National Journal's third annual women's event will convene influential Washington women for a series of conversations on the evolving role of women in leadership.
How are female role models empowering women and inspiring change? What lessons can be learned from women who are tri-sector leaders, successfully building careers that span government, business and the non-profit sector? And how are women in Washington working across the aisle to advance common sense solutions for all Americans?
National Journal will explore these questions and more. Participants will include prominent women from across all sectors, ranging from Capitol Hill to the private sector and beyond.
Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. She was sworn in after a special election to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, becoming the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress. She began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009.
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Amy Jean Klobuchar is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party.
Klobuchar is the first elected female senator from Minnesota and is one of two female senators in the 110th United States Congress freshman class. Formerly county attorney of Hennepin County, she was the chief prosecutor for the most populous county in Minnesota.
Klobuchar was a legal adviser to former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and partner in two prominent law firms. She was also cited by the New York Times to be among the seventeen most likely women to become the first female President of the United States of America.
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.
Nuala O'Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents Washington state’s fifth congressional district, currently serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives. She is the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and is also a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Lynn Shapiro Snyder
Lynn Shapiro Snyder is the Founder & President of the WBL Foundation and Senior Member at EpsteinBeckerGreen.
The Honorable Paula Stern is Chairwoman of The Stern Group, Inc and former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.