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Women's Network Thirteenth Biennial Convention

Rhonda Nelson, International Chair

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Women's Network Thirteenth Biennial Convention

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Pre-registration 2019 Convention
Must be purchased before July 1, 2019 to avoid rate change.
Ended $200.00 $0.00
Registration 2019 Convention - after July 1st Ended $225.00 $0.00

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Rooms at Disney's Boardwalk and Coranado hotels are now sold out.  Due to meeting space limitations, we cannot accept convention registrations booked at surrounding hotels.

If you already have your room at Disney's Boardwalk or Coranado, you may register here for the convention.

Thank you!

Should you  have any questions or problems please contact Rhonda Nelson via email at: or at her at office at 516-214-1303.


REGISTRATION: Due to meeting room space limitations, only registrations with rooms booked at the Boardwalk or Coronado Disney Hotels will have guaranteed space at the convention.

The registration fee for the 2019 UFCW Women's Network Convention and Education Conference is $200 (U.S. or Canadian funds) for those registering on or before July 1, 2019.  Registration after July 1, 2019 will be $225. The fee includes a ticket for the reception on Thursday, September 12, 2019, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and all convention and conference materials.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  You must be a member of the UFCW Women's Network to be a voting delegate. 

Those delegates traveling from Canada to the U.S., please apply early for your passport application or renewal.

You may pay by credit card through this site. If you are paying by check or money order, click on the "other payments options" at the bottom right hand side of the registration page.  Please make checks payable to UFCW Women's Network and mail to Rhonda Nelson, International Chair, c/o UFCW Local 1500, 425 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York, 11590.



Listed below are the descriptions of the workshops that will be offered and will span over two days, Friday and Saturday.  Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please mark your workshops in order of perference #1 - 1st choice, #2 - 2nd choice, etc.  You will be informed of your workshop selection at check-in during registration.


1) Developing a Leadership Mentality

Note: French/English simultaneous translation will be provided in this workshop.

Great leaders understand themselves, set goals, make great decisions and communicate those decisions in a way that encourages others to follow. This workshop will help participants add these skills to their leadership toolbox:
•    Staying grounded in tough times by understanding your triggers and conditioned responses

•    Making better decisions by staying focused on your goals

•    Developing deep listening skills to become a better communicator

•    Focusing on becoming the leader you want to be
This workshop is interactive and will provide participants with opportunities to use and practice their newly developed skills.

Kathy Finn, UFCW Local 770
Debora De Angelis, UFCW Canada

2) Respect: My Body, My Rights and Bystander Intervention

Note: French/English simultaneous translation will be provided in this workshop only.

Over the past two years, we have seen an explosion of people, specifically women, stand up and say enough is enough, sexual harassment and violence is wrong. The workplace should be a healthy and safe environment; however, this is not always the case. We all play a vital role when members are facing difficulties in the workplace; this includes sexual misconduct, harassment and violence.

  • Help shed light on the history of the #MeToo movement and defining harassment and sexual misconduct
  • Cultivating an environment free of sexual misconduct, harassment and violence in the work place to a safe and respectful work environment
  • Understanding the duties, roles and responsibilities we have to each other and our members
  • Focus on prevention and remediation of harassment and sexual misconduct in Union shops

Karina Lopez, UFCW International
Emmanuelle Lopez, UFCW Canada

3) Women Organizing to WIN

We all know that when women lead an organizing campaign, we win. In this workshop, we will hear from female leaders within the UFCW who are continuing to grow our union with campaigns that place women front and center.

  • How to get to 100% union signups in a Right To Work for Less state.
  • Using the power of social media to connect and win in a campaign
  • Building capacity for internal and external organizing campaigns with women leadership programs
  • Discover why focusing on women and family issues works and how to weave them into your own campaign

This workshop will have panel and group discussions to develop new strategies.

Kasi Farrar, UFCW Local 21
Catherine Lelis, UFCW Canada Local 401
Patricia Recinos – AFL-CIO Organizing Institute

4)  Women Emerging into Politics

Every day we hear how current elected officials are threatening to take away women’s rights we fought for years to gain. We count on elected officials we’ve supported to stand up for women’s rights. Yet who knows what is important to women and workers better than us. Have you thought about running for office? Are you ready for the challenge of running for office to bring the voice of women and workers to city councils, school boards, state or federal offices? Come hear from experts what it takes to win.

  •   Understanding what it takes to run for office
  •   Building your community leadership presence
  •   Mapping your network of supporters and allies
  •   Building a plan to win

Nikki Kateman, RWDSU/UFCW 338
Tania Liu, UFCW Canada Local 1006A


On-site Convention check-in will begin on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the hotel foyer and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. outside the reception area of the Boardwalk Inn Garden. The reception is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Registration check-in will continue, on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the Promanade West Ballroom foyer.  Please visit the Registration Counter upon your arrival to pick up your Convention materials and confirm your attendance.  The 2019 Women's Network Convention will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Convention Schedule

Thursday, September 12th        Registration                                         3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                                                  Welcome Reception                            6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 13th             Registration                                        7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
                                                  General Session and Workshops        9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 14th         General Session and Workshops        8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, September 15th            General Session                                 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.




Due to meeting room space limitations, only registrations with rooms booked at the Boardwalk or Coronado Disney Hotels will have guaranteed space at the convention.


The UFCW Women’s Network Thirteenth Biennial Convention and Education Conference will be held September 12-15, 2019, at Disney's Boardwalk Inn, Orlando, FL. The group rate is $249, plus applicable taxes per night. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel’s reservation line at 1-407-939-4686 (North America) referencing group code G0756525. This rate will be offered for attendees booking on or before Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Reservations may also be made at the website 

Shuttle: Free transportation to/from the Orlando International airport is provided by Disney Shuttle, more information here:

Those delegates traveling from Canada to the U.S., please apply early for your passport application or renewal.


Constitutional Proposals and Resolutions:

Proposed constitutional changes or resolutions should be sent via email, regular mail or facsimile by Monday, July 15, 2019, to Rhonda Nelson, International Chair, c/o UFCW Local 1500, 425 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, NY, 11590 or  Faxes may be sent to Rhonda Nelson at 516-214-1313.


Have questions about Women's Network Thirteenth Biennial Convention? Contact Rhonda Nelson, International Chair

When & Where

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort
2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8442

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Rhonda Nelson, International Chair

c/o UFCW Local 1500, 425 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590.

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