September 2017 Newsletter

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


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September 2017 Newsletter: Back to School and Back to Action

In this Issue:

Register Now: Annual Conference

The agenda is full of exciting programs and events, all specifically designed for elected women. Over 50 elected women have already signed up to join us in Minneapolis, MN November 14-18. Don’t miss out! And don’t forget, NFWL offers travel scholarships to cover the cost of attendance for elected women.

Register Now

Provide Input: Bylaw Changes

It is the policy of the National Foundation for Women Legislators that any provisions of the current bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed with a two-thirds vote of the NFWL General Membership at the Annual Meeting (Nov. 14, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN).

The Bylaws Committee asks that all elected women members of NFWL review the current bylaws and submit any suggested changes to by October 3.

Read Bylaws

Nominate a Woman Leader

Do you know an amazing elected woman who you would like to receive national recognition?

Nominate her for NFWL’s Women of Excellence Award. This award is given to currently elected women who are trailblazers, often breaking down barriers.

Extended Deadline: September 29
Nominate Here

Civil Discourse Policy Spotlight

Our newest policy spotlight is now live on our website. Do you want to learn more about what NFWL is doing on the issue of civil discourse? Following the Leading with Civility Summit in Cape Cod in August, NFWL has continued to lead on this important issue. Read our policy take.

Meanwhile, Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation are hosting the Civvy Awards to recognize individuals dedicated to improving civil discourse. Click here to learn more and to nominate someone.

Google Hidden Figures Update

Thus far, we had over 15 Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Parties, in partnership with Google’s Made with Code. Thanks to the following elected women for hosting a party in August:
  • Councilwoman Lori Bush (NC)
  • Rep. Christine Greig (MI)
  • Asw. Donna Lupardo (NY)
There is still time to host your own!

Policy with Pew Re-Cap

A big shoutout to the record-breaking number of elected women who joined our August Policy with Pew conference call. During this call, policy experts from the Pew Charitable Trusts shared their newly published research on evidence-based treatment for opioid addiction. The elected women participating on the call had the opportunity to ask the policy experts any questions.

We hope you will join us for our next call or check out Pew’s resources on our Grab ‘n Go Programming page.

Office Depot Backpack Program

As students head back to school, elected women have been donating backpacks to students in-need. Each year, NFWL partners with the Office Depot Foundation for this program. This year, over 100 elected women signed up for the program. Due to popular demand, we were only able to accept 75 elected women to distribute backpacks. We are excited to see the events and pictures. Check out our Facebook page for updates on events.

Wisconsin Symposium

Date: October 27-28, 2017
Venue: Clarion Hotel Campus Area
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Registration Fee: $20
Who is Invited: All women (not just elected women)WI State Director Rep. Lisa Subeck will be hosting the Wisconsin Fall Symposium for Women Policymakers. This is a great program for women in the region looking to boost their leadership skills and network with other incredible women.

Civility Check-In

We know many of our elected women, and Americans in general, are looking for ways to get more involved on the conversation about civil discourse. Our partners at the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) wrote a terrific piece on ways to improve civil discourse as an elected official.

In this piece, SLLF writes:
Effective political leadership involves listening to both sides. And: Leaders are most effective when they can enable parties to see and understand the perspective of others in the debate.

Has this excerpt caught your attention? We thought so.

Keeping Up with NFWL

In August, NFWL Chair of International Outreach, FL Representative Gayle Harrell, met with our partners at the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). NFWL is partnering with ACYPL to send elected women on international exchange trips. Additionally, ACYPL is always looking for people to host international delegations. Every year, ACYPL welcomes over 15 international delegations for 10 days to 2 weeks. All delegations begin their journey in Washington, D.C., but the time they spend in states like yours is what really shapes their experience. Contact Jacqueline Harris at ACYPL for more information.
After meeting with ACYPL, Representative Harrell headed over to the Alzheimer’s Association’s offices in Washington, D.C. The Alzheimer’s Association graciously hosted state government relations professionals and NFWL for a luncheon. Loved meeting with NFWL friends!


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