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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.


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
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Equal Pay and Combatting Discrimination
  • Childcare

Light bites and libations will be served.



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



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.

AFF: Is single-payer health care inevitable?

June 14 2017


American health care is in a crisis.

ObamaCare is unpopular. So is the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act. Premiums are spiking, and a large number of counties throughout the country are left with only one insurer on the ObamaCare exchanges. Too many people can't afford their deductables. Too many people can't afford the cost of their medical bills.

Does all of that mean single-payer health care, or Medicare for All, is inevitable? Or are there other ways of reforming the American health care system to make sure that health care is more affordable and more available to more people?

Join America's Future Foundation-Chicago as we welcome Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy for Independent Women's Forum and Independent Women's Voice, to discuss the current and future state of American health care.

Admission is $10 and includes food and two drink tickets.

Wed, June 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Elephant & Castle
111 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603


womenLEAD Summit

May 16 2017



Independent Women’s Forum’s annual womenLEAD Summit date has been set! On Tuesday, May 16th, join us in Washington, DC, for a day packed with dynamic panels, networking, and fun.

Questions? Please email Ashley Carter.

Empowering Young Women In Today’s Working World

April 24 2017


Join the Centennial Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum for a discussion on empowering young women in today’s working world. Meet, learn from, and be encouraged by accomplished women leaders from around our community.

If you’re a young woman, 18-35, be sure to join us!

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Colorado Christian University
Leprino 107
180 S. Garrison St.
Lakewood, CO 80226



The Future is Now: School Choice and Other Reforms in 2017

April 13 2017


The Future is Now: School Choice and Other Reforms in 2017

On April 13, the Independent Women's Forum invites you to meet author and education expert Vicki Alger and hear an all-star panel on the current and unprecedented opportunities for education reform. What will real reform look like? Will headwinds from entrenched interests limit opportunities?

We all saw the outrage of teacher unions and their allies when a supporter of school choice became the new secretary of education. What can we do to ensure that real reforms are enacted? Can we roll back federal micromanaging of K-12 education?  How can we encourage a healthier climate on college campuses? 

RSVP >>>

AEI Shaping the Conversation

April 4 2017



Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 9:00–11:00 AM
AEI, Auditorium | 1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20036

Shaping the conversation: What new data show about Americans’ attitudes toward and experiences with paid family leave.
Join AEI for an event exploring two new Pew Research Center surveys that provide nonpartisan data on Americans’ views of and experiences with family and medical leave.

RSVP Watch Live Online 
To watch live online, click here on April 4 at 9:00 AM ET. Registration is not required.
Join the conversation on social media by following @AEI and @AEIecon on Twitter and Facebook.

Food and Fear: How to Find Facts in Today's Culture of Alarmism

February 16 2017


Americans are getting mixed messages about food and nutrition. Increasingly, consumers are having trouble finding reliable information. An all-star panel sponsored by the Independent Women's Forum will address food fears and how to find fact- and science-based information in today's culture of alarmism.

Our February 16 panel will explore these questions:

• What are the origins of food fears?
• How have food fears altered consumer behaviors?
• What are good sources for food and nutrition information? Bad source?
• Why are women targeted for fear-based marketing strategies?
• What can the science, medical, agricultural, and academic communities do to help provide consumers better information?

You won't want to miss this discussion!

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Panel

*Light bites and libations will be served.


Paid Leave in DC: Where Do We Go from Here?

January 11 2017


The D.C. City Council has voted for the most extreme paid leave policy in the country, but some employers are saying that it could force them to go to other localities. Where do we go from here?

Join the Independent Women's Forum for a special  panel to address what this policy will really mean for district workers, employers, and families.

Place: Americans for Tax Reform/ 722 12th St NW # 4, Washington, DC 20005

Time: January 11Noon (Lunch from Chick-fil-A will be provided)

Panelists: * Carrie Lukas, Managing Director, Independent Women's Forum * Marc Freedman, Executive Director of Labor Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce * James Dinegar, President and CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade * Scott Hoffman, Fourth-generation small business owner in Washington, D.C. * Arianne Bennett, Co-founder, Amsterdam Falafel Shop

Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director of IWF, will moderate.



Repeal Day Reception | Competitive Enterprise Institute

December 5 2016


The Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, was ratified on December 5, 1933. Join us to celebrate that anniversary with a screening of the new short film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit and a discussion of the threats to personal liberty from the neo-prohibitionists of today.

Competitive Enterprise Institute’s
Repeal Day Reception
December 5, 2016
1310 L Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
5:00pm – Reception begins
5:45pm – Screening of I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit
6:00pm – Panel discussion
Featured Panelists
Michelle Minton, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Julie Gunlock, Independent Women’s Forum
Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute


IWF's Annual Awards Dinner

November 30 2016


We are excited to announce that the Independent Women's Forum will honor Carly Fiorina with the 2016 Woman of Valor Award, Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, with the 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business, and Ed Gillespie with the 2016 Gentleman of Distinction Award at IWF's Annual Awards Dinner on November 30th at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Please mark your calendar! Individual tickets may be purchased online here.
For more information visit http://www.womanofvalorgala.com/

This is sure to be a spectacular evening and we hope you will join us!

For questions about the dinner or sponsorship opportunities, please email Amber Schwartz amber.schwartz@iwf.org.

Does the Middle Class Have a Future?

October 27 2016


The middle class is the backbone of our country. But it may be in trouble.

An all-star panel - author and American Entreprise Institute scholar Charles Murray, columnist and Third Way senior policy advisor Scott Winship, journalist and visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity ((FREOPP), IWF senior fellow Lisa Schiffren, and author and IWF managing director Carrie Lukas -  will explore one of the more pressing questions of our day: Does the Middle Class Have a Future?

WHAT: Does the Middle Class Have a Future
WHEN: Thursday, October 27
WHERE: 1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW | Washington, DC
RESGISTER HERE: middleclass.eventbrite.com

Reasonable Moms Unite

October 19 2016


Moms are tired of being told they need to meet impossible standards to be a Good Mom. Women are told they have to cook every meal--from scratch and from expensive organic ingredients. They are told to hover and monitor their child's every activity. Women are encouraged to examine and scrutinize every single thing their child touches, eats, or brushes against. This make parenting harder, exhausting, joyless.

It's time to reject this mentality and create a new category: The Reasonable Mom.

Reasonable Moms do their best. They want to raise their kids without so much fear and anxiety. They want to guiltlessly take shortcuts and allow their kids a treat, but recognize moderation is key. They want society to be less judgmental, and more understanding and supportive of parents. They want to hear from experts, but also want to trust in their own instincts and embrace common sense in parenting.

WHAT: Reasonable Moms Unite: How To Fight The Culture That Demands We Worry About EVERYTHING!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th
WHERE: Florida House on Capitol Hill | Number One Second St. NW, Washington, D.C. 
*Located near Union Station and Capitol South metro stations
RESGISTER HERE: reasonablemomsunite.eventbrite.com

The Nuisance of Misguided Public Nuisance Litigation • CJAC Issue Briefing

September 28 2016


Independent Women's Forum is excited to join Civil Justice Association of California for a complimentary luncheon and panel discussion regarding the effect of nuisance litigation on policy, politics, and local government. 

WHERE: Cafeteria 15L - Ultra Room
1116 15th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

REGISTRATION: 11:15am - 11:45am

LUNCH AND PANEL: 11:45am - 1:30pm


Kim Stone • President, Civil Justice Association of California
Usurping the Legislature - How Public Nuisance Litigation Turns Policy Making on Its Head

Julie Gunlock • Director, Independent WOmen's Forum's Culture of Alarmism Project
Exploiting Fear in the Court for Politics and Profit

Tony Dias • Partner, Jones Day
Local Government Use of Public Nuisance

RSVP to Debbie Edgar dedgar@cjac.org or 916.443.4900 or click here >>>


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