August 2017 Newsletter

Monday, August 7th, 2017



August 2017 Newsletter

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Action Items

Register: Annual Conference
Nominate: Women of Excellence Award
Fill Out: Willingness to Serve
Sign Up: Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Party
Join: August Policy with Pew Conference Call
Read: Charter Communications’ Partner Post

Important Dates

9/1– Deadline for Willingness to Serve if interested in Board of Directors position

9/15– Deadline for Women of Excellence Award Nominations

Register Today for the 2017 Annual Conference

As you are determining your fall schedule, now is the time to block out November 14-18 for NFWL’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

If you joined us last year, you know how much knowledge, experience, and friendship you gain from attending a NFWL event. Don’t miss out on top-notch programming specifically designed to give elected women a boost.


Agenda at a Glance

Travel Scholarship

Nominate a Woman of Excellence by Sept. 15th

Is there an elected woman who inspires you?

Nominate her to receive NFWL’s Women of Excellence Award. The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly to serve their communities, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable. At most, one Republican and one Democrat from each state can be selected as a winner.

Each winner will receive a travel scholarship to attend the 2017 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota November 14-18.

Nominate an Elected Woman

Complete Your Willingness to Serve by Sept. 1

It’s not too late to indicate that you are interested in serving in a leadership position with NFWL! Click here to view the leadership roles available.

If you are interested in serving on the 2018 Board of Directors, the deadline to complete the form is September 1, 2017.

Submit My Form

Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Parties

This is your last chance to sign up to host a Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Party, in partnership with Google’s Made with Code.

This event is for teen girls ages 13-18 and is the perfect way to spark girls’ interest in STEM. As girls go back to school, now is the perfect time to start planning an event.

Over 500 teen girls across America have already participated in this event through NFWL and their elected women. Bring this wildly popular event to your constituents!

Sign Up

Sign Up: Policy with Pew Call

Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm ET

Topic: Curbing the opioid epidemic through evidence-based treatment

The call will last 30 minutes. Pew’s Policy experts will begin explaining the following findings and will then answer questions from all elected women on the call.

Overdose deaths associated with the misuse of prescription or illicit opioids such as heroin or carfentanil continue to rise.  Chronic use of these substances results in a physiologic dependence on opioids – a health condition known as opioid use disorder (OUD). The most effective way to treat this chronic, relapsing disease is through medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT combines behavioral therapies, such as counseling, with medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Although this treatment can reduce the risk of overdose and death for individuals with OUD, it remains elusive for many patients for reasons that include a lack of insurance coverage and limited availability of treatment providers. This presentation will provide an overview of the opioid crisis, strategies to expand treatment access, potential barriers, and strategies to overcome them.


Partner Post

Connecting More Families to High-Speed Broadband

With the beginning of the school year around the corner, parents are thinking about what their children need for the first day of school. Besides pens, calculators and backpacks, another essential tool is access to the internet at home.

Charter Communications is committed to expanding access to high-speed broadband for low-income families so that children can complete homework assignments, be better positioned to succeed in school and participate in today’s digital economy.

Earlier this year, we completed the rollout across our national footprint of Spectrum Internet Assist, our industry-leading low-cost, high-speed broadband offering for eligible low-income families and seniors. Spectrum Internet Assist creates new digital opportunities for students and enables them to conduct research, access teacher’s instructional materials and complete homework so they can succeed in school. Today, Spectrum Internet Assist is available throughout the 41 states we serve.

To compliment these efforts and ensure low-income families have the digital literacy skills to make the most of internet access, we recently launched a new Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program that will support the efforts of non-profit organizations to educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives.

As we have brought Spectrum Internet Assist to communities across the country and work to promote digital literacy, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with state and local officials as well as community leaders to help spread the word about Spectrum Internet Assist and the Spectrum Digital Education Grant program. We look forward to working with the National Foundation for Women Legislators on these and other efforts to strengthen the communities we serve and develop their future leaders.

Women in the News


Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright did not let some last-minute summer showers stop her outdoor Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Party in Brooklyn, NY. 
NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas sat down with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in July to discuss how to encourage women to run for elected office.
Councilwoman Lori Bush hosted a Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Party at the Cary Theatre in Cary, North Carolina on August 5.
August 2-4 brought NFWL to Cape Cod, MA for the Leading with Civility Summit, in partnership with the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the Bridge Alliance. 


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