NFWL Newsletter – August 2015

Saturday, August 1st, 2015


It’s Almost Conference Time!

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Women in the News

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Spreading The Love!

NFWL 2015 Conference Co-Chairs, Representative Lee Denney and Senator Stephanie Bice, made some “social media headlines” this month. Senator Bice called for her fellow Republican friends to donate either $10 or the equivalent worth in food to a local food bank to show that they care. Rep. Denney quickly responded with her “Donation Selfie” in a comment on Senator Bice’s call to action!

Click here to see more from Senator Stephanie Bice

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Apparently, everyone is going to Oklahoma

gov fallin and obamaJust a few weeks ago, our 2015 Honorary Conference Chair, Governor Mary Fallin, her husband Wade Christensen, and her daughter Christina, greeted President Obama at Tinker Airforce Base on his way to tour El Reno Federal Prison.

Governor Fallin presented him with an OKC Thunder shirt and spoke to some military personnel at the base afterwards.

Governor Fallin will be hosting an opening reception at the Governor’s mansion on the first night of our conference. Guess the President didn’t get the memo that the fun in Oklahoma starts in September!

Click Here for details about the reception at the Mansion!

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Interview with a Rockstar

Our very own NFWL Board Member, Baltimore Councilwoman Helen Holton, sat down with Comcast Newsmakers recently for an interview about women in politics, the struggles they face, and the advances we’ve made, particularly in Baltimore.

Comcast partners with NFWL several times a year to tape interviews with members about current events, their experiences in office, and issues they feel are important. If you are interested in participating in a Newsmakers interview, email for details.

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Have you made headlines recently? Each month, we dedicate our “Women in the News” section to recognizing the accomplishments of our members. Send relevant articles to so we can feature you in our next newsletter.

Don’t Forget!
Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders

NFWL Bylaws: It is the policy of the National Foundation for Women Legislators that any changes to the bylaws are made at the Annual Conference.

If you have any suggestions for changes to the bylaws, contact Renee Dabbs at

2015 Annual Conference: Register for our 2015 Conference in Oklahoma City SEPTEMBER 11-15

Partner Posts
Comcast Announces Fifth Back-To-School Kickoff for Internet Essentials

More than 2 million low-income Americans, from 500,000 families, have now crossed the digital divide at home. On August 4th, 2015, Comcast announced several significant comcastenhancements for Internet Essentials, the nations’ largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program.

The company said it plans to double the service’s download Internet speed, offer subscribers a Wi-Fi router for no additional cost, and conduct several pilot programs for low-income senior citizens.

The announcements reaffirm Comcast’s commitment to help close the digital divide for low-income families and bring the transformative power of the Internet into more American homes.

Click Here for more information

2015 Conference Update

There will be plenty of opportunities for fun and games at the 2015 Conference! Sunday night is your night out to Explore OKC and we’re having a “Snap & Tag” picture contest!raffle pic w frame

Winning pictures will be featured on our social media and website! To enter, Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram a picture from your night out, tag it with #ExploreOKC! Make sure to follow us on social media before you get there so we can see it!

On Monday, we’ll be raffling off special prizes all day! You could win round trip domestic flights, two nights stay in a fabulous hotel suite, luxury goods, and more! Don’t forget, when you’re making your travel plans, only those present during the drawings Monday will be eligible to win!

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Criminal Justice Reform Panel
Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:15-10:15am

Criminal justice policy has reached a new vanguard. Today policymakers and stakeholders from screen shot 2015-07-28 at 10.38.17 amacross the political spectrum all agree: our current criminal justice system is too expensive and too ineffective.

Bipartisan lawmakers in dozens of states have begun implementing cost-effective reforms that reduce recidivism, improve outcomes, and make our country a safer place.

This panel highlights some of these efforts; notably those in Oklahoma, which has enacted new reforms to protect public safety.

This panel will feature the data-driven criminal justice reforms policymakers should have at their fingertips, and feature experts on the issues of collateral consequences, reentry, and the koch logoimpact of incarceration on children and families. Two state representatives will outline the reforms enacted in their states and a panel of experts, including Keri Blankinger, Colette Tvedt, Carolyn Lecroy, will provide a wealth of practical policy tools.

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From Hope to Cures: The Value of Biopharmaceutical Innovation

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:30-11:45am

phrma logoInnovation—it is what everyone likes to talk about, but what does it really mean for millions of patients battling disease? Join our workshop to learn how medical innovation can help patients live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. New treatments developed by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies helped increase childhood cancer survival rates to over 83% today and decreased the death rate for patients battling HIV/AIDS by 85%, heart disease by 30% cancer by 22%.

bio logo vertical rgbAs one of the most research-intensive and science-driven industries in the U.S., the biopharmaceutical industry, both big and small, is committed to the research and development of new treatments and cures for patients, including those who have serious unmet medical needs.

With more than 7,000 innovative drugs in development worldwide by biopharmaceutical companies and over $500 billion invested in R&D since 2000, hope is certainly on the horizon.

Patients are not the only ones who benefit from new drug development. When new medicines keep patients healthier, the economy gets a boost from a healthier workforce, the cost of healthcare can go down and access improves. Perhaps above all else, medical advances give patients one essential ingredient for survival: hope.

Join the “From Hope to Cures: The Value of Biopharmaceutical Innovation” workshop to learn more about the commitment of the US biopharmaceutical industry to deliver new, innovative treatments for patients in the coming years.

From Hope to Cures: The Value of Biopharmaceutical Innovation

We’ll be doing more leadership development at our 2015 Annual Conference, so be sure to register!woman-podium

In the meantime, have some fun and find out who your “leadership doppleganger is with this Buzzfeed quiz

“Which Female Presidential Candidate Are You?”

Women have been running for President since 1872. Find out which one of the many women candidates from over the years you are most like.

Post your results on Facebook or Twitter and don’t forget to tag us with #NFWL!

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