Press Release

Welch Announces Vermont Comedian Tina Friml as Keynote Speaker for Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference 

May 29, 2024

WEOC Held June 8th – Registration Now Open 

Randolph, VT – Today, U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced stand-up comedian Tina Friml is the keynote speaker of this year’s annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference. Friml is a Vermont-born standup comedian who uses animated optimism to talk about living with cerebral palsy. The one-day-only conference, which will also feature remarks from Representative Becca Balint (VT-AL) and Senator Welch, will be held in Randolph on June 8th. Registration for this free event is open now.  

“We’re thrilled Tina’s coming back home to Vermont to share laughs and her story. She’s selling out crowds across the country, and we’re so lucky to have her at the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference,” said Sen. Welch. “This event is a great opportunity for community members across the state to convene, connect, network, and come away with new tools to grow their professional opportunities.” 

The conference hall will open at 8:15 a.m. Keynote remarks will be provided at the beginning of the conference, starting at 9:00 a.m. The remarks will be followed by workshops.  

Tina Friml’s sharp jokes and fearless honesty about the social assumptions that come with living with a disability has earned her a dedicated following on social media. Friml recently made her late-night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and also be seen on the Comedy Central series Featuring. She was a 2019 New Face in the acclaimed Just For Laughs Festival. She now lives in New York City. 

The Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference was created by Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle and has been a Vermont tradition for decades. Senator Welch and his wife Margaret Cheney are pleased to continue this tradition of bringing Vermonters together to learn, network, and build economic opportunity for women in Vermont and across the country.    

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on June 8, 2024, at Vermont State University-Randolph in Randolph. Coffee and lunch are provided at no cost and will accommodate dietary restrictions. Registration for this free event is now open, and interested participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. Registration will remain open through the day of the event, but interested Vermonters are encouraged to register early as space is limited.  

Please email or call 802-863-2525 with any questions or accommodation requests. 

WEOC Keynote Speaker Tina Friml

Media Note: Media are not permitted to record Tina’s remarks. Download the announcement graphic here.