Annual Awards Gala 2018
November 14 2018
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Your College Degree: Is It Worth What You Paid for It?
September 11 2018
College loan debt is a national crisis, some might say disgrace. Young people who were encouraged to take on serious debt at eighteen or nineteen are now asking: Was there a better way?
Join Independent Women's Forum for an all-star panel September 11 that will address the pressing issue of the cost of college. Are there solutions? Alternatives? Any reasons for optimism? And why is college so expensive?
Women LEAD Summit
May 9 2018
Briefing: A New, Modern Approach to Parental Leave
April 16 2018
REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/briefing-a-new-modern-approach-to-parental-leave-tickets-44448036273
The Price of Peace: Screening and Discussion
March 22 2018
Join us for a private screening and discussion of The Price of Peace hosted by Hoover Institution, Independent Women's Forum, and Free To Choose Network on March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm ET at Hoover Institution (1399 New York Avenue, NW #500, Washington, DC 20005) feauring Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Mary Kissel, Independent Women's Forum Foreign Policy Fellow Claudia Rosett, and Hoover Institution W. Glenn Cambell Research Fellow Kiron Skinner.
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GWU: Ready to Run Workshop
March 3 2018
Do you aspire to:
* Run for office in 2018?
* Start preparing for a future run for public office?
* Work or volunteer on a political campaign?
* Become more politically active?
Then plan to attend the first ever “Ready to Run” workshop in Washington, D.C., hosted by The Graduate School of Political Management on Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on GW's main campus in DC. The event will be held at the Milken School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20052.
You'll learn from the top practitioners and consultants from both sides of the aisle about how to run a political campaign. And you’ll meet key officials from political parties and groups who support women candidates.
This one-day bipartisan women's political leadership training program, developed at the Center for American Women & Politics at Rutgers, will help you prepare for the 2018 elections, either as a candidate or as a campaign staffer/volunteer.
Use special discount code provided by IWF: GWAFF [$75 Registration]
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A Record Number of Women are Running for Political Office in 2018
Tentative agenda will include:
* Why You Should Run
* Laying the Groundwork for Public Life
* Building Your Campaign
* Delivering Your Campaign Message with Confidence
* Key Elements of a Winning Campaign
* How to Raise Money
* Breakout Sessions: Building Your Tribe
Tuition, which includes lunch, snacks and materials, is $150. Discount codes are available for WGR Members and students.
* Asian American Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies
* Independent Women’s Forum
* Independent Women’s Voice
* National Federation of Republican Women
* RightNow PAC
* Running Start
* She Should Run
* Veterans Campaign Workshop
* VIEW PAC
* Virginia Leadership Institute
* Vote Run Lead
* Women in Government
AFF-Detroit: All Issues are Women's Issues
February 21 2018
Women’s issues are in the limelight right now, from the Women’s March to the #MeToo movement. Yet many women, particularly those who identify as independent, libertarian, or conservative, have been left out of many of these efforts. In reality, women are not a special interest group, only interested in a few areas. Women care about all issues affecting our community, state, and country. So how should women on the right get involved and get their message across?
Three independent women come together for a dynamic panel to discuss why all issues are women’s issues. Ingrid Jacques, columnist and deputy editorial page editor at The Detroit News, will lead the discussion. She will be joined by State Representative Lana Theis and Patrice Lee, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, both who will give their unique insights and passion for why women of all backgrounds should engage in the policy process.
This event is your chance to discuss the real issues that are effecting millennial women in our state. Join us for this discussion and evening to meet and network with other young professionals from across Michigan. As always, we will have lots of food and your first drink is on us…And men are welcome too! RSVP and invite your friends and colleagues on Facebook to the event!
All Issues are Women's Issues
Keynote Speakers: Ingrid Jacques, Detroit News; Representative Lana Theis; Final Panelist To Be Announced
When: Wednesday, February 21st, Doors Open at 6pm, Panel at 6:30pm
Where: Detroit Beer Company, 1529 Broadway St, 3rd Floor
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Keeping it Real...in an Increasingly Virtual World
January 31 2018
In many ways, technology is a woman’s best friend. New technologies have completely altered the options for women trying to balance work and family life, facilitated the creation of millions of home-based businesses, and provided new communication pathways that help women stay in touch with loved ones, engage in politics, shop, and access educational services. Yet the expansion of the virtual world has also created new challenges and problems, such as protecting our children from inappropriate content and a decline in actual person-to-person relationships, leaving many feeling isolated.
Join IWF for cocktails and light bites as we dive into the upsides and downsides of new technologies and their particular impacts on society. It promises to be a lively conversation you don't want to miss!
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Naomi Schaefer Riley
In addition to being an IWF Senior Fellow, Ms. Riley is a former columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journaleditor and writer, as well as the author of six books, including, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat.
Her book, Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America (Oxford, 2013), was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review.
Ms. Riley’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness and CNBC. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.
She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and Government. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and their three children.
Christine Rosen is one of the founding editors of The New Atlantis, where she now serves as senior editor and writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics. She is working on her forthcoming book, The Extinction of Experience, to be published by W.W. Norton.
Ms. Rosen’s past books include Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004) and My Fundamentalist Education (Public Affairs, 2005). She has co-authored several other books and was the editor of Acculturated, a web magazine dedicated to pop culture and the virtues. She also writes a monthly column about cultural issues for Commentary magazine.
Ms. Rosen’s essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The American Historical Review, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University. She lives with her children in Washington, D.C.
Annual Awards Gala
November 15 2017
In 2017, IWF is proudly celebrating its 25th Anniversary of increasing the number of women who value free-markets and personal liberty. The 2017 Annual Awards Gala will certainly be a joyous occasion and a night to remember!
This year we are thrilled to honor Kellyanne Conway with our Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE
Atlas Network: How to Make the Case for Liberty to Women
November 8 2017
IWF President Carrie Lukas joins Atlas' Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner for a Corner stone Talk on How to Make the Case for Liberty to Women.
To register and for more information click HERE.
Conservative Women: Fighting Feminism On Campuses and Beyond
October 11 2017
Join GW Network of Enlightened Women as we host panelists Karin Agness Lips, Julie Gunlock, and Emily Jashinsky discussing why Modern Feminism and the Third Wave Feminist movement do not speak for all women. Each have had their fair share of Third Wave Feminism and will share their own stories of combating it.
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Dress for Success Clothing Sale & Drive
August 7 2017
There are usually two reasons why someone may not dress appropriately in an office setting. The first is they have never been taught how and the second is they cannot afford to. Independent Women's Forum is partnering with other organizations to bring you a professional clothing drive for women.
The cost of the event will allow you the opportunity to choose one new professional outfit (a top & bottom or dress) to take home. Blazers, jackets, shoes, and jewelry will cost extra.
After an initial networking reception, there will be a lecture on dressing to impress.
Please join us for a night of shopping, learning, and networking.
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Sixth & I: Opposing Views: A Civil Conversation, Does Paid Family Leave Help or Hurt Women?
August 7 2017
Aug 7, 2017 • 7:00 pm
The United States is the only advanced country in the world without a national paid family leave policy. According to a new study conducted by Pew Research Center, the vast majority of Americans are in favor of having such a policy. While there hasn’t been legislation passed on this issue at the federal level, some states and companies have taken matters into their own hands: California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island provide paid family leave. More recently, policies have passed in New York and here at home in the District of Columbia. Tech companies including Facebook, Google, eBay, and Netflix, among others, have implemented their own paid leave policies.
While there’s growing bi-partisan support for paid family leave, there’s also significant disagreement over what policies should look like and questions about whether the federal government should even be involved in this issue, or if it should be left up to states or individual companies to voluntarily decide.
To better understand the debate around paid family leave—and to illustrate the value of discussion across differences—Emmy-Award winning broadcaster and 2017 Pulitzer finalist John Donvan will host a conversation between two people who hold opposing views on whether a federal paid family leave policy helps or hurts women.
Alieza Durana is a senior policy analyst in the Better Life Lab at New America, where she provides research, writing, editorial, and programmatic support. Her work focuses on barriers to social and income equity, especially at the intersection of housing, education, and family policy.
Karin Agness Lips is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), a national organization for conservative university women. She is also a contributor to Forbes and a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum.
Donvan is also the host and moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and the New York Times bestselling author of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.
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Working for Young Women: Changes and Challenges in Today's Workplace
July 12 2017
Please join us for a rooftop reception and panel discussion on how young women can succeed in today's working world.
Progressives have largely dominated the conversation about politics and public policies with young people, particularly with young women. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Conservative policy reforms would be a boon to young people, including young women.
The Independent Women's Forum and The Network of enlightened Women offers the Working for Young Women Agenda to help young Americans achieve their dreams by creating the conditions that promote a fairer, more dynamic society with greater opportunity and more freedom for people like them.
In this panel we will discuss:
College Costs and Student Loan Debt
Equal Pay and Combatting Discrimination
Light bites and libations will be served.
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PATRICE LEE ONWUKA is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. Onwuka has worked in the advocacy and communications fields for more than a decade. Prior to joining IWF, Onwuka served as national spokeswoman and communications director at Generation Opportunity, and worked at The Philanthropy Roundtable and the Fund for American Studies in policy and media roles. She also held consulting roles as a speech writer for a United Nations spokesman and a manager for a student travel program to South Africa.
KARIN AGNESS LIPS is the Founder of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), a national organization for conservative college women. She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN's American Morning, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox's The Strategy Room and The Laura Ingraham Radio Show. She regularly speaks on college campuses. She has had editorials published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Richmond-Times Dispatch, and has been featured in Politico, Time Magazine Online and More Magazine. One of her stories recently appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles.
CHRISTINE GOSS Christine is the founder and president of Pixton Public Relations (PPR), a full-service PR agency based in the Washington, DC area. In addition, Christine joined IWF as a communications strategist in January 2017. In her role, she manages national media placements for the organization’s spokeswomen.
BETTINA INCLAN-AGEN is a seasoned communications and political strategist with a deep understanding of the nation’s political and cultural landscape. She utilizes over a decade of knowledge at the intersection of media, government, politics and community relations to provide creative, politically savvy and smart insights to clients. She has leveraged her experience in senior roles in political campaigns, at the RNC, NRCC, on Capitol Hill, and in multiple political organizations to help clients navigate through crisis management and maximize strategic communications efforts in a host of issue areas.
JILLIAN MELCHOIR covers energy and environmental issues and government waste, fraud and abuse for the Independent Women's Forum. She is also political editor for Heat Street and the Tony Blankley Fellow for the Steamboat Institute.
Oops! Sorry We Were Wrong...How Public Health Guidance Often Harms the American Public
June 29 2017
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Government issued guidance on everything from butter, eggs, red meat, alcoholic beverages, salt, certain preservatives and color additives, and even on if pregnant women should eat fish have been proven false, reversed, or disregarded entirely by their former government champions. This has left Americans confused and distrustful. More importantly, it has robbed them of guiltlessly enjoying many delicious foods and prevented them from developing healthy habits that can extend their lifespans.This panel will examine the damage that has been done by the public health sector, the problems changing the culture at the FDA and what free market solutions can improve public health.
SALLY SATEL, M.D., practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, examines mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Her publications include PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001); The Health Disparities Myth(AEI Press, 2006); When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors (AEI Press, 2009); and One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), coauthored with Christina Hoff Sommers. Her recent book, Brainwashed – The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013) with Scott Lilienfeld, was a 2014 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science.
MICHELLE MINTON is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's fellow specializing in consumer policy, covering regulatory issues that include gambling, alcohol, and food.
Minton has coauthored numerous studies, including topics like the effectiveness and unintended consequences of sin taxes and history of gambling regulation. Her analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as industry blogs and publications. She regularly appears on news media to discuss the effects regulation has on individual’s health and economic well-being and to propose more effective means of achieving public health goals while protecting the rights of individuals. In addition to her work at CEI, Minton is also a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.
Ms. Minton holds a B.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently working toward an M.S. in Applied Nutrition at the University of New England.
KEVIN KOSAE, PH.D is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees all of the institute’s research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs.
Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York.
Kevin is the author of three books: Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education, published in 2005; Whiskey: A Global History, published in 2010; and Moonshine: A Global History, published in 2017.
He has been a Presidential Management Fellow and won the Academy of Wine Communications’ wine writer award.
Kevin received his doctorate in politics from New York University and his bachelor’s from Ohio State University. He lives in Washington.
CARRIE LUKAS is the president of Independent Women's Forum. Lukas is the co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing. She is also a contributor to National Review, Forbes.com, and Acculturated; and the vice president for policy and economics at Independent Women's Voice.
Lukas has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post. Carrie has testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
Before joining IWF in 2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and at the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She lives with her husband and five children in Virginia.
JULIE GUNLOCK is a senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and leads the organization’s Culture of Alarmism Project. She is the author of the book From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back.