We agree with Mona Charen that the Network of Enlightened Women is one of the “green shoots sprouting on college campuses.” Founded by Karin Agness, while she was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, NeW provides a conservative alternative on campus for young women.

NeW is holding its annual gathering next week ( June 19-21)  in Washington, D.C., and the roster of speakers includes such redoubtable women as  Diana Furchtgott-Roth (Manhattan Institute), Lou Ann Sabatier (Media DC), Penny Nance (Concerned Women for America), Heather Pfitzenmaier (The Heritage Foundation), April Ponurru (YG Network), and IWF’s  own Sabrina Schaeffer.

The event, which is free, includes leadership training and a keynote address by New York Times bestselling author and a Co-host of Outnumbered on Fox News Katie Pavlich, who is also news editor for Townhall.com. Check out the schedule and register here.




Friday, June 20, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET


April Ponnuru • YG Network

April Ponnuru is the Policy Director for the YG Network. Ms. Ponnuru has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, where she has served in both US House and Senate leadership offices. Prior to joining YG Network, she served as a senior advisor to Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO). She was also a senior policy advisor to Blunt when he was House Majority Whip. Ms. Ponnuru is the former Executive Director of the non-profit National Review Institute, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., and was National Review magazine’s Vice President. To read more about Ms. Ponnuru, visit  http://ygnetwork.org/about-yg/april-ponnuru/

Sabrina Schaeffer • Independent Women's Forum

Sabrina Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum. She was the managing partner of Evolving Strategies, served as the speechwriter for Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, DC, where she frequently served as a spokeswoman for the organization, and a member of the communications team for Bob McEwen’s campaign in Ohio’s second district. Ms. Schaeffer previously served as a director at the White House Writers Group, working extensively on designing and orchestrating projects for a range of intellectual, government, and corporate clients. To read more about Ms. Schaeffer, visit http://www.iwf.org/about/sabrina-schaeffer

Genevieve Wood • The Heritage Foundation

Genevieve Wood advances policy priorities of The Heritage Foundation as senior contributor to The Foundry, which the think tank is repositioning in 2014 from blog to top media brand for news, analysis and commentary from a conservative perspective. Ms. Wood functions as leading voice and representative for The Foundry, producing regular commentary and making media appearances to explain and promote Heritage’s key policy solutions for the most critical issues to Americans. As a commentator, Wood has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel and on programs such as CBS’ “Face the Nation.” To read more about Ms. Wood, visit http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/w/genevieve-wood