May 10, 2017

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

Independent Women’s Forum Announces
2017 Women LEAD Summit:

An Annual Conference to Inform and Engage Women


Tuesday May 16, 2017
11:30am-6:00pm ET | Reception to follow


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Celebrating 25 years, Independent Women's Forum (IWF), the leading organization for women dedicated to liberty, today announced its agenda for its annual Women LEAD Summit taking place Tuesday, May 16, in Washington, DC.  The conference offers a comprehensive program designed to inspire and engage women.  Speakers include thought leaders, journalists, policy experts and academics, as well as other influencers who will lead passionate discussions on an array of issues.

The day will consist of a lively discussion about feminism today with cultural critic Camille Paglia and host of The Factual Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers, special remarks by Senator Deb Fischer, and panels covering women, poverty and the politics of restoring a healthy America, the future of the Supreme Court, and women and elected office.

“When IWF’s founders established the organization twenty five years ago, they filled a void in the feminist movement, providing a home for independent, liberty-minded women. Since our founding, IWF has become the thought leader on the right advancing a culture of liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility so that women and families have more opportunity to grow and thrive. We are thrilled to host our 3rd annual Women LEAD summit, where women from around the nation come together to learn – encourage – advance, and – discuss,” explained IWF executive director Sabrina Schaeffer.

Women LEAD Summit offers an opportunity for women to learn, engage in conversations, make new contacts and network.  

Click here to learn more about the 2017 Women LEAD Summit.

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CAMILLE PAGLIA • Professor and Cultural Critic

SENATOR DEB FISCHER • U.S. Senator, Nebraska

CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS • AEI Resident Scholar; Host, The Factual Feminist

JULIE GUNLOCK • Culture of Alarmism Director, Independent Women’s Forum

HADLEY HEATH MANNING • Director of Health Policy, Independent Women’s Forum

KAY HYMOWITZ • Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

RAMESH PONNURU • Senior Editor, National Review; Visiting Fellow, AEI

CARRIE LUKAS • Managing Director, Independent Women’s Forum

ERIN HAWLEY • Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri; Legal Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum

LEONARD LEO • Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

CLETA MITCHELL • Partner and Political Law Attorney, Foley & Lardner LLP

KANNON SHANMUGAM • Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

ERIN MURPHY • Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

LAURA COX KAPLAN • Adjunct Professor, American University; Corporate & Non-profit Board Member

HON. NAN HAYWORTH • Former U.S. Representative; Board Member, Independent Women’s Forum

ASHLEY CARTER • At-Large-Representative, D.C. State Board of Education; Director of Coalitions, Independent Women’s Forum

JENN HIGGINS • Partner, Chamber Hill Strategies, Board member and Chair of Congressional Outreach, RightNOW PAC

SABRINA SCHAEFFER • Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum


Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Decatur House
748 Jackson Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20006


PART I: Women LEAD Summit: Modern Feminist Luncheon

11:15am Registration Opens

11:30am – 1:00pm Modern Feminist Luncheon

Special Guest: Camille Paglia interviewed by Christina Hoff Sommers

11:30 – 12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm – 1:00pm Discussion

Part II: Women LEAD: Afternoon Summit

1:30pm – 2:00pm Remarks by Senator Deb Fischer

2:00pm – 3:00pm “Women, Poverty, and the Politics of Restoring a Healthy America”

3:00pm – 3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:15pm "The New Makeup of the SCOTUS and What to Expect in 2017 and Beyond”

4:15pm – 4:30pm Coffee Break

4:30pm – 5:45pm “Women and Elected Office: The Need, the Challenge, and the Future”

Part III: Cocktail Reception

6:00pm – 8:00pm Women, Wine and Whiskey Reception 

Whiskey tasting sponsored by DISCUS

Chocolate pairing sponsored by The National Confectioners Association

Dress for Success is the charity partner



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
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Victoria Coley | VP of Communications
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