April 30, 2018


Caroline Phelps: [email protected]


Independent Women’s Forum Announces

2018 Women LEAD Summit:

An Annual Conference to Inform and Engage Women



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1:00pm-5:30pm ET | Reception to follow



(WASHINGTON, DC) –Independent Women's Forum (IWF), the leading organization for women, today announced its Fourth Annual Women LEAD Summit taking place Wednesday, May 9, at American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC.  The conference offers a comprehensive program designed to inspire and engage women.  Speakers include politicians, thought leaders, journalists, policy experts and academics, as well as other influencers who will lead passionate discussions on an array of topics and issues facing Americans.

Shortly after doors open at 1pm ET former Real World stars turned policy influencers Rachel Campos Duffy and Congressman Sean Duffy will take the stage for a fireside chat on life, love and politics in the Real World.

Following are panels covering economic challenges, opportunity, and policy solutions for women and their loved ones, the most pressing issues facing our healthcare system, the hurdles ahead in the supreme court, and creating a safer, stronger country.

“IWF is excited to host our fourth annual Women LEAD Summit, where women come from all over the country to learn, engage, and discuss the most important issues facing women and our country. All issues are women’s issues and IWF provides a venue where independent women can be empowered, grow, and succeed together,” said Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women’s Forum.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Women LEAD Summit.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018


American Institute of Architects

1735 New York Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20006


1:00pm Registration Opens

1:30pm – 2:00pm Fireside Chat with Rachel Campos-Duffy and Rep. Sean Duffy

2:00pm – 3:00pm Panel: Fostering the American Dream

3:00pm – 3:30pm Discussion: A Conversation about Health Care

3:30pm – 3:45pm Coffee Break

3:45pm – 4:15pm Discussion: Biggest Issues Facing the Supreme Court

4:15pm – 5:30pm Panel: Creating a Better Culture and Safer, Stronger Country

5:30pm – 7:30pm Networking Reception

Networking reception sponsored by Anheuser-Busch


Official Charity Partner: Find Your Fabulosity


RACHEL CAMPOS DUFFY • TV Personality and Fox News Contributor

REP. SEAN DUFFY • U.S. Representative, Wisconsin

PATRICE LEE ONWUKA • Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum

CARRIE LUKAS • President, Independent Women’s Forum

KRISTIN SHAPIRO • Visiting Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum

JENNIE MASSEY • Senior Manager of Public Policy, Amazon

LINDSEY BURKE • Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education, Heritage Foundation

GRACE-MARIE TURNER • President, Galen Institute

KATY FRENCH TALENTO • Special Assistant to the President on the Domestic Policy Council, The White House

ERIN HAWLEY • Legal Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum

LEONARD LEO • Executive Vice President, Federalist Society

JILLIAN MELCHIOR • Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum

CLAUDIA ROSETT • Foreign Policy Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum

ASHE SCHOW • Reporter and Senior Political Columnist

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


More information about Independent Women’s Forum can be found at



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