November Conference Bulletin

Thursday, November 10th, 2016


A Note from NFWL Chair Representative Helene Keeley


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The State of Bipartisan Politics
11.17.16 from 1:30pm-2:15pm

While no democracy is perfect, the American system has endured through times of severe stress and dramatic social change. This session will look at how bipartisanship has been tested, and programs like Next Generation, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Democracy Fund are working with state legislatures to address hyper polarization and incivility at the state level.

Panelist include: Betsy Hawkings, Director of the Governance Program, Democracy Fund; Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs, Next Generation; Makayla Meachem, Program Coordinator, Next Generation; Representative Melissa Wintrow, Idaho State Legislature

Reynold’s American Inc.
Presents  Movies & Moguls

11.18.16 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Movies and Moguls offers a highly interactive, fun training experience. It’s a great way for NFWL members to network, identify resources, and improve leadership effectiveness to take back to their states.

Learning Outcomes:

– Identify resources
– Effectively negotiate
– Maximize opportunities via swift decision-making and effective transactions

Microsoft Hour of Code
11.16.16 from 3:00pm-5:45pm

Take on the coding challenge with NFWL and learn how you can take it back to your state! Members will participate in a fun, interactive learn to code session.

An Office Depot Foundation Surprise!

Interactive Team Building Event
11.17.16 from 2:30pm-4:00pm

Ready for some fun? The Office Depot Foundation is sponsoring a special interactive program that will be providing an exciting experience to the attendees of the NFWL 2016 Annual Conference. During this interactive event, you will be presented with a unique challenge where you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and work collaboratively with each other, providing an opportunity for fun, laughter, competition and self-discovery. This is a “don’t miss” event that will be talked about for years to come.

2017 NFWL Board Slate


As per our bylaws, each year, the Nominating Committee is responsible for presenting a Board of Directors’ slate at the Annual Conference to be put to a membership vote. On behalf of the nominating Committee, I’d like to thank all who submitted their Willingness to Serves forms this year, as it provided many options for the Foundation’s leadership roles.

For those willing to serve in other leadership roles within the organization, I encourage you to complete your willingness to serve form HERE as the committee will be looking to fill Committee Membership positions following the 2016 Conference.



Mayor Deb Buzby-Cope
NFWL Nominating Chair

The 2017 NFWL Board Slate is as follows:

  • Chair, Senator Carrie Ruud (MN) (R)
  • Chair Elect, Rep. Kimberly Dudik (MT) (D)
  • Immediate Past Chair Rep. Helene Keeley (DE) (D)
  • Chair of Membership, Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso (NJ) (R)
  • Chair of International Outreach, Rep. Gayle Harrell (FL) (R)
  • Co-Chair of Policy (1), Senator Diane Allen (NJ) (R)
  • Co-Chair of Development (1), Rep. Kathy Bernier (WI) (R)
  • At Large, Rep. Rosa Gill (NC) (D)
  • At Large, Senator Donna Mercado Kim (HI) (D)
  • At Large, Rep. Dean McManus (OK) (NP)
  • At Large, Rep. Sandra Scott (GA) (D)

For bios and board descriptions, click here

If interested in serving as a State Director, please check out our state openings here.

2016 Annual Conference Agenda at a Glance

Keynote Address by Jay Newton-Small, Author & TIME Correspondent
11.19.16 from 5:30pm-10:00pm

Jay Newton-Small

NFWL is pleased to welcome Jay Newton-Small, Washington correspondent for TIME and author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.  She will speak to her research on women in politics, reflect on the 2016 campaign season, and look to how women are changing the future. Following her address will be an Open Q&A and a book signing.

Guest Speaker Cindy Storer, How a “Sisterhood” Fought Al-Qaeda
11.17.16 from 11:45am-12:45pm

Cynthia Storer, a key member of a team of CIA intelligence analysts – dubbed “The Sisterhood” – who discovered obscure data patterns signaling that Al‐Qaeda was a coordinated and highly dangerous threat in the 1990s will share with us how analysis/critical thinking, data, creativity, leadership, and the power we have as individuals and groups to affect the world around us. Her pioneering work continued post 9/11  and served as the foundation for the efforts of the analysts and targeting officers who eventually found Bin Ladin’s hideout, as depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

Women in Healthcare 

11.18.16 from 8:30am-10:00am

Guest Speaker Anne Meisner, Chief of Hospital Operations for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Anne Meisner is Chief of Hospital Operations for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and also serves as President and CEO of CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, Georgia. Growth in patient services and the highest patient loyalty scores in the nation are hallmarks of Ms. Meisner’s tenure at CTCA. She will discuss her life experiences and inspirations that got her to where she is today, as well as the challenges she has faced and how she overcame them. Additionally, she will answer questions regarding the ways in which legislators can support patients, innovation, and lead healthcare in their state.

Guest Speaker Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Pres. & Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. She will share with us her participation in Georgia-Pacific Brawny brand’s ‘Strength Has No Gender’ campaign, her experience as the first women to lead Morehouse School of Medicine as president and dean, and her ideas on breaking down gender stereotypes and resilience.

Click here for the Agenda at a Glance!

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