|REGISTER: NFWL’s 80th Annual Conference
NFWL’s Vision is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future. Since 1938, NFWL has served as a forum for elected women from across the country to be empowered through information and experience.
You do not want to miss our 80th Annual Conference!
This year is slated to be the best yet – with engaging workshops, thoughtful plenaries, and networking receptions in the heart of the nation’s capital.
|SNEAK PEAK: NFWL’s 80th Annual Conference
Focus on Infrastructure
Leaking pipelines, failing bridges, aging transmission lines, and old refineries; aging infrastructure is a critical issue across the country, and particularly in the energy sector. This session will look at some of the key goals of different aspects of the energy sector, how they are working to improve infrastructure to make communities smarter, and how elected women can support their initiatives.
Innovation in Telecommunication
5G is seen as the foundational technology for areas like self-driving cars and streaming virtual reality, and it starts with expansion. This session will look at the current expansion of 5G, and how 5G will bring faster speeds, superior responsiveness and better coverageTackling Your State’s Payday Loan Problem: Lessons from Ohio’s Bipartisan Fix
In 2018, Ohio passed breakthrough bipartisan payday loan reform to protect the budgets of hardworking consumers while maintaining widespread access to credit. The new law promises to save borrowers, who are typically women, $75 million each year. Experts from The Pew Charitable Trusts consumer finance team will break down the key components of Ohio’s Fairness in Lending Act to distill lessons for other states interested in balancing the interests of borrowers and responsible lendersRare Disease & Newborn Screening
This session will look at the screenings states have in place for newborns, and how including rare diseases can improve outcomes. One example, Spinal Muscular Aatrophy (SMA), is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants. SMA affects approximately 1 in 11,000 babies, about 1 in every 50 Americans is a genetic carrier, and can affect any race or gender.
There is so much to do! You really, really shouldn’t miss this conference. Register Today!
|Featured Evening: Reception at the Embassy of Taiwan, Twin Oaks
The Embassy of Taiwan is hosting us for a reception at the breathtaking Twin Oaks Estate on Wednesday night, November 14 6pm-8pm.
Situated on 18.24 acres of land, nearly the size of the White House compound, the elegant and lush Twin Oaks Estate is the largest private estate in Washington D.C. The beautiful mansion, completed in 1888, leased in 1937 and purchased in 1947 by the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is celebrating its 130th birthday in 2018. It has witnessed numerous significant historic moments over the past century, including the development of bilateral relations, the defense of property rights, the renovation of a historic building, and the enlistment on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Twin Oaks not only serves to connect the past, present, and future of Taiwan-U.S. relations, but also bears political, diplomatic, historic and cultural significance. In order to manifest Twin Oaks’ 130 years of glamour, a series of festivities titled “A Tribute to the 130th anniversary of Twin Oaks, 1888-2018,” has been planned by TECRO to celebrate this auspicious moment throughout the year of 2018. The events will range from an art exhibition and fashion shows to concerts and a gourmet feast with Taiwan elements, so as to complement Twin Oaks’ abundance and splendor.
|Featured Keynote: Melissa Fitzgerald
For those of us who never missed an episode of The West Wing, we’ve a treat for you. Remember Carol, CJ’s assistant? You’ll get to meet her at the Friday Night Installation Dinner November 16. She has an amazing story to tell about her journey from Hollywood to Washington, DC.
In November of 2013, Melissa Fitzgerald joined the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) as senior director of Justice For Vets. She has recently expanded her role and is now leading NADCP’s justice reform initiative, Advancing Justice. As an actor, Ms. Fitzgerald is best known as Carol on the award-winning television series The West Wing.
She co-founded Voices in Harmony, a mentoring program that uses theater to work with at-risk teens. She took Voices in Harmony to war-torn northern Uganda to work with former abducted child soldiers, resulting in the award-winning documentary After Kony: Staging Hope. She is co-executive producer of Halfway Home, a film that profiles several returning veterans as they share their struggles reintegrating after experiencing the trauma of war.
Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and has made numerous media appearances on behalf of NADCP/Justice For Vets, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Morning Joe, CBS Sunday Morning and NPR. In 2017, she received the Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Medal.
|Are you prepared for Flu Season?
Walgreens will be providing Free Flu Shots during NFWL’s 2018 Annual Conference on Wednesday from 10am – 3pm. Don’t miss out on a Free Flu Shot!
|Announcing The 2018 Women of Excellence Award Honorees
The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created to recognize women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about. It is through this award that we honor these women and their accomplishments.
NFWL is proud to announce our 2018 Elected Women of Excellence Award Honorees. This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration to commemorate the hard work and dedication of our women leaders from across the country.
|Please join us in honoring these women at the “Women of Excellence Reception” on November 13th at the fabulous Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in downtown Washington, DC.
|2018 Women of Excellence Award Honorees
Rep. Raumesh Akbari, TN
Delegate Angela Angel, MD
Supervisor Vernice Avant, MS
State Rep. Donna Baringer, MO
Assemb. Teresa Benitez-Thompson, NV
Rep. Linda “Lin” Bennett, SC
Sen. Carol Blood, NE
Sen. Margie Bright-Matthews, SC
Commissioner Felicia Brunson, FL
Rep. Christie Carpino, CT
Councilwoman Julie Combs, CA
Councilwoman Kecia Copeland, KY
Council President Susan Dabaja, MI
Rep. Beth Doglio, WA
Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie,IL
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, ME
Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, KY
County Freeholder Marie Hayes, NJ
State Sen. Sharon Hewitt, LA
State Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, OK
Councilwoman,Rosie Jackson, GA
Rep. Sheila Jones, GA
State Assemb. Lisa Krasner, NV
Assemb. Yvonne Lopez, NJ
Rep. Latha Mangipudi, NH
Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, CO
Assemb. Melissa Miller, NY
Sen. Marilyn Moore, CT
Rep. Rena Moran, MN
Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, GA
Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert, NM
Rep. Cindy Pugh, MN
Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, VT
Rep. Paula Sutton, ME
Floor Leader Marie Waldron, CA