NFWL Newsletter – April 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015



NFWL 2015 Annual Conference
September 11-15
Oklahoma City, OK!

Join over 150 elected women from across the United States for:

  • A program designed to encourage networking and building of alliances among elected women and issue experts
  • A safe environment for sharing ideas, discussing current events, and learning about new initiatives and programs
  • Presentations on new perspectives and innovative ideas that may inevitably lead to policy resolutions and legislation

NFWL is offering a limited number of Travel & Lodging Scholarships for currently elected women to attend the conference. Complete your conference registration HERE to apply for a scholarship today!

Leadership Development
What Does Your Internal Talk Track Reveal About You?

mcleod2In her latest article, NFWL Leadership Coach Lisa McLeod discusses the importance of understanding our subconscious “talk track”.

Lisa shares a personal learning experience from her days as a college student, unaware of the “mental messages” she was sending while attending a presentation; that was, until the presenter brought it to everyone’s attention. It was after this moment that Lisa realized the impact these mental messages can have on our interactions with others.

“You can delude yourself into believing that other people don’t know what’s going on inside your head. And on a conscious level you might be right. But on a subconscious level, you’re transparent. We all are.”

“Dome Tours” 2015
NFWL Visits Florida, North Carolina and Montana!

“Dome Tours” are a great way to reach out to the elected women in your state to tell them about NFWL.

State legislators organize a breakfast, lunch or evening reception in or near the state capital. NFWL Chair Senator Diane Allen attends to talk about the foundation and the benefits of participating in events and programs. It’s informal and fun!

Last year, Senator Allen toured the country, meeting with the state and local elected women during “Dome Tour” stops in several states. For 2015, Senator Allen has set 10 “Dome Tours” as the goal to reach between now and the time our Annual Conference kicks off September 11-15!

“It has been exciting to see the fabulous turn out of elected women at each of the Dome Tour receptions,” says Senator Diane Allen.

(Florida: NFWL Board Member Representative Gayle Harrell, FL State Director Representative Holly Raschein and NFWL Chair Senator Diane Allen, along with Kara Wood & Linda Jewell Morgan from Casey Family Programs speak to attendees in Tallahassee on April 1st)
(North Carolina: NFWL Chair Senator Diane Allen, NC State Director Rosa Gill and Laura Leigh Oyler from Reynolds American Inc, enjoy an evening reception with elected women at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh on April 7th)
(Montana: NFWL Board Member Senator Carrie Ruud and MT State Director Representative Kimberly Dudik engage with members of the Montana House of Representatives during an evening reception in Helena on April 7th)

Contact Allison Jensen at if you’re interested in hosting a Dome Tour in your state.

NFWL Programming
Women’s History Month Was A Huge Success!

NFWL, in partnership with the Alice Paul Institute, had over 60 elected women host a “Night at the Movies – Iron Jawed Angels” to celebrate women’s history month.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the movie…I don’t think many of us had heard of Alice Paul and it was an eye opener for all of us! Thanks to NFWL for the opportunity to host” – Office of County Commissioner Martha Scott, Michigan

“A Night at the Movies” reached over 500 people in 20 plus states! Elected women, community leaders, and students participated.

Didn’t get a chance to host a movie night for Women’s History Month? It’s not too late. Contact Meghan Cusick at and sign up today!

(Michigan: Wayne County Commissioner Martha Scott with a few of the attendees at her movie night on March 26th)
(New Jersey: Freeholder Aimee Belgard, Senator Diane Allen and more than 15 additional New Jersey elected women co-host a movie night event at the Burlington County Library on March 31st)
(Tennessee: County Commissioner Amy Broyles was joined by local news anchor, Lori Tucker, along with other women leaders & historians at her event at the Knox County Health Department on March 31st)

Contact Allison Jensen at if you’re interested in hosting a Dome Tour in your state.

NFWL Upcoming Events

Oklahoma Dome Tour – Luncheon
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 535
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Hosts: OK State Director Representative Pam Peterson, NFWL Board Member Tribal Legislator Dean McManus, Representative Leslie Osborn, Senator Anastasia Pittman, Senator Kay Floyd and Speaker Pro-Tempore Lee Denney

Sponsored By: The Chickasaw Nation

Kansas Dome Tour – Coffee and Doughnuts
Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Kansas Capitol Visitor’s Center
300 Southwest 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66615

Hosts: NFWL Board Member Senator Elaine Bowers and KS State Director Representative Ponka-We Victors

Wisconsin Women Policy Makers Spring Symposium
Friday & Saturday, June 5th-6th, 2015
Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
2703 Craig Road
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701

Hosts: WI State Director Representative Kathy Bernier, with special guests WI Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and NFWL Board Member MN Senator Carrie Ruud

Click HERE to Register for the Wisconsin Spring Symposium

Women in the News
“Women are Few and Far Between in the State Legislature- And That’s a Problem”

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NFWL State Director from South Carolina, Senator Katrina Shealy, was recently interviewed by Chris Trainor of the Columbia Free Times.

“Women are Few and Far Between in the State Legislature” is a detailed and thoughtful article discussing the barriers women face when entering politics and the impact a woman’s societal place has on her chances of surviving in politics.

Read the full article HERE.

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