Women LEAD Summit | June 2, 2016

May 26, 2016

Victoria Coley: [email protected]
Celia Meyer: [email protected]

Independent Women’s Forum Announces 2016 Women LEAD Summit:
An Annual Conference to Inform and Engage Women

Learn – Encourage – Advance – Discuss

Thursday June 2, 2016
8:30am-5:30pm | Reception to follow

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Independent Women's Forum (IWF), the leading organization for center-right women focused on economic issues, today announced its agenda for its annual Women LEAD Summit taking place June 2 in Washington, DC.  The full-day conference offers a comprehensive program designed to inspire and engage women.   Speakers include conservative thought leaders, journalists, policy experts and academics, as well as other influencers who will lead passionate discussions on an array of issues facing women today.

Ahead of the summit, IWF released a new economic report, “Working for Women,” which presents a positive economic agenda for women and their families and offers alternative solutions to a suite of workplace concerns that will modernize policies without growing government.

In addition to detailing the reforms proposed in Working for Women, panelists as well as solo speakers will discuss the character of our political leadership, women voters and the 2016 election, the future of the Supreme Court, college campus culture, and explain why America’s alarmism epidemic is scaring the public silly.

“IWF has grown to be the thought leader on the right advancing limited government ideas for women.   And we’re thrilled to be able to be able to host an annual gathering where women who are committed to liberty and conservative values can have a better conversation about women and policy today,” explained IWF executive director Sabrina Schaeffer.

Women LEAD Summit offers an opportunity for women to learn, engage in conversations, make new contacts and network.  Additionally, the summit features a speed networking event hosted by the State Policy Network, and a live to tape show with NRA News Cam & Co.

“We are thrilled we can offer this thoughtful agenda and facilitate such an exciting day," added Schaeffer.

Click here to learn more about 2016 Women LEAD Summit and here to register for the event [registration is free].

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Brian Brenberg, Chair of Business and Finance Program, The King’s College

Megan L. Brown, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Ann Marie Buerkle, Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety

Mona Charen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Institute

Jane Hampton Cook, National Media Commentator and Author

Cam Edwards, Host, Cam & Co.

Susan E. Engel, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Sarah Ferrara, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Institute

Julie Gunlock, Culture of Alarmism Director, Independent Women’s Forum

Erin Hawley, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri

Charlotte Hays, Cultural Director, Independent Women’s Forum

Heather R. Higgins, President and CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

Julie Kelly, National Media Commentator and Author

Caroline Kitchens, Policy Analyst, R Street Institute

Victoria Lipnic, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Hadley Heath Manning, Health Policy Director, Independent Women’s Forum

Caren Merrick, Found and CEO, Pocket Mentor

Patrice Lee Onwuka, National Spokeswoman, Generation Opportunity 

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Columnist, New York Post

James Rosebush, Founder, Growthstrategy, Inc

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum

Ashe Schow, Commentary Writer, Washington Examiner

Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Institute

Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal


Thursday, June 2, 2016


1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.


9:00am: Registration/Breakfast

9:30am: Welcome Remarks

9:45am: Views of the Workplace, the Economy, and Regulations from a Female Entrepreneur

10:00am: Presentation of Recognition to the Bradley Foundation

10:15am: Working For Women: A Modern Agenda For Improving Women’s Lives

11:30am: SPN Sponsored Speed Networking

12:00pm: Lunch

12:30pm: Remarks by Sabrina Schaeffer

12:45pm: Conversation: The Passing Of Justice Scalia and the Future of the Supreme Court

1:45pm: The Character Of Our Political Leadership: Political Civility, Discourse, and the Impact Of Women Voters in the 2016 Election

3:00pm: (Un)safe Spaces: IWF Modern Feminists Take On Campus Culture

4:15pm: Live to Tape Radio Show with NRA News Cam & Co.: Culture of Alarmism: Scaring You Silly

5:30pm: Reception



Independent Women's Forum works to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free-markets and personal liberty. 

Celia Meyer | Communications Associate 
[email protected]  

Victoria Coley | Communications Director
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