Events & Appearances

Friday, February 3rd: Go Red for Women

6:00 – 9:00 pm, Windham Hospital, 112 Mansfield Ave, Willimantic, CT 06226.

Gina will be speaking in the Windham Hospital education center Bernard/Desrosier rooms. After she speaks, Gina will be signing copies of her new book in the Windham Hospital Atrium.


Sunday, February 12th: WHUS Hearty-y Party

4:30- 8pm, UConn Hillel, 54 N Eagleville Rd, Storrs, CT 06268

Sunday, February 12th, 4:30-7:30 pm. Join Gina and UConn’s WHUS radio station for a Valentine’s day celebration. Topics of discussion will include sexual health and positive relationships. The party begins at 4:30 and Gina will be speaking at 7pm.


Thursday, February 16th: Humor at the Mark Twain House

the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

Thursday, March 16th. Come to the Mark Twain House for  Gina’s talk on “How To Be Funnier in 2017: Why Humor Matters.”


Saturday, March 4th: Celebrate Women’s History Month

2:00 pm, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Saturday, March 4th, 2:00 pm. Come celebrate Women’s History Month with Gina and the Ridgefield League of Women Voters!


Wednesday, April 5th: the Engaging Communities Luncheon 

11:30-1:30 pm, Blue ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front N, Salisbury, MA 01952

Join Gina for a YWCA fundraiser in honor of women’s empowerment. Hear her talk, “Creating Fierce and Funny Communities of Women: Why Humor and Engagement Matter More Than Ever.”



Gina Barreca

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From Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian and Chautauqua, Gina Barreca has proven herself to be a provocative and dynamic motivational speaker who wins over her audiences and delights listeners across age, gender and social divides. As a straight-talker and a scholar who borrows her style from stand-up, she’s a leading authority on humor as well as provocative issues in contemporary culture, beloved by fans who have followed her work for years (and often hire her on a regular schedule) and new admirers who are happily discovering her through her latest work.

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What People Are Saying

Gina’s talk was the highlight of entire fall lineup and certainly the most attended. Her huge audience was immensely entertained. People left raving that it had been a fabulous, wonderful evening.

—Mary McLaughlin, The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.

There isn’t a tougher audience anywhere than a ballroom full of 1,700 professional speakers, many of whom are humorists. Gina Barreca provoked, entertained and stretched our thinking…and made us all raving fans.

—Ian Percy, National Speakers Association and member of the Speakers Hall of Fame.

Gina Barreca hosted our annual Authors’ Festival program for over five years, and the audience adored her. She’s brilliant, witty, irreverent and downright funny.

—Chris Painter, Literary Sojourn; Steamboat Springs, CO

People are still talking about Dr. Barreca. She was a huge hit because of her interesting stories, willingness to share personal experiences and insights, and her outrageous sense of humor. She was the centerpiece of the conference and set the tone which was fun, relaxing, and energizing. I recall one member telling me: ‘Gina Barreca was worth the trip.’ That about sums it up.

—Kerry G. Parker, CAE, Executive Director, Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS)

Each year, our lucky students at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale experience the passion, the brilliance, the FORCE, the amazing one woman show that is Gina! Our women, from both sides of the political aisle, as well as from other parts of the world, immerse themselves fully in the sisterhood that only Gina’s unique, personal style can create. In a matter of hours with Gina, all are laughing, thinking, connecting into one fabulous community of extraordinary women. That is the magic of Gina power!

—Patricia Russo, Executive Director, Women’s Campaign School at Yale

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Past Engagements

Aetna, AFL-CIO Women’s Caucus, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Payroll Association, Annual Institute on Mental Health and Religion, Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, The Avalon Lecture at Dartmouth College, Barnard College, Best-Selling Author Series (Marymount Manhattan College, New York), Braithwaite Lecturer at the College of William and Mary, Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Chautauqua Institution Lecture Series, Chicago Humanities Festival, CIGNA, Colorado Association of Legal Administrators, Colorado Bar Association, Connecticut Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Fleet Capital Corporation, Ford Foundation Transformation Lecturer, Fort Worth Lecture Foundation, The Hartford, Harvard College Women’s Initiative, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, International Society for Humor’s Studies Conference, International Women in Leadership Conference (Australia), The Middle Atlantic Cancer Counseling Association, National Association of Independent Schools, National Intra-mural Recreational Sports Association, New England Library Association, New England Society of Newspaper Editors, New York State Governor’s Tourism Conference, Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference, Pratt & Whitney, Princeton 50th Reunion, The Smithsonian Associates, United Technologies, University of Cincinnati Women’s Leadership Conference, Virginia Women Attorney’s Association, Women’s Dermatological Association, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Women in Science, Dentistry, Osteopathy & Medicine Leadership Conference, Yale Conference on Health and Fitness, Yale Campaign School for Women.