NFWL Newsletter – July 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

We want you! Become an NFWL Leader today!

Are you interested in joining one of our many committees, becoming a State Director, or serving on the Board of Directors? We have several opportunities for those who are willing to serve!RosieWeWantYou

Member Spotlight

Oh how We Love Our State Directors

For an organization such as NFWL, in which all members are leaders in their every day lives, there is never a shortage of women lining up to serve in any way they can.

The elected women of NFWL who volunteer to be leaders within the organization are always looking to not only fulfill the responsibilities of their positions, but also to bring more to the role they already play. This dedication to earn the title they hold is exemplified in our State Directors.

This month, as part of our Elected Women Interview Series, we had the opportunity to speak to some of our State Directors and give them kudos for the role they play.

Being named a NFWL Regional State Director has provided excellent opportunities to reach out to other women leaders throughout the country,” said Midwestern Regional Director, IL Representative Barbara Wheeler.

I am able to network and share ideas with my sisters from NFWL. I have learned how to be a better leader and address issues that may not have been on my radar when I was first elected,” said DE State Director, Councilwoman Maria Cabrera.

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As an organization dedicated to our members, NFWL highlights our women in each and every newsletter through our new interview series. Contact Meghan at to schedule an interview today

What’s Happening?

Let’s Recognize Excellent Women

Deadline:  September 16, 2016

It’s that time again! Every year, at our Annual Conference, NFWL recognizes the accomplishments of amazing women with our Elected Women of Excellence Awards! 

We need your help in nominating potential honorees for this year’s award.

Who?  All currently elected women are eligible for the award, and anyone can submit a nomination.

When? Nominations are due by September 16th.

Where? Honorees will be presented with the award at a formal ceremony during the 2016 NFWL Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, November 16-20.


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Policy with Pew Call

How Medicaid Enrollment of Inmates Facilitates Health Coverage After Release
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July 13, 2016

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NFWL 2016 Annual Conference

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

November 16-20, 2016

Travel and Lodging Scholarships are available for elected women on a first come, first served basis.

Register Now

NFWL Issue Summit Recap

A Closer Look at Child Sex Trafficking

Elected women from across the nation gathered for the 2016 NFWL Human Trafficking Summit in the Washington DC area, June 16-17.  Summit Co-Chairs Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons and Montana Representative Kimberly Dudik welcomed national anti-trafficking organizations, keynote speakers Tina Frundt and Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, as well as United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp to address NFWL legislators.

Click below to view the Summit Recap Video or scroll down to check out a few photos from the event!

Click through the slideshow to view all of the photos from the 2016 NFWL Human Trafficking Summit!


Click Here for Presentations from the Summit!

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As part of our mission, NFWL hosts events across the country to reach all of our members. Contact Allison Jensen at if you are interested in hosting an NFWL event in your state.  

Partner Posts

Comcast NBC Universal Donates $1 Million to OneOrlando Fund


By Tom Williams
Chairman and CEO
Universal Parks & Resorts


The world continues to reflect on the horrible tragedy that occurred in Orlando this past week, home to so many Universal Orlando Resort, Telemundo, Comcast Cable and The Golf Channel team members. On behalf of all those team members, Comcast NBCUniversal is donating $1 million to the OneOrlando Fund.The fund has been established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist those affected by this tragedy.

The fund will support local non-profit organizations mobilizing to help victims and their families, the LGBTQ, Hispanic and all other affected communities—as well as organizations dedicated to solving the underlying causes of events such as this.The outpouring of solidarity and support in Orlando and across the world has been inspiring. I also want to acknowledge the partnership and support of other organizations who have made contributions to OneOrlando. You can learn more about the OneOrlando fund here.

Like so many other organizations and families in Orlando, those of us at Universal Orlando have lost people who were close to us—team members and members of our extended family. We are doing everything we can to take care of the families of those we lost and of all our team members as they grieve. In fact, we will be holding a private remembrance event tonight that will involve Universal theme parks across the globe.Please join me in continuing to keep all the victims of this tragedy in your thoughts, prayers and actions.

Click Here to Read the Full Article

“The mass shooting in Orlando was heartbreaking for our nation and for each of us as members of the Comcast NBCUniversal family. It was simply unfathomable that the patrons at Pulse were targeted just for being themselves in a place where they felt safe and free.

 To our sorrow, six of the 49 individuals who were killed in the Pulse shooting were associated with the Comcast NBCUniversal family: Luis Vielma, Jonathan Camuy, Jerald Wright, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, Anthony Laureano and Shane Tomlinson.  We like so many others struggled with how to honor and support the victims, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, and the Orlando community to which we are a proud and vibrant member.

As an out LGBT executive at Comcast NBCUniversal and a Florida native, I am so moved by our company’s efforts as well as the outpouring of support from others.Comcast NBCUniversal’s $1 million donation to the OneOrlando Fund, the candlelight ceremonies we held at and streamed from Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood, the incredible news coverage we offered, as well as the care and compassion offered by so many others will surely help in our healing process. #WeAreOrlando #IamThem.”-Klayton Fennell, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

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