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2020 ESU Centennial Conference and Gala

Centennial Conference and Gala Benefit
100 Years, 100 Stories
October 19-23,2020

with Honored Guest
Anne, Princess Royal,
President of the ESU of the Commonwealth

This year's Annual Conference will run virtually throughout the week of October 19 - 23, 2020. There is a $50 suggested donation to attend the online conference (Gala ticket excluded). Try not to miss this very special occasion where we will also be hosting The International Council Meeting with special guests and dignitaries from throughout the world.

Registration for the Conference has closed. 

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Gala Information

Conference Schedule
Subject to Change

Monday, October 19

12:00 - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill CBE

12:30 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Regional Meetings in Breakout Rooms

3:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)
"Storytelling ESU: 100 Years 100 Stories"
Martyn Tipping

Tuesday, October 20

07:00 AM  (EDT)
International Council Meeting
(For International Delegates Only)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
ESU of the Commonwealth Address by Jane Easton, Director General & Professor James Raven, LittD FBA Chair

12:00 – 2:00 (EDT)
Branch Breakout Sessions

4:00 - 5:30 PM (EDT)
Happy Hour: Art Deco 42nd Street
Anthony W. Robbins

Wednesday, October 21

12:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Board Meeting (For members of the ESU National Board of Directors)

6:00 - 8:00 PM (EDT)
Gala and Concert

Thursday, October 22

12:00 -1:00 PM (EDT)
"How to Best Engage your Members and Your Board"
Laura Fredricks, Author, and Lecturer

2:00 – 3-00 PM (EDT)
"Creating Community: How English in Action Empowers New Immigrants and Volunteers"

4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Patron Reception
Virtual Tour of Morgan Library & Museum 
"No Soft Nonsense: Presenting the Bold Anne Brontë"
Christine Nelson, Curator

Friday, October 23

12:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
100th ESU Annual General Meeting
(For ESU Members only)

2:00 - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Brad Rosenstein
Curator, Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward

4:30 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Branch Breakout Sessions

6:00 - 6:15 PM (EDT)
Final Remarks

Pre-Order Centennial
              ESU Centennial Scarf
and Pocket Square

Gala Information