The welcome remarks to the National Journal's Women in 2020 event. The last decade has witnessed a shift in the demographics of economic power in America. Increasingly there are signs that the glass ceiling is cracking. In today’s universities, women now comprise nearly 60% of all undergraduate and graduate students. And the notion of a woman being the primary breadwinner in a family is no longer an anomaly. WOMEN 2020 will convene a group of the most powerful women in Washington for a series of conversations on the emerging and evolving role of women in the economy, policy and politics. Participants will include influential women thriving across a range of areas, from inside the administration and the corridors of Congress to K Street and the private sector."
Susan K. Neely
Susan K. Neely is president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association. The association is the leading policy and public education advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry which includes some of the world’s most respected brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr Pepper, Nestlé Water, Gatorade, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Lipton, Snapple and Vitamin Water. Ms. Neely has been named one of the nation’s top association chief executive officers by CEO Update every year since 2009.
Prior to joining American Beverage Association, Ms. Neely was one of the architects of the nation’s first Department of Homeland Security, where she served in both the White House and then in the department as assistant secretary for Public Affairs. She held senior positions in Congress and in the office of Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa. She also managed his first re-election campaign. Ms. Neely has had significant management, policy and advocacy experience, including executive positions with the Health Insurance Association of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges, as well as the founder and general manager of a Young & Rubicam subsidiary in Washington, D.C.
Neely currently serves as a director on the boards of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives, the National Presbyterian School and the International Women’s Forum. She received the 2011 Global Citizen of the Year Award from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.
Constance Sayers Witherspoon
Constance Sayers Witherspoon is the Vice President of National Journal LIVE