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If you purchased a LEAP Year Event ticket, please refer to an email sent out on Monday 2/21 or Tuesday 2/22 from LEAP with the event details. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you can't find it in your inbox!
  • If you are attending an in-person dinner, your email has the subject line "Your LEAP Year Event Dinner Details."
  • If you are attending a virtual dinner, your email has the subject line "How to Join the 2022 LEAP Year Event."
  • For virtual ticket-holders with Dinner-Included Tickets, your meal information was sent in an email with the subject line "Meal Pick-Up Reminder for LEAP Year Event."
Should you have any further questions, please contact us at


Changes have been made to LEAP Year Event 2022 that are not reflected on the print invitation. Please reference this page for the most up-to-date information. Any changes below from the print invitation are identified in red text.

Join us on Thursday, February 24th for our twenty-seventh annual LEAP Year Event (with additional conversations on Saturday, February 26 and Thursday, March 3)! Follow these steps to reserve your LEAP Year Event ticket.

LEAP Year Event Reception - Doors open at 6:30pm with the LEAP Year Event reception beginning at 6:45pmnow fullvirtual (no in-person reception at the Q House). We encourage all to join us at the reception as we recognize this year's honorees, Sydney Perry and Alder Jeanette Morrison, and hear from LEAP supporters, staff, and counselors. All tickets types include reception admission! 

 1. Browse the list of conversation options.
Click here or scroll down for the list of conversation options.

 2. Select an in-person or virtual conversation.
This year, LEAP is pleased to offer both in-person and virtual conversation options. We expect small dinners to fill quickly, and restaurant dinner availability is limited, so sign up early!
 3. Make your selections and order your tickets on the reservation form.
To purchase tickets to the conversation of your choice, visit the form at the bottom of this page

The final deadline to reserve tickets is Sunday, February 20. Ticket sales are now closed.

Option 1: In-Person Dinner Parties

A traditional LEAP Year Event dinner located at the homes of LEAP supporters 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 20 or fewer attendees.

All attendees must show proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations (Up to date defined by the CDC as receiving 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 1 dose of booster when eligible; OR 2 doses of Moderna and 1 dose of booster when eligible; OR 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and 1 dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster when eligible.)

All guests should also plan to take an at-home antigen test within 24 hours of the dinner start time and be prepared to show a photo of negative results at the door. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend. Alert LEAP staff and we will do our best to provide replacement tickets to a Zoom conversation. 

Schedule of Events (Thursday, 2/24) *Reception is now virtual with a 6:45 start time. Please arrive at hosts' homes at 6:30 pm.

6:30 pm – Guests arrive at hosts' homes

6:45 pm – Virtual reception program begins, streamed by hosts, followed by dinners and conversations

9:00 - 9:30 pm – Conversations end

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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 First-Time Attendee Ticket for newcomers (without dinner), a Non-Dinner Ticket to attend the conversation without dinner, or a Dinner-Included Ticket, which includes a three-course meal from a local restaurant for pickup. Click here to view the restaurant menus from the list of local restaurants we are supporting!  

Conversation sizes vary - some have limited seats, and others are open to all. Book your ticket early to secure your seat at your conversation of choice!

Schedule of Events (Thursday, 2/24) *Reception now begins at 6:45 pm. 

2:00 - 4:00 pm – Conversation 9 Sneak Peek guests with Dinner-Included Tickets pick up meals from Union League Café 

4:00 - 6:00 pm – All other guests with Dinner-Included Tickets pick up meals from local restaurants 

6:30 pm – Reception screen opens for virtual guests

6:45 pm – Virtual reception program begins

7:30 pm – Individual Zoom conversations begin

9:00 pm – Conversations end


Option 1: In-Person Dinner Parties

1. Dollars and Sense - SOLD OUT

Invest your time in a valuable conversation with Kerwin Charles, Dean of Yale’s School of Management, and Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer. Discussing causes and potential solutions for racial disparities in earnings and wealth, they will share insights on tools that might be employed to disrupt intergenerational wealth gaps.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Listen to Secretary Wooden and Dean Charles on systemic racism and their work and purpose, on Steady Habits podcast and Poets and Quants, respectively.

Hosted by JoAnn & Anthony Scillia, Branford

2. Welcome to New Haven - SOLD OUT

Learn how New Haven’s Immigration and Refugee Services (IRIS), led by Chris George, has set an example for communities across the country in successful community-based resettlement. He will describe this year’s urgent efforts to welcome Afghan refugees fleeing the crisis in their home country.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Watch Chris's TEDxConnecticutCollege talk on refugee resettlement, here.

Hosted by Nancy & Rick Antle, New Haven

3. Transformative Technology with Guest of Honor A. Douglas Stone - This dinner has been canceled for LYE 2022. Keep an eye out for its return in 2023!

Hosted by Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews, Guilford

4. Life is a Cabaret

You’ll be singing in the shower for days after this entertaining dinner. Croon along with piano virtuoso Andrew Rubenoff as he plays favorites from Cole Porter, Broadway, and the great American songbook.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Get a sneak peek of Andy playing Cole Porter on the piano here!

Hosted by Pat & Davis Gammon, Hamden

5. Broke in America

Book an evening with co-authors of Broke In America, Joanne Samuel Goldblum, CEO and founder of the National Diaper Bank Network, and Colleen Shaddox, journalist and activist. They will provide insight into why 40 million Americans live below the poverty line, and offer a roadmap for eradicating poverty in our lifetime.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Take a look at this review on Broke in America by Early Learning Nation.

Hosted by Anne Higonnet & John Geanakoplos, Guilford (previously listed as New Haven)

6. We The People - SOLD OUT

Discuss the warning signs of fascism in our country with renowned historian Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale, as he considers current politics and the lessons from the twentieth century that may help us respond to our polarized democracy. His most recent book is a graphic edition of his bestseller On Tyranny.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Hear Timothy on the Political Theater podcast, on democracy and the state of voting rights in America. 

Hosted by Gisela & Richard Goldstein, Shelton

7. Duty to Protect - SOLD OUT

Hear from Tracey L. Meares, New Haven Police Commissioner and Yale’s Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory, on how she is using theory and research to make criminal justice in America more effective, just, and democratic.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Listen to Tracey discuss police reform and prison abolition on the Digging a Hole podcast

Hosted by Paulette & Lawrence Fox, Woodbridge

8. A Little Night Music - SOLD OUT

Spend an evening getting to know local legend, the “Black Beethoven,” Dunn Pearson, award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger. With five decades of music composition under his belt, from Broadway scores to productions for artists like Mary J. Blige, he will share his knowledge of the world of music and advertising.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read about Dunn's journey through music and to New Haven in the New Haven Independent here

Hosted by Debra & Ron Nudel, Woodbridge

9. Sneak Peek

Note: Due to the Gallery's temporary closure, this dinner is now virtual. For details, scroll down to the "Option 2: Group Conversations on Zoom" section. 

10. Pandemic Prescription

Be inspired by Joan A. Steitz, Yale’s Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, internationally recognized for her research describing the structure, biological functions and implications of small RNA molecules. Her lab provided critical groundwork for the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Check out the Yale Daily News's feature on Dr. Steitz, 2021 Wolf Prize winner, here.

Hosted by Shelley & Gordon Geballe, Branford • Note: This is a hybrid dinner with 10 virtual and 5 in-person seats. In-person seats are SOLD OUT but more virtual seats have been added!

11. Who Rocks the Cradle: On Families and Identity - SOLD OUT

Stretch your mind with a spectacularly original thinker, Andrew Solomon, National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, who will talk about his work on expanding ideas of family, covering everything from divorce, to interracial families, adoption and foster care, LGBTQ+ families and polygamy.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read Andrew's perspective on free speech and censorship in the New York Times, here

Hosted by Claudia Rankine & John Lucas, Manhattan • Note: This dinner will take place in New York City.

12. It's Marvel-ous! on Saturday 2/26 at 6:30 pm EST (previously listed as 7 pm) - SOLD OUT

Learn about how a world is built on-screen from production designer Sue Chan, an architect of the biggest cinematic universe. She’ll share stories from her work on the history-making 2021 Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Check out this behind-the-scenes interview with Sue after the release of Shang-Chi on Jumpcut Online, here.

Hosted by Miriam Gohara & Marcus McFerren, Woodbridge

13. Global Thinking on Saturday 2/26 at 6 pm EST (previously listed as 7 pm) - SOLD OUT

Immerse yourself in a stimulating conversation with CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria, the journalist whose forum Fareed Zakaria GPS is at the forefront of foreign affairs and domestic policy. Zakaria will reflect on the most pressing issues facing our world today, from COVID-19 to the state of American democracy. Join us for an evening that’s sure to leave you thinking.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Get Fareed's thoughts on the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol attack in this CNN op-ed here.

Hosted by Cynthia Farrar & Paul Kennedy, New Haven

14. Justice on the Brink on Thursday 3/3 at 6:30 pm EST (previously listed as 7 pm) - SOLD OUT

Take the pulse of the Supreme Court and its current slate of cases with Pulitzer Prize-winning legal writer and Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse. Her recent book, Justice on the Brink, describes the transformation of the Court during the twelve months following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read Linda's most recent op-ed on the Supreme Court in the New York Times here

Hosted by Roxanne & Kevin Coady & Alva Greenberg, New Haven


         Option 2: Group Conversations on Zoom

9. Sneak Peek

Enjoy a colorful evening amongst Picassos and Pollocks at the Modern and Contemporary Galleries at the Yale University Art Gallery. You’ll start with an exclusive tour led by Keely Orgeman, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The conversation will continue with Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: See a Q&A with Keely in Yale News about the Gallery's acquisition of several pieces by artists Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. 

Hosted by Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay • Dinner-Included Tickets from Union League Café available.


15. Frontline Perspectives

Live from the Middle East, Rory Stewart and Shoshana Clark Stewart, senior fellows at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will reflect on the current state of affairs in Afghanistan six months after the U.S. withdrawal from a humanitarian and political perspective. Based on their experience there over the last 15 years, they will discuss the potential future of the organization they built and the Afghans they have worked with to restore heritage and economic opportunity

Hosted by Sue McDonald & Corey Stone • Choose dinner from the list of participating restaurants.

16. Politicized Prosecutions

Join a lively conversation between Emily Bazelon, Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, and E. Danya Perry, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New York and Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Attorney Perry has been involved in a series of high-profile criminal matters, including those of Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump, and led a sweeping investigation into public corruption in New York State. 

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Read an essay from Emily on the new LA District Attorney and one from Danya on Trump's indictment, both in the New York Times.

Hosted by D. Ellen Shuman & Douglas Rae • Choose dinner from the list of participating restaurants.

17. Next Act

We’ll save you a front row seat for a fascinating conversation about the changing face of theater with Jacob Padrón, Artistic Director at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater, and Murray Biggs, renowned professor of drama at Yale, as they consider the state of the American theater and discuss how Long Wharf Theater is participating in the revolution ushering in an era of expanded vision and inclusion in the arts and culture of New Haven and beyond.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Get a glimpse into Jacob's inspiration and work in this feature by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. And Murray writes about the playwright Arthur Miller for the LA Review of Books here.

Hosted by Suzanne Levine & Lary Bloom • Choose dinner from the list of participating restaurants.

18. The Battle Over Critical Race Theory & Schools

What exactly is and isn’t Critical Race Theory, and what is its place in schools? Get to the bottom of this topical question with Quinnipiac University law professor and Judge Angela Robinson (Ret.) and Daniel Martinez HoSang, Yale Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and of American Studies. They will discuss the theory’s legal roots and shed light on how it came to be one of the most polarizing political and educational issues of the year.

  • Get to Know our Guests of Honor: Hear Judge Robinson's recent talk on critical race theory here and watch a short talk by Daniel on intersectionality here.

Hosted by Allie Perry & Charles Pillsbury • Choose dinner from the list of participating restaurants.

19. Everyday Delicious on Saturday 2/26 at 6:30 pm EST (previously listed as 7 pm)

You’ll love cooking with Jennifer Clair of Home Cooking New York, as she shares tips to enhance your home cooking and guides you through the steps to a mouth-watering spiced chicken shawarma (vegetarian option available), homemade flatbread and a chopped salad with a tahini-garlic sauce. With two decades of teaching in-person and virtual cooking classes, Jennifer will support you as you prepare your own dinner, with all the ingredients delivered to you.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Check out this video of Jennifer teaching the hosts of ABC World News how to use a chef’s knife.

Hosted by Cynthia & Matthew Haiken • Note: Dinner-Included Ticket required.

20. Representing CT in D.C on Saturday 2/26 at 6:30 pm EST (previously listed as 7 pm)

Don’t miss this special opportunity to sit down with US Congresswoman and House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, representing Connecticut’s 3rd congressional district since 1991. Representative DeLauro, who most recently spearheaded the expansion of the Child Tax Credit, will share her unique insights into the state of Washington today and her ongoing fight for working families.

  • Get to Know our Guest of Honor: Read Rep. DeLauro's recent interview in The New Republic on her policy agenda and the midterm elections here.

Hosted by Deborah Dyett Desir & Gary Desir • Choose dinner from the list of participating restaurants.

**Note: There are 10 virtual tickets available for Dinner 10 with Joan A. Steitz, hosted by Shelley & Gordon Geballe. See details under Dinner 10. More virtual seats have been added!

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Guest of Honor Books for Purchase

​This year, several LEAP Guests of Honor have made signed books available for purchase, with proceeds going to LEAP. Click on each book title to learn more.

  1. Conversation 5 - Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty by Joanne Samuel Goldblum & Colleen Shaddox ($27.00)

  2. Conversation 6 - On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder ($17.00)

  3. Conversation 8 - Masculine Vulnerabilities: The Power of an Inner Man Revealed by Dunn Pearson ($31.00)

  4. Conversation 14 - Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court by Linda Greenhouse ($28.00)

  5. Conversation 19 - Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook by Jennifer Clair ($20.00)

You will be able to indicate your book selections on the Ticket Purchase Form. A $5 shipping charge will be included for the purchase as books will be mailed to your mailing address.


LEAP Year Event Restaurants

LEAP is delighted to partner with these local restaurants! Dinner-Included Tickets to Zoom Conversations (except Conversation #19, a virtual cooking class) include a three-course meal from one of the following eateries.


To view the full list of menu options, click here. You will be able to select your meal from a limited menu on the ticket reservation form below. Please plan to pick up your meal on the day of the event between 4-6 pm (or, for Conversation #9, from Union League Café: between 2 to 4pm).

Caffé Bravo
794 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06511

Established in 1994, Caffé Bravo offers quality Italian cuisine and other European specialties.

838 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

Delectable fusion of tastes from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Sandra's Next Generation
636 Congress Ave, New Haven, CT 06519

Flavorful dishes infused with love and a blend of seasonings to create soul food.

September in Bangkok
754 State St, New Haven, CT 06511

Named the best Thai food in New Haven.

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Union League Café
1032 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

Named New Haven’s best French Brasserie. 

(Only available for Conversation #9)

964 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

Specializing in locally grown and globally inspired sustainable food.


Ticket Reservation Instructions

  1. Choose your type of ticket.​​
    • First-Time Attendee Ticket ($75) - does not include dinner
    • Non-Dinner Ticket ($95)
    • Dinner-Included Ticket ($150)
  2. Choose your desired conversation from the conversation options:
    1. In-Person Dinner Parties (Dinners 1-8, 10-14)
    • These are limited to Dinner-Included tickets, as dinner will be provided by the evening's host. 
    1. Group Conversations on Zoom (Dinners 9, 10, 15-20)
    • You can purchase a First-Time Attendee ticket, a Non-Dinner ticket, or a Dinner-Included ticket. Dinner-Included tickets include a three-course meal from a local restaurant.   
  3. Enter the number of guests you are registering for. 
    • You can reserve up to 6 tickets to the same conversation and restaurant 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. (For Dinner-Included Tickets to Zoom Conversations) Follow the instructions to choose a meal for each guest from the fixed menu options. ​​
  5. Continue to the next page to have the option of purchasing signed Guest of Honor books. 
  6. Continue to the next page to fill out each guest's name and contact information. For In-Person Dinner Parties, you will also upload your vaccine card. You will also have the option to make a donation to LEAP. 
  7. Continue to the payment screen.
  8. 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, or to choose different restaurants for your party's virtual conversation, you will have to fill out a new reservation form. If you are reserving multiple tickets to the same conversation and restaurant, you will not need to do this - just fill out one form and select the quantity of tickets you need (up to 6 guests).
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, photo or scan of their vaccine card (if in-person), any book purchases, and/or their meal preferences (if Dinner-Included Ticket to a virtual dinner).
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 us at 203-689-3485, and we can complete your reservation with you over the phone. General LEAP Year Event inquiries can be directed to​​

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