Events & Appearances

Some comments from the 2017 Cancer Survivors Day Event…

Gina was a breath of fresh air!!
Dr. Gina Barreca is amazing! Loved her!
Amazing! Just what I needed. Humor truly is the very best medicine.
Gina was hilarious and brought such positivity and laughter!
Enlightening, wonderful speech, humorous, fun, enjoyable
What a ray of sunshine in a long term forecast of rain!
Very funny!
The best!
Very uplifting!!
Hope Gina crosses my path again – outstanding presenter!
Funny, interesting and REAL!
Very funny and relatable re: as a husband, survivor and Italian!
Outstanding speaker! Bring Gina back!

Gina Barreca

Join Gina at any of her upcoming events:

Saturday, October 21st
Luncheon and Fundraiser for the Women & Girls Fund

Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, Pinewoods Road, Torrington, CT

Presenting “The Importance of Laughter: Why We Need More…And How to Get It.” Gina will be the keynote speaker at the first annual fundraising program for the Northwestern Connecticut Women’s and Girls’ Fund. Their mission is to provide grants to local organizations that provide programs for developing economic self-sufficiency for women and girls. Learn more…


Wednesday, October 25
Wiggin and Dana Women’s Network Event

The Inn at Longshore, 260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT 06880

Gina will be speaking at the annual Women’s Network Event for Wiggin and Dana, an east coast regional law firm in the U.S. Learn more…


Thursday, November 2nd
Presidents’ College, University of Hartford

University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium

Gina will be speaking “Hope and Humor: Why Too Much is Not Enough” Learn more…


Saturday, November 4th
Mark Twain Gala

The Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St, Hartford, CT 06103

Join Gina at the The Hartford Club for the annual Mark Twain House and Museum Gala. Learn more…


Sunday, November 5th
Well-Healed Women Conference

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Road (Route 177), Groton, CT

Gina will be speaking “I’m Not Needy, I’m Wanty: How to Cherish your Sense of Humor and Tell your Own Story.” Learn more…


Wednesday, December 13
Laughter in Medicine–Grand Rounds

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Gina will be speaking to medical students in the Grand Rounds at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.


Saturday, April 28 – Monday, April 30
2018 Humor Conference

University of South Carolina

Hire Gina

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.

Interested in Hiring Gina for Your Event? Contact her to learn more.

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

Watch Gina Barreca Explain Women’s Humor & Comedy

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.

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