Own Your Power
Leadership RetreatWashington, DC · June 6-7, 2016
General Counsel, Thumbtack
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.
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.
Vice President, Glassdoor
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.
Co-Founder & CEO, Women's Leadership LIVE
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
House Conference Chair
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.
Editorial Director, Motto
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik
U.S. House of Representatives, NY-21
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.
Secretary of the Senate
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.
Founder & CEO, Glen Echo Group
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.
Research Fellow, Cato Institute
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.
Co-Founder, Verily Magazine
Founder, Empowered Women
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
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.
Founder, The Six O’Clock Scramble
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
Betsy Wright Hawkings
Governance, Democracy Fund
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
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.
Vice President, Independent Journal Review
Laura Cox Kaplan
Public Policy, 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
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.
Publisher, 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.
Republican State Leadership Committee
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.
Director of Communications, 1776
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.
CEO, Pocket Mentor
Amy K. Mitchell
Founder, ProYOGA Corporate Wellness
Tiffany M. Moore
Vice President of Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
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.
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.
Director, Entertainment Software Association
Parker Hamilton Poling
Chief of Staff, Deputy Whip McHenry
Editor, Washington Post LIVE
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
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 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.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
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
Sarah Isgur Flores
Katie Packer Gage
Burning Glass Consulting
Office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Mercury Public Affairs
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.
VENUE: The Loft at 600 F Street, NW
8:15 - 9:00am Breakfast & Registration
Featuring breakfast from Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
9:00 - 9:30am Start-Up and Thrive: Solving the World’s Biggest Challenges
9:30am - 10:30am Not Your Father’s Economy: New business models across industries
Lesley Jane SeymourFormer Editor in Chief MORE Magazine
Katie BiberGeneral Counsel, Thumbtack
Laura NevilleEVP, EverFi
Callie SchweitzerEditorial Director, Motto
Elise WhangFounder, SnobSwap
10:30am – 10:45am Coffee/Snack
10:45am – 11:30am Demystifying the Gender Wage Gap
Lois RomanoEditor, Washington Post LIVE
Dawn LyonVice President, Glassdoor
The Hon. Victoria A. LipnicCommissioner U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
11:30am - 12:30pm Not Your Mother’s Media: Survival of the fittest
Michelle JaconiVice President, Independent Journal Review
Kara EschbachCo-Founder, Verily Magazine
Mary Katharine HamContributor, CNN
Poppy MacDonaldPublisher, National Journal
Bethany MandelCulture Writer
12:30 - 1:00pm Pathways to Leadership
1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and travel to Track locations
1:30-2:15pm Travel to Breakouts
Host by: Twitter
800 Connecticut Ave, NW
Track A: The Private Sector
2:15pm – 2:30pm Workshop Introduction
2:30pm – 3:30pm The Entrepreneurs - Blazing your own trail
Sponsored by Glen Echo Group
Tracey Dunning GarciaCo-Founder, Style Me Bar
Aviva GoldfarbFounder, The Six O’Clock Scramble
Kathleen HaleFounder, RebelDesk
Caren MerrickCEO, Pocket Mentor
Erin McPikeDirector of Communications, 1776
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 5:00pm The Innovators: Crack the Code for Women in Tech
Sponsored by Lincoln Initiative
Maura CorbettFounder & CEO, Glen Echo Group
Lee Carosi Dunn
Nika NourDirector, Entertainment Software Association
Tiffany M. MooreVice President of Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
Host by: The Washington Post
1301 K Street, NW
Track B: The Public Sector
2:15pm – 2:30pm Workshop Introduction
2:30pm – 3:30pm The Problem Solvers: Of, By and For the People
Sponsored by The Democracy Fund
Betsy Wright HawkingsGovernance, Democracy Fund
Julie AdamsSecretary of the Senate
Parker Hamilton PolingChief of Staff, Deputy Whip McHenry
Erica SuaresOffice of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 5:00pm The Politicos: Get Motivated, Get Engaged
Sponsored by: PWC
Katie Packer GageBurning Glass Consulting
Neri MartinezRepublican State Leadership Committee
Emily EkinsResearch Fellow, Cato Institute
Jennifer N. HigginsPartner, Chamber Hill Strategies
Laura Cox KaplanPublic Policy, PwC
5:00pm – 5:15pm Workshop Wrap-up
5:15pm – 5:45pm Travel to Reception
VENUE: Fathom Gallery, 1333 14th Street, NW
6:00pm - 8:00pm Food & Beer Fest
Sponsored by the Beer Institute in partnership with Glamour
U.S. Rep. Elise StefanikU.S. House of Representatives, NY-21
Featured guest: Rep. Elise Stefanik, youngest Congresswoman in history with Glamour editor Emily Mahaney
8:00pm Closing Remarks
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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