Featured Speakers

Katie Biber General Counsel, Thumbtack
Donna Harris Co-Founder, 1776
Dawn Lyon Vice President, Glassdoor
Linda McMahon Co-Founder & CEO, Women's Leadership LIVE
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers House Conference Chair
Callie Schweitzer Editorial Director, Motto
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik U.S. House of Representatives, NY-21
Elise Whang Founder, SnobSwap
Mary Katharine Ham Contributor, CNN
Betsy Wright Hawkings Governance, Democracy Fund
Michelle Jaconi Vice President, Independent Journal Review
Laura Cox Kaplan Public Policy, PwC
The Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic Commissioner U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Tiffany M. Moore Vice President of Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
Laura Neville EVP, EverFi
Lesley Jane Seymour Former Editor in Chief MORE Magazine

Katie Biber

General Counsel, Thumbtack

Katie Biber is an expert in the legal, policy, and trust and safety issues that arise for marketplace platforms and sharing economy / collaborative economy companies.

She currently serves as general counsel at Thumbtack. Previously, she was senior counsel at Airbnb, where she focused on litigation, regulatory, and trust and safety matters in the U.S. and globally.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Katie worked for more than 15 years at the highest levels of politics and government. She served as general counsel to the Romney for President campaign in 2012, managing all legal issues and growing the legal team from one to nearly forty. As an election lawyer from 2004 through 2012, Katie represented countless candidates, donors, political party committees, corporations, trade associations and nonprofit groups in enforcement actions, compliance matters and litigation. She also has significant experience navigating clients through investigations by the Justice Department and committees of the U.S. Congress.

Katie graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and a teaching fellow in the government department at Harvard College. Following law school, she served as a clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Katie is a frequent speaker on topics such as politics, tech, and the overlap between the two, as well as strategies to increase the presence of women in both industries. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Mark Chen and two sons.

Donna Harris

Co-Founder, 1776

Donna Harris is a four-time entrepreneur, cofounder of 1776, and frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, startup community building, and economic development. She is also an active angel investor as a cofounder of K Street Capital. Prior to 1776, Donna served as the Managing Director at the Startup America Partnership, where she focused on accelerating the formation of vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems across the United States and connecting the communities into a national startup ecosystem.

Prior to joining Startup America, Donna was Vice Chair of Interpoint Group, a government markets, government relations, and public affairs strategy and management firm, which generated nearly $8 billion in revenue while passing or defeated legislation, and executed public affairs campaigns for corporations, non-profits, foundations, and governments globally. She was also previously Founder and CEO of Kinderstreet, which sold SaaS solutions in the education, sports, and recreation markets. She was also Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Product Management for Centromine, a provider of web-based clinical and fiscal systems in the Health and Human Services industry. She also held a variety of roles at Oracle Corporation and Electronic Data Systems. Donna holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Donna is a Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Board of Directors, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Dawn Lyon

Vice President, Glassdoor

Dawn Lyon is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Glassdoor, the fastest growing jobs and recruiting marketplace. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate communications and public relations, government affairs, social media, and its new economics bureau globally.

Prior to joining Glassdoor, Lyon served as managing director of LyonSHARE Communications Group, a strategic communications consultancy she founded in 2004, which has served as Glassdoor’s agency of record since its launch in 2008. Under Lyon’s leadership, LyonSHARE has also served as agency of record for Zillow since 2007, supporting the company’s data-driven, brand-building PR programs by managing communications around its 2011 IPO and most recently its $2.5 billion acquisition of Trulia. Lyon’s other clients that remain with LyonSHARE include Battery Ventures, HotelTonight,Glympse, Liftopia and more.

Lyon previously served a senior vice president in FleishmanHillard’s consumer marketing practice, and she also spent more than 15 years running in-house communications and public affairs programs for several large brands includingeBay, a division of Cendant Corporation now called Travelport, Chevron, Cheap Tickets and Amtrak. Her range of experience includes creative storytelling, leveraging data programs to build brands, growing global communications departments, managing communications around more than 25 mergers and acquisitions, supporting IPOs and secondary offerings and building and revamping financial communications programs.

Linda McMahon

Co-Founder & CEO, Women's Leadership LIVE

Linda McMahon is the co-founder and former CEO of WWE. She and her husband, Vince McMahon, grew the company from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. WWE has fans in more than 150 countries and is a social media powerhouse with more than 27 million followers on Facebook. While at WWE, Linda spearheaded a variety of community and charitable programs, including the company’s educational and literacy programs. Linda is an advocate for small businesses and continues to promote entrepreneurship, particularly among women. She was twice nominated to represent the people of Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

House Conference Chair

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress and a rising star in American politics. Since first being elected to the House in 2004, she has earned the trust of her constituents and praise on Capitol Hill for her hard work, conservative principles, bipartisan outreach, and leadership. As someone who grew up on a farm, worked at her family’s small business, and later became a wife and mom of three, Cathy has lived the American Dream, and she works every day to rebuild that Dream for our children and grandchildren.

As Chair of the House Republican Conference, she is the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest ranking woman in Congress. In 2010 she was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee – where almost half of all legislation pertaining to the economy must pass. She currently serves on the Health Subcommittee, where she plays an active role in advancing affordable, patient-centered health care reforms.

Of the 72 bills signed into law in 2013, Cathy authored two of them: the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (which unanimously passed in both the House and Senate) and the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013. Both bills expand opportunities for families in Eastern Washington.

A longtime advocate for members of the military and their families, she co-founded the bipartisan Military Family Caucus to provide military spouses and children a voice in Congress. Cathy is also the Co-Chair of five Congressional caucuses: Military Family, Down Syndrome, Lumber, Neuroscience, and the Rural Health Coalition.
In January 2014 Cathy delivered the Republican address following the State of the Union, in which she articulated a hopeful, bold Republican vision that will make life better for the American people.

In 2006, Cathy married Brian Rodgers, a Spokane native and retired 26-year Navy Commander. In 2007, she gave birth to Cole McMorris Rodgers. Since Cole was born with Trisomy 21, Cathy has become a leader in the disabilities community. She has also welcomed two daughters into the world – Grace Blossom (December 2010) and Brynn Catherine (November 2013). She is the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.

Callie Schweitzer

Editorial Director, Motto

Callie Schweitzer is the Editorial Director of Audience Strategy for Time Inc. and the Editorial Director and founder of Motto, TIME's new empowerment platform for millennial women. She works across the company on initiatives that grow digital revenue opportunities and expand audiences. She was previously at TIME overseeing audience growth and engagement, social media, search, newsletters, new product initiatives and content partnerships. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post and PEOPLE. She was named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30 in 2016, AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015 and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013. TIME named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30 in 2013. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers and the Poynter National Advisory Board.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik

U.S. House of Representatives, NY-21

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik proudly represents New York’s 21st District in the House of Representatives where she is a member of both the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. She was elected by her freshman peers in the 114th Congress to serve as the Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee where she is the Chair of the Millennial Task Force. Congresswoman Stefanik is proudly the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in United States history.

Growing up in a small business family, Elise learned, lived, and understands the values of hard work, perseverance, difficulties, and risk that go along with building, operating, and growing an Upstate small business that provides jobs in today’s challenging economy. With over one thousand customers, Premium Plywood Products is one of the largest wholesale distributors of hardwood plywoods and specialty wood products in Upstate New York. Premium Plywood Products’ materials are in Upstate New York homes, schools, businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, community centers, military bases and more.

Prior to returning home to New York to work at her family’s company, Elise held a variety public policy positions in Washington, DC.

Elise most recently served as Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan where she oversaw all debate preparations for the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. She served as Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative, which launched Defending Defense, a coalition of think tanks warning of the dangers of the sequester. Prior to her think tank work, she served as the Policy Director for Governor Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign.

From 2006 – 2009, Elise served in the West Wing of the White House as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office where she assisted in overseeing the policy development process on all economic and domestic policy issues.

As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college, Elise graduated with Honors from Harvard University where she was only one of three women honored with the Women’s Leadership Award. She served on the Student Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the largest political undergraduate organization.

Elise was born and raised in Upstate New York and has worked on numerous campaigns at the State, Congressional, Senate and Presidential level – including in New York State dating back to her days volunteering for the Republican State Committee while in high school. She lives in Willsboro, NY.

Elise Whang

Founder, SnobSwap

Elise Whang is the CEO and co-founder of SnobSwap. She has been recognized as one of DC's 40 Power Women and 40 under 40 in Tech by Bisnow. SnobSwap is recognized as the leading online platform to shop authentic, pre-owned luxury curated from the best consignment boutiques in the nation. SnobSwap has over 185 vetted boutique partners in over 86 cities. Before SnobSwap, Elise was an attorney who had an addiction to treasure hunting for designer fashion at secondhand boutiques. She took the leap and joined an accelerator program hosted at 1776. Elise has always loved roller coaster rides and enjoys the ups and downs of building a company. Her two kids and husband help keep her grounded.

Julie Adams

Secretary of the Senate

Julie E. Adams was elected as the 33rd Secretary of the Senate when the Senate convened on January 6, 2015. She is the seventh woman to hold the office.

Adams began her career in public service in 2003 on the staff of then-Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell as deputy communications director. From September 2007 to January 2009, Ms. Adams worked at the White House as a spokesperson for First Lady Laura Bush.

Most recently, Ms. Adams served as director of administration and member relations for Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. A post she held for six years.

Adams, a native of Iowa City, Iowa, received her undergraduate degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1999. She also earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa in 2002.

Maura Corbett

Founder & CEO, Glen Echo Group

Maura Colleton Corbett is the CEO and Founder of the Glen Echo Group, where she leads the team’s award-winning work in telling the stories of the companies and organizations building the New Economy.

With over two decades of communications, media, public affairs and coalition building experience, Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with the complicated challenges surrounding the shift to the digital, Internet-enabled world, including innovation policy, wireless technologies, broadband deployment and applications, and content-related issues including privacy, security and copyright.

Corbett helps clients translate new technologies and innovations into compelling communications vehicles that resonate with policymakers, press and the public in order to inform forward-looking, successful policies that move the digital economy forward. Corbett brings unique and deep-rooted experience in industry coalition building for a number of high-profile matters, most recently, Net Neutrality, SOPA-PIPA, music licensing, and Wi-Fi. She also has done significant work in mergers and acquisitions within the communications and digital media space.

Corbett is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Public Knowledge, a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology Advisory Council and a Business Advisory Board member for the National Hispanic Media Coalition. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on Internet public policy, coalition building, branding and the media.

Corbett was honored as PR Week’s 2014 “PR Woman of the Year” and received the 2010 Women in Technology Leadership Award for her demonstration of exemplary leadership skills and exceptional results in community-related work, the first WIT award ever for a woman in the public affairs industry. The Glen Echo Group received the prestigious PRSA Public Affairs Campaign of the Year” Silver Anvil award for 2012.

Corbett lives in Bethesda, MD with her two marvelous daughters and one neurotic dog. In a previous life, she used to moonlight as the lead singer in a rock band.

Emily Ekins

Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, and social movements, with an emphasis in survey and quantitative methods. She studies how values, experiences, and self-interest shape public opinion and attitudes toward government. Emily’s publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.” Before joining Cato, she spent four years as the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she conducted national public opinion polls and published specialized research studies. In 2014 Emily authored an in-depth study of young Americans, “Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation.” Prior to joining Reason, Emily worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, where she coauthored several Harvard Business Case Studies and helped design and conduct research experiments and surveys.

She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Emily is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the American Political Science Association.

She holds a PhD and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation examined sources of support for the tea party movement and the moral values undergirding public demand for limited government.

Kara Eschbach

Co-Founder, Verily Magazine

Kara is truly a nerd at heart. When not geeking out over spreadsheets and editorial strategy, you'll likely find her deep in research over women's issues, and is especially passionate about the portrayal of women in the media and society at large. Kara was formerly the host of Catching Up with Kara and Monica on SiriusXM radio, with our Relationship Editor, Monica! Before starting Verily, Kara was on the investment team for Credit Suisse’s secondary private equity fund and has picked up experience in corporate finance, accounting, consulting, and investment banking. She spends her free time throwing parties and trying out each and every recipe in the Death & Co. cocktail book (no joke).

Mindy Finn

Founder, Empowered Women

Mindy Finn, entrepreneur and political strategist, has worked at the intersection of media, politics and tech for some of the world’s most well-known public figures and brands, including President George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Twitter and Google.

She is a veteran operative of three presidential campaigns and leads Empowered Women, an independent non-profit to inspire, educate and give voice to a bold, new generation of American women—the leaders of today and tomorrow. In addition, she consults for start-up media companies and with the digital agency IMGE as a senior advisor and consultant-in-residence.
She previously helped to build Twitter’s presence in DC, leading strategic partnerships for politics and advocacy in the 2012 election cycle, earning her recognition as one of AdAge’s “40 Under 40” leading innovation in media.

Finn has been named to POLITICO’s “50 Politicos to Watch” and Washingtonian’s 100 “Tech Titans,” and frequently contributes political and cultural analysis to CNN, Fox News and dozens of radio programs.
Earlier in her career, Finn was a founding partner at media firm Engage and worked as a communications and legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

She is a proud Texan and now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons.

Tracey Dunning Garcia

Co-Founder, Style Me Bar

Tracey Garcia started her career in the beauty industry in Los Angeles over 20 years ago. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and Graham Webb Academy. Tracey is a former trainer for MAC Cosmetics and has worked with FOX News, the NFL, Entertainment Tonight, CBS, NBC, TLC and on movie and commercial sets, as well as being recognized by People Magazine. For the past 15 years Tracey has specialized in serving DC and international political elite for national television and events.

In spring 2014 Tracey and her business partner recognized the need for “style on demand,” an on demand service that brings talented and accredited artists to busy DC customers, from political leaders to men and women in business to stay-at-home parents. In June 2014 -StyleMeBar- was incorporated and began taking appointments around DC, Maryland and Virginia, and was officially and publically launched in November 2014. In June 2015 the -StyleMeBar- mobile application was launched, making it easier for customers to book from their smart phones up to two hours in advance of an appointment time. Over the past two years, -StyleMeBar- has grown to a team of over 25 artists specializing in hair, makeup, color, updos, lashes, brows and more. Tracey constantly takes advantage of opportunities to expand her knowledge of the beauty industry, making it her goal to use the latest makeup techniques to exceed her clients’ expectations while making them look and feel their best.

Aviva Goldfarb

Founder, The Six O’Clock Scramble

Aviva Goldfarb is a Today Show and Washington Post contributor, a family dinner expert and founder and CEO of The Six O'Clock Scramble, an online healthy meal planner. Her newest bestselling cookbook is The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes.

Kathleen Hale

Founder, RebelDesk

Kathleen Hale is a serial entrepreneur, public speaking coach, former trial attorney and law firm founder, and a chair free living advocate.

Kathleen is the Co-founder of Rebel Desk, a standing and treadmill desk company, and the Founder of Chair Free Project, an educational resource to help people use chairs less. She is a recognized leader in the active-working world and speaks, writes and teaches about how to push your chair aside and start living a healthier, happier, and more productive life. Kathleen's articles and interviews have appeared on Livestrong.com, FastCompany, Tech.Co, Forbes.com, and PBS, among others.

Seeing a need to help fellow company founders improve their public speaking skills, Kathleen also works as a speaking and pitch coach. From the theater and the pitch competition stage to the courtroom, Kathleen has presented compelling performances and presentations in front of diverse audiences.Now she's using her expertise in speaking and her extensive writing experience to help others realize through full potential.

Mary Katharine Ham

Contributor, CNN

Mary Katharine Ham is an American journalist. She is editor at large of Hot Air, a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine, and a CNN contributor. At CPAC 2014, she was presented with the ACU Blogger of the Year award. She was previously a Fox News Channel contributor for eight years.

Betsy Wright Hawkings

Governance, Democracy Fund

Betsy Wright Hawkings has built a reputation for integrity, leadership, mentorship and service on both sides of the aisle and across the political spectrum. She currently serves as the Program Director for The Democracy Fund’s Governance Initiative, which seeks to foster dialogue across the ideological spectrum and support changes focused on reducing incentives for hyper-partisanship and gridlock in government.

As chief of staff for two decades for her hometown congressman, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Betsy took a leading role in helping Rep. Shays build bipartisan coalitions to balance the federal budget in 1995-96; to apply civil rights, fair labor standards and workplace safety laws to Congress; and to establish the 9-11 Commission and implement its recommendations. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Congressional Management Foundation, Managing Director of Government Relations and Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Advocacy and Research for Amnesty International USA, and chief of staff for Congressmen Mike Turner of Ohio, Bobby Schilling of Illinois and most recently Andy Barr of Kentucky.

Since joining the Democracy Fund (DF), Betsy has built and expanded its Governance grantmaking portfolio into more entrepreneurial space, supporting emerging non-profits working to expand the capacity of Congress to fulfill its responsibility to the American people. Under her leadership, DF has not only helped develop and fund new campaigns for needed evolution of congressional systems, processes and procedures; but conceived and invested in innovative programs to deepen leadership development for members of Congress and staff alike.

Betsy is known as an effective fundraiser, dynamic communicator and passionate advocate, able to promote the strategic goals of her organization and its leadership as well as the professional growth of her staff. She has proven her ability to manage organizations through change and serves as a mentor to many, in Washington and around the country.

Betsy is a graduate of Williams College, where she was named a Mead Scholar of American Studies, and is a founder of the Form of 1981 Memorial Fund at her alma mater, Groton School, to support student financial aid. Awarded the Cresswell Congressional Staff Leadership Award from the Stennis Center for Public Service in 2014, she is a former Stennis Congressional Fellow and a recipient of Groton's "Cui Servire Est Regnare" award for "service to country, community and the School." She is a strong believer in and promoter of the virtue of public service.

Betsy lives with her husband, veteran congressional journalist David Hawkings, in Washington. They have two sons.

Jennifer N. Higgins

Partner, Chamber Hill Strategies

Jenn Higgins, Partner at Chamber Hill Strategies, has a reputation in Washington for being an expert on health policy who gets things done. Jenn has spent the past ten years using that tenacity and policy knowledge to help corporate executives navigate a constantly changing legislative and regulatory landscape.

During her tenure in Washington, Jenn has represented a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies before Congress and the Administration, serving as Principal and Partner with two prominent lobbying firms, as well as advising senior agency officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Jenn has spent the past twelve years cultivating relationships with key Republican members within the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, due to their primary jurisdiction on health care and tax issues. Her work with House Republican leadership has also facilitated direct access for clients to the key decision makers in the health care, tax, and aviation space.

Jenn also spent four years capitalizing on her health policy expertise to advise Wall Street investors and hospital chief executives. As Senior Associate with the Marwood Group, a healthcare and financial services firm based in New York, her primary responsibility was to advise clients on the legislative and regulatory risk to all facility-based health care sectors. Her previous experience includes debriefing hospital chief executives on the intricacies of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 as an analyst with the Advisory Board Company.

Jenn is engaged in a variety of political activities here in Washington, particularly ongoing efforts by the Republican campaign committees to recruit and elect more Republican women to Congress. She serves as a Board member and Chair of Congressional Outreach for Right NOW Women PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting female Republican candidates nationwide. In 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors for Running Start, a national non-profit organization which provides young women with the skills necessary to run for political office. When she is not lobbying or campaigning, Jenn serves as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute and a regular contributor on PBS’s To the Contrary, a weekly discussion of news and national affairs with a panel of nationally known women.

Jenn attended Davidson College where she received a B.A. in Medical Economics and Ethics. She also holds a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

Michelle Jaconi

Vice President, Independent Journal Review

Prior to joining the world of #Yolo, Vines and GIFs, Michelle spent six years at CNN, where she founded CNN’s Cross Platform Programming unit, leading political coverage across CNN’s television networks, digital properties and mobile apps. In that role, Jaconi led editorial partnerships with companies such as Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. Also in her six years at CNN, Michelle launched and led programs in every television day-part, including State of the Union and Inside Politics. She also worked extensively with CNN.com, launching next generation programming, video franchises and co-writing a daily newsletter during the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to joining CNN, Michelle spent 12 years at NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert, the longest-running television program in the world. She still considers herself a Russert girl and smiles at every opportunity to reminisce about the beloved newsman from Buffalo. Throughout her career, Michelle has earned multiple awards, including the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Media for producing the Meet the Press senate debate series, a Peabody for her help in producing CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring, and back-to-back Emmy Awards for presidential election nights, at two different networks, CNN and NBC. Michelle has been described in the press as being "ecstatic" about campaign season and that somehow is an understatement. If you ever are in a room with Michelle, there is a good chance she'll ask you to weigh in on the political debate of the day, which is why she finds herself at home at IJ. Michelle loves learning from everyday Americans and finds great joy in driving her pick-up truck, simply because people tend to smile at a girl in a truck.

Laura Cox Kaplan

Public Policy, PwC

Laura has more than 24 years of experience in communications, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, and public policy strategy. As the Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for professional services and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Laura has spent more than 11 years managing the firm’s public policy engagement strategy, and almost a decade on the executive management team of PwC. She also provides advice to PwC clients, particularly at the executive and board level on developments in public policy and on effective techniques for Washington engagement. Laura is the first woman to hold her position at PwC.

Laura also lends her experience and voice publicly to a range of topics important to the public and private sectors including career and talent development, the importance of developing a diversified workforce and of the value of diversified teams, women’s leadership, and corporate governance. She employs the latest social media tools for enhancing stakeholder engagement on these and other topics important to PwC.

Laura also serves on PwC’s Global Public Policy and Regulatory Board, which coordinates public policy strategies across the more than 150 countries in which PwC operates. She is the Chair of the AICPA’s Federal Legislative Task Force, which coordinates strategies for shaping legislative policy that impact the accounting profession, and is a member of the Center for Audit Quality’s Executive Management committee (Laura was instrumental in helping to create the CAQ including working to help ensure that independent investor interests were reflected on the organization’s board).

Prior to joining PwC, Laura served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s, and on the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She spent almost 10 years on Capitol Hill as a senior communications strategist.

Laura also serves on a number of non-profit boards including:
Running Start (Board Member), All in Together (Board Member), Global Women in Innovation (Board Chair), and Value in Electing Women (Board Member). She is also on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Development Committee, an advisory committee at the Bush School of Government & Public Policy at Texas A&M University, the National Women’s History Museum’s Development Committee, and she supports development and fundraising efforts at her children’s school. She also served on the Launch Committee for Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Foundation.

In 2015, Laura was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.

Laura received a Master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Laura and her husband Joel live with their son and daughter in Washington, D.C.

The Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic

Commissioner U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Victoria A. Lipnic has served as a Commissioner of the EEOC since 2010, having been nominated to serve by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, initially for a term ending on July 1, 2015. President Obama nominated her to serve a second term ending on July 1, 2020, and she was confirmed by the Senate on November 19, 2015. Immediately before coming to the EEOC, Commissioner Lipnic was of counsel to the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in its Washington, DC, office.

Commissioner Lipnic brings to the EEOC a breadth of experience working with federal labor and employment laws, most recently as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards, a position she held from 2002 until 2009. In that position, she oversaw the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and the Office of Labor Management Standards. Under her tenure, the Wage and Hour Division revised regulations regarding overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, reissued regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued new guidance and regulations for evaluating compensation discrimination.

In addition to her work with the Department of Labor, Commissioner Lipnic's government experience includes service as Workforce Policy Counsel to the then-Majority (Republican) members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before her work for Congress, Commissioner Lipnic acted as in-house counsel for labor and employment matters to the U.S. Postal Service for six years. She also served as a special assistant for business liaison to the then U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige.

A native of Carrolltown, Penn., where her late father was a teacher and long-serving mayor, Commissioner Lipnic earned a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Allegheny College and a J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law.

Poppy MacDonald

Publisher, National Journal

Poppy MacDonald is the publisher and president of National Journal.

Before her most recent promotion, MacDonald served as National Journal’s chief revenue officer, responsible for the business development, marketing, operations and growth strategy of National Journal’s print and digital advertising, underwritten live events, and National Journal Membership.

MacDonald started at National Journal in 2011 as vice president of membership, where she converted the publication’s individual subscription model to a membership. In this role, she oversaw service, research, content creators, product development, marketing and fulfillment teams responsible for ensuring seamless delivery of membership’s core promise: the strategic support services designed to make Washington’s government affairs professionals faster, smarter and more effective.

MacDonald joined National Journal from Politico, where she served as Politico Pro’s executive director of business development. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the launch of Politico’s first paid subscription model focused on providing sector-specific coverage. She also managed the sales and client-service team.

Prior to Politico, MacDonald worked at Gallup Inc., where over her four-year tenure she launched the World Poll and led the health care practice. Before that, MacDonald worked for another David Bradley entity, consulting with hospitals and health systems as a director at The Advisory Board Company. MacDonald began her career serving members of Congress representing her Pacific Northwest hometown on both the Senate and House sides of Capitol Hill.

MacDonald lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Brian, and two children.

Bethany Mandel

Culture Writer

Bethany Mandel is a conservative freelance writer on politics and culture. She is a Senior Contributor to the Federalist and regularly appears in the Jewish Daily Forward, the New York Post, Opportunity Lives and Acculturated. She writes from home while caring for her two children, a 2.5-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.

Neri Martinez

Republican State Leadership Committee

For the past three years, Neri Martinez has directed the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project, which has recruited hundreds of new women and minority candidates and spent over $11 million to elect 72 new minority candidates and almost 250 new women. Neri previously served as Hispanic Outreach Director for the Republican National Committee in 2012 where she was credited for increasing the Hispanic voter share in North Carolina, the RNC’s only swing state win. She also served on the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Diversity Committee from 2011-2012 and is the longest-serving President of Miami-based non-profit organization, The Free Cuba Foundation. Her BBA thesis topic was a handbook for US negotiators abroad.

A noted public speaker and advocate for increase diversity efforts within the Republican Party and conservative movement, Neri has been a guest panelist in over 25 industry-related panels in 10 states and Puerto Rico related to the rapidly changing U.S. demographic and how to capture this emerging audience through diverse and relevant message dissemination tools. Highly regarded for her cultural competency and relationships with diverse communities, she has been intricately engaged on overall multicultural political strategy in over 40 states and visited at least 35, with a special emphasis on the desert SW, Pacific NW, IL, FL, PA.

Neri Martinez is a DC Chapter leader of the Florida International University (FIU) Alumni organization, an active member of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association, active member of the DC Young Republicans, and active member of Maverick PAC, an active member of the Advisory Board to the US Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs and an alumni of the Embassy of Spain’s 2015 “Hispanic Leaders” program. Neri was awarded the RNC’s “Susan B. Anthony” 2014 Award for her work with political candidates, was named a “40 under 40” 2014 leader for Maverick PAC, and was recently recognized by Latino Leaders magazine in “Washington DC Emerging Leaders” for the current Winter 2015-2016 issue. Neri Martinez is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Erin McPike

Director of Communications, 1776

Erin McPike is the director of communications at 1776 and a member of its senior leadership team.

Prior to this role, she spent a decade as a journalist in Washington covering national politics. She was a correspondent for CNN and covered the White House, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the bridge scandal affecting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration. She also provided reports on the business sector specialized for The Lead with Jake Tapper.

McPike joined CNN in 2013 from RealClearPolitics, where she covered the 2012 presidential campaign, breaking news and writing major enterprise pieces as a national political reporter. She appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. While with RealClearPolitics, she also reported on the Obama administration, and she wrote several long-form pieces about the potential closure of one of only two uranium enrichment plants in the United States. In the 2010 campaign cycle, she reported on the Capitol Hill political landscape and congressional campaigns as a political reporter for National Journal.

McPike graduated magna cum laude from American University. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Caren Merrick

CEO, Pocket Mentor

Caren Merrick is serial entrepreneur and investor in tech and social impact, founder & CEO of Pocket Mentor, a mobile app that helps leaders grow themselves, their teams and their businesses. She serves on several Nasdaq company boards and provides commentary on national and international media including Fox Business News, CCTV, and in Success Magazine, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, PopSugar, US News & World Report and others.

Amy K. Mitchell

Founder, ProYOGA Corporate Wellness

Amy K. Mitchell is the founder of ProYOGA Corporate Wellness. Amy is 20-year veteran government professional, having worked in the Bush administration, on Capitol Hill, and for a variety of non-profits and multi-media companies as a strategic communicator, leading several national campaigns to support the U.S. military and veterans. Amy is an RYT-200 and completed her training in 2013. She specializes in stress reduction through yoga. She also holds certifications in yoga with weights, SUP Yoga, and power yoga. Amy started ProYOGA to make yoga more accessible by bringing it to where people spend the majority of their time: work.

Tiffany M. Moore

Vice President of Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

Tiffany M. Moore serves as Vice President of Congressional Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association). In this role, Moore leads CTA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on key tech issues including patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and trade. Tiffany also oversees CTA’s political action committee, CTAPAC.

Previously, Tiffany served as a government relations consultant to CTA as principal at Moore Consulting and strategic consultant with TwinLogic Strategies. In addition to CTA, Moore advised numerous corporate and association clients on how to influence technology and innovation policy before Congress and the Administration. Before launching Moore Consulting, Tiffany served as senior legislative advisor in the Legislative and Government Affairs Practice Group at Venable LLP.

Previously, Tiffany served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In this role, Moore led domestic outreach efforts to American business, agriculture and consumer communities on the U.S. trade policy agenda and served as primary intermediary with governors, mayors and local elected officials on U.S. trade policy.

Prior to joining USTR, Tiffany served as director of government relations for Kellogg Company and led legislative policy efforts around a broad array of issues including trade, food security, safety, tax and advertising as director, government relations.
Tiffany began her legislative career working in a variety of roles in the office of U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), where she served as legislative director from 2000-2002.
Tiffany currently serves as Vice Chair of the Women’s Health Board of The GW Medical Faculty Associates dedicated to supporting the Mobile Mammography Program (Mammovan). In addition, Tiffany serves on the boards of the Faith and Politics Institute and the Washington Government Relations Group.

A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany earned her M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and her B.A. from Western Michigan University.

Laura Neville

EVP, EverFi

Ms. Neville is currently an Executive Vice President, at EverFi, the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in critical life skills. As EVP of Product Development, Ms. Neville leads an in-house team comprised of creatives, curriculum designers/content developers, product managers, researchers and customer support associates. Ultimately, she is responsible for the design, development and ongoing performance of EverFi's expanding portfolio of K12, Higher Education and Adult digital learning courses and related user platform. Ms. Neville also sits on EverFi's executive leadership team.

Prior to joining EverFi, Laura Neville spent 12 years with New Media Strategies (now MXM Social). As VP and Group Head of Engagement, she was responsible for the oversight and management of the company's largest team, ensuring that highly complex and integrated social media programs were expertly executed on behalf of NMS' Fortune 500 clients. A veteran of social media, Ms. Neville provided her clients with a unique perspective and historical knowledge of the evolution of the industry. Her extensive management experience contributed greatly to her successful leadership of one of the organization’s largest teams.

Ms. Neville joined NMS during the company’s incubation stage and worked closely and tirelessly with the founder and other senior team members to build the company, leading to acquisition by Meredith Corporation in 2007. In her early days with the company, she was responsible for building out and leading NMS’ Client Services division.

Ms. Neville’s extensive product development, marketing and communications experience includes e-learning software development, consumer product launches, re-branding initiatives, blockbuster film releases, network television premieres, issue and crisis management programs, traditional public relations executions, strategic communications planning and business development.

Nika Nour

Director, Entertainment Software Association

Nika Nour joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) from the Internet Association, where she most recently served as the Director of Communications and Creative Strategies. In this role, she managed the association’s state and federal issue-based campaigns and implemented communications strategies around policies including net neutrality, patents and trade. Previously, Nour was a new media specialist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, working with Chairman Fred Upton to coordinate and execute the committee’s digital communications, and served as then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s deputy director of outreach and coalitions. Nour earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles and holds master’s degrees from The George Washington University and George Mason University.

Parker Hamilton Poling

Chief of Staff, Deputy Whip McHenry

Parker has served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) since 2007. She has previously worked for the House Education and Workforce Committee and in the White House Office of Media Affairs under President George W. Bush. A native of Saratoga Springs, NY, Parker is a graduate of Brown University and received her J.D. with honors from George Washington University.

Lois Romano

Editor, Washington Post LIVE

Lois Romano is the editor of Washington Post Live, the Post's live journalism platform. She is the point person, producer and content driver for the newsroom on all journalistic events. She has raised the profile of the conference business by linking it to The Post's award-winning enterprise journalism and utilizing its deep bench of seasoned journalists as moderators.

Lois spent most of her career at The Post, where she was a longtime political reporter for national staff, profiling national leaders and covering politics, policy and business. In 1992, she developed the Post's then-new daily personality column, Reliable Source. In 2009, Romano developed and produced the news organization's first online video series, "The Obama Era: Voices of Power." As a regional correspondent based in the southwest, she covered national issues including the fall of Enron, the death penalty and both Oklahoma City bombing trials in Denver. Before rejoining The Post in 2015, Lois was the editorial director of Politico's live journalism platform, where she shaped content for the organization's 75 annual events including its multi-platform Women Rule and What Works series. She has also been a resident media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Lesley Jane Seymour

Former Editor in Chief MORE Magazine

Lesley Jane Seymour is a new Media Entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most respected editorial leaders. In January 2008, she was named Editor-In-Chief of More Magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women over forty with a readership of 1.5 million. She was also the Editor-in-Chief and Social Media director of More.com, which attracted over 12 million monthly page views and 600,000 unique visitors (More magazine closed in February of 2016). In July of 2015, Seymour created history by having the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue—leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide. In 2008, Seymour led More to its first National Magazine Award nomination in the area of personal service for an investigative article called “The Endangered Uterus”; the magazine was also nominated for General Excellence in 2009 and 2012 and won Meredith Creative Excellence Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010. The magazine won hundreds of other important journalism and SPD (art-direction) awards (see her bio on LinkedIn). In 2012, Seymour was named Executive Director of Meredith’s Beauty Center of Excellence; in 2009 she was named number four on the 2009 Most Powerful Fashion Editors List by Forbes magazine.

Before taking over More, Seymour served as the Editor-in-Chief for Marie Claire magazine. Under her direction, Marie Claire received a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence in 2006 and won several Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (2003, 2004). Seymour spearheaded many of Marie Claire’s most recognized cause-related programs including the Time to Talk Day in Congress to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence, and the One World/One Wish Campaign for the international relief organization Save the Children. Throughout her tenure, Seymour raised over $1,000,000 from readers for various charities around the world.

Her experience in the women’s lifestyle field includes serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Redbook magazine, where she repositioned the magazine and developed new editorial programs and features. She also guided Redbook to a National Magazine Award nomination for Personal Service for its comprehensive Breast Cancer Medbook, What to Do When You Find a Lump.

Seymour also served as Editor-in-Chief of YM, Beauty Director of Glamour, and senior editor at Vogue. She is the author of two books: On the Edge, 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood. Seymour has appeared on every major television show from Today, Good Morning America, MSNBC and Hardball to CNN. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, has 20,000 (un-bought) followers on social media. In 2013 she was named Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Duke Magazine and a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices. She is a trustee at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Jessica Dahl


Jessica Dahl is the Director of Impact Partnerships at Brigade, a startup that seeks to leverage technology to tackle the problem of declining citizen power and engagement in democracy. She oversees partnerships with high-profile advocacy and political organizations to run successful campaigns on the platform. Jessica was formerly the Director of Campaigns at Causes.com, the world's largest online campaigning site, prior to its acquisition by Brigade. Before joining Causes, Jessica was the Campaigns Director at the Ad Council where she led multiple public service advertising campaigns.

Jessica is a board member for Teneo, an organization of exceptional young professionals under 40 years of age committed to advancing ideas that promote human freedom and flourishing. She also serves on the advisory board and as a Washington DC City Leader for Lincoln Labs, a community of like-minded technologists who build and create technology to advance the cause of liberty. Additionally, Jessica serves on the advisory board for Empowered Women, an organization that gives voice to a new generation of right-of-center women. She resides in the Washington DC metro area with her husband Brock and their two children.

Julie Germany

Generation Opportunity

Julie Germany previously served as the COO of Generation Opportunity. She advises the White Coat Waste, a non profit and advocacy group fighting to end government waste and taxpayer funding of animal testing as a co-founder and director, as well as on the board of the Army Heritage Museum Foundation. She previously served as the Vice President of Digital Strategy at DCI Group and the Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet at The George Washington University. She co-founded the mCitizen Summit, as well as the CampaignTech conference with Campaigns & Elections magazine. Julie lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she and her husband spend their free time herding their four cats -- Jasmine, Bert, Ernie, and Trucker -- and their dog Violet, whom they rescued from an animal research lab. She is a student and a practitioner of Reiki.

Amanda Anderson


Amanda Anderson is a Senior Manager for Federal Affairs at Uber. She previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where she acted as a liaison between the White House and Members and Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served as Special Assistant to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the White House, as well as Director of Special Projects for the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives. Prior to that, she worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee. She is a graduate of Duke University.

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Echelon Insights

Kristen Soltis Anderson is author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). She is a pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a research and analytics firm. She is one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and has been featured as one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington.”

Anderson is an ABC News political contributor, columnist at The Washington Examiner, and is the co-host of the Pollsters, a bipartisan weekly podcast. She regularly appears on programs such as Morning Joe, Fox News Sunday, Real Time with Bill Maher, and more.

In 2014, Anderson was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Her research on millennial attitudes has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and she regularly speaks to audiences of corporate leaders and public officials about how to reach the millennial generation.

Prior to launching Echelon Insights, Anderson was Vice President of The Winston Group, a Republican polling firm. She received her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.

Originally from Orlando, FL, Anderson now lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Chris.

Lee Carosi Dunn


Lee Carosi Dunn is Senior Counsel at Google’s legal and policy office here in Washington, DC focusing on technology issues and regulatory policy before the United States Senate and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to her work at Google, Lee spent close to ten years working for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as his General Counsel in his Senate office and as counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee when the Senator served as Chairman of the committee. While on the committee staff, Lee focused on telecommunications and media issues. Lee also worked for former FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell and at the law firm Dow, Lohnes and Albertson representing Cox Communications, Nextel and Media General. She served as a judicial clerk for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia after graduating from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, cum laude. Lee spent her years before law school working for one of the regional bell operating companies, US West Communications, as an operations and planning manager. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Sociology and can rewire a telephone jack. Lee is married to Brendan Dunn and has three young children.

Sarah Isgur Flores

Sarah just finished as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Carly for President where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the campaign and could frequently be spotted in Iowa and New Hampshire. A proud Texan, she accidentally left the great state to graduate from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, where she was the President of the Harvard Federalist Society. After law school, Sarah clerked for Judge Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as the political director for Texans for Ted Cruz and National Operations Day Advisor for Romney for President. Most recently, she was the Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee. Today, she continues to travel with Carly Fiorina across the country and to appear regularly as a political commentator on cable news.

Katie Packer Gage

Burning Glass Consulting

Katie Packer Gage is a founding Partner of WWP Strategies, a political consulting and issue management firm based in Washington, DC. She has managed campaigns at every level from state legislative to Presidential. In 2012, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager of the Romney for President Campaign. Katie is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, a Fellow at Georgetown University Institute of Politics and frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business.

Erica Suares

Office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Erica is a policy advisor in the office of the Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell. Previously she served as the deputy director of legislative affairs on the Romney for President campaign in 2012. She has worked at the Heritage Foundation and is a Harvard Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.

Bettina Inclan

Mercury Public Affairs

Bettina Inclán is a seasoned communications and political strategist with deep understanding of the nation’s political and cultural landscape. As Senior Vice President at Mercury, she utilizes over a decade of experience at the intersection of media, government, politics and community relations to offer clients smart insights on messaging, crisis communications, public relations and building successful strategic partnerships.

Bettina has held senior roles at the Republican National Committee, within GOP leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican National Hispanic Assembly at the National Republican Congressional Committee and on top-tier campaigns from coast to coast. She has built a reputation for her knowledge in communications and expertise in engaging and empowering women and Hispanic constituencies.

Bettina is recognized as one of the leading experts in Hispanic outreach. In 2010, Bettina served as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Rick Scott’s successful 2010 campaign, helping him earn the majority of the Hispanic vote in Florida. While serving as Deputy National Coalitions Director for the Romney for President campaign, Latina Magazine named her one of the top six Latino Players in the 2012 Presidential Race and in 2014, she was featured in Cosmo for Latina’s 2014 “Power Issue.”

Bettina brings extensive expertise on messaging and communications in the mainstream press, digital and social media. She has appeared on several national and local programs in English and Spanish, from Al Jazeera America to Fox News. Bettina co-hosted and produced a national one-hour radio show, “Power Play,” on Sirius XM/ National Latino Broadcasting and has been named by Huffington Post as one the “Top Latino Voices to Follow on Twitter” and NBC Latino named her one of the “10 Top Latino Twitter Feeds That Matter.”

At Mercury, Bettina has brought her wealth of experience to effectively lead public relations and media campaigns for political and corporate clients alike. Bettina has successfully led crisis communications for global tech and entertainment clients and has developed and executed public relations strategies for political candidates, political action committees and national non-profits.

Bettina’s unique cross-section of Hispanic outreach and expertise in Spanish language media coupled with her background in the fast-paced world of political communications allows her to help her clients message appropriately in English and Spanish, identify and stay on top of emerging trends and respond quickly and effectively to reputational threats.

Immediately prior to joining Mercury, Bettina served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Coalitions at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). She launched and directed the NRCC’s women’s initiative, Project GROW, aimed at recruiting more women to run for office and helping Members of Congress and candidates better engage and communicate with women voters.

June 6

  • 6:30 - 8:30pm Boots & BBQ Party at Hill Country Barbecue

    Dinner & drinks kindly provided by Crowdskout.

June 7

VENUE: The Loft at 600 F Street, NW

  • 10:30am – 10:45am Coffee/Snack

  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and travel to Track locations
  • 1:30-2:15pm Travel to Breakouts

    Reston Limo

  • 5:00pm – 5:15pm Workshop Wrap-up
  • 5:15pm – 5:45pm Travel to Reception


VENUE: Fathom Gallery, 1333 14th Street, NW

Join more than 100 innovators, problem-solvers and analysts to workshop fresh ideas for women leading the future of government, media and the new economy.

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