promoting healthcare equity for marginalized populations and examining social and structural determinants of health disparities.

Hosted by Barbara Chesler & Maureen Weaver & Rob Leighton, Hamden


4. [SOLD OUT] Sing Us a Song, Piano Man

The dinner menu is set, but the playlist is not. Cozy up in an intimate Cabaret setting with piano virtuoso Andy Rubenoff for an evening of melody and cheer with selections from the Great American Songbook. Baby, it’s cold outside, but this promises to be a warm and lively gathering.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to Andy Rubenoff on the piano at Gateway Community College Foundation's "Sip N’ Song."

Hosted by Drs. Deborah Dyett Desir & Gary Desir, Woodbridge

5. [SOLD OUT] Quantum Revolution

A. Douglas Stone, Deputy Director of the Yale Quantum Institute, will offer a layman’s introduction to the “second quantum revolution,” which has changed our understanding of physics and may be the greatest advancement in theoretical physics in half a century. You will share his excitement about the new discipline of quantum information science that promises to produce computing and sensing technologies unlike any previously envisioned.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch A. Douglas Stone discuss the future of technology and quantum computing during a lecture at Yale University. 

Hosted by Craig Crews, Guilford

6. [SOLD OUT] Sharing Stories (BOOK)

Share an evening of stories with New Haven native Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, author and nonfiction writing instructor at Yale. Exploring oral history, performance, and public health, she weaves community tapestries of books and theater. Her most recent work, Stages, combines the varied perspectives of nursing home residents and staff, providing universal reflections on caregiving, loss, and feelings.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to Nalebuff discuss her book, Stages, in this 2020 podcast episode from New Books in Medicine

Hosted by Kasia Lipska & Jake Halpern, New Haven

7. [SOLD OUT] Social Q's? Ask the Times

Faced with difficult, awkward social situations, readers often turn to Philip Galanes, weekly contributor to The New York Times “Social Q’s” advice column. He will discuss how the changing social and political landscape has changed his work and how it may affect your life too.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to Philip Galanes speak on his experience growing up and becoming a writer for The New York Times in this 2017 podcast episode from Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin.

Hosted by Karen Pritzker & Francine Sears, Branford

8. [SOLD OUT] Portrait of (a Local) Artist - Starts at 7:00 pm EST

You will have a picture-perfect evening when you join Yale Art Gallery Director Stephanie Wiles and Curator John Stuart Gordon for a tour of the first monographic exhibition of the work from Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, graphic designer, public artist, and champion of inclusion. The rich array of materials drawn from the extensive archive of her work highlights pivotal moments of de Bretteville’s remarkable career of early and important contributions to feminist design and education.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Watch this e-lecture, presented by Yale University Art Gallery, where John Stuart Gordon showcases highlights from the exhibition, Gold in America: Artistry, Memory, Power, as Stephanie Wiles moderates questions from the audience.

Hosted by Susan Kerley & Union League Cafe, New Haven

9. [SOLD OUT] Monumental Choices

Join Christopher Hawthorne, Senior Critic at Yale School of Architecture and longtime architecture critic for the LA Times, in the ongoing discussion on American cities about public monuments and memorials—what to do with controversial existing ones and how to design new ones. A trailblazer in this work, Hawthorne was a leader in Past Due: Report Recommendations of the Los Angeles Civic Memory Working Group and in making recommendations for a newly commissioned memorial in Los Angeles to honor victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch this 2019 podcast episode where The Second Studio interviews Christopher Hawthorne, and he discusses his transition to becoming the city's first Chief Design Officer.

Hosted by Rachel Fine & Christopher Hawthorne, New Haven

10. [SOLD OUT] Next Generation Architecture

Hear from local and internationally recognized architects Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi, Director of the Berlin-based Innovation Lab at Bauhaus Earth, about their vision for transforming the building sector from a source of climate degradation into a regenerative and ecologically sensitive means for meeting global housing and infrastructure needs. The team focuses on the deep ecological synergies between natural systems like forests and the building design and construction process, seeing timber construction as a way to help combat climate change.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Read about Gray's career journey and her firm's focus on environmentally conscious and regenerative building in an interview with Madame Architect. Read this book review by Building and Cities on Organschi's book, Carbon: A Field Manual for Building Designers.

Hosted by Jack Ciccolo & Sid Phillips & Firehouse 12, New Haven

11. [SOLD OUT] Entrepreneurial Evening

Stimulate your thinking in conversation with New Haven native Josh Geballe, Yale’s Senior Provost for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Managing Director, Yale Ventures. Previously Governor Ned Lamont’s Chief Operating Officer, Josh now supports the launch of startups across Greater New Haven and provides training in entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to this 2023 podcast episode by Health & Veritas where Josh Geballe reflects on leading Connecticut's COVID response.

Hosted by Shelley & Gordon Geballe, Branford

12. [SOLD OUT] Reimagining the Economy

Consider strategies to advance a new economy that puts people first, with Jacob Hacker, Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale. Hacker works with the cross-partisan, interdisciplinary Commission to Reimagine the Economy, seeking bold ideas to make the economy work for the people who make it work, elevating the human stakes of our economic and political systems.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Learn more about Jacob Hacker's contributions to understanding and shaping public discourse on key political and social issues.

Hosted by Patricia & Davis Gammon, Hamden

13. [SOLD OUT] A Historic Night: The Power and Politics of  African American History (BOOKS)

Join the conversation with Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African American Studies and the American Studies Program at Yale; Nell Irvin Painter, author, artist, and Edwards Professor of American History Emerita at Princeton; and, David Blight, Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery at Yale. Their wide-ranging discussion will consider a host of topics, including slavery and Yale; Civil War and sexual violence; Critical Race Theory and AP African American Studies; and the racial politics of art and history.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Listen to this 2021 podcast episode by Seizing Freedom, where Feimster discusses the importance of disrupting the myth that the Civil War and Reconstruction are histories that belong to white men. Purchase Painter's book, Old in Art School. Watch Blight discuss his book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, in an interview with The MacMillan Report. His new book, Yale and Slavery: A History is available for purchase here.

Hosted by Crystal Feimster at Leitner House, New Haven

14. [SOLD OUT] What Could Have Been

Welcome to an evening of local history—focusing on the little-known bold proposal in 1831 for the nation’s first Black college—and what it means today. Beinecke Library’s Michael Morand and Tubyez Cropper will guide time travel to 19th-century New Haven using archival research in conjunction with the exhibition “Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery” at the New Haven Museum. The exhibition complements the new book, Yale and Slavery: A History, with a chapter by Morand on the 1831 college proposal.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Read about Michael Morand's history of engaging in public service and cultural heritage initiatives. Learn about how Tubyez Cropper went from Communications Social Media Intern to Community Engagement Program Manager of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

Hosted by Lary Bloom & Beinecke Library at the Yale Visitor Center, New Haven

15. [CLOSED] A Little Night Music

Enjoy a musical performance by The Haven String Quartet: Gregory Tompkins, violin; Cristofer Zunun, violin; Riana Heath, viola; and, Philip Boulanger, cello. Learn about the mission and vision of the quartet to provide music lessons, instruments, and other services to students while performing at venues such as laundromats, senior centers, and Yale’s Sprague Hall. Music will include works by Luis Gustavo Prado and William Grant Still.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch a performance by The Haven String Quartet at the Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series. 

Hosted by Lely & David Evans at Berkeley College, New Haven

16. [SOLD OUT] Rediscovering America (BOOK)

Join Ned Blackhawk, Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies, to reconsider five centuries of U.S. history from the perspective of Native Peoples. A member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians and winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History, he will share his scholarship documenting the central role of Native Americans in the political and cultural life of the country.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read this Yale Daily News article about Blackhawk's achievement of winning the National Book Award in nonfiction for his book, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples And The Unmaking of U.S. History, highlighting the impact of his work on Native and Indigenous studies and its influence on students and faculty at Yale.

Hosted by Christine Kim & Doug Kysar, New Haven

17. [CLOSED] Chip War: The Battle for the World's Computing Power (BOOK)

You’ll get the inside story from Chris Miller, author of Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, a geopolitical history of the semiconductor. He will lead a lively discussion on a technology that is more indispensable than oil. Miller is Associate Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where his research focuses on technology, geopolitics, economics, international affairs, and Russia.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to this 2023 podcast episode in the series Great Leadership With Jacob Morgan, where Chris Miller shares his insights on the history of the semiconductor industry and how it has evolved over the years. 

Hosted by Cynthia Farrar & Paul Kennedy, New Haven

Dinners on Saturday, March 2nd and Thursday, April 4th

The following dinners and conversations are on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm or Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 pm.  If you are attend one of these dinners, you are still welcome to join the in-person cocktail reception on Thursday, February 29th from 5-7 pm.

18. [CLOSED] America Unfiltered - In-person Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm EST

Gain new perspectives on our fractured country from Horacio Marquínez, immigrant filmmaker from Panama who embarked on a cross-country listening and recording tour of America during the pandemic. His unflinching portrait, America Unfiltered (2023), captures raw and emotional stories and encounters, touching on politics, race, love, and immigration.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Learn more about Horacio Marquínez's journey across America, where he interviewed Americans from diverse backgrounds.

Hosted by Alva Greenberg & Roxanne Coady, New Haven

19. [SOLD OUT] Hear Ye! Hear Ye! - In-person Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm EST

Discover the evolution of podcast journalism with Kaari Pitkin, Senior Editor in Opinion Audio with The New York Times, and consider the contributions of audio journalism, from radio to television to podcasting, and where it may be heading during a time of significant competitive pressures in the news media. With over 25 years in audio journalism, Kaari worked as a news producer at WNYC, including the Peabody award-winning youth journalism program Radio Rookies.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to this 2019 podcast episode by On Assignment, where Kaari Pitkin speaks on the morality and ethics of working with minors inside the tangled world of the U.S. juvenile justice system.

Hosted by Miriam Gohara & Marcus McFerren, Woodbridge

20. [SOLD OUT] The Wisdom of Owls - In-person Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm EST (BOOK)

Your heart will soar as Carl Safina, Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, MacArthur Genius, and founder of the Safina Center, shares the moving account of raising, then freeing, an orphaned screech owl, whose lasting friendship illuminates humanity’s relationship with the natural world. His recently published book Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe illustrates this bond.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch this TED Talk with Carl Safina, where he delves inside the lives and minds of animals around the world and the processes behind their thoughts and emotions.

Hosted by Roz & Jerry Meyer, Guilford

21. [SOLD OUT] Resilience Revealed - In-person Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 pm EST

Join Andrew Solomon for a discussion of the progress in explorations of resilience and mental health in young people. Offering insight and hope for those connected to struggling teens, he delves deep into understanding why some commit suicide and others pull through. Dr. Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to this 2023 podcast episode by NPR, featuring Solomon and his insight on how the American ideal of family has evolved.

Hosted by Katherine & Matt Glendinning at Swensen House, Hopkins School, New Haven



Option 2: Group Conversations on Zoom  

Thursday, February 29th at 7:30 pm EST & Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm EST

22. The Trust Platform - Virtual Thursday, February 29th at 7:30pm EST

Enter the future of financial technology with Greg Kidd, Co-Founder and Director at GlobaliD and early investor in Twitter, Coinbase, and Square. At the cutting edge of his field, he will explore the intersection of privacy, financial transactions, the tools we use online, and the value of our information. He will reflect on how new technologies can benefit but also exploit us and potential solutions to protect everyone, especially the most vulnerable.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor:  Read about Greg Kidd's vision for digital identity and his experience as an entrepreneur and investor.

Hosted by Michael Ranis on Zoom


23. Plumb the Ocean's Depths - Virtual Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm EST

Follow Paul Sullivan as he dives deep into the ocean’s impact on global climate and environment, energy resilience, and economic and national security. Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, his many strategic advisory and teaching engagements include a popular Yale Alumni course focusing on global energy, water, food, climate, and environmental issues.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch Paul Sullivan discuss what constitutes clean energy, and the range of possible outcomes for different countries, leaders, and civilians during energy transitions. 

Hosted by Allie Perry & Charlie Pillsbury on Zoom

24. Galvanize Climate - Virtual Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm EST

Tom Steyer invites you to discuss where we are now in the transition from fossil to renewable energy as he provides context for our ability to make this global transformation. Are you discouraged by the constant negative headlines surrounding climate change? Tom will explain how the energy transition is going better than projected—and how those in the private sector can take action. He will also share what he has learned to help him become a “climate person” and why, how, and where to look if you’d like to become a climate person as well.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Learn more about Tom Steyer and his climate-focused global investment firm.

Hosted by Ellen Shuman & Doug Rae on Zoom

Books for Purchase

Guest of Honor Books for Purchase

​This year, a few LEAP Guests of Honor have books available for purchase. These books will be discussed during the specific dinner conversations. Please bring your book to your dinner for signature by the author.  

  1. Conversation 6 - Stages by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff 

  2. Conversation 13 - Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter; Yale and Slavery: A History by David W. Blight with Yale and Slavery Research Project

  3. Conversation 16 - The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples And The Unmaking of U.S. History by Ned Blackhawk

  4. Conversation 17 - Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller

  5. Conversation 20 - Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe by Carl Safina

Purchase Books at These Local Bookstores

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Restaurant Options
Ticket Reservation Instructions

Ticket Reservation Instructions

  1. Choose your type of ticket.​​
    • Dinner-Included Ticket ($150) - available for In-person conversations
    • Reception Only Ticket ($50-$10 sliding scale) - admission to the in-person cocktail reception at the Dixwell Community "Q" House
    • First-Time Attendee/Student Ticket ($75) - virtual conversations only, does not include dinner
    • Virtual Conversation Ticket ($95) - available for Zoom conversations, does not include dinner
  2. Choose your desired conversation from the conversation options:
    1. In-Person Dinner Parties 
    • These are limited to Dinner-Included tickets, as dinner will be provided by the evening's host. 
    1. Group Conversations on Zoom 
    • You can purchase a First-Time Attendee/Student ticket or a Virtual Conversation ticket.
  3. Enter the number of guests you are registering for. 
    • You can reserve up to 6 tickets to the same conversation with each registration form, but you can fill out the form as many times as you want for as many conversations as you want.
  4. Continue to the next section to fill out each guest's name and contact information. You will also have the option to make a donation to LEAP. 
  5. Continue to the payment screen.
  6. Guests will receive a confirmation email and a payment confirmation email.
Thank you for your wonderful support of LEAP - we can't wait to see you there! 
Ticket Form FAQ
How do I reserve tickets for two different conversations?
To reserve tickets for two different conversations you will have to fill out a new reservation form. If you are reserving multiple tickets to the same conversation, you will not need to do this - just fill out one form and select the number of tickets you need (up to 6 guests). Be sure to fill out the full contact information for each guest.
Can I buy tickets for a friend?
You can buy up to 6 tickets in one order. You will need the following information for all guests in your party: their mailing address, email address, phone number, and any dietary restrictions (if Dinner-Included Ticket).
How will I know if my spot in a dinner party/virtual conversation is confirmed?

Once you submit the form and make the payment, you will receive two confirmation emails to the email address(es) you entered on the form: one confirming your conversation selection and one confirming payment. If there is an issue with your reservation, you will be contacted by a LEAP team member. Tickets to conversations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we suggest you reserve your spots as soon as you can!

What should I do if I reserve a ticket and I can no longer attend the event?

Please contact us at if you can no longer attend, at your earliest convenience. This is especially important for attendees of in-person dinners as hosts plan to provide meals for each attendee. Unfortunately, LEAP is unable to provide refunds for purchased LEAP Year Event tickets - all proceeds will go to support LEAP programs for youth. 

How can I receive assistance purchasing my tickets?

If you require assistance purchasing tickets, please call Alison Bonds at 203-767-7413, and she will complete your reservation with you over the phone. General LEAP Year Event inquiries can be directed to​​
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