NFWL Issue Summits

Summit picNFWL Issue Summits are two half-days of programming & discussions on some of the most critical issues in America today. They are designed to encourage the building of alliances and foster a safe environment for sharing ideas and learning about new initiatives. Programs include keynote speakers, panel discussions, leadership development sessions, topic training/model legislation, and facilitated roundtable discussions. These engaging presentations and networking opportunities offer elected women new perspectives and innovative ideas that may inevitably lead to policy resolutions and legislation in their respective states.

Summits are limited to 25-35 elected women. Invitees are those championing legislation in their community on the specific subject, sitting on committees related to the topic, and/or those who want to take action on the issue but need the knowledge and support to do so.

Upcoming Events:

2016 Human Trafficking Summit

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U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp with Summit Co-Chairs MT Rep. Dudik and MI Sen. Emmons

The 2016 NFWL Human Trafficking Summit took place June 16-17 in the Washington D.C. area, where 25 elected women joined Summit Co-Chairs Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons and Montana State Representative Kimberly Dudik to discuss one of the most critical issues in America today: child sex trafficking.

Keynote Speakers: Tina Frundt, Executive Director, Courtney’s House and Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, Founder & President, Shared Hope International

Attendees were joined by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and video messages from Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar were presented during programming on Friday. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Google, Rescuing Hope, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Stop Child Predators, Demand Abolition, and End Child Slavery at the Source (ECPAT-USA) provided essential information for attendees to utilize in their efforts to combat human trafficking.

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2016 Wisconsin Spring Symposium

Symposium attendees during a round table discussion

The 2016 Wisconsin Spring Symposium for Women Policy Makers was held April 22-23 at the Clarion Hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Over 30 women joined NFWL for this weekend of leadership training, networking, and learning. NFWL Board Member Representative Kathy Bernier and NFWL Wisconsin State Director Representative Melissa Sargent graciously hosted the event. Several NFWL Board Members attended as well, including 2016 NFWL Chair Representative Helene Keeley (DE), Chair-Elect Senator Carrie Ruud (MN), and Chair of Membership Freeholder Serena DiMaso (NJ).

Keynote Speakers: Jen Theisen of 5ive for Women, and Jodi Emerson of Fierce Freedom

Sponsors: Walmart and Xcel Energy




2015 Wisconsin Spring Symposium

NFWL Board Member & Wisconsin State Representative Kathy Bernier Speaking on a panel

On June 5 -6, 2015, 45 women from across Wisconsin gathered in Eau Claire for the 2015 Wisconsin Spring Symposium, hosted by NFWL Wisconsin State Director Representative Kathy Bernier. The Spring Symposium for Women Policy Makers featured a variety of panels and interactive experiences, building a weekend program focused on leadership development.

Speakers: NFWL Board Member & Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, President of Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation & former First Lady Sue Ann Thompson, & Wisconsin Public Defender Kelli Thompson

Sponsors: Walmart and Xcel Energy