Welcome to The 26th Annual, First Time Virtual

LEAP Year Event

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

6:30 pm EST Virtual Reception (above)

7:15 pm EST Conversations (below) 

Remember to grab the password for your conversation from the email LEAP sent you! [Search for the subject line: "How to Join the 2021 LEAP Year Event" in your inbox


If you are attending one of our conversations taking place Saturday, February 27th please return to this page on Saturday to join your conversation that night by or before 7:15 pm. 

We are so glad to have you joining us! If circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible notifying Erin Bond at ebond@leapforkids.org.


1. Bon Appétit!

Featuring Home Cooking New York's Jennifer Clair

Hosted by Gisela & Richard Goldstein


2. Musical Interlude

Featuring the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Director Alasdair Neale

Hosted by Julie Wilson & Tom Ruggieri 


3. Lessons from Plagues Past

Featuring Professor Emeritus at Yale University, Frank M. Snowden

Hosted by Cynthia Farrar & Paul Kennedy


4. Handpicked Pairings

Featuring founder of Mystic Cheese and Black Hog Brewing, Jason Sobocinski

Hosted by Cynthia & Matt Haiken


5. Heritage for the Future

Featuring Turquoise Mountain co-founder Rory Stewart and CEO Shoshana Clark Stewart

Hosted by Nancy & Rick Antle 


6. In Sickness & In Health 

Featuring award-winning journalist Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

Hosted by Helen Kauder & Barry Nalebuff

*Saturday 2/27 at 7:15 p.m.*


7. Innocent Until…? 

Featuring Executive Director of the Innocence Project Christina Swarns & Yale Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara

*Saturday 2/27 at 7:15 p.m.*

Hosted by Kica Matos & Henry Fernandez


8. Doing Well by Doing Good

Featuring COO of Personal Care at Unilever Esi Eggleston Bracey & founder and CEO of the Gen Z-focused JUV Consulting Ziad Ahmed

Hosted by Shelley & Gordon Geballe


9. Say Anything?

Featuring New York Times journalist and Yale Law Fellow Emily Bazelon


13. A Shot of Hope

Featuring chair of President Biden's Health Equity Task Force, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Chair of Internal Medicine at Yale, Dr. Gary Desir

Hosted by Cynthia Mann, MD and Claudia Rankine & John Lucas


10. Pandemic Disruptions

Hosted by Deborah & Gary Desir

Featuring author and associate professor at Quinnipiac University, Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean


14. Preserving Democracy in the Age of Disinformation

Featuring former FBI counter-intelligence agent, CNN analyst, and Senior Lecturer at Yale University, Asha Rangappa


11. Telling Untold Stories

Featuring finalist for the National Book Award Karla Cornejo Villavicencio and VP of Initiatives at the Vera Institute Kica Matos


15. An Insider’s View

Featuring Yale University Art Gallery Director Stephanie Wiles and Wurtele Programs Manager Roksana Filipowska


12. The Magic behind the Podcast

Featuring 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Jake Halpern and Peabody Award-winner Jack Hitt

Hosted by Anne Higonnet & John Geanakoplos


16. Back to the Future

Featuring Mark Simon of Centerbrook Architects, lead architect on the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History renovations

*Saturday 2/27 at 7:15 p.m.*

Hosted by Sue McDonald & Corey Stone and D. Ellen Shuman & Douglas Rae

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