MEET THE MOMENT 2023: OUR PROGRAM

2023 was a year of incredible highs—with women breaking records at sporting events and the box office—and massive lows from the multiple anti-rights movements in our country and the immense violence and persecution displayed abroad. Never has there been a more important time for us to listen to one another—and The Meteor was honored to have leaders from all walks of life discuss the way to a better world.

On November 11, 2023, the Meteor hosted Meet the Moment at the Brooklyn Museum. We heard from a wide array of artists, activists, poets, scholars, and writers, including comedian and advocate Ilana Glazer, actor Amanda Seyfried, marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, influencer and Tennessee House of Representatives candidate Allie Phillips, artist Tatyana Fazlalizedeh, author Jamia Wilson, art historian and author Katy Hessel, business leader and activist Suzanne Lerner, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, president of Emerge A’Shanti F. Gholar, activist Deja Foxx, among others.

You can find a full list of our speakers and some excerpts from our panels below.

How do we help each other heal after a year of so much pain? For poet Hala Alyan, the first step is simple.

Dawn Porter reminds us that the opposition to abortion access has not always been as pervasive as people assume.

The future is in the next generation’s hands—and 23-year-old activist Deja Foxx says they’re ready to receive it.

We’re meant to feel powerless, like we live in a broken system where change is impossible. But according to Ilana Glazer, that’s just not true.

Reproductive freedom
Sports & Culture
LGBTQ + Rights
AI and Tech
Our Labor
Our Democracy
Our planet
SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS
A'shanti F. Gholar
President, Emerge
Allie Phillips
Influencer & TN State Candidate
Amanda Seyfried
Actor, artist, humanitarian
Berna Anat
Financial Hypewoman & Author of Money Out Loud
Casey Legler
Olympian, author, activist
Cindi Leive
CO-FOUNDER, THE METEOR
Dawn Porter
American documentary filmmaker and founder of Trilogy Films
Deja Foxx
Activist and Founder, GenZ Girl Gang
Tazin Khan
Founder and CEO, Cyber Collective
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Co-founder, Urban Ocean Lab
Dr. Heather Irobunda
ABORTION ADVOCATE
Hala Alyan
Poet, Professor, and Psychologist
Ilana Glazer
Comedian & Advocate
Jamia Wilson
Award-winning Author and Podcaster
Jessica Valenti
Founder, Abortion, Every day
Katy Hessel
Art Historian and Author
Mona Sinha
Global Executive Director, Equality Now
Nabiha Syed
CEO, The Markup
Pepper Persley
Sports Reporter, Podcast Host, and Author
Rebecca Carrol
CULTURAL CRITIC AND EDITOR AT LARGE, THE METEOR
SAMHITA MUKHOPADHYAY
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, THE METEOR
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FOUNDING MEMBER, THE METEOR
Suzanne Lerner
Activist, Philanthropist, and Co-Founder & CEO of Michael Stars
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
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GENZ GIRL GANG

GenZ Girl Gang’s mission is to redefine sisterhood for a new generation through bridging generational gaps, creating and sharing opportunities, and learning from and teaching each other.


FUTURE EARTH

Future Earth is a media platform and climate club that provides easy access, information, and tools to individuals seeking meaningful engagement with the climate crisis. Future Earth is powered by Climate Power, an independent strategic communications and paid media operation focused on building the political will and public support for bold climate action.


FEMINIST

FEMINIST is a women-led social-first digital media platform and collective that exists to actualize the intersectional feminist movement through the amplification of a diverse network of change-makers and creators. With a global audience of over 6.5M+, it is the largest social platform serving the multifaceted lives of women, girls and gender expansive people.


EMERGE

Emerge recruits, trains, and develops women leaders to run for office and win, from school board to Congress. Emerge has 1200+ alums currently in elected office and a nationwide network of 5,500+ alums.


GENERATOR COLLECTIVE

Generator Collective is a 501(c)4 founded in 2016 to get people together to talk about government and politics at the level Homer Simpson could understand. As we hinge between culture & policy, we make civic engagement SIMPLE! The system is made purposely confusing, so we create content that breaks down the BS and lowers the barrier of entry to engage with our government. We meet our audience where they’re at, delivering our content online and being straight up about the state of our democracy and how showing up to vote can help protect it.


URBAN OCEAN LAB

Urban Ocean Lab is a think tank cultivating rigorous, creative, equitable, and practical climate and ocean policy for the future of coastal cities.


PEN AMERICA

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.


SHE'S THE FIRST

She's the First believes in a world where every girl can choose her own future. We team up with grassroots leaders to make sure every girl is educated, respected, and heard. Over the past 14 years, we’ve created lasting change for girls’ education and rights. We’ve impacted 542,700 girls by working alongside 685 community organizations and 122 girl-led clubs in 42 countries. 


VOTE MAMA LOBBY

Vote Mama exists to politically empower moms—because electing moms means passing policies that support women, kids, workers, and caretakers. As the only organization harnessing moms’ political power from the outside and the inside, they elect moms and lobby on their behalf. Vote Mama is led by founder Liuba Grechen Shirley, former Congressional candidate and first woman in history to successfully petition the FEC to use Campaign Funds for Childcare.


AI ANDOUR FUTURE

How can we ensure that the world we’re creating with machine learning is fair? And that all of us—especially the traditionally underrepresented—are able to help shape it? Those were the questions on the table when The Meteor co-founder Cindi Leive sat down with Dr. Anastasia Christianson and Jordan Harrod.

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